Important, and sadly still increasingly relevant article by George Lakoff from six years ago:
In the 2008 campaign, candidate Obama accurately described the basis of American democracy: Empathy – citizens caring for each other, both social and personal responsibility-acting on that care, and an ethic of excellence. From these, our freedoms and our way of life follow, as does the role of government: to protect and empower everyone equally. Protection includes safety, health, the environment, pensions and empowerment starts with education and infrastructure. No one can be free without these, and without a commitment to care and act on that care by one’s fellow citizens.
The conservative worldview rejects all of that.
Budget deficits are a ruse to conservatives. What they really want to do is change the basis of American life. — Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011 The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy. Th…