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Much of political discourse in the United States is conducted in a code designed to express a particular point of view to supporters, while being able to deny that implication to the rest of society. This practice is generally felt to be necessary when there is wide public agreement that the point of view in question is evil and unAmerican, as with slavery in the 19th century, and racism today, or with Capitalist Robber Barons, who have a separate set of Economic Code Words. No such restraint is required yet on the issues of gays, abortion, the mentally ill, the homeless, or immigrants.

Talking in code has been called dog-whistle politics, after the high-pitched whistles that dogs can hear but not people. This can be construed as Liberal/Progressive code for

Dog, i.e. non-human.

In Black culture, talking in code can be called "signifying", as illustrated in the song Signifying Monkey. "What he said about yo' Mamma made me mad." "Signifying monkey, stay up in your tree. You are always lying and signifying but you better not monkey with me."



The above is included in the definition of Orwellian Newspeak, as described in the novel 1984. The key code words in the novel were


The idea of Newspeak as a language is that its structure allows it to substitute for thought. One of the most important words in Newspeak is "doubleplusungood". "Ungood" roughly means "bad", "plusungood" "worse", "doubleplusungood" "much worse than that". In the Republican and White Supremacist contexts, we would have, approximately,

  • ungood = Democrat; N*****; Obama
  • plusungood = Socialist; N*****-lover; Obama!
  • doubleplusungood = AntiChrist; Black Supremacist; OBAMA!!!!

Any resemblance to any actual political regime or ideology is purely intentional.

Democratic Glossary

Contrary to all of the conspiracy theories, Democrats don't have that much of a hidden agenda. When a Democrat calls a far-Right Republican such as Rep. Michelle Bachmann or talking head Glenn Beck a Wing-nut, that means pretty much what it says: a Right-winger saying crazy things. "Echo chamber" is a metaphor for the proud Dittohead followers of Rush Limbaugh and others like them endlessly repeating the talking points of the day, but not secret code.

But there appear to be a few important instances, and a common theme in some of them. What if the Republicans carry through on any of their major threats? States aren't actually turning down stimulus money (though a few Governors went through a charade of trying), and Texas isn't really going to secede, for all the talk, but a recent book, In the President's Secret Service, by Ronald Kessler, says that Barack Obama faces 30 death threats a day, four times the number for his predecessor George W. Bush, and that the Secret Service is greatly overstretched. Four out of 44 US Presidents (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy) have been shot and killed. Ten to one odds are half as bad as one round of Russian Roulette (five to one with a six-chamber revolver).

Bipartisan effort
Enough rope for Republicans to hang themselves if they won't cooperate—Barack Obama
Dog-whistle politics
Republican code words, with the implication that racist Republicans are the dogs
George “W.” Bush Jr. III
Tyrant King George III of England, who inspired many clauses in the US Constitution—Dave Barry (W was the third US president named George, and the son of the second one)
Inflame anti-American opinion
(said of abuse photos) Inflame Republican opinion—Barack Obama
Move forward/Don't look back
Don't prosecute Bush Administration crimes, for fear of provoking racist paranoia to the breaking point—Barack Obama
In Health Care, lock-in
Reaching across the aisle
To Blue Dogs.—President Barack Obama, Sen. Evan Bayh D-IN; The Republican Party was fun while it lasted, but it is over now. It's hangover time.—Rachel Maddow, GOP in Exile
Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Change DADT in a sensible but undefined manner at some unspecified future date, but allow dishonorable discharges of gays in the military to proceed in the meantime. This is to avoid provoking Christian Right paranoia further and possibly derailing larger initiatives.
George W. Bush being strictly Bush League—Molly Ivins
Summit of All Fears
Values Voter Summit; They're afraid. They're very afraid.—Rachel Maddow

Republican Glossary

When said by a Republican, these words and phrases commonly have the real meanings shown. For some of them, a particularly egregious or otherwise notable user is noted, or in some cases the source of the observation.


Abstinence-only sex education
Get AIDS and die, sinners.—Billy Graham
Sovereign immunity—Dick Cheney
Actionable intelligence
Groupthink—George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld
Affirmative action
Organized discrimination against Whites—Pat Buchanan, Ward Connerly
Air quotes, Scare quote gesture in speech, using two fingers of each hand
OMG, the Democrats are using Code Words!—John McCain, speaking of the "health of the mother" exception in abortion laws.
Al Qaeda
Saddam Hussein—The entire Bush Administration and PNAC
Anybody who talks about the threat of Global Warming.
Antichrist, The
OMG, he's Black!
Concern over Israel's war crimes and Apartheid policies—AIPAC; Israeli reaction to Goldstone Report, Jimmy Carter, Israel's own peace protesters
"I'm sorry you made me so angry."—Joe Wilson
OMG, he's Black!


Adherent of any religion other than ours, including Darwinism, and also every other form of Christianity; Pres. Jimmy Carter, after he left the Southern Baptist Convention.
Average Americans
White, male, Christian Americans—National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh, commenting on Republican opposition to protecting female military contractors from rape by co-workers
Balanced budget
Trillions for war, but not one penny for social programs, except government health care in Iraq
Balance of powers
Meaningless impediments to proper government—Dick Cheney
Be afraid. Be very afraid
I didn't say that. You didn't hear that from me.—RNC Chairman Michael Steele
Beating the drum of defeat
See Quagmire.
"Date rape"—Grover Norquist; My way or the highway.—George W. Bush
Big government
Social programs for the poor and minorities—Ronald Reagan
Big tent
You can come in, but you have to stand over there and cheer whenever we give the signal
N*****; The morally and intellectually inferior, tyrannical, vengeful, out-of-control ruling minority race that is Destroying Our Country just like we told you they would for all those years, and just like they did after the War of Northern Aggression before we took them in hand; The Sum of All Fears. However, President Barack Obama noted on the David Letterman show that he was Black before the election.


