Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, May 13-18, 2014

exercises in self-esteem:expressions of sympathy or compassion, according to George Will.

government schools: formerly known as public schools.

harrassment: government regulation of Koch industries.

inquisition: a Dem-controlled Congressional hearing

interventionism:  attempts to stymie the free market. Thus, government regulation and taxation are characterized as interventionist, whereas intrusions into women’s reproductive health, gay rights, or union organizing are framed as being pro-life, pro-marriage, or a blow for worker freedom.

liberal fascism:  latest tagline denoting curtailments of free speech or other civil liberties. Implies intolerance and reverse racism or discrimination. Intolerance thus becomes not tolerating racism, sexism or bigotry.

McCarthyism:  now the default modifier/describer of anything related to science, climate change, or political speech. See above, “liberal fascism”.

orthodoxy: any Dem policy or political agenda item. “Progressivism” is always said to be an “orthodoxy”. Implies intellectual straitjacketing and a faith-based belief in the abstract principle of equality.

pals: any Dem “special interest” group (aka, constituency), as in “the Democrats’ labor pals or school teacher pals”.

payback: any Dem policy or legislation–bailout money, Freddie & Fannie. etc.All Democratic politics are cronyism. (see “pals” above)

post-modern and sensitive: sneering characterization of academics.

reparations:  Rush Limbaugh’s shorthand for the Affordable Care Act

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