Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages, and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Dec. 28, 2015-January 5, 2016

academia/media/entertainment (AME) Axis : the Cultural Establishment

beleagured: white men. (see “menacing”, below.)

God’s authority: Ted Cruz’s mandate. Or, as Marco Rubio put it, “God’s rules always win.”

grab: Dem’s preferred method of unconstitutional governing; e.g., landgrab, power grab, gun-grab. aka, “overreach”.

hostage to Iran: America under Obama’s “leadership.”

internationalism: treason

liberal hobbyhorses: climate change, the gender pay gap, police violence, gun safety, institutional racism, etc., aka, crusades. This term skillfully infantilizes all Dem policies and principles, likening them to childish naivete. Part of the meme of the GOP as the Daddy Party.

menacing: non-whites. (see “beleagured”, above)

Pax Americana: The only reliable organizing principle for the world. America uber alles.

quasi-isolationism: not wanting to “make the sand glow” by bombing other countries.

sober political choices: electing Tea Party candidates. In the past, “sober” meant electing Nixon and Reagan in the face of America’s declining world standing.

standoff: when militia members stand up for their rights against federal landgrabs. Note that when African-Americans offer civil resistance, it’s called a riot and the armed response is swift, and when Muslim Americans are involved, it’s called a terrorist act and deadly force is swift.

turtles over people: the federal governments approach to “land management.”






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