Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 7 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 4/1/10

Got American Breakthrough Language?

By       (Page 1 of 6 pages)   3 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Susan Strong
Become a Fan
  (11 fans)

Making a breakthrough is an important piece of the ideal American story. Just before Representative Dennis Kucinich voted for the recent health insurance reform bill, he told about the breakthrough that led him to do it. Hope for future health care reform bills revived because of it. Now, lined up on the political tarmac are a string of other vital bills--banking reform, energy redesign, immigration reform. All will need big breakthroughs to pass in any kind of viable form. None of the bills proposed or already passed on these topics is ideal. At best, they all contain very unpleasant compromises from a progressive point of view. But unfortunately this is an era when just getting off the ground is worth celebrating and promoting. More about some good language for that below.

"Taking wing" is a good image for the nitty gritty of getting off the ground these days. To take off, any bill must get past the corporate corruption of our politics and the poisonous effect of big media amplifying deliberate special interest deception. The result of all that is the frightened, misinformed local constituency Congressional reps face at home. Those reps need to keep on soaring above it all, just the way President Obama urged them to re health insurance reform---by remembering all of the American people, by recalling the needs of our nation in a rapidly changing world, by getting back in touch with their own ideals.

The process that led up to the health insurance vote was probably the biggest call to break through it all our nation has seen from a U.S. president since JFK. So, to celebrate the moment and even more important, to help fuel future ones, I've compiled a draft list of American breakthrough language, inserted below. I invite you to send me your breakthrough language suggestions and comments too (also please catch and report repetitions in the list below). The final result of our work on this list together will become a permanent part of the Metaphor Project website, in our Resource section. This working draft of the American Breakthrough Language list is on our website now, via the link for this post in the middle of our home page at: :

Susan C. Strong, Ph.D.,

Executive Director

The Metaphor Project


Some American "Breakthrough" Language

These language suggestions range from sudden breakthroughs to gradual ones, in no particular order

break through (verb form)
sudden insight

a spark


Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Susan Strong Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Susan C. Strong, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Metaphor Project. She is also the author of our new book, MOVE OUR MESSAGE: HOW TO GET AMERICA'S EAR, available on our website. The mission of the Metaphor Project is helping (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Reframing Climate Change Now

Framing Climate Change Action Now: Advice, Slogans, & the "Necessity" Frame

Countering the GOP "Sabotage America" Campaign

"Corporate Welfare:" Kidnapped and Brainwashed

Tell the Media Again: Say "Safety," not "Control!"

Counter-frame It! How to Stop Using Their Words

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend