Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Aug 27-Sept. 1, 2016

amnesty: any reform that lets any undocumented worker stay in the US under any conditions whatsoever.

anti-white bias: the biggest racial problem facing contemporary America.

black victimization: the faulty of Obama and Clinton policies that encourage crime and dependency on the nanny state. Blacks are the victims of every program intended to help them. By this logic, the less the government does to lessen inequality, the greater the chance that inequality will be lessened.

cadres: Black Lives Matter supporters. Rhetorically links them to Communism.

the Clinton menagerie: any Clinton staff members or supporters.

diversity training: always, inevitably, leads to less diversity and more racial bias.

grandees: any Obama administration officials, especially the Fed.  Rhetorically likens them to an unaccountable aristocracy.

intellectual progress: Donald Trump’s continued evolution on immigration policy. Trump wants to be immune to charges of “flipflopping,” preferring instead to be seen as “presidential” when he changes his policies to fit political realities. His positions are now, in the words of his new campaign manager, “to be determined.”

law and order: protecting the police and White America.

public service:  almost always a hypocritical political shakedown, especially in the case of consumer relief. As with all Big Government programs, the consumers the government purports to help are the most devastated and pay the heaviest price.

the right to education: the guiding principle behind ending teacher tenure and greatly expanding vouchers and charter schools. The right to education turns out to be the right and license to dismantle the public education system.

socialized risk-pit:  Clinton/Obama fiscal policy, especially the inert, non-conducting  “stimulus” packages, forgiveness of student loans, Obamacare, and increases in minimum wages.

softening: Trump’s “pivot” a new, more humane, mass deportation plan. Trump’s revised policy on mass deportation: But  I don’t understand why this story–and many similar stories across the country–say that Trump has “softened.” He wants everyone to go–apparently mostly through self-deportation. Here’s the  money quotation from his speech last night: “For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry like everybody else, under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above. ”  It was a very confusing speech because he actually offered three scenarios: deporting the criminals, waiting until all the criminals are deported before addressing the non-criminals, and deporting everyone.  It doesn’t add up, in the same way his tax and spending numbers can’t be reconciled.


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