Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, August 2-12, 2016

artificial: government regulations or price controls or anything that inhibits the pure, natural functioning of Mr. Market. Always an innovation killer and jobs/growth inhibitor. One notable area of the effects of artificial barriers to economic growth are the environmental rules, zoning laws and building restrictions that plague the housing market.

the Constitution: null and voice starting Jan 20, 2017 if Hillary is elect3d.

demonizing police officers: criticizing their conduct.

economic distortions: corporate taxes.

justice: law, order, and safety at home. In his convention acceptance speech, Trump seemed to conflate justice (a Rawlesian combination of equality and liberty) with law and order and political suppression. A particularly Orwellian passage indiscriminantly equated justice, progress, an enhanced police state, economic prosperity and “The American People” (all capitalized):

Our goal is justice for every American. If we are to have respect for law in America, we must have laws that deserve respect. Just as we cannot have progress without order, we cannot have order without progress, and so, as we commit to order tonight, let us commit to progress.

The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order. On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.

Apparently anyone who disagrees with these false equivalencies and glib causal chains is not entitled to be part of “The American People.”

going fetal: what the police do when their hands are tied by DOJ oversight, which punishes the police rather than rewarding them. In Tea Party/GOP logic, the answer is less policing, not better policing. Police passive resistance and work slowdowns are just another form of their abuse of power.

lies: Trump’s form of marketing, as explained by the WSJ’s Holman Jenkins:

He tells an excitable part of the electorate what it wants to hear, on guns, trade and immigration. When you tell the public untruths, in Mr. Trump’s understanding of business, that’s marketing.

pussies: Democrats and liberals, according to Clint Eastwood.

selective smear: any Obama administration report critical of the police, restrictive voting rights laws, or financial industry misconduct.

They: anyone not supporting Donald Trump, especially the media. A fifth-column.

unaccountable, unelected officials: any Obama agencies or appointees. In GOP administrations, they are simply called “Dept of Justice” officials or whatever.


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