This is a thread to discuss the *practical* application of Lakoff's theory of psychological frames to discussions we have here and with our friends and families, for letters to the editor, and so forth. My aim with this is to empower liberals here with new tools of discussion to use when engaging people on political, moral and social topics. This is a place where useful framings can be discussed and shared. It should also be a place to safely discuss the actual practicalities of building and using framed language for specific topics, or in general.
To start things off, I note Lakoff's recent interview on the topic, as well as the post-mortem he wrote of the election, both of course from the liberal perspective. He argues that conservatives have been much more successful with this type of messaging and encourages liberals to learn and adopt it as conservative thought leaders have already done. That is the point of this discussion. The articles are more easily digested in the order given above.
He frames Trump in several ways; as "The Loser President" or "The Minority President", to remind people that he is actually not representing the majority in the country; as The Betrayer, a leader who has consistently supported one of our long-term rivals, Russia; and as Corrupt, someone who is placing his family members and his business in a position to make a lot of money from his leadership of the government.
Anyone had any luck with these or similar frames on social media, or in conversation? Have you observed conservatives framing discussions in such a way as to appeal to liberals? Is there actually any way to make Trump appealing to liberals? Or is framing mostly used by one side to reinforce its message to its own supporters?
Anyway, not sure where this will go, but let's see what we can come up with. We need to level the playing field.