Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, June 22-27, 2016

affirmative action: the Dems’ sordid business of sorting by race. Shame on them for dividing rather than uniting America. Note that the idealistic goal of achieving equal opportunity has been turned on its head by this rhetorical sleight-of-hand , so that idealism becomes cynical and actually sordid–meaning dirty, corrupt, and shameful. What is an attempt to address and counter the deep historical roots of racism and segregation is instead likened to a cynical con game. Counter to GOP claims that racism is over in America, the need for affirmative action remains as great today as it was 60 years ago. Yet the GOP/Tea Party continues to try to whitewash and oversimplify the past, present and future of race relations in America.

constitutional conservatism: bedrock American values of individual liberty, limited government, and unregulated free markets. Tea Party nostalgia for a lost utopia that never existed.

ethnic identity: tribalism that is unacceptable in a pluralistic society. If identity is your identity, then your primary identity better be American. America First!

green crony capitalism: taxpayer subsidies for smug, holier-than-thou, super-elite climate alarmists

in some sense: Trump’s “reprehensible” rhetoric that really isn’t so bad, and often points to deeper truths. Tea Partiers often frame their defense of Trump in terms of “I don’t agree with how he says things,” or “I don‘t agree with everything he says,” when they actually, sometime secretly, love how he says things and agree with everything he says. So they’ll say, “in some sense,” or “in some ways” what he says is unacceptable, but the “sense” or “ways” they’re staking moral claims to are actually antithetical to their sense of free speech–they just can’t quite bring themselves to be as honest as Trump.

jump-starting the economy: always tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, never stimulus packages. Other euphemisms for tax cuts for the rich include “tax sanity,” “fairness” and “simplicity”. When these terms are used by the Tea Party/GOP, the only “simplicity” they’re talking about is more money in the pockets of the wealthy, and the only “fairness” is based on the idea that the rich should be left on their own to make as much money as possible since they’ve “earned” it. This idea of “fairness” strips away the moral notion of “fair” as being just and equitable, leaving only the unfettered, absolutist playground bullying idea of “fairness” as meaning being able to do whatever you want to .

morally distasteful: what the Dems consider anything morally necessary, especially in regards to domestic and national security  or immigration reform.

politicized cultural liberalism: gun control, abortion, immigration. Rank partisanship masquerading as public policy.

racial profiling: common sense.

religious liberty: church-sanctioned bigotry.

Trumpism: Created by the hyper-partisan,  unconstitutional overreach of Barack Obama.

ungracious: any immigrant who complains about or criticizes America, especially those who criticize job creators and great patriots such as Donald Trump.

 

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