The professor of framing, George Lakoff, weighs in on the Huffington Post this morning with an interesting take on the struggles of the Obama Administration, particularly on health care reform.
Lakoff’ says that Obama ran his campaign based on moral principles and seems to have forgotten them as he began the processing of governing.
…the Obama administration made a 180-degree turn, trading Obama’s 2008 moral principles for the deal-making of Rahm Emanuel and Tim Geithner, assuming it would be “pragmatic” to court corporations and move to the right, in the false hope of bipartisan support. A clear unified moral vision was replaced by long laundry lists of policy options that the public could not understand, and that made ordinary folks feel they were being bamboozled.
Lakoff thinks it’s time to recommit to the movement. It’s hard to disagree.