“Question” Metaphor

Here’s another metaphor to go with my dissertation on "framing stories" below, trying to explain the difference between the McCain generation and the Obama generation.

Question: Are you ready to vote for a black man for President?

McCain generation: Yes, we are ready to show our diversity and to get beyond the politics of race, creed, color. We have fought long and hard, and we take our stand on being able to get past that divide.

Obama generation: Really? What a dumb question. Why are you asking that?

It’s looking at the options and seeing black and white, yes and no, right and wrong, on the one hand. Or on the other, it’s seeing a different starting point and wondering what all the fuss was about. Instead of arguing about our different sides, I think the cultural change coming is about asking better questions.

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4 thoughts on ““Question” Metaphor

  1. jae says:

    I get the metaphor.
    But I don’t see better questions being asked — I don’t see *any* being asked. That’s kind of where my concern is in the whole thing.

  2. steve says:

    I agree. I think our generation is probably the first one to really break out of that sort of thing.
    Lots of lofty ideals espoused, but bottom line, he’ll end up raising taxes. You discussed “Us vs. Them” in your last post. He’s just as guilty of it as you say McCain is. Obama’s “Us” is “the poor, downtrodded blue collar worker” and the “them” is the “rich.” Class warfare.
    Are you really voting Obama, or is this another one of your April Fool’s Day posts carried over to October? How do you get past the Abortion issue and the same-sex marriage issue?

  3. Rick says:

    How do I get past the two litmus test issues that let others judge whether I’m really a Christian or not? 🙂
    On abortion, they are different, but their outcomes are the same – if it’s overturned, go back to the states. If it’s not overturned, probably better as a state issue. They both seem to be politically federalist on that one, so it’s a wash. But throw in the social-economic stuff, and I honestly think Obama is more pro-whole-life than McCain.
    On same-sex, they are almost exactly the same. The way I understand, both sides want same-sex partners to have the same legal rights as married couples, but they also both do not want to grant married status to that mix. This one hasn’t popped up in the attack ads from either side, so it’s another wash, I think.

  4. Rick says:

    Oh – and I’m not saying there is no Us vs Them. I’m saying that the separation isn’t the focus – it might be a part of the equation, but it doesn’t have to be the major factor going forward.

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