Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, August Aug 24-26, 2016

academic flights of folly: multilateralism, diversity and multiculturalism, global warming, “rape culture,” gender-based salary differentials, etc. Although these things are real, the GOP/Tea Party “gaslights” them–that is, pretends they aren’t real.

administrative afflatus: the bloated Beltway regulatory monster that kills job growth in America. Any regulation and/or administration is an unnatural construct of big government philosophy.

efficiency: capital will always go where it can be used most efficiently. That’s why US corporations have so much cash stashed in offshore/overseas accounts, subsidiaries, etc. But isn’t “efficiency” actually a tautology in the sense that capitalists can define it anyway they wish? Efficiency can only be used as a means to an end–it is never an end in itself, but, rather, is a handmaiden. So if the purpose is profit only, companies cut corners, engage in cartel-like pricing and stifle competition. Other purposes –social justice, environmental responsibility, equity–require differing definitions of efficiency.

Hillary’s criminality: a given, especially when she ran the State Department as a criminal organization.

humane: the new watchword of the Trump campaign as he softens his image and vows to “not hurt anyone” with his immigration policy. But one wonders how  “extreme vetting” can also be “humane” vetting: either you let undocumented immigrants stay in the country and keep their families intact or you don’t. Also an admission that his campaign has been too “hard” and too eager to “hurt people.”

measured: the new Donald Trump. Aka, mature, discrete, disciplined, presidential. All the things Trump isn’t.

political progress and tolerance: Trump’s flip=flop on immigration, deportation, ethnic screening, and religious litmus tests.

political polls: Dem propaganda.

racist: anyone who’s not a liberal

ransom: any liberal/Dem campaign contribution. Aka, bribe.

reckless: any US military withdrawal, as in Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan

regret: whatever doesn’t work for Trump he now “regrets”–not the thing itself, but the reaction to it. Disappointment, not contrition.

social justice: the leading cause of poverty.

suggests: Hillary and Bill’s “pay-to-play” Clinton Foundation scandal suggests gross corruption. This is the weasel word the Tea Party uses when they have no actual proof of wrongdoing. Synonyms include, “points to,” “hints at” and “almost certainly proves.” The only one doing the suggesting is is Tea Party/GOP.

 

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