Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, July 28-August 1, 2016

Birkenstock and Granola Wing: Bernie supporters among the Dems. Aka, composters and tree-huggers. These golden nuggets from at least 25 years ago come courtesy of Karl Rove, who, ironically, seems stuck in the past while all the while belittling Hillary as a possible agent pf change.

community activist: any prosecutor who brings charges against the police. (see “rush to judgment,” below)

courts working as they should: judicial outcomes supported by the Tea Party/GOP. (see “rush to judgment, below)

Europeanizing: Obama’s weakening America by cutting the military in the name of social redistribution programs. It doesn’t seem to matter that the defense budget has grown under Obama, since he has only slowed the rate of growth. (see “public utilities, below).

failure: a matter of personal choice.

governing: about attitude, rather than experience, practicality, evidence, or reasoning. Anything that stokes tribalism, fear, and hatred fuels the Trumpinistas’ aim of political tyranny and endemic political repression.

gutting the First Amendment: any restraints on campaign financing.  Any weakening of Citizens United puts the government in charge of who precisely can speak in elections. This hyperbole works by setting up a black vs. white dichotomy: either unregulated spending (and thus unregulated speech) or totally controlled spending and speech. Thus attempts to keep big money out of politics and bring more transparency to political spending get reduced to a totalitarian clampdown on free speech.

hard-working: white.

increased minimum wage: surefire way to increase youth crime and gang activity. This classically counter-intuitive GOP/Tea Party claim is held aloft by supposition and  correlation: the unsupported assumption that higher wages lead to greatly increased youth unemployment.

public utilities: under Obama, any sector of the economy subject to federal regulation. For example, the banks are now answerable to the government first. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground in GOP/Tea Party ideology between no regulation and total regulation.

rush to judgment: any brutality charges brought against the police.

uninformed: anyone under 30 who votes against the Tea Party/GOP.

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