an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, Aug 15-28, 2013
colorblind: aka, “race neutrality”. Race is like Voldemort: He whose name cannot be mentioned. Somehow, in yet another example of GOP magical thinking, taking racism off the table as a subject suddenly makes it go away. Or, worse, they seem to be patronizing blacks and ludicrously seizing the high moral ground on racial justice. Since everone is now “colorblind,” racists have disappeared, but, somehow, racism hasn’t,
diversocrats: entrenched defenders of racial equality, equal opportunity, and affirmative action. A sneering nickname for Democrats.
evidence: In the case of a longed-for Obama impeachment, the crazy thing that Obama’s defenders are calling for. In this case, evidence is a Democratic ploy.
grievances: all calls for equal justice, civil rights, voting rights, etc. All such claims are usually linked to Al Sharpton, a man who “foments arson and murder”. Somehow, there is no longer a correlation between rights and justice because justice has been served and we are now in a “colorblind” society.
gun-grabber: anyone supporting even criminal background checks for gun licenses. Obviously someone kowtowing to “New York anti-gun” interests.
national self-abasement: the sum total of Obama’s appeasement-based foreign policy, the only outcome of which is American irrelevance and humiliation.
negative rights/negative liberty: the originalist interpretation of the Bill of Rights, claiming that the guiding vision and promise of America’s founders was to limit or kill off government. The alternative is positive liberyt or rights–a “European style cradle-to-grave democracy” that promises the people a free lunch.
sycophant media: any media outlet that reports White House statements and policies without sneering derision.
utopian interventionism: anything we do to intervene in Syria on humanitarian grounds.