Saturday, January 22, 2011

Caveat Lectores on Buzz Words


This country is infatuated with “buzz words” and talking points created by the right wing conservative pundits and Tea baggers. They are the current vernacular of the day that clue us in on what is going on in the minds of the mindless. Make no mistake the more liberal elements of the country would like to successfully mold public opinion by using their own terms, but they are not as self defining and inflammatory. The right wing is winning the war of propaganda fueled by simple words that anchor the debate on the right wing’s terms even when later proven false.

You will not hear a right winger speak without using such terms as:

Unsustainable public employee pensions, overly generous benefits, greedy public employees, big labor and labor bosses, privatize and out source, fiscal responsibility: Terms used to demonize public employees as if they are the cause of the financial crisis created and sustained by fighting multiple wars and suffering from the greed of Wall Street and the banking industry just to name a few sources of the Great Recession.

Pro business, deregulation, tax revolt, big government liberals, tax and spend liberals: Terms used to make it sound like the only reason the economy is a shambles is because of regulations originally put in place to protect business and consumers from self destruction created by greed and unlimited self interest.

Gay agenda, welfare moms, individual responsibility, socialist agenda, and un American: Terms used to demonize anyone who is not obviously mainstream and conservative.

Government healthcare takeover and death squads took hold in a way that absolutely defies any factual analysis whatsoever.


And oh yes, have a nice Day?

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