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By Maria-Ionela Neagu

This booklet presents an in-depth check out the cognitive and argumentative nature of political discourse with a spotlight at the position and position of conceptual metaphors in useful argumentation. Neagu's empirical research centres at the corpus of the yank Presidential debates in 2008 and speeches through Barack Obama from 2009-2011.

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I have opposed the president on spending, on climate change, on torture of prisoners, on Guantanamo Bay. On a … on the way Iraq War was conducted. (September 26, 2008) The government is reified to the extent to which the act of governing becomes just a mechanism inside a dirty object: We’ve got to fix the system. We’ve got fundamental problems in the system. Well, the first thing that we have to do is get spending under control in Washington. It’s completely out of control. But I think that we have to examine every agency of government … and eliminate them and we’ll have to scrub every agency of government.

And we fixed it and we killed it and the people ended up in federal prison so I know how to do this because I’ve been involved these issues for many, many years. If there is anybody here who thinks that there aren’t agencies of government where spending can be cut and their budgets slashed they have not spent a lot of time in Washington. I have opposed the president on spending, on climate change, on torture of prisoners, on Guantanamo Bay. On a … on the way Iraq War was conducted. (September 26, 2008) The government is reified to the extent to which the act of governing becomes just a mechanism inside a dirty object: We’ve got to fix the system.

It is here where obstacles and constraints are discovered, where success or failure is achieved and where the restructuring process should begin. 1057/9781137309907 20 Decoding Political Discourse explanations or excuses for the necessity and imposition of certain acts. Discourse becomes evaluative and judgemental with regard to the actual policy (that is, to texts). It is at the grass roots level that ‘the inevitable consequences’ are felt, causing frustrations and real clashes of identities between and within individual subjects, within ‘habitus,’ in Bourdieu’s terms.

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