Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Aug 27-Sept. 1, 2016

amnesty: any reform that lets any undocumented worker stay in the US under any conditions whatsoever.

anti-white bias: the biggest racial problem facing contemporary America.

black victimization: the faulty of Obama and Clinton policies that encourage crime and dependency on the nanny state. Blacks are the victims of every program intended to help them. By this logic, the less the government does to lessen inequality, the greater the chance that inequality will be lessened.

cadres: Black Lives Matter supporters. Rhetorically links them to Communism.

the Clinton menagerie: any Clinton staff members or supporters.

diversity training: always, inevitably, leads to less diversity and more racial bias.

grandees: any Obama administration officials, especially the Fed.  Rhetorically likens them to an unaccountable aristocracy.

intellectual progress: Donald Trump’s continued evolution on immigration policy. Trump wants to be immune to charges of “flipflopping,” preferring instead to be seen as “presidential” when he changes his policies to fit political realities. His positions are now, in the words of his new campaign manager, “to be determined.”

law and order: protecting the police and White America.

public service:  almost always a hypocritical political shakedown, especially in the case of consumer relief. As with all Big Government programs, the consumers the government purports to help are the most devastated and pay the heaviest price.

the right to education: the guiding principle behind ending teacher tenure and greatly expanding vouchers and charter schools. The right to education turns out to be the right and license to dismantle the public education system.

socialized risk-pit:  Clinton/Obama fiscal policy, especially the inert, non-conducting  “stimulus” packages, forgiveness of student loans, Obamacare, and increases in minimum wages.

softening: Trump’s “pivot” a new, more humane, mass deportation plan. Trump’s revised policy on mass deportation: But  I don’t understand why this story–and many similar stories across the country–say that Trump has “softened.” He wants everyone to go–apparently mostly through self-deportation. Here’s the  money quotation from his speech last night: “For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry like everybody else, under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above. ”  It was a very confusing speech because he actually offered three scenarios: deporting the criminals, waiting until all the criminals are deported before addressing the non-criminals, and deporting everyone.  It doesn’t add up, in the same way his tax and spending numbers can’t be reconciled.


Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and meta-narratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Nov 21-28, 2014

anticarbon putsch: any attempt to regulate coal or other fossil fuel emissions.

climateers: the GOTP’s infantalizing characterization of anyone worrying about climate change.

common sense: like “hard-won experience” (see below), this GOTP master trope is always deployed in contradistinction to “feelings” (a stand-in for the much sneered at concept of idealism”). These “feelings” are at the core of the slow rot, or “deterioration” (see below) of America.

deterioration: the decline and fall of America, as presided over by Obama and the “Snobocrats”. What’s deteriorating: everything from culture to sexual norms to decency, honor and “common sense”.  This is the master jeremiad trope.

emasculation: what the internationalist wing of the GOTP (see below)  say has happened to US power under Obama. The next surge will be a bellicose, aggressive, confrontation, full-frontal phallic thrust into Iran, Ukraine, China, etc. etc.

internationalists: the McCain/Graham/Lieberman/Cotton wing of the GOTP. See “emasculation”, above.

grandee: any liberal member of the so-called “Snobocrats”, or the “Bossypantsocrats”.

hard-won experience:  the trump card of the GOTP, in its guise as the “Daddy Party”; contrasts to Obama’s perpetual “disappointed idealism”. Boy, is the GOTP a buzzkill these days!

perceptual/factual: in the words of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, in response to Obama’s immigration speech, “The president ought to walk into this a lot more slowly, especially after an election. This idea, the rule of law, is really concerning a lot of people where I come from. And whether it’s factual or perceptual, it really doesn’t matter.” The GOTP finally admits that it’s indifferent to facts. Facts are stubborn things and only get in the way.

sermon (or lecture): any Obama moral statement. The GOTP, being “realists” using “hard-won experience,” act as if they are revealing the eternal verities of human nature, and not filtering everything through a moralistic filter.

tenderfoot Talleyrands: Obama’s foreign policy team, the ones who have “emasculated” (see above) America.

traditional state authority to police…..(just about anything): this mythical and mystical reserve clause for states obviates any federal regulation,and is a perennial trump card the GOTP plays whenever they don’t like a federal policy. Note, of course, that the “traditional state authority to police” elections wasn’t relevant back in 2000 in Florida.

vouchers: Republicans’ version of redistributionism. With their ascendancy in Congress, look for a lot more “voucher” talk in 2015.

working alongside/not getting in the way: the m.o. of red states when it comes to environmental regulation. “Working alongside” industry means never getting in their way–thus only “working” to further corporate interests.