Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 23-26, 2016

angry:  The anguished voice of left-behind white voters, especially men. This is the year of the angry voter, and they will prevail on election day, much to the surprise of the self-satisfied liberal elites who only lok down on them. 

Anger is OK for whites; dangerous, sometimes even life-threatening,  for blacks. (see also, “open carry”).

Black Lives Matter: new free Nikes matter. Burn baby, burn.

crony capitalist: Anyone who made money under the Clintons or Obama.

As if the GOP/Tea Party doesn’t ultimately cater to narrow business interests.

facts: biased, when pertaining to Hillary; “piling on” when pertaining to Trump. “Fact-checking” indicates an anti-Trump bias.

narrative repairmen: Hillary’s spin doctors.

national interest:  the sole (thus narrow) criteria for Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

But what about existing alliances, international rules or shared values? Trump’s is above all a transactional universe, not rooted in enduring allegiances, multilateralism,  or principles. To him, all foreign affairs will be an isolationist variation of the Art of the Deal.

open carry: Common sense law allowing Americans to protect themselves and their families. A fundamental second amendment right.

Actually OK for whites, but life-threatening for blacks.

political dysfunction: what Obama has created–gridlock, low trust in government, racial divisions, the politics of envy, etc. What Trump will end with his decisiveness and bold moves forward.

This typically Rovian reversal of field meme works perfectly in the rhetorical sense of blaming the Dems for conditions the GOP has created.

power: domination, especially in a zero-sum game such as foreign policy. Power is always a “winner-take-all” proposition.

Talk of “inequality” only undermines the power paradigm of social dominance, which ignores the unequal capacities of wealth, influence and organizational resources to make their own domination possible and inevitable. It also ignores coercion in social exchanges, monopolization of resources, and coercions of consent.

propensity toward criminality:  an innate condition in almost all Afro-American males, who by and large are a species of criminal filth.

protestors: Black Lives Matter=George Soros-funded thugs.

public sector: government needs to get out of people’s lives because bureaucrats are inherently incompetent and corrupt.

Of course, the GOP/Tea Party has undermined government’s capacity to perform its vital functions

tax cuts: a form of altruism, not greed, because the explosive growth in an “unleashed” economy will lift all boats. Just have faith in the wisdom and efficiency of markets.

white violence: the last thing Afro-Americans should fear. They are their own worst enemy.



Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 18-22, 2016

community organizer: community agitator.

considered: what the lamestream media calls Hillary’s cautious, boring, stock responses to terrorism, such as “we will continue to work with our allies.” Behind the anodyne platitudes, Hillary is actually “considering” ways to not blame radical Islam for these attacks. “Considered” Dem responses are always politically correct ways to find political safe spaces.

divided country: what has happened to America under Obama, the Great Divider. This ominous label makes pluralism, dissent, and democracy sound like nuisances, nuisances that a Trumpian resurgent nationalism will do away with.

free speech: what radical Muslims take advantage of to organize, proselytize and plan terror campaigns. Disposable in the War on Terrorism.

“hands up, don’t shoot” pandering: blaming the police.

the Islamist reality: the clear and present danger of any Muslim in America, justifying any racial profiling as a national security measure. Any Muslim could be a sleeper cell.

market distortions: subsidies to the poor; allocation of resources by need or equity (aka, redistributionism); any considerations of the role of power in public policy decision making and social choice; any talk of “winners and losers”; any talk of culture or values.  Market-only purists assume that the free play of private interests best promotes maximum social well-being. God proposes, the market disposes, and everyone wins, in the aggregate at least. Every market change leaves society better off , by definition.  Maximization of wealth, however, does not mean maximization of happiness, human welfare, or equity. (see “the public interest, below). 

news: to the lamestream media, whatever information is necessary to arrive at politically correct facts or conclusions. As Victor Davis Hanson explains in the National Review, the lamestream media is made up of

progressive hit men in the public-employee unions, the news ministries, the pajama-boy bloggers, the race industry, and the open-borders lobbies

positive hope and change: things that bring us together, not pull us apart. In other words, symbolic policies without any real hope for any real change. So-called “positive hope and change” assure that white privilege is never undermined or even called into question. It’s a totally fictional leap into an imaginary “post-racial” world.

post -racial: post-American.

the public interest: a liberal phantom that gets in the way of the maximization of private utility.

racists: people who call others racist. Since we live in a post-racist world, calling someone a racist is by definition a slur. This brilliant undercutting of even the possibility of any truth claims for the word itself means that even overtly racist acts of violence can now be called “unbridled patriotism” or “standing up for America”.

to the victor go the spoils: Donald Trump’s foreign policy, in a nutshell, thus justifying re-invading Iraq to take their oil, for example. Wars of conquest will see a resurgence under Trump as the US becomes the kind of rogue state that used to be our enemy.

urban riots: under a black President, the new normal whenever police have to use their guns.

