an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, April 20-27, 2013
assimilation:the first casualty of the Boston bombings. (See also “food stamp jihadists” and “the ethnic grievance lobby”).
character: (see also, “moral compass”). A trump-card virtue, considered to be exclusively possessed by Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and, lately and astonishingly, Bush 43. Lacking this virtue, Obama is always merely “calculating” and bent upon his collectivist, totalitarian, redistributionist makeover of the United States.
entitlement culture: the source of all ills in America; the nation of “takers, not makers”; Food Stamp America. Evil spawn of earlier “moocher” memes such as “hippie” culture and myths of Negro laziness. Apparently, though, corporations are entitled to tax breaks, legal immunity, and subsidies.
the ethnic grievance lobby: along with Big Business and Big Labor, the main political force behind immigration reform.
food stamp jihadists: The Boston Massacre bombings are looking to be a trifecta for the GOP: immigrant-bashing, welfare bashing, and a renewed war of eternal vigilance against “terror”.
people control: the real aim of the “gun control” (aka, “gun grabbers”) crowd.
sequester scare strategy: any furloughs or budget cuts that are dire enough to nudge public opinion toward the Kenyan Pretender. The GOP always suggests alternative budget cuts, usually for ridiculous-sounding (but sound) research projects, office supplies, travel budgets, or Acorn (“community organizing”)-style funding. These alternatives are always referred as “smart spending”.
socialist degeneration, cycle of: creating a reduced, weakened private sector that can’t generate enough jobs to raise the working poor out of poverty.
Third World experience: part of the growing GOP Politiscript lexicon for Obamacare. (See also “train wreck” ). In this case, shorthand for FUBAR. The Republicans can never admit that any aspect of Obamacare is anything other than a catastrophic meltdown of the entire health care system and the inevitable result of government trying to do anything.
tolerance: liberals giving into sentiment about suspending civil liberties—no one is tolerant in a foxhole or when it comes to approving secret domestic wiretaps.