Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, July 26-Aug 4, 2015

arcane disputes: arguments over voting rights restrictions such as voter I.D., shortened voting windows, etc. Part of the phony War on Voting campaign.

bad guys: any nation opposed to American exceptionalism or Tea Party foreign policy. (See “pariah,” below, for the opposite conceit: that Obama and Kerry have turned the US into a “bad guy.”)

cooking the books: any data supporting the notion of climate change.

desensitization: any pro-choice position

income inequality: caused by immigrants taking jobs from natural-born Americans, according to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.

minimum wage laws: disguised welfare benefits

pariah: what the Iran deal has turned the US into.

putsch: any diktat from the White House.  Every executive order is seen as a direct threat to democratic rule; the Obama Presidency is lawless, Obama is Nero, etc.

sensible regulation: when it comes to abortion, a near universal ban

unconstitutional: any Obama executive order.

winning: the sole objective of US foreign policy: victory over the “bad guys,” at any price. No shades of gray, no negotiations, no compromises. Mistakes football for war. When people say that football is “total war,”

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