Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and meta-narratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, October 13-21, 2014

the busybody brigade: guv’ment workers; academics; social activists, ethicists.

divisive: any form of racial identification.

honest broker: staggeringly naive description of the US’s motives in intervening in foreign affairs. As if nations never have vested interests and never defend their monied elites.

house arrest: Dodd-Frank’s overall effect on bankers and financiers. Titans of Finance, cast off your chains!

hubris: any form of government regulation, because in the long run anything but unfettered liberty begets catastrophe.

poor people have refrigerators: right-wing rhetorical judo just doesn’t get any better than this. This line of argument is equivalent to political standup comedy. Evades the issues by changing the subject; substitutes a part for the whole; reduces an argument to its absurdest possible conclusion, completely reverses reality so that day is night, up is down, and America’s poorest are rich but are just too obtuse and greedy to know it.

the responsibilities of hegemony: why we need to invade Ukraine, Syria, etc. Formerly known as Manifest Destiny.

scare tactics: the mere mention of women’s rights, equal pay, reproductive rights, civil rights. In fact, all rights talk is on its way to being called emotional bullying, race hustling, or grievance mongering.

screed: any Dem position paper, policy statement, or speech.

the war on police: Ferguson.

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