Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, July 14-July 23, 2014

bad actors: the international “thugs” who run circles around Obama, in all his “lassitude.” (see below). An absolute duality between the white hats (our allies) and the black hats (everyone else).

comprehensive tax reform: tax cuts for the wealthy and for businesses.

dynamism: what will get “unleashed” (see below) once Obama is sent back to Kenya. In Tea Party parlance, the opposite of “cronyism.”

factotum: any Dem political appointee or administration official or spokesperson.

lassitude: anything short of an armed, unilateral, interventionist American response to foreign conflicts.

The Obama matrix: supposedly the never-never land of smug complacency and self-righteousness that all Dems have fallen into.

patient-centered health care: euphemism for insurance company-centered health care. The core of this rhetoric are vouchers, which of course will never go far enough to cover anything. Naturalizes the voucher approach as consumer choice, whereas it will really amount to very limited choices, defined by the insurance-health care-Big Pharm complex.

simplified tax code: flat tax.

streamlining: euphemism for gutting environmental laws that lead to increased construction costs.

trampled rights: the result of any laws, regulations or policies the Tea Party opposes. By definition, any “natural right” to do as you please is “trampled” by “red tape”.

unleash: the glorious liberation of American “dynamism” that will result from “streamlined” regulations, “comprehensive tax reform” and “market forces” . What Keystone will do for oil, deregulation for the finance and banking industries, and relaxation of environmental laws for the Koch brothers.

Glossary: an anatomy of key memes, euphemisms, sneers, innuendos, and metanarratives in the Wall Street Journal and other GOP language factories, May 4-12, 2014

alarmism: any Dem projection of current trends into the future. More or less the same kind of demeaning speech act as saying to a woman, “don’t get hysterical”. Most common usage” “climate alarmism”. When the GOP warns of the corrosive effects of tax cuts or federal regulation, they are being “realistic” or “pragmatic,” but never “alarmist”.

Beltway Boys: any Dem political insider. Part of the GOP spin that the Dems are a permanent DC political class, feathering their own nests whilst pretending to car about the poor.

class hatred: any Dem claim about social justice, redistribution, equality, etc. aka, ‘envy”.

eroded liberty: A self-fulfilling prophecy. Liberty here is taken as a kind of utopian state that has been steadily and persistently undermined by liberal ideology. As an absolute, non-negotiable demand for civil society, any attempts to regulate individuals within that society are seen as “erosions” of this absolute. A permanent state of war between the individual and the state is thus pre-ordained.

exaggerations: any positive claims made for OCare. Such claims, by definition, are thus “inaccurate”.

guarantor: the ultimate effect of Obama administration policy that supports any social services, social safety net or entitlement programs. The gist of this usage is that the Obama administration underwrites and maintains a permanent culture of poverty and dependency.

industry:  any widespread Dem policy support or advocacy–as in “the campus rape industry” or “the ‘climate change’ industry”. Implies a permanent conspiracy of lobbyists, think tanks, pols, and government officials who care more about their careers than about the issues.

mobility: the preferred word choice to “inequality”.  Instead of talking about difference, tries to shift the talk to possibility. Of course, framed this way, the only mobile part of the population are the rich. With stagnating wages and eroded job growth and quality, most Americans are in fact downwardly mobile.

playing the political process: Dems’ way of framing any issue–Benghazi, OCare, immigration, etc. The Dems always “pander to the base”, “politicizing” everything. In reality, by announcing early on that their chief aim was to make sure the Obama Presidency failed, the GOP are actually the ones who made EVERYTHING political.

“scientific consensus”:
the fright quotes are the new way to sneer at all science as a liberal “hoax”. Not understanding what consensus means in this case, the Tea Party folks are ushering in a pre-Enlightenment, faith-based orthodoxy.

unleash: what happens when the Dems write a new law or policy, inflicting it on individuals, and thus “eroding” their liberty.

Glossary, April 5-12, 2013

an anatomy of key memes, phrases and obsessions in Wall Street Journal editorials and other precincts of the GOP blogosphere, April 5-12, 2013

distortions: what happens when markets aren’t “unleashed”. Tax breaks & loopholes, heavily-lobbied regulatory loopholes, legal immunity and similar market-rigging measures are never considered distortions, but “adjustments”.

economic freedom, national self-respect and personal virtue: the triumvirate of virtues represented by Margaret Thatcher. sold them to a skeptical public and then demonstrated their efficacy.

gender equity: not measured by comparable wages or working conditions, but by deregulation, legal immunity and free markets.

giveaways.  Any federal subsidies of “green energy”.

housing bubble. Always created by the federal government’s loose money, over-reliance on ratings agencies, and reckless promotion of home ownership. Private sector malfeasance or deception never a factor.

entitlement programs: the subsidizing of one-third of the adult lives of all baby boomers.

Medicare; a failed program with bargain-basement reimbursement payments and bureaucratic regulations that lower the quality of overall care.

Obama budget: “a national economic suicide pact”.

productive citizens. Those who work and save.  The antithesis of Occupy activists. The makers, not the takers.

projecting weakness: in foreign affairs, any multilateral reaching out to build coalitions. See, for example, the US turning to China to help with North Korea. aka “decline”

risk premium: the all-purpose GOP defense of businesses’ refusing to hire and banks refusing to lend. As if they will never hire or lend if any risk is involved. Akin to “uncertainty” as an all-weather GOP explanation of slow economic growth. These terms are also very likely to appear in any analysis of ObamaCare.

Socialist England: like Obama’s America, any middle-left administration that emphasizes anything except self-reliance and free markets. In Socialist regimes, the working and middle class “award themselves lifestyles they aren’t willing to earn”.

spending cuts.  If projected by the Obama administration, then not actual cuts so long as any money is being spent anywhere on new programs. Most only be net, not gross.

unleash: what Thatcher & the GOP does to markets; rampant deregulation.