Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages, and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Feb 10-15, 2016

activist: Dem supporter, environmentalist or liberal judge. Always a pejorative,  like “trial lawyers.” Tea Party/GOP loyalists are called supporters, not activists.

American leadership abroad: bomb the shit out of ’em. American troops and weapons: the New Centurions.

Black Lives Matter: Demspeak for Black votes matter. After elections, the Dems abandon blacks to their  own self-generated pathology of crime, drug addiction, welfare addiction, race-baiting, out-of-wedlock births, and self-righteousness.

Chinese, Muslims and Mexicans: cheaters, terrorists and rapists.

the economic collapse: fear-mongering about the alleged “corruption” of Wall Street; actually caused by the government handing out home loan to deadbeat minority borrowers.

the end of political correctness: the return of unbridled hate speech.

the establishment:
anything not Trump.

female contraception insurance coverage: bucks for sluts.

To God Be the Glory: Is Jesus Christ Ted Cruz’s campaign manager? Does this guy have a Messiah complex, or what? At least Obama said that “we are the people we’ve been waiting for,”   whereas Cruz clearly thinks he’s The One.

identity politics:  Dems claim they want to bring all races, classes, genders, ages and sexualities together, yet if they didn’t  divide by gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, they wouldn’t win any elections. Dems rely on class envy and economic and moral coercion to enforce their straitjacket brand of political correctness

hard work and effort: the opposite of the handout mentality of the “takers”  (aka, parasites). This unadorned Social Darwinism is a key Tea Party meme, effectively cancelling out any discussion of institutional racism, poverty, the corrupting power of money, increasing inequality, sexism, etc.

moral compass: being a Christian fundamentalist.

Obama: the food stamp President.

states’ rights: the states’ ability to deny human and civil rights in the name of the majority in power.

Trumpism: might makes right, profits define success,  and great strength leads to ever-greater authority.  More fact-free misanthropy and bigoted populism.

Vox Dei: Ted Cruz, the Voice of God

Vox Populi: Donald Trump, the Voice of the People.

Glossary: Key memes, dog-whistles, canards, euphemisms, fake outrages, and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Feb 5-9, 2016

attacks on the police: anything suggesting there should be restraints on the police’s ability to do whatever it is that needs to be done.

diplomacy: appeasement

Europhobia: the multiculturalism replacing the successful Euro-American culture with dysfunctional Third World cultures. Unwarranted hatred and fear of whites.

farrago of lies: anything that comes out of Hillary’s mouth.

identity politics: Progressives’ cover for their self-righteous will to power.

incivility and inexperience: political assets

Judeo-Bolshevism: Bernie Sanders.

pitting people against each other: bringing up alleged racial or religious discrimination or differences. aka, “cynical” and “playing the race card.” By the logic of this trope, Dems cannot mention racism or Islamophobia or sexism without themselves being called divisive, racist and sexist. Thus the accuser becomes the accused–a perfect circle of blame and deniability for the Tea Party.

racial spoils system: tribal careerist liberals’ attempts to falsely racialize a multiracial , intermarried society. The resulting set-asides, “affirmative action” and exclusonary politics impose a narrow,  rigid, racialized narrative that only legitimizes leftist ideologues.

religious freedom: forcing faith-based values on others.

screaming: Hillary’s default mode of discourse whenever she raises her voice an octave–aka, “hysterical, “loud” feisty”, “shrill”, “nagging” and “shouting.”When Bernie or Trump, Cruz, Christie or Rubi) get assertive and do the same, it’s called being “forceful.”

tolerance: not being able to criticize Islamic violence, misogyny, homophobia, child abuse, tyranny, antisemitism, bigotry against Christians, etc. The Dem brand of tolerance is thus intolerant and threatens free speech.

Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, dog-whistles, canards, shibboleths and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, May 13-18, 2015

Al Gore’s climate porn: any claims of climate change/global warming and, of course, any calls for responses to climate change.

blood and treasure: typical Tea Party patriot-speak.  In its weirdly antiquated wording, conjures up images of empires won and lost, noble heroism and sacrifice, etc. Implicitly serves as a call to arms, and also used to belittle Obama as not a worthy enough Commander in Chief to call for sacrifice.

a dangerous world: Tea Party-speak for an aggressive foreign policy, unilateral, armed interventions, bloated defense budgets, and uncompromising neocon “American exceptionalism”.

emboldened: what “America’s enemies” are, thanks to Obama’s feckless foreign policy.

feeling (experiencing) racism: reduces any black testimony to racist acts as “whim and fancy,” basically calling charges of racism made-up fantasies (actually, more like “pathologies”), lacking something called “public reason.” Treating racism as a false consciousness. (see “inconsequential jibes,” below), this meme explains it away.

green jihad: (aka, “Al Gore’s climate porn”, above). The alleged all-out liberal assault on American jobs and affordable housing. By conflating Islamic terrorists with climate-change scientists, this phrase neatly turns environmentalists into a group “waging war on the American people.”

handouts: any government aid to the poor, disabled, elderly, etc. When Tea Partiers get federal money, they call it getting getting own money back, even if it’s in the form of tax breaks or subsidies. In other words, the Dems always expect something for nothing.

identity politics: what the Dems get accused of whenever they mention race, class or gender. Alternatively known as playing the various “cards” (e.g., the race card), or “class warfare” or “the war on women,” but all Dem issues are ultimately trivialized as  mere “identity” issues. Somehow, a person’s very “identity”, a profound moral, ethical and cultural construct, is nothing more in this rheotical world than a “lifestyle choice,” as homosexuality used to be sneeringly characterized.

inconsequential jibes: anything Blacks call racist language or microaggressions. This is the Tea Party way of denigrating any complaints of racist language by belittling it or else saying that it’s “just part of human nature.” The basic message: get over it and end this “victim politics”. Explains away charges claims of racism as a “hoax” or “delusional discrimination fables.”

the land of the free: a Tea Party mantra, but isn’t it fundamentally false and contradictory for those in positions of dominance to proclaim universal freedom and the universal possibility of upward mobility, etc? This is an ideology whose function is to preserve the status quo by denying the poor any redistributive justice. Its continuing domination is inscribed in this claim of non-restricted freedom. The ideology of dominance is baked into the phrase itself when it is used by the Tea Party.

nurturing environment for investment: nothing says nurture quite like deregulation. “Investment” itself sounds neutral or even positive, but is actually a euphemism for profit, influence peddling, lobbying, and finding new ways around taxes and laws.

strategic atrophy: the net result of Obama’s foreign policy. Anything less than a muscular, confrontational form of American international aggression is thus framed as sapping the nation of its strength.

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.