by Faun Otter
I had always suspected that the extremist branch of the Republican
herd carried out intentional word abuse in the media channels
they own. Yesterday I saw a copy
of a memo confirming this theory. It was promulgated by
Newt Gingrich's GOPAC.
It seems the GOP have learnt the marketing 101 lesson that
meaning can be distorted by context. "I want your welfare,
sweetie, just a little compassion. Oooo yes, unionize me!
That is so good for my environment. You know you want to give
me civil rights. Wow, you really are into global policies!"
The memo directs the greed-mongers on how to dress up their
corrupt policies with focus-group-tested zingers. But it does
something far more sinister: In a tacit acceptance that most
people will not knowingly support handouts of their tax money
to ultra-rich Republican donors, they list foul labels to
apply to an opponent. These lists are unhinged from policies,
the words are unhinged from their meanings and the sleaze
ball who wrote the list is unhinged from ethics.
In spite of their efforts, Liberal is not a dirty word. It
comes from the Latin word for a freeman and has a dictionary
definition of "...to support civil liberties, democratic reforms
and the promotion of social progress." The Irrational Right
has exposed itself yet again. Their ugly campaign of wordplay
is trickery of the lowest kind. Welfare is a safety net, not
a feather bed. Unions protect low paid workers from becoming
indentured servants. Oil addiction is not cured by more drilling.
Government policy should not be for sale to the highest bidder
and yes, a world outside our borders does exist.
How would they like a dose of their own medicine?
Might does not make right and the Bush posse have brought
nothing but decay with their sick, and pathetic policies.
The vibrant economy of Clinton has been replaced by stagnation
due to the corrupt rule of this "divine right president".
Bush and his minions have wasted the surplus that could have
reduced the trillions of dollars of debt that Reagan and Bush
senior created. They have wasted the chance to develop alternatives
for the foreign oil to which we are addicted as a nation.
They have squanderd OUR social security funds by giving kick
backs to their billionaire bed mates who bought them the leadership
of our country.
Anyone who believes that Bush was duly elected has been made
a fool by the media allies of the GOP, those talking heads
who are as much traitors to our United States as are the usurpers
who seized power by a method bordering on a coup barely twelve
My fellow Americans, I wish you a happy new year under the
former governor of Texas, or whatever you want to call him.
However, I refuse to play the Republican operative's game
and accept "president" as including, "a person appointed by
daddy's friends in the Supreme court."