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  •  I would address your concern with my point. (2+ / 0-)
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    dorkenergy, thethinveil

    That the rhetoric and framing that we choose to use and have chosen to use since the Civil Rights era is responsible for that.

    Look at historical speeches. There is no Bottom Line, transactional, money based rhetoric.

    Pre-Nixon, it's pretty much all quality of life, personal, human, empathetic and emotive stuff.

    Shit, Even the republicans knew that (Party Platform during the 50s) they had to speak in terms of quality of life.

    Look at social issues for Republicans - abortion, immigration, GLBT - all pitched in terms of quality of life.

    Even Economics is pitched on quality of life -free markets are about freedom, they're not about dollars and cents.

    Look at Deregulation they mention the money saved, but the argument is about freedom - without these deregulatory regimes we will lose freedom.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 02:47:20 AM PST

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    •  going thru your examples... (0+ / 0-)

      immigration was framed in terms of fear of others
      GLBT and abortion framed (largely) in terms of fear of god
      free markets in terms of fear of shackles

      All these are easily personalized fears.

      Bush's appeal to "heart" (whether by word or touching his chest) was sufficiently effective on various issues in a personal way.

      On climate change, how can that be done? Per mataliandy below:

      until there are faces and stories that describe climate change (or any other issue) in a way that people can relate to, there will be no serious motion.

      BTW, I'm not saying the framing has to be done in $. I was noting that market mechanisms have been applied with some success to accomplish environmental benefit (and they do that despite my modest personal aversion to them).

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