Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, August Aug 24-26, 2016

academic flights of folly: multilateralism, diversity and multiculturalism, global warming, “rape culture,” gender-based salary differentials, etc. Although these things are real, the GOP/Tea Party “gaslights” them–that is, pretends they aren’t real.

administrative afflatus: the bloated Beltway regulatory monster that kills job growth in America. Any regulation and/or administration is an unnatural construct of big government philosophy.

efficiency: capital will always go where it can be used most efficiently. That’s why US corporations have so much cash stashed in offshore/overseas accounts, subsidiaries, etc. But isn’t “efficiency” actually a tautology in the sense that capitalists can define it anyway they wish? Efficiency can only be used as a means to an end–it is never an end in itself, but, rather, is a handmaiden. So if the purpose is profit only, companies cut corners, engage in cartel-like pricing and stifle competition. Other purposes –social justice, environmental responsibility, equity–require differing definitions of efficiency.

Hillary’s criminality: a given, especially when she ran the State Department as a criminal organization.

humane: the new watchword of the Trump campaign as he softens his image and vows to “not hurt anyone” with his immigration policy. But one wonders how  “extreme vetting” can also be “humane” vetting: either you let undocumented immigrants stay in the country and keep their families intact or you don’t. Also an admission that his campaign has been too “hard” and too eager to “hurt people.”

measured: the new Donald Trump. Aka, mature, discrete, disciplined, presidential. All the things Trump isn’t.

political progress and tolerance: Trump’s flip=flop on immigration, deportation, ethnic screening, and religious litmus tests.

political polls: Dem propaganda.

racist: anyone who’s not a liberal

ransom: any liberal/Dem campaign contribution. Aka, bribe.

reckless: any US military withdrawal, as in Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan

regret: whatever doesn’t work for Trump he now “regrets”–not the thing itself, but the reaction to it. Disappointment, not contrition.

social justice: the leading cause of poverty.

suggests: Hillary and Bill’s “pay-to-play” Clinton Foundation scandal suggests gross corruption. This is the weasel word the Tea Party uses when they have no actual proof of wrongdoing. Synonyms include, “points to,” “hints at” and “almost certainly proves.” The only one doing the suggesting is is Tea Party/GOP.


Glossary, February 1-14, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, Feb. 1-14, 2013

efficiency-oriented reform: no tax hikes or federal regulation.

energy regulation:  aka, forced economic contraction

fawning: any media outlet that does not openly attack the Obama administration or Congressional Democrats

fiscal gimmicks: any attempt by the Obama administration to influence fiscal policy, whether around spending, tax cuts, minimum wage, or job creation. health care, climate change, job creation, or education. See also “political pressure”.

growing world turmoil:  the ever-mounting state of threat to America from everywhere, always caused by “emboldened enemies” and Obama’s “leading from behind”.

modernizing entitlements:  either cutting or means-testing Medicare. Aka, “entitlement reform”, “Medicare efficiencies”.

online education: the stalking horse for turning colleges and universities into voc-tech institutions, all under the shibboleth of “increased access to higher ed”.

political pressure:  any attempt by the Obama administration to influence domestic policy, whether around health care, climate change, women’s rights, or education. See also “fiscal gimmicks”. Aka, “steamrolling the opposition”.

so-called rich: the much-bullied group of multimillionaires whose estates are subject to inheritance taxes or whose annual income of $400,000 is now subject to a tax rise.

spending scheme: (aka, “subsidy honeypot”). Any initiative or bill put forth by the Democrats. Must always be called a “scheme”—never just a proposal or plan.

trial lawyer: anyone attorney leading a civil or criminal suit against a corporation. Can never be referred to simply as lawyers.

unleashed: any federal regulators, especially in Obama’s second term