Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, phrases, canards, shibboleths and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOTP language factories, Feb. 10-20, 2015

bad behavior: (racial authenticity; black pathology). What blacks do naturally.

climate change skeptic: climate change denier

death grip: as in “the EPA’s veritable death grip” over all US businesses.” An exaggerated way of saying “regulation.”

desperation and bad faith: basically, the underlying motivation and moral bankruptcy of any Obama policy position.

divisive: any Dem policy or regulation that the GOTP disagrees with. The logic of this rhetorical ploy is that any division in the country comes form the Dems, and thus the only way to “heal” the country is for the GOTP to entirely get its way.

European-style regulation: any regulation, in the eyes of the GOTP. Synonymous with tyranny and guvment control over people’s lives (see “imposing values on individuals,” below). Never mind that in virtually every major quality-of-life ranking, European nations come out at or near the top.

imposing values on individuals: the ultimate violation of personal sovereignty. In this Ayn Rand moral universe, there are no social norms or laws that need be followed if they conflict with one’s personal values. Any social or moral standard is thus an unwarranted imposition.

intone: what Dems do when they make a speech or statement.

moral authority. = leadership, engagement; moral claim, moral self-confidence. Can only come from the individual, since everyone is apparently self-authoring. It’s hard, however,  to reconcile this concept of any “authority” whatsoever with concepts of individual autonomy.

power grab: any Dem law or policy.

reChristianize Europe: what the GOTP would do to counter the ISIS Caliphate. Look for a second Crusade if they get into power.

temporizing: any Obama foreign policy. Other things he does: prevaricates, dithers, avoids, placates, apologizes, ponders, equivocates.

terror denial: any Dem. policy that calls for anything less than a belligerent, aggressive military response to ISIS. Any attempt to point out that most all Muslims are peace-loving is now called “terror denial.” Soon enough, any tolerance for Islam whatsoever will be the equivalent of supporting Germany or Japan in WW II.

vandalism: Obama v. US Constitution.

victimhood: what the “politically correct” claim whenever possible, aka “the grievance industry.” This term masterfully turns the tables, transforming those being persecuted into prosecutors, thus doubly victimizing anyone who claims discrimination.

work force needs: what Scott Walker wants to be the main mission of the University of Wisconsin, replacing the idea of “the search for truth.” Part of the assault on academic freedom, this mandate naively assumes that the primary purpose of a college education is to get a job afterwards. Turns R-1 universities into voc-tec institutes.

Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Dec 7-10, 2013

apologist: anyone who defends the Obama administration or the Senate. Aka, “sycophant”.

dignity and purpose: The very qualities the spineless, profligate, illegitimate President lacks.This is a kind of master trope, trotted out to defend pro-life activists, the military, free marketeers, and non-freeloading, working Americans.

false narrative:
any claim about Obama administration successes–always of course manufactured by the Democrats. Recent “fale narratives” included: the ACA as being afforable and offering Americans choices in health insurance; Obama as successfully countering terrorism, and the economy as in any way better than it was when Obama took office.

firm response: bellicose GOP foreign policy initiatives–the opposite of “rewarding terrorism”–see below.

nannies: any government official. Aka, “self-appointed experts”.

power grab: any law or administrative policy or procedure originating anywhere in the Executive Branch or the Senate. Republican laws or policies are, on the other hand, always “reasonable” or “legitimate” exercises of governing. Aka, “fiat”.

resentment: the predominant ruling humor of all of the “dependent” classes, the “freeloaders,” etc. The only reason people sign up for food stamps, unemployment benefits, disability claims and welfare. Somehow, though, those on other forms of federal aid–Medicare, for example–are deserving and not all resentful of the accomplishments of the wealthy.

rewarding terrorism: any sign of a diplomatic olive branch, rapprochement, softening or reconciliation toward Syria, Iran, China, Russia  or any “othered” country. Aka, “romancing” tyrants or jihadis; “retreat”, “capitulation”.

tax simplification: lowering taxes and making them more regressive. Much like “regulatory reform,” this is a pure euphemism for drowning government spending in a bathtub, as Grover Norquist once put it.

true school reform: vouchers and privatization.

turning attention away from Obamacare: basically, discussing any other subject, such as inequality, Iranian nuclear disarmament, immigration reform, or gun control. Did Mandela die to turn attention away from Obamacare?