January 1, 2011
Semantic Engineering for ConservativesBy Jim Guirard
It's easy to find examples of semantic engineering -- the use of words or phrases that mask a concept's true meaning -- among the left. Indeed, the right has long given a lot of ground in the arena of words...but that can (and should) change. To that effect, here is a partial list of semantic gems for every conservative to incorporate into his political lexicon.
Communoid - communist-like; "former" communists who may still be
Fascist-Left - Hitler and Mussolini were reactionary-left "national" socialists, too
Gulag Guevara - the Cuban prison system, renamed for its founder, "Che" Guevara
Cubazuela - the former Venezuela, which is becoming another Cuba
ProgSoc - the Orwellian contraction of "Progressive-Socialist"
POOTUS - Proponent of Over-Taxing US (e.g., President Barack Obama)
Exurgents - imported or foreign "insurgents" (de facto "occupiers" themselves)
OutForcing of jobs - disincentives which cause much of the current "outsourcing"
Age of SCAMALOT - correct legacy label for Obama's scam-filled presidency
Branch Carbonian Cult - correct name for the pseudo-religious global warming movement
CommieCzars - Obama's unconfirmed, unaccountable, and socialistic regulatory "czars"
Chavista-Bolshevista Revolution - Bolshevist and Communoid, but not so-called "Bolivarian"
OPRAH Land - the Obama-Pelosi-Reid-And-Hillary Land Plantation's version of socialism
Properganda - selective, self-serving information -- but which is also certifiably true
Obama's Great LEAHP Backward - his policy of "Less Energy At Higher Prices"
...and several more, as set forth in both AmericanThinker and TrueSpeak.org.
From OPRAH Land "BUYpartisanship" to the TPM's "ConCentrism"
In the same spirit of innovation and truth-in-language (and in hopes that other right-of-center activists will actually begin using them), here are fifteen additional terms and frames of reference -- which might help us to win the ongoing socioeconomic, ideological, and political wars against our previously defined "ProgSoc," "Scamalot," "OPRAH Land," and "Branch Carbonian Cult" adversaries.
Correctly Labeling a National Vote of "NO CONFIDENCE"
Of equal importance to all of these new labels combined is the well-known but seldom-spoken term of "no confidence" which best describes the true meaning of the November 2, 2010 midterm congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative elections -- in which even Barack Obama himself admitted to having received a major "shellacking."
Other descriptive terms for the ProgSocs' stunning loss of 63 or more House seats, six Senate seats, ten governorships, and almost seven hundred state legislative seats are repudiation, rejection, tidal wave, slap-down, landslide defeat, tsunami, revulsion, stomping, wipe-out, whipping, eviction, massive reversal, condemnation, ass-kicking, and the like.
While all of these terms are essentially true and politically correct, none of them meets the high standard once set by that great man of words, Mark Twain -- who said something to the effect of that the difference between exactly the right word or label and one which is fairly correct but not quite on the mark "is akin to the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
In this case, the optimally correct term is that of an emphatic vote of no confidence -- which is the universal codeword for public rejection. In fact, in the typical parliamentary systems of government across the world, it is a verdict so powerfully negative as to require that the government in office resign and submit to new elections.
In the broad scope of politics and public opinion, such a verdict speaks not to one or more specific issues -- health care, the environment, energy sufficiency, terrorism, unemployment, taxes, etc. -- but serves, instead, as a blanket condemnation as deep as it is wide. In layman's terms, it is not so much a feeling, but a definitive conclusion that "enough is enough!"
And by coincidence of timing, the early November G-20 Conference in Seoul, South Korea resulted in much the same negative verdict with regard to QE2-style (print-borrow-tax-and-spend) Obamanomics at the international level, as well.
In the psychology of the ancient Chinese dynasties, the equivalent of this widespread loss of confidence would have been a quiet but insistent conclusion that the troubled dynasty in power had "lost the mandate of Heaven" and must be replaced -- in much the same way that a "progressively worse" Barack Obama and his reactionary-left entourage will surely be replaced in America's next no confidence verdict in November 2012.
A D.C.-area attorney and national security strategist, Jim Guirard was longtime chief of staff to former U.S. Senators Allen Ellender and Russell Long. His TrueSpeak.org website focuses on truth in language and truth in history in public discourse.