Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, June 29-July 6, 2014

climateers: aka, “the climate mafia”. Supporters of the “theory” of climate change. This term infantilizes them, as if they are leading a children’s crusade.

cronyism: the moral impetus behind all Dem  political appointees.

crowd: a devaluing term for any large-scale social or political consensus that the GOP resists. See above,”climateers”. Mocking the elitist idea of “the in crowd,” this meme reinforces the master narrative meme of Obama as elitist. Often used whenever anyone proposed corporate or Wall Street regulation as the “anti-business crowd.”

good business climate: low or no taxes and regulations.

government seizure: taxes and regulations.

green pork: Any spending on alternative energy solutions or proposals. Solyndra.

humorless: the moral scolds inside the White House and Senate. They can also, however, be portrayed as putting on a “moral minstrel show” (see below), so they are at least sometimes entertaining.

minimalist:what Obama is being accused of being (along with detached, disembodied, fatalistic and passive)–that is when  he isn’t being accused of engineering a socialist takeover of health care, a federally-controlled government run by progressives, and a master foreign policy plan to give way to Muslims.

moral minstrel show: the GOP’s racist characterization of Dem social justice advocacy.

politicized indignation: yet another characterization of the use of the “victim card” by women and minorities. A scurrilous  euphemism for moral blackmail.

the ordinary citizen: similar to Nixon’s putative “moral majority,” the idealized common-sense citizens the GOP claims as their own. The same pesky voters who elected Obama twice, however.

raving: Obama on the stump, now likened to Lear on the heath.

tax reform: tax reduction, inevitably the only way to hope, growth and opportunity.

Glossary, mid-January, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials, Jan. 5-Jan. 17, 2013

“assault” weapons: (note: “assault” must always be in fright quotes). Demspeak for any guns–rifles, handguns, etc. Really a recycling of the old “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” meme.

“biggest tax hike in twenty years”: not actually a new tax, but  “fiscal cliff”-related reinstatement of mostly Bush-era tax cuts.

global retrenchment: Obama’s diabolical strategy to let the bad guys take over the world.

growing world disorder: any challenge to American policy or power, anywhere in the world. “Disorder” always has to be “growing,” a meme to maintain the steady drumbeat of impending doom under a hapless, appeasing Obama (see also, “global retrenchment”). aka, “global troubles and disarray,” traced ultimately to liberals clinging to their entitlements.

growth agenda: any economic policy that promotes deregulation, tax cuts, and an unchecked private sector. Anything that unleashes the inherent and unfailing magic of the free market. “Growth” defined, of course, in purely economic terms, regardless of social or environmental consequences, as if a society cannot “grow” morally. (see also, “market failure”). (see also  the “productive engine”)

market failure: any economic policy that promotes deregulation, tax cuts, and an unchecked private sector.

productive engine: the unleashed power of private sector free markets policies. As opposed to the unproductive “entitlement” culture. Obama wants to “extend and entrench entitlements into the daily expectations of the middle class–from cradle to college to health care during the working years to retirement and then the grave,” in the process “reorienting the private economy to finance income redistribution”.

redistributionism: “the prevailing socialist mindset in the academy”.  aka, “Obama Unfettered”. aka, “the progressive agenda: reordering the relationships of Americans to their government”.

tax “reform”: the Democrat Trojan Horse for raising tax rates and broadening the base of taxed. Part of the Democratic masterplan to “spend, borrow, elect, tax, and then tax some more”. note: “reform” must always in fright quotes

troubling: any Obama nomination the Journal opposes (Hegel, Kerry, Lew)

Glossary, mid-December, 2012

A selection of key memes, phrases and obsession in Wall Street Journal editorials, Dec. 9-Dec. 18, 2012

coercion: any Obama administration strategy or tactic for policy or fiscal reform. (see also “serious and specific”)

good-faith negotiations: no tax increases.

government benefits:  federal incentives not to work: disability, unemployment, food stamps.

harm to the economy:  any Obama fiscal or tax policy proposal. See also “pro growth”

funneling: putting  union dues  into the hands of liberal politicians.

health care insurance exchanges: “centralized,” interventionist, hyper-regulatory”  (see also, “nimble and useful”). Always “coercive”.

lawmaker: “someone whose job it is to spend other people’s money.” “Making businesses pay more is good sport in the halls of Washington”.

monopoly wages: aka, a living wage. Even though right-to-work states average 10% lower wages, the republicans argue that the higher wages in union states are due solely to the unions’ “monopoly power”. Living wages are “extracted from industry”—economic equality being neatly paralleled to strip mining. Generally, any initiatives or policies put forth by the unions are characterized as abusive “monopoly” power.

nimble & useful: private insurance companies (see also “health care insurance exchanges”)

Obamacare: a farce.

offshoring profits:  a “corporate duty”—rational and patriotic behavior.

onerous : any and all cuts to the defense budget

pro-growth: any Republican fiscal or tax proposal. All of Washington is characterized as “anti-growth”

serious and specific: any Republican fiscal or tax proposal

soaking the rich:  The Democrats’ ultimate wet dream.

tax reform:  lowering taxes; never defined as eliminating deductions

thuggishness: any tactics or strategies of labor union to maintain workers’ right

trench warfare: what the Republicans need to engage in for the next two years. Never negotiate.