Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, phrases, canards, shibboleths and obsessions in the Wall Street Journal and other GOTP language factories, March 28-April 4, 2015

conscience:  a cardinal virtue in GOTP terms; when Dems make conscience-based claims, however, they are called “fanatical and coercive rights.” (see below)

desperation: GOTP shorthand for Dem’s hope. See also “freakout” and “scorched earth policy” and :furious and unhinged,” below.

equality: stomping on religious liberty

fanatical, coercive rights: Democrats can’t help themselves–and become “furious and unhinged” (see below)–when they sanctimoniously claim special rights based on conscience. A moral imperative in a Republican becomes a deranged imposition on others when coming from a Democrat.

fealty: the pejorative form of loyalty. Only fit for vassals, slaves, and Dem ideologues.

fix: what the GOTP wants to do to a law when it becomes unpopular (as in the case of the Indiana and Arkansas religious freedom laws); but when the Dems want to “fix” , say, Obamacare, the GOTP says “end it, don’t mend it.”

freakout: any Dem moral or political stance; one of the ways that Dem ideals are belittled and diminished and made to appear freakishly out of touch with the “average” American.

furious and unhinged: any Dem claims of conscience or assertions of principles. This is basically akin to calling a woman “hysterical” whenever she raises her voice even an octave–a way of dismissing all arguments the GOTP finds discomfiting. Dismissal by hyperbole.

homofascism: Mike Huckabee’s spin on the backlash from Indiana and Arkansas “religious liberty” law. The revenge of the gays on lamestream culture.

indispensable nation: American exceptionalism, writ large. Let’s see, what “axis of evil” -type nations might the GOTP find “dispensable”? If a nation is truly “dispensable,” then annihilating it is morally permissible.

on paper: the pending agreement with Iran, for example, “sounds good on paper,” but when you spin out all the things that could go wrong or all the possible avenues for deception, no agreement is worth the paper it’s written on. Sometimes it seems that if Obama had written The Federalist Papers, the GOTP would say “it sounds good–on paper.”

prisoners: what orthodox Christians have become in an era of “intolerant” “political correctness” aka, pariahs, outcasts, the vilified, the smeared, the bullied, the crucified.

Selma envy: a particular malady of civil rights advocates protesting police brutality. The implication clearly is that any contemporary civil rights protests lack the moral weight of 1960’s civil rights demonstrations and marches. A particularly marginalizing and belittling smear, and a brilliant rhetorical way of turning using an iconic civil rights moment to argue against and current civil rights moments.

shield or sword?: another entirely manufactured distinction designed to undermine any liberal principle. For example, the GOTP says that the Indiana and Arkansas “religious freedom” laws are intended to be a a “shield” to ward off any interference with individual liberty, not a “sword” for bigots. yet merely saying that something is so doesn’t make it so, or, as The Onion put it, “Indiana Governor Insists New Law Has Nothing To Do With Thing It Explicitly Intended To Do.”

scorched earth policy: any Dem political tactic or moral stance. All Dem ideals are portrayed as absolutist and unyielding.

statist expansion: basically, any new law or regulation. Government is now called “statism”.

tolerance as a virtue: especially when it is invoked to defend intolerance, as in the Indiana and Arkansas “religious freedom” debate. We’re supposed to be “tolerant” of bigots.

true intent: Obama wants to make every Afro-American a welfare king or queen; Obama secretly promotes the interests of Iran over those of the US; Obamacare is a smokescreen for the “statist” takeover of all aspects of American life, etc.

Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, April 19-25, 2014

arcane dogmatics: (see below, “ideological screeds”). What counts as evidence in liberal policy analysis, especially climate change “science”.

crushing:mandatory modifier for “regulation”.

greens as the new reds: the reign of terror of “radical environmentalist” Commissars, with their “diktats”, sense of privilege, and elitist snoberies.

ideological screed: any liberal speech, policy analysis, op-ed piece or research. See below, “nostrum,” “overheated”.

minimum-wage laws: creeping socialism

nostrum: any Dem rallying cry, policy position, or slogan–e.g., “afflict the rich”. Republicans are said to have reasonable, market-driven  ideas, not overheated nostrums or screeds.

overheated: mandatory modifier for any principled or impassioned Dem speech or analysis.

“poverty”: increasingly being undermined with fright quotes, indicating that, as some commentators have put it, the term itself is relative, and that even poor people have indoor plumbing. Poverty is only in the eyes of the statistician.

race, endless fixation on: the Tea Party’s fixation with the Dem’s so-called fixation. Just bringing up the subject now is either evidence of a “fixation” or of “playing the race card”.

regulation, litigation, political consensus: the DNA of liberal politics; the opposite of efficiency.

sluggish and lackluster: automatic modifiers for any improvement in economic recovery numbers in the Obama administration.

statism: pejorative term for government regulation.

tax breaks: cronyism at its worst, these bonanzas are always said to be “carved out”. When the GOP does it, they’re called “tax relief,” and offered as a public service rather than a “carve out”.

war: a force that gives Republicans meaning, thus their constant need for enemies: Obama, Putin, the Clintons, Iran, etc.

welfarism: a noted “Negro” lifestyle, according to new Tea Party icon Cliven Bundy. Apparently he thinks the “slavery” lifestyle was a better deal.