the federal maw: aka, Leviathan, the “bloated state,” the force that aims to “do away with individual liberty.”. Hyperbole, anyone?
government power. Typical Tea Partier statement: The Left wants this controversy (police shootings of unarmed suspects, inequality, racist remarks, etc.–fill in the blanks) to be about racism, but it is in fact about the nature of government power. Any race-related issue is always caused by government, and government is always part of the problem and not part of the solution because
hyperventilating: what Dems are said to be doing when they either criticize Tea Partiers’ policies or talk about morals and ideals. Morality talk is always characterized as either dissembling and self serving, total fantasy, or a hysterical reaction (especially when it comes from women).
the Pantsuit Posse: Hillary’s supporters (see also above, “baby talk”)
preemptive capitulation: the Dems’ foreign policy doctrine. Any negotiation or strategic concession is always characterized as a “capitulation,” as if foreign policy is a zero-sum game in which we get everything or nothing
the proverbial “people”: any time the word “people” is put in fright quotes, you know it’s being mocked or belittled. In this case, not only is the very concept of populism dismissed as only “proverbial,” but so are any claims Dems make to representing the powerless.
worth: as Robert Reich points out, the notion that people are “paid what they’re worth” is a “meritocratic tautology” because the political and legal institutions that define the market “rig” the market in favor of the rich, so the moral claim that people are paid “what they deserve” is based on an immoral market, and naively separates definitions and possibilities of “worth” from the realities of power. The “market” doesn’t speak; rather, it is a ventriloquist’s dummy, manipulated by Wall Street and the banks.