Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, May 29-June 8, 2016

bipartisanship: when Obama agrees with the Tea Party. (see “failure,” below)

civilizational advantages: Europe over the Middle East; the US over everyone else;

failure: Obama’s intransigent partisanship with Congress that led to his inability to get any GOP support, as argued by Mitch McConnell. In a hilarious WJS op-ed, McConnell shamelessly insists that the Senate is supposed to be bipartisan,  somehow overlooking his thousands of obstructionist statements, such as this 2010 reveal:

It was absolutely critical that everybody be together because if the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is O.K., they must have figured it out,” Mr. McConnell said about the health legislation in an interview, suggesting that even minimal Republican support could sway the public. “It’s either bipartisan or it isn’t.”

Mr. McConnell said the unity was essential in dealing with Democrats on “things like the budget, national security and then ultimately, obviously, health care.

hate group: any organized effort to oppose Trump.

judicial activist: any federal judge who rules against the Tea Party or GOP policies and principles.  (see “settled law,” below).

obstacles to investment: taxes and regulations, aka, “morasses”. Thus, establishing taxes and regulations–the two chief functions of government–puts a finger on the rhetorical scale from the beginning. If taxes were instead characterized as obligations or opportunities or investments in the future, the GOP would lose its inherent rhetorical edge in economic policy framing.

position of trust: something HRC will never be in, no matter whether she is ever charged with a crime or indicted. Although her “crookedness” is an allegation, based on other allegations, she has somehow  forfeited trust in a way that Donald Trump never has, despite changing his mind and contradicting himself on every major issue.

purposely negative reporting: false reporting. Any attack on Trump is by definition a horrible “hit job”, a piece of “sleaze”, a personal attack that should be illegal and subject to huge fines. Trump thus takes a page from the fascist playbook, currently being ruthlessly enacted by Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, who has charged or jailed political opponents, journalists, civic society groups, and others, characterizing them as terrorists:

If the H.D.P. has dropped all caution, so has Erdogan. The man who once held back Turkey’s trigger-happy security services has now given them carte blanche. “Turkey has no Kurdish problem, but a terror problem,” he said in January. “No one should try to palm it off on us as a Kurdish problem.” He later called for members of Parliment to be stripped of their immunity, so H.D.P. leaders could be prosecuted and jailed as terrorists, and parliamentary debates devolved into mass fistfights. In mid-May, the Parliament passed the immunity-lifting measure, an act that is likely to push more Kurds toward militancy.

At the same time, Erdogan has led a crackdown on the press, with the state jailing critical journalists and academics en masse and closing down opposition outlets; scarcely any remain. He has urged Parliament to “redefine” terrorism in a way that is ominously broad. “The fact that their title is lawmaker, academic, writer, journalist or head of a civil society group doesn’t change the fact that that individual is a terrorist,” he said in March. Even in Erdogan’s own party, total loyalty to the president has become a condition of survival. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, long viewed as a flunky, was forced out unceremoniously in early May after some mild gestures of difference with Erdogan, including on the Kurdish issue; he had hinted at a return to peace talks. “The one who talks about peace in wartime is as much a traitor as the one who talks about war in peacetime,” wrote an Erdogan ally, in an anonymous denunciation of Davutoglu posted on a blog on May 1.

This all-or-nothing strategy seems guaranteed to return Turkey to the days when the Kurds were forced to choose between the P.K.K. and the state. If that happens, many who are now critical of the P.K.K.’s violence and hungry for an alternative will fall in line behind Ocalan’s minions. Turkey’s compliant mainstream media, meanwhile, have done their part to whip up a nationalist frenzy. Turn on a TV anywhere in Turkey, and you will see frequent footage of soldiers’ funerals, but no mention of civilian casualties or the hundreds of thousands forced to leave their homes.

This reads like a preview of the attack on free speech that would be the hallmark of a Trump Presidency.

rule of law: what the Dems call racism.


settled law: any standing judicial policy or precedent that the Tea Party agrees with. Everything else is “judicial activism”. (see above)

victims: in the case of LGBT bathroom use, the victims are little girls who will have to suffer degenerate trannies  exposing themselves in the girl’s bathroom. Victims and victimizers are thus intentionally conflated, as with Jim Crow laws, which ostensibly were designed to protect white women from black rapists. These purported forms of violence are hypothetical only, much like so-called voter fraud.

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