Glossary: Key memes, counterfactuals, dog whistles, canards, euphemisms, innuendoes, insinuations, fake outrages and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, Sept. 23-26, 2016

angry:  The anguished voice of left-behind white voters, especially men. This is the year of the angry voter, and they will prevail on election day, much to the surprise of the self-satisfied liberal elites who only lok down on them. 

Anger is OK for whites; dangerous, sometimes even life-threatening,  for blacks. (see also, “open carry”).

Black Lives Matter: new free Nikes matter. Burn baby, burn.

crony capitalist: Anyone who made money under the Clintons or Obama.

As if the GOP/Tea Party doesn’t ultimately cater to narrow business interests.

facts: biased, when pertaining to Hillary; “piling on” when pertaining to Trump. “Fact-checking” indicates an anti-Trump bias.

narrative repairmen: Hillary’s spin doctors.

national interest:  the sole (thus narrow) criteria for Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

But what about existing alliances, international rules or shared values? Trump’s is above all a transactional universe, not rooted in enduring allegiances, multilateralism,  or principles. To him, all foreign affairs will be an isolationist variation of the Art of the Deal.

open carry: Common sense law allowing Americans to protect themselves and their families. A fundamental second amendment right.

Actually OK for whites, but life-threatening for blacks.

political dysfunction: what Obama has created–gridlock, low trust in government, racial divisions, the politics of envy, etc. What Trump will end with his decisiveness and bold moves forward.

This typically Rovian reversal of field meme works perfectly in the rhetorical sense of blaming the Dems for conditions the GOP has created.

power: domination, especially in a zero-sum game such as foreign policy. Power is always a “winner-take-all” proposition.

Talk of “inequality” only undermines the power paradigm of social dominance, which ignores the unequal capacities of wealth, influence and organizational resources to make their own domination possible and inevitable. It also ignores coercion in social exchanges, monopolization of resources, and coercions of consent.

propensity toward criminality:  an innate condition in almost all Afro-American males, who by and large are a species of criminal filth.

protestors: Black Lives Matter=George Soros-funded thugs.

public sector: government needs to get out of people’s lives because bureaucrats are inherently incompetent and corrupt.

Of course, the GOP/Tea Party has undermined government’s capacity to perform its vital functions

tax cuts: a form of altruism, not greed, because the explosive growth in an “unleashed” economy will lift all boats. Just have faith in the wisdom and efficiency of markets.

white violence: the last thing Afro-Americans should fear. They are their own worst enemy.

 

 

Mitthammer

“If you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail”

The Romney-Ryan website’s foreign policy section, entitled “An American Century,”  is firmly rooted in the logic of classically Orwellian Cold War rhetoric:

Our country today faces a bewildering array of threats and opportunities. As president, Mitt Romney will safeguard America and secure our country’s interests and most cherished ideals. The unifying thread of his national security strategy is American strength. When America is strong, the world is safer. It is only American power—conceived in the broadest terms—that can provide the foundation for an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies.

A Romney foreign policy will proceed with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies will not have doubts about where we stand and what we will do to safeguard our interests and theirs. Neither will our rivals, competitors, and adversaries. The best ally world peace has ever known is a strong America. The “last best hope of earth” was what Abraham Lincoln called our country. Mitt Romney believes in fulfilling the promise of Lincoln’s words and will defend America abroad in word and in deed.

The usual paradoxes apply: peace through strength, security through conflict, prosperity through power. It calls for a century-long vigilance (“resolve”) against weakness and apology; facing up to an unending cycle of threats from “rivals, competitors and adversaries,” necessitating a perpetual process of putting these rivals “on notice”.

The sketchiest assertions here are:

1) that America will dominate an entire century of world affairs and,

2) that “The best ally world peace has ever known is a strong America.”

“The best ally of world peace EVER KNOWN”

Really?