We The People: the authenticity of the people, as opposed to the illegitimacy of the government. Tea Partiers assume that government was imposed or immaculately conceived,  never established or sanctioned by the Founders.

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 10-17, 2016

American exceptionalism: goodness through strength. Never apologize. Never use ideals to justify dominance in the zero-sum game of international diplomacy. With Trump, it’s aggressive US nationalism vs. the world, as explained by New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait:

He poses as a barbarian chieftain, promising spoils of war from zero-sum conflicts pitting tribes against one another, both domestically and abroad. He has lamented the Bush administration’s failure to steal Iraq’s oil after the invasion, insists NATO allies should pay more for protection by the U.S., and maintains that he can force Mexico to pay for a border wall it does not want. Trump’s veneration of strength not only fails to rely upon American ideals as justification but also treats those ideals with contempt, which is why the leaders he lavishes with the most fulsome praise are ruling from places like Moscow and Beijing. Trump’s America is like Russia, but bigger and stronger and richer.

backing down: what a US President should never do. Always dominate, never apologize.

bullying: what Hillary does when she attacks the “deplorables”.

ending wars: losing wars, under Obama/Clinton

equality of outcome: the holy grail to liberals, who are economic levelers.  Tea Party/GOPers prefer equality of opportunity, and figure that outcomes will take their natural course as the winners separate themselves from the losers.

love of country: justification for violence at Trump rallies.

Obama: money launderer-in-chief for ISIS.

people: The voice of the people (aka, “the deplorables”) will prevail in overcoming political correctness and electing Donald Trump. “People” are also,Trump’s information sources–almost always unnamed. aka, “some say”.  They almost always traffic in innuendoes and rumors.

cultural condescension: Hillary’s attacks on “the deplorables”. Part of her relentless moral superciliousness and Obama’s political narcissism.

political carve-outs: any Dem patronage.

politics: to Hillary, a market to be conquered.

reducing war. Under Obama, making war more likely. A key Tea Party/GOP meme: peace leads to war.

retreat: Obama/Clinton’s foreign policy. Aka defeat, failure, hobbled, etc. (see “American exceptionalism,” above.)

rules of engagement: onerous shackles making it impossible to win wars any more. Total war a more viable concept.

slush fund: any Dem foundation or political cause.

the truth: what the mainstream media never tells you, so the whole notion of “truth” doesn’t matter any more.

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 7-9, 2016

blood: character, which explains why Afro-Americans lacking character and the work ethic, have let their culture degenerate into the law of jungle, and why Hispanics have so many rapists and murderers.  As Chauncey Devega argues in Salon,  these racial slurs are part of Trump’s white supremacist pseudoscience, and the mainstreaming of white racism.

economic opportunity: the tide that will lift all boats in a Trump administration, and the reason African-Americans and Hispanics should vote GOP. This magical myth of sudden upward mobility for the left behind is a key Tea Party/GOP ploy, designed to cover over the economic realities of their positions. As Chauncey Devega argues in Salon,

The Republican Party’s policy proposals for dealing with inner-city poverty, “race relations” and “civil rights” are tired and tedious. They consist of vague promises about “economic opportunity” that fail to address wealth and income inequality, and neglect to mention how right-wing policies created many of the problems that afflict poor and working-class American communities on both sides of the color line. Republicans — and too many Democrats who have also been bitten by the neoliberalism bug — believe that charter schools, privatization and “choice” will provide a path to economic uplift through improved public education. Like most right-wing economic policies, this too is a lie. Charter schools often provide worse educational outcomes compared to public schools and exist mostly to transfer increasingly scarce public resources away from the commons and into the coffers of rich elites. Most importantly, Republicans also hold onto the delusion that by ignoring structural and institutional white supremacy the specific problems it causes can be magically cured.

enemies of the police: blacks and Latinos, according to Maine Governor Paul LePage.

investments: to liberals, any government spending

leadership:  the heart of Trump’s strategy: appear to be a natural leader. As Frank Rich explains:

the strategy of Trump’s candidacy: that by acting the role of commander-in-chief with alpha-dog bluster and cartoonish command, he can bamboozle voters into believing that there is some content to go with his performance of “leadership.”

