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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 10:29 AM

18. More on Thatcher - including "mealy mouth Obama"

I just LOVED the use of "mealy mouthed" - a phrase from my childhood that occasionally pops from my mouth, usually to the bewilderment of any young'uns* around.



http://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/04/08-2



A mealy-mouthed Obama called her "one of the great champions of freedom." Many others in her own country, more direct and historically accurate, marked Margaret Thatcher's death by partying in the streets, handing out "Maggie death cakes" while chanting "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead," gleefully updating a longstanding "Is Thatcher Dead Yet?" website, and calling the woman who labelled Nelson Mandela "a terrorist," supported Pinochet and waged war against the working class "one of the vilest abominations of social and economic history" and "a terror without an atom of humanity" whose policies continue to inflict suffering on too many. To an American, the level of animosity her death has sparked is breathtaking; imagine Bush and Cheney dying on the same day. More from Glenn Greenwald on "misapplied death etiquette," and the dangers of the false history it breeds, and a British columnist on why Thatcher deserves all the rage sent her way.

"I wanted to find an appropriate way to honor Margaret Thatcher today so took milk away from poor children whilst calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist." - Current TV host John Fugelsang


And thanks to the commenter who explains the phrase at the site :

Doug_Terpstra 9 hours ago

Martin Luther is credited with using the term to describe the religious politicians of his own thoroughly corrupt theocracy, as feudalism was collapsing and lords, minion clergy, and sycophant courtiers could no longer speak directly about anything, as if their mouths were full of meal.


The rest of his comment is pretty good too:

Nice, Abby. "Mealy-mouthed" fits Obama as well as any politician. ... And now it fits especially well when neo-feudalist Obama refers to Thatcher as "a champion of freedom", because she was in fact the reincarnation of a heartless Antebellum plantation queen. It doesn't get more Orwellian than that.

Freedom for me, servitude for thee
Prosperity for me, austerity for thee
Capitalism for me, Christianity for thee

But one should not speak ill of the dead, so how about a song:

"Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead...


I cannot express, as a feminist, how awful it was to see Thatcher's tenure - with her vile, Randian-type, Plutocrat-favoring policies - lauded as some sort of feminist victory because she was a woman ....

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