Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in The Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories and fever swamps, October 14-18, 2016.

certain areas: urban areas that need “monitoring” on election day because  voter fraud is likely.

Certain=black

dependence: the liberal/Dem plan to keep minorities beholden to them. By using redistributionist economic policies, the Dems create generation after generation of minority poverty and suffering. This exploitation of minorities is actually only a small part of the overall Dem strategy of using government to erode private markets and private social institutions. The Tea Party/GOP antidote of course is independence.

free speech: what pc culture most hates and tries to suppress. As Donald Trump said,

The establishment and their media neighbors wield control over this nation through means that are very well known, Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, rapist, xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you. They will slander you. They will seek to destroy your career and your family. They will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation. They will lie, lie, lie and then again they will do worse than that.

Yet Trump viciously attempts to shut down all of his critics and accusers and his defenders act is if Trump is the rape victim. As Vox puts it,

Trump isn’t actually a supporter of free speech. He’s simply used to his power speaking for him. When it doesn’t speak on its own, he marshals it into service using the law — or at least the threat of the law. There was always, after all, something inherently weird about a man who requires non-disclosure agreements from every single campaign volunteer crusading as a defender of open and honest discourse.

freedom: what Obamacare takes away from the American public. Hillary would extend this even further by removing any choice of physician, treatment plan, provider or costs.

Under the GOP plan, the only real freedom would be for private insurers to charge whatever they want and to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, etc.

gentry progressives: the well-healed liberal uberclass that cares more about the Democrats’ electoral fortunes than about the minorities that they claim to champion.

grace and forgiveness: the bedrock of the faith of evangelical Christians that obliges them to continue to support Donald Trump, who is just being “merely boorish,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

This is what Michael Gerson calls “theological cover for cruelty and political cynicism.”

lock her up: what ought to happen to Hillary, who of course is guilty of endangering national security and covering up her crime.

A new era in America: the criminalization of political opposition. As Michael Gerson argues,

In recent days, Trump has sneered at the looks of a woman who accuses him of sexual assault, denigrated the appearance of Hillary Clinton, proposed to drug-test his opponent, used his campaign to promote what appears to be a Russian covert operation, asserted that Clinton has held secret meetings with international bankers “to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty,” attacked “Saturday Night Live,” promised to jail his opponent and contended that the “whole election is being rigged.”

Which means that Trump is sickeningly cruel, boorish, bonkers, subversive, conspiratorial, obsessive, authoritarian and reckless with the reputation of American democracy.

locker room talk: boys will be boys, engaging in harmless, if distasteful, bragging.

A locker room is apparently a safe space where men can say in private what it is unacceptable to say in public.

our government: the Constitution-following kind of limited federal government that the Tea Party stands for and sustains an fettered market economy.

It follows, then, that a Hillary administration will be called “their government.” Or perhaps Trumpinistas will echo his representation of it as the government of a worldwide cabal of shadowy bankers, globalists, and socialists–part of the Clintons’ “sinister deal” to surrender US sovereignty. This delegitimization of a Clinton administration will totally destabilize the American political system.

polarized politics: the divisiveness caused by the Dem strategy of pitting women against men, minorities against whites, etc.

The strategy here is to not only blame the inception of divisiveness on the Dems (even though the GOP turned against Obama on the second day of his presidency), but to argue that every attack on Trump is “polarizing,” and will undercut any attempts at unity under a Hillary presidency. In their logic, the only cure for the disease they started is for them to get their way. Opposition to the Tea Party is thus pathologized as media bias, election rigging, criminal, or subversive, all in the name of a supposed but non-existent reality.

rape culture: another Dem myth, like climate change, microaggressions, and institutional racism. To the liberals, all whites are racists and all men are rapists. Thus pc culture is always looking to blame and shame and stifle free speech. (see above)

robust: The only way to save health care in America is through robust private insurance markets and competition.

Robust in this case means unregulated and predatory.

scandal-industrial complex: the lamestream media propaganda machine cranking out false and vicious stories about Donald Trump’s supposed sexual misconduct, with no supporting evidence. Trump is the main victim of this conspiracy.

Never mind that most of the coverage hurting Trump is simply playing back his own remarks, or responses to his behavior or remarks. This is yet another circular, irrefutable claim since any opposition to Trump must be part of this conspiratorial “complex.”  As The Washington Post argues, this self-fulfilling prophecy implicates  all Trumpkins, leaving them no rhetorical way out except a revolutionary overthrow of the media and any Dem government:

Mr. Trump’s words seek to make accomplices of his listeners. Anyone who challenges the cabal “is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed,” he told the West Palm Beach audience. “They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and your family, they will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation.” As if the assembled Trumpkins were just as guilty as he of all those alleged sins.

vote-rigging: the Clinton last-ditch strategy to salvage an election they would otherwise lose. Anyone who makes this charge is automatically labeled a racist.

Actually, this is a case of enabling the unthinkable to seem inevitable.

 

 

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