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, Nov. 12-15, 2016

bank deregulation:  Freeing up the “animal spirits” of the market, especially in terms of loosening mortgage lending regulations.

Trump’s first move to support the common man!

big government: the opposite of the Constitution. Constitutional law will be great again, which means making it once again resonate with this nation’s heritage—not abstract principles divorced from our lived experience and accumulated wisdom as a people.

consumer-directed health arrangements: at the heart of the “replace” part of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Innovations such as health saving accounts and tax credits will replace Obamacare’s byzantine maze of subsidies, mandates, and penalties. The newly-freed market will drive prices down as consumers get more choices.

This is Orwellian-speak for insurance industry-driven health care policy. Consumers will be forced to do anything except “direct” the health care market, since there will be no price controls, lowered state regulation, a slow drowning  of Medicaid via state block grants, and, if Paul Ryan gets his way with “premium support” (aka, vouchers), the privatization of Medicare. The only thing re-formed will be consumers’ soaring net health care expenditures, as the vouchers and tax credits are inevitably unable to keep pace with rising health care and insurance prices. Calling it premium support, not premium reimbursement means that it will be at best partial.

defenders of freedom: Trump supporters. Trump haters would take away freedom of speech and thought.

European-Americans: the single most discriminated against group in the recent )and now past) “pc” era of American history. Note: does not include jews.

fear: a good thing, according to Steve Bannon. As he put it in 2010, “Fear is going to lead you to take action.”

feeling good: the liberal-progressive, baby boomers’ mantra. How eclipsed by  Trumpism, with its return to morality, responsibility, patriotism, social mores, and discipline.

feminism:  a needy, demanding, touchy-feely form of attention-seeking.

justice: to progressives, Hillary somehow winning the election.

the multicultural raj: the pc crowd that was voted out Nov. 8. Multiethnic is good because it doesn’t engage in victimhood-mongering and balkanization. Progressives need to get over multiculturalism because there is only one culture: the American culture.

popular vote advantage: Clintonistas’ form of denial of the election of Donald Trump.

progressive agenda:  having the government govern the people, as opposed to the people governing the government.

snowflakes: media slime and feinting-couch progressives calling in sick and hovering in safe places under their beds — the dopes marching in the streets demanding civility as they shout threats to grab Trump by his genitals.

Steven Bannon: a controversial figure who ran a provocative website. Also a patriot who only wants what’s best for America.

Also a misogynist, xenophobic, racist, anti-Semitic bomb-thrower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Dec. 19-20, 2013

big government:  any government. “Big” serves a mandatory modifier of neutral-sounding “government”. “Big government” leads to a “federal takeover” (see below); also is he opposite of “self government” (see below)

college education as an investment: the reductionist view of education that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. This is the wedge strategy for doing away with tenure, academic freedom, and the social sciences.

commitment: what Republicans value in sexual behavior. Democrats, on the other hand, prefer one-night stands, promiscuity and, and irresponsibility.

federal takeover: any government

guilt:  Obama’s core emotional appeal, said to be ” vast, vague, and unanswerable”, also insatiable. Always used derisively, as when belittling “crippling white guilt”. Without guilt, and its sense of moral obligation, no social mitigation of inequality is necessary.

honorable self-government:    Ideally the equivalent of no government in the perfect libertarian state in which individuals would be entirely self-determining.The modifier is a key part of this equation when it refers to states’ power (as opposed to federal power) because the states (or certain states) are inherently honorable and can be trusted with power.

identity politics: (see the “race, class and gender industry” entry, below). A card played whenever Dems address issues of social equity. When the GOP appeals, say, to Tea Partiers, it’s called “playing to the base.”

man’s work: timbering, mining, drilling

the political class: used derisively to refer to any democratic-leaning journalists or analysts.

the productive engines of the economy:  nurturing  (i.e., “coddling”) undermines these; only the “unfettered” free market releases these animal spirits. Overt attempts at equity or qwlfare re automatically defined as “unproductive”.

the race, class, and gender industry:  the social sciences in higher education. As if the only motive for addressing discrimination and inequality is an economic one.

reeducationIn true Stalinist fashion, the technique the so-called liberal “thought police”  use to silent dissenters and force them into  ideological compliance.