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Attack of the Anaconda - Failed Conservative Values

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Sometimes it helps to use a bit of  imagination and creativity to look at things in a different way to shake up the status quo and change mindsets.  I've been asking people to create a metaphor for the Failed Conservative Values.  For example, if conservative values were a type of machine, or land, or animal,  etc., what would they be like?    Here are some of the images people came up with.

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Failed Conservative Values Metaphor: Norma - Anaconda

I would guess they are like an anaconda, in that they sit there and try to choke their prey.  They’re trying to choke every dollar out of us, so that they will get bigger as we get smaller.

Failed Conservative Values Metaphor: Joan - Quicksand

I would say quicksand.  Sucking you in to a pool, sucking the world, sucking people in.  Choking them.  Smothering them, and then the person disappears.

Failed Conservative Values Metaphor: Meat Grinder

They grind you up.  They grind people up.  Spit you out.  Grind you up.  Meat grinders.

Failed Conservative Values Metaphor: Jim - Mud Stuck Elephant

An elephant stuck in the mud.  In the 21st Century we have to have to figure out a way to live together, and the values that conservatives usually hold don’t take into account the changes made in the last 30 or 40 years, and it’s like an elephant stuck in the mud. 

And I prefer to change and to move.  I’m prepared to look at each other as humans when all is said and done, whether gay or straight.  We’re all humans.  We all need to figure out a way to love each other.  That’s the only way to save the planet.

Metaphor a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity;

Metaphor at Wikipedia

Metaphor (from the Greek, "a transfer", in rhetoric "transference of a word to a new sense", "to carry over, to transfer") is language that directly compares seemingly unrelated subjects. In the simplest case, this takes the form: "The [first subject] is a [second subject]." More generally, a metaphor is a rhetorical trope that describes a first subject as being or equal to a second subject in some way. Thus, the first subject can be economically described because implicit and explicit attributes from the second subject are used to enhance the description of the first. This device is known for usage in literature, especially in poetry, where with few words, emotions and associations from one context are associated with objects and entities in a different context.


What is your metaphor for the failed conservative values?
For example, if conservative values were a type of machine, or land, or animal,  etc., what would they be like?  


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