The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How by Frederick Stecker

By Frederick Stecker

Within the Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans: How Presidential applicants Use spiritual Language in American Political Debate, a veteran minister analyzes the spiritual metaphors Republicans use on the podium and alleges that the social gathering intentionally employs blaming strategies, worry metaphors, and coded references to apocalyptic judgment to sway unsure voters.Over the prior forty years, Frederick Stecker fees, the Republican occasion has created worry for political expediency. Stecker's e-book lines the improvement of the Republican rhetoric of polarization and applies the linguistics-based "nation-as-a-family" political typology of George Lakoff to an research of the presidential debates of 2000, 2004, and 2008. He demonstrates how Republican applicants decide upon their language and metaphors to sign adherence to inflexible trust structures and easy, black-and-white offerings in household and international coverage.

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And are joined by] perfectly respectable elements of society: from the college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences, and from politicians. . One of the most bewildering paradoxes of our time is the extent to which the [corporate] enterprise tolerates, if not participates in its own destruction. Tone of the Attack Perhaps the single-most effective antagonist of American business is Ralph Nader, who—thanks largely to the media—has become a legend in his own time and an idol of millions of Americans.

This brief sampling of the New Right leadership reveals a dedication to true conservatism. Having heard Ronald Reagan preach his “Rendezvous with Destiny” speech in support of Barry Goldwater’s nomination, they longed to hear it once more in the context of Ronald Reagan’s acceptance of the Republican nomination for president in 1980. The New Right was united among these principles: • The desire for reducing the size of the federal government; • The preference for decision making at the local level; • The belief that individuals should exercise more responsibility; • The belief that a free market economy creates efficient productivity through competition, ultimately creating savings to the consumer; and • The belief that a welfare culture creates a dependency on government and ultimately results in higher unemployment, more crime, and broken family units.

The New Right was united among these principles: • The desire for reducing the size of the federal government; • The preference for decision making at the local level; • The belief that individuals should exercise more responsibility; • The belief that a free market economy creates efficient productivity through competition, ultimately creating savings to the consumer; and • The belief that a welfare culture creates a dependency on government and ultimately results in higher unemployment, more crime, and broken family units.

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