Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives


Another key article by George Lakoff, this one providing insight into why progressives (like myself) might not understand how Trump’s behavior is exactly what his base wants, and Republicans hate the ACA because the government got involved with our health care. Keep in mind that Republicans opposed vigorously Medicare in 1964-65, and have not been a friend to the seniors that benefit from this historical health care act, which many progressives want to see expanded to all citizens.

George Lakoff

Progressives are stumped. They are asking these questions over and over again on social media, TV, and radio:

1) Why don’t Trump supporters turn against Trump even though he is doing things that hurt them? (like taking away their healthcare)

2) Why do Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act, and why are they so transparently acting to give wealthy people a tax break by making healthcare unaffordable?

Here is the short answer: All politics is moral. Supporting Trump – and gutting public healthcare resources in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthy – fits perfectly within the strict conservative moral worldview, which is hierarchical in nature. Voters don’t vote their self-interest. They vote their values.

The longer answer requires a deeper explanation.

Let’s start with the place where all ideas and questions originate – the brain.

Most thought (as much as 98% by some accounts) is unconscious. It…

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