Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 23-26, 2016

angry:  The anguished voice of left-behind white voters, especially men. This is the year of the angry voter, and they will prevail on election day, much to the surprise of the self-satisfied liberal elites who only lok down on them. 

Anger is OK for whites; dangerous, sometimes even life-threatening,  for blacks. (see also, “open carry”).

Black Lives Matter: new free Nikes matter. Burn baby, burn.

crony capitalist: Anyone who made money under the Clintons or Obama.

As if the GOP/Tea Party doesn’t ultimately cater to narrow business interests.

facts: biased, when pertaining to Hillary; “piling on” when pertaining to Trump. “Fact-checking” indicates an anti-Trump bias.

narrative repairmen: Hillary’s spin doctors.

national interest:  the sole (thus narrow) criteria for Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

But what about existing alliances, international rules or shared values? Trump’s is above all a transactional universe, not rooted in enduring allegiances, multilateralism,  or principles. To him, all foreign affairs will be an isolationist variation of the Art of the Deal.

open carry: Common sense law allowing Americans to protect themselves and their families. A fundamental second amendment right.

Actually OK for whites, but life-threatening for blacks.

political dysfunction: what Obama has created–gridlock, low trust in government, racial divisions, the politics of envy, etc. What Trump will end with his decisiveness and bold moves forward.

This typically Rovian reversal of field meme works perfectly in the rhetorical sense of blaming the Dems for conditions the GOP has created.

power: domination, especially in a zero-sum game such as foreign policy. Power is always a “winner-take-all” proposition.

Talk of “inequality” only undermines the power paradigm of social dominance, which ignores the unequal capacities of wealth, influence and organizational resources to make their own domination possible and inevitable. It also ignores coercion in social exchanges, monopolization of resources, and coercions of consent.

propensity toward criminality:  an innate condition in almost all Afro-American males, who by and large are a species of criminal filth.

protestors: Black Lives Matter=George Soros-funded thugs.

public sector: government needs to get out of people’s lives because bureaucrats are inherently incompetent and corrupt.

Of course, the GOP/Tea Party has undermined government’s capacity to perform its vital functions

tax cuts: a form of altruism, not greed, because the explosive growth in an “unleashed” economy will lift all boats. Just have faith in the wisdom and efficiency of markets.

white violence: the last thing Afro-Americans should fear. They are their own worst enemy.



Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, April 13-18, 2016

bungling government: actually a redundancy, since government is the enemy because it is by definition incompetent, corrupt, technocratic, and self-serving–and robs us of our liberty. Anything the public sector can do private individuals can do better. The key rhetorical ploy here is depriving the government of the funding it needs to fully function, then blaming it for being dysfunctional.

crony capitalism: the Dem way of inside-the-Beltway business, always  catering to “special interests,” always to be denounced. Of course, when the Tea Party caters to narrow interests, it’s called “setting the market free”.

economic empowerment: bottom-up reform liberating consumers, freeing up the market, ending government regulation–all leading to unlimited growth and prosperity. This eternal and infernal delusion of endless growth  (always in the name of “efficiency”) and unregulated wealth creation is the promise of Trumpism and the Tea Party. Never mind that, in the words of Tony Judt in Ill Fares the Land,“unregulated capitalism is its own worst enemy: sooner or later it must fall prey to its own excesses and turn to the state again for rescue.”

egging on racial violence: mentioning race as a factor in police shootings of minorities, etc. Actually, mentioning race at all.

government extortion of bank assets: Dodd-Frank. Banks were actually the scapegoats of the financial crisis, not the villains. After all, it was the mission of the  big banks to guarantee safety and soundness, and the federal regulators who forced them to make reckless sub-prime loans.

hard choices: to the Tea Party, rationales for inflicting pain on others, especially the poor.

homeowners: the sub-prime deadbeat minorities, propped up by government regulators,   who were the real real villains of the financial crisis.

incentives, effort, and reward: the Tea Party promise of prosperity and upward mobility through drastic cuts in public services. The circular argument of Dickensian Social Darwinism at work: the prosperous are prosperous because they deserve it. The poor are poor also because they deserve it because of laziness or bad character.

independent advance of technology: how the private sector is going to save the planet from climate change over the next century. No government regulators, policies or subsidies required if you just believe in the “unseen hand” of human ingenuity!

Los Angeles and San Francisco: liberal urban seas of smug yuppie self-absorption.

malign reporting: any lamestream media reports that accurately spell out the term of religious liberty (aka “bathroom’) laws. It’s always called “unfair” when reporters talk about the exclusionary, discriminatory, and biased aspects and outcomes of these laws.

political dysfunction: the current political climate, caused by Dem intransigence and a doctrinaire socialism that Americans don’t want.  Never mind that the current political dysfunction has been caused by the GOP/Tea Party vow to stymie Obama, and their intransigent clinging to doctrines of low taxes, limited government, unfettered markets, and the end of the welfare state.

self interest: always furthered by markets and economic efficiencies. Calls for “the common good” or “collective actions” actually hinder everyone’s self interest, which is dependent on the “invisible hand” of the market.

taxes: uncompensated income loss. Forget ideas of the “collective good,” “public sector,” or “civil society.” 

Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Aug 5-20, 2015

character assassination: any Dem attack on Tea Party candidates.

clearly designed: the real intent of Tea Party policies, not what the Dems claim to be GOP motivation. For example, voting restrictions are “clearly designed”  to “protect the integrity of the electoral system,” and not in any way designed to suppress minority voters. In this case, “clearly” is a term of coercion.

crony capitalism: any Dem spending. When Tea Partiers spend money, it’s in the name of “the public good,” “fiscal responsibility” or “market forces.”  As the Washington Post puts it,

It has become fashionable lately for conservatives to decry “crony capitalism,” which involves well-connected corporations and rich people using their influence to milk the government for their own benefit. Even the Koch brothers talk about ending welfare for the wealthy, so firmly committed are they to the purity of market forces. But it turns out that Koch Industries benefits from hundreds of millions of dollars in government largesse, like so many other corporations. As Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute explains (in the National Review!), most of the Republican presidential candidates say they oppose crony capitalism despite long records of supporting it in various forms.

What do we learn from all this?

It’s another reminder that the principles of small government and fiscal responsibility that conservative politicians like Walker pledge their fealty to are highly contingent on who’s benefiting and who’s being hurt.

draconian: any Obama admin environmental regulation.

gutter ad hominem: any Dem attack on a Tea party candidate.

ladling: any federal funding. Money flows from the federal bureaucracy like gravy. Sometimes this ladle is referred to as “truckloads of money.”

political pawns: Hillary supporters.

political correctness: common decency

rambling: any Obama speech that connects two or more ideas. aka, “tendentious.”

regulatory overkill: any federal regulation, especially any from the EPA.

special interest groups: all blacks and Hispanics,  when it comes to issues surrounding civil rights, voting rights,police brutality, mass incarceration, etc.,

taking sides:  criticizing any Tea Party policy or position. Since there can’t be any objective standards for decisive evidence or arguments on any given issue, every Dem argument or point of view is by definition one-sided and distorted.

Washington elites: any influential Dem policy makers.