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 20-24, 2016.

Americanism: what used to be taught in schools. Instead, these days it’s all multiculturalism, globalism, and a one-world government. Another casualty of the pc crowd is “American exceptionalism.”

cynicism: the hypocritical heart of Dem idealism. You can never be too cynical about Dem motives.

This is another example of the Tea Party/GOP projecting its own attitudes onto the Dems. It’s a classically cynical ploy to undermine the Dems’ rhetorical moral credibility (ethos).

faux fainting spell: the lamestream media’s hypocritical and entirely artificial high dudgeon over Donald Trump’s locker room talk and threat to not accept an election ;loss. At worst, Trump’s roguish comments are bluster and rank amateur flair.

This aligns with the meme that all Dem moral and ethical idealism is cynical because it is merely market-tested and politically calculating. The underlying assumption is that the Dems have no moral base, thus no basis for judging the morality of others.

feminism: fraud, self-pitying phony victimhood; a dreary and endless gripe, like black grievance; a vile concoction whose sole purpose is to give miserable women an excuse to be miserable.

free market realities: opportunity and prosperity, countering the Obama-Clinton narrative of victimhood, poverty, and economic stagnation. The free market also ends class warfare as all boats are lifted on a rising tide. Upward mobility and prosperity are part of the Great American Dream that the Dems want to kill forever.

The only “reality” is that the “market” was never “free” because institutional inequalities of race, sex, gender and culture always tipped the scale toward the wealthy and privileged. “Making the market great again” is a clarion call for greater inequality, unregulated financial fraud, and environmental disaster. The only American Dream of the Tea Party/GOP is the wet dream of total deregulation.

identity politics: the all-purpose formula that automatically tells you who’s politically correct. “Identity” is almost always used in the same sentence with “power” and “privilege.”  Part of the relentless politicization of the arts. Also part of the grievance industry.

investing in the American public: either 1)maximal taxing of the American people or, 2) the social bribery of welfare, food stamps, paying pregnant teens more working class wages, etc. This plantation economy is sometimes called “racial equality” or “help for the poor”, but is really just a way to help people stay poor and yet harvest Dem votes.

justice: to Dems, nothing but an endless series of coverups and protection rackets for rapists (such as Bill Clinton), drug dealers, and thieves (such as Hillary Clinton). Why are liberals so much more concerned about criminals than about victims? Dems such as the Clintons substitute rules–“get out of jail free” technicalities and casuistry–for justice.

superfluous: any federal agency

“those who”… what cowardly Dems say when they don’t want to single out “the deplorables” by name, so, instead, say things like “those who cling to their guns and religion.”

validity: the only way Hillary can win is  vote-rigging, thus invalidating her election. Since she is a criminal, she has no valid claim to the Presidency, and only a conspiracy of the crooked media, international bankers, and global free traders is keeping her aloft.

In this paranoid, circular, self-validating alt-right conspiracy, everything is of a piece. Facts and evidence only count if they confirm the conspiracy, a family of concepts that fit together. Each item reinforces the others, so you can start anywhere and just work your way through the buzzwords, since each is a synecdoche for the whole: Benghazi, crooked, Whitewater, red line in Syria, Russian reset, illegal immigrants pouring over the border, Obamacare, TPP, etc. Alt-right is an alternative universe. The war on women has turned into a war on reality.

Parallel GOP Universes: Hyperbolic and Counter-Intuitive Myths, Claims and Canards, May 8-May 15, 2013

We are not only losing the war with enemies whose stated goal is our destruction we are led by a political party that constantly finds excuses not to take these enemies seriously and never has to account for its disgraceful conduct because its potential opposition is mute. The only way to reverse this trend is to mount a campaign to put Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront of the political debate and to educate Americans about the real dangers we face. Americans need to become aware of the Islamic-supremacist threat of the malignant designs of the Muslim Brotherhood and of the disasters that may lie ahead because of the Obama administration’s policies of appeasing and enabling our enemies’ evil ambitions

David Horowitz, “How Obama Betrayed America”, National Review.

And fourth, the free breakfast profoundly weakens young people’s character. When you grow up learning to depend on the state, you will almost inevitably — even understandably — assume that the state will take care of you. And you will grow up also assuming — as do Europeans, who give far less to charity than Americans for this very reason — that the state will take care of your fellow citizens, including your own children.

These are the ways in which the Left has damaged children and families through free school breakfasts.

Why, then, do progressives advocate it? Because it meets three essential characteristics of the left wing: It strengthens the state; it has governmental authority replace parental authority; and, perhaps most important, it makes progressives feel good about themselves. The overriding concern of the Left is not whether a program does good. It is whether it feels good.

“No More Free Breakfasts,” National Review. The moral rot of the empire started with free breakfasts for poor children. The Left’s “destroy the children” campaign has been unmasked at last.

King said Obama ignores athletes such as former New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who express their Christian faith, but was quick to call with his congratulations when former Washington Wizards player Jason Collins announced he is gay.

“These are ways that the culture gets undermined, where it gets divided, and the people on this side take their followership from that kind of leadership,” King said. “And one notch at a time, one click at a time, American civilization, American culture, Western civilization, Western Judeo-Christendom are eroded.”

“Obama Lowering American Values,” Steve King, R-Iowa, on the House floor. All it took was one gay NBA player to bring down Western Civilization.

The result is a paradox. As the ambitions of government in the Obama era have expanded, respect for the institution of government has reached new lows. These scandals add another layer of cynicism. And the practical political effects are very real. Who is more likely this month than last to trust the federal government with the implementation of Obamacare (in part by the IRS), the enforcement of new gun-control laws or the securing of the southern border?

“Government’s Heavy Hand Felt in AP, IRS Scandals,” Michael Gerson, Washington Post. Nothing like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Why trust the guv’ment with anything? This is the cynical nihilism at the heart of the GOP vision.

Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama — and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now.

“DC Turns on Obama,” Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, Politico. Oh, right, they’ve shown such bipartisan spirit and self-restraint blocking every Obama policy initiative, sabotaging budget negotiations at the last minute, holding up confirmations for months or even years, etc. Give me a break. Weather forecast: three and a half more years of non-stop hearings, leaks and cries for impeachment. The GOP is governing by negation.