Hillary needs to say something like this:

the oval office is no place for foreign policy apprentices, let alone swaggering braggarts whose approach to diplomacy seems akin to that of a pugnacious 12-year old boy: crush Isis in the first hour of the presidency, make Putin back down, tear up  the Iranian agreement, take all the Iraqis’ oil, abrogate all trade agreements and all US pledges to NATO, allow Japan and South Korea to get nuclear weapons,  punch the Mexicans and Chinese in the nose, etc.  In fact, Donald, if you were applying for a State Department internship, you would be rejected–not only because of your callow ignorance of the nuances or even the facts of international diplomacy and your total ignorance of how the machine of power actually works, but also because of your arrogant certainty that you know more than people who have spent their entire careers grappling with these nuances.

obstructionists: Congress, to Obama.

paranoia: to the Tea Party, any opposition to Trump, which is all based on distortions of his character and an unjustified fear of his leadership qualities. In truth, the real paranoids are Trump’s supporters, who see this election as the last chance to save America from a looming apocalypse and have no conception of how the world works. As Richard Hofstader explained in his 1964 work, The Paranoid Style In American Politics,

The situation becomes worse when the representatives of a particular social interest — perhaps because of the very unrealistic and unrealizable nature of its demands — are shut out of the political process. Having no access to political bargaining or the making of decisions, they find their original conception that the world of power is sinister and malicious fully confirmed. They see only the consequences of power — and this through distorting lenses — and have no chance to observe its actual machinery. A distinguished historian has said that one of the most valuable things about history is that it teaches us how things do not happen. It is precisely this kind of awareness that the paranoid fails to develop. He has a special resistance of his own, of course, to developing such awareness, but circumstances often deprive him of exposure to events that might enlighten him — and in any case he resists enlightenment.

questioning: giving Trump the chance to be Trump. Never asking follow-up questions or probing for details.

stakeholders:  In Clintonland, campaign donors.

to the victor belongs the spoils: the heart of Trump’s foreign policy. Neocolonialism in its purist form.

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 2-6, 2016

appropriate response: Trump’s revised policy on mass deportation: wait “several years” until the border is secured and criminal aliens are deported, then study how to make “an appropriate response” to the remaining 8-10 million undocumented residents (and their kids). This weasel-talk sounds like the muzzled Trump Lite, and is the diametric opposite of his long-held, hard-edged, “deport all 11 million of them immediately” Trump Classic rhetoric.

civil rights: compulsory integration.

criminal aliens: all undocumented immigrants, who, by definition, “bring crime” to America. As Trump put it in his Phoenix immigration speech, if Clinton were elected, America would be inundated by a new wave of illegal immigration that would result in “thousands of more violent, horrible crimes, and total chaos and lawlessness.”Trump has in effect criminalized immigration.

judicial obstacles: what Trump will not permit when he becomes President. All these politically correct legal niceties around subjects like immigrant rights, civil liberties, free speech, and First Amendment rights, will need to be swept away.

law enforcement OR social justice: the stark choice Trump says that all Americans must make on election day. Never a “both and” possibility, but always a zero-sum game. This false dichotomy undercuts the Black Lives Matter movement.

misconduct: Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. Never mind that she has only been accused by the Tea Party/GOP) , not indicted, tried or convicted.

New York City: Jewville, Zooville, Rapetown.

reduce talk of race: Trump’s appeal to get us into a post-race era. What is the line between avoiding incendiary and divisive language and sweeping the issue under the rug?

restoration: Trump will restore law and order in America–and in the first hour of his presidency! The ever-marauding gangs and murderous illegal immigrants will be rounded up immediately on January 20!

State Church: government officials, journalists, and social scientists and other academics.

truthful hyperbole: Trump’s bargaining technique, as outlined in The Art of the Deal.

us:Trump’s silent majority. Aka, “the forgotten people,” “we.” With Trump, it’s never clear whether he’s referring to “we” and or just “me” (himself.)

war on crime: one of Trump’s multi-front wars. others include: the war on trade, the war on political correctness, the war on the press’s right to self-expression, the war on immigrants, the war on Mexicans and Muslims, etc. His “war on poverty” isn’t so much predicated on directly helping the poor as counting on massive tax cuts for the rich to trickle down to the poor.

Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Aug 27-Sept. 1, 2016

amnesty: any reform that lets any undocumented worker stay in the US under any conditions whatsoever.

anti-white bias: the biggest racial problem facing contemporary America.

black victimization: the faulty of Obama and Clinton policies that encourage crime and dependency on the nanny state. Blacks are the victims of every program intended to help them. By this logic, the less the government does to lessen inequality, the greater the chance that inequality will be lessened.

cadres: Black Lives Matter supporters. Rhetorically links them to Communism.

the Clinton menagerie: any Clinton staff members or supporters.

diversity training: always, inevitably, leads to less diversity and more racial bias.

grandees: any Obama administration officials, especially the Fed.  Rhetorically likens them to an unaccountable aristocracy.

intellectual progress: Donald Trump’s continued evolution on immigration policy. Trump wants to be immune to charges of “flipflopping,” preferring instead to be seen as “presidential” when he changes his policies to fit political realities. His positions are now, in the words of his new campaign manager, “to be determined.”

law and order: protecting the police and White America.

public service:  almost always a hypocritical political shakedown, especially in the case of consumer relief. As with all Big Government programs, the consumers the government purports to help are the most devastated and pay the heaviest price.

the right to education: the guiding principle behind ending teacher tenure and greatly expanding vouchers and charter schools. The right to education turns out to be the right and license to dismantle the public education system.

socialized risk-pit:  Clinton/Obama fiscal policy, especially the inert, non-conducting  “stimulus” packages, forgiveness of student loans, Obamacare, and increases in minimum wages.

softening: Trump’s “pivot” a new, more humane, mass deportation plan. Trump’s revised policy on mass deportation: But  I don’t understand why this story–and many similar stories across the country–say that Trump has “softened.” He wants everyone to go–apparently mostly through self-deportation. Here’s the  money quotation from his speech last night: “For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry like everybody else, under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above. ”  It was a very confusing speech because he actually offered three scenarios: deporting the criminals, waiting until all the criminals are deported before addressing the non-criminals, and deporting everyone.  It doesn’t add up, in the same way his tax and spending numbers can’t be reconciled.


Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, August Aug 24-26, 2016

academic flights of folly: multilateralism, diversity and multiculturalism, global warming, “rape culture,” gender-based salary differentials, etc. Although these things are real, the GOP/Tea Party “gaslights” them–that is, pretends they aren’t real.

administrative afflatus: the bloated Beltway regulatory monster that kills job growth in America. Any regulation and/or administration is an unnatural construct of big government philosophy.

efficiency: capital will always go where it can be used most efficiently. That’s why US corporations have so much cash stashed in offshore/overseas accounts, subsidiaries, etc. But isn’t “efficiency” actually a tautology in the sense that capitalists can define it anyway they wish? Efficiency can only be used as a means to an end–it is never an end in itself, but, rather, is a handmaiden. So if the purpose is profit only, companies cut corners, engage in cartel-like pricing and stifle competition. Other purposes –social justice, environmental responsibility, equity–require differing definitions of efficiency.

Hillary’s criminality: a given, especially when she ran the State Department as a criminal organization.

humane: the new watchword of the Trump campaign as he softens his image and vows to “not hurt anyone” with his immigration policy. But one wonders how  “extreme vetting” can also be “humane” vetting: either you let undocumented immigrants stay in the country and keep their families intact or you don’t. Also an admission that his campaign has been too “hard” and too eager to “hurt people.”

measured: the new Donald Trump. Aka, mature, discrete, disciplined, presidential. All the things Trump isn’t.

political progress and tolerance: Trump’s flip=flop on immigration, deportation, ethnic screening, and religious litmus tests.

political polls: Dem propaganda.

racist: anyone who’s not a liberal

ransom: any liberal/Dem campaign contribution. Aka, bribe.

reckless: any US military withdrawal, as in Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan

regret: whatever doesn’t work for Trump he now “regrets”–not the thing itself, but the reaction to it. Disappointment, not contrition.

social justice: the leading cause of poverty.

suggests: Hillary and Bill’s “pay-to-play” Clinton Foundation scandal suggests gross corruption. This is the weasel word the Tea Party uses when they have no actual proof of wrongdoing. Synonyms include, “points to,” “hints at” and “almost certainly proves.” The only one doing the suggesting is is Tea Party/GOP.