September 21, 2013 “Information Clearing House – Obama Says America Is Not a Banana Republic and We Have to Pay Our Bills … What Do Experts Say?
I wrote a book called, Don’t Think of an Elephant! The title made a basic point: Negating a frame activates that frame. If you activate the other side’s frame, you just help the other side, as Nixon found out when he said, “I am not a crook,” which made people think of him as a crook.
President Obama just said:
This is the United States of America — we’re not some banana republic, this is not a deadbeat nation, we don’t run out on our tab.
We can’t just not pay our bills.”
What Lakoff and other political psychologists explain is that what most Americans – and people all over the world – will hear is:
America is a banana republic, a deadbeat nation, which can’t pay its bills.
But the focus of this post is on Obama’s Nixon moment … invoking the exact image which he is trying to avoid.
Obama has failed to learn the most basic concept from the psychology of politics.
This article was originally published at WashingtonsBlog