Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, June 29-July 6, 2014

climateers: aka, “the climate mafia”. Supporters of the “theory” of climate change. This term infantilizes them, as if they are leading a children’s crusade.

cronyism: the moral impetus behind all Dem  political appointees.

crowd: a devaluing term for any large-scale social or political consensus that the GOP resists. See above,”climateers”. Mocking the elitist idea of “the in crowd,” this meme reinforces the master narrative meme of Obama as elitist. Often used whenever anyone proposed corporate or Wall Street regulation as the “anti-business crowd.”

good business climate: low or no taxes and regulations.

government seizure: taxes and regulations.

green pork: Any spending on alternative energy solutions or proposals. Solyndra.

humorless: the moral scolds inside the White House and Senate. They can also, however, be portrayed as putting on a “moral minstrel show” (see below), so they are at least sometimes entertaining.

minimalist:what Obama is being accused of being (along with detached, disembodied, fatalistic and passive)–that is when  he isn’t being accused of engineering a socialist takeover of health care, a federally-controlled government run by progressives, and a master foreign policy plan to give way to Muslims.

moral minstrel show: the GOP’s racist characterization of Dem social justice advocacy.

politicized indignation: yet another characterization of the use of the “victim card” by women and minorities. A scurrilous  euphemism for moral blackmail.

the ordinary citizen: similar to Nixon’s putative “moral majority,” the idealized common-sense citizens the GOP claims as their own. The same pesky voters who elected Obama twice, however.

raving: Obama on the stump, now likened to Lear on the heath.

tax reform: tax reduction, inevitably the only way to hope, growth and opportunity.

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