What have you done for me lately? See also Liberty, Equality
Malevolent and incompetent Democratic appointee, or benevolent and competent Republican appointee such as Michael Brown of FEMA. The benevolence and competence of Republican appointees consists in demonstrating that government cannot accomplish anything good, so that voters will realize the foolishness of entrusting anything to the Government, especially Health Care. Does not apply to health insurance company employees when denying claims or terminating customer coverage, because they are in the always-competent, always-virtuous Private Sector.
Soviet Russia under Stalin
Socialism for the rich, social Darwinism for the poor
Negotiate; elect Democrats
OMG, he's Black!—John McCain, the "wrinkly white-haired guy" in Paris Hilton's ad in reply
Chairman Mao, Chairman Obama
OMG, he's Black!
In Health Care, the choice between having government bureaucrats between you and your doctor, or insurance company bureaucrats between you and your doctor; in the abortion debate, the choice to murder babies or abortion doctors
Intolerant, hypocritical, Dominionist CrusaderJerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Mike Huckabee, Blackwater/Xe founder Erik Prince, R. J. Rushdoony

Christian country-Conspiracy

Christian country (US)
White Christian country--Christian Identity
Civil war
A fevered conspiracy theory of Democrats shouting down Republicans and starting fist fights at Health Care Town Hall meetings, but not the actual Texas secessionist talk, Republican death threats against Obama, or militants with assault weapons outside the meetings—Jon Voight
Clash of civilizations
Anti-Muslim Crusade
Class war
Oppression of the rich by the poor
Clean coal
It's as dirty as ever, but we sweep the dirt under the rug.—The coal industry
Common sense
Obvious to any racist Real American
OMG, he's Black!
Compassionate Conservatism
Gentle rape—George H. W. Bush
Subsidies and other government favors—Adam Smith
In the form con-science, Karl Rove's tested and verified methods for fooling almost enough of the people almost enough of the time, and making up the difference in voter suppression. There may be another meaning, but we wouldn't know anything about that.
What we say we think
Greedy, racist, or Dominionist; reactionary
Any legitimate action by more than one Democrat


What Scalia said, or very likely something even sillier, like what Thomas said.
Contract With America
Contract on America—Newt Gingrich, as observed by President Bill Clinton
Over the dead bodies of our most deluded followers and as many Godless, gritless liberals as we can get them to take out first
Corporate responsibility
Maximizing profit—Milton Friedman
Acting in the public interest, rather than staying bought by corporations
The religious theory that claims that Southern White males are not descended from monkeys, that is to say, Black Africans. Although you might be.
Culture war
"This is a Christian country! How dare you quote Thomas Jefferson?"; The oppression of the Christian Right by "Darwinist" atheistsCharlton Heston
Cut and run
Negotiate an end to an unwinnable war and bring the troops home, like those Pinko traitors Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger, or refuse to get bogged down in Iraq like George H. W. Bush, who always liked Jeb better anyway.—George W. Bush, John McCain See also Beat the drum of defeat, Capitulate.
The theory (some say "religion") that all humans are descended from monkeys, that is to say, from Black Africans—Ann Coulter
Death panels
OMG, he's Black!—Betsy McCaughey, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Chuck Grassley
Death tax
Inheritance tax, when the government gets to tax your father's capital gains before you get hold of his investments.
Shut up and repeat after me—Teabaggers


Hitting them back first—Project for the New American Century
Defense Department
War Department, its original name
Democrat Party
Traitors, terrorists, Black Supremacist racists, and of course rats, bent on Destroying Our Country
Democratic Party
Never heard of it
Destroying Our Country
OMG, he's Black! They're taking over! They'll murder us in our beds!
Shoot first and refuse to answer questions later
Disputes, These kind of
It's GANG RAPE!—Sen. Jeff Sessions III, called out by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, 2009-10-15 for comments on Sen. Al Franken's amendment to bar the government from doing business with contractors that bar employees from suing.
Disaster planning
What, me worry?—Alfred E. Newman
Domestic terrorist
The ACLU, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP, any anti-war organization
Due process
The rules that apply only to Real Americans. And corporations, of course.
Economic policy
Tax cuts for the rich, which not coincidentally Starve the Beast.
Fairy tales, "Voodoo" Reaganomics, Market Fundamentalism, pie in the sky
Corporate shill—Milton Friedman
Indoctrination—Prussian philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Wanting everybody to get a real education

Empathy-Fiscal responsibility

Palling around with the riff-raff
Energy policy
Drill, baby, drill!—Former Gov. Sarah Palin
Enhanced interrogation
TortureBush Administration Principals; state terrorism—Former VP Dick Cheney
More equal for us—George Orwell, Animal Farm. Application of Fourteenth Amendment rights for ex-slaves to corporations. See also liberty, brotherhood
Effete anti-American Socialist defeatist
Lousy Liberal-biased facts
Slander!! You can't tell me that I'm descended from Black Africans!
Executive privilege
"When the President does it, it's not a crime."—Former President Richard M. Nixon
Corporate shill; junk scientist; Rush Limbaugh
Ideology; lies; Biblical myths; canting hypocrisy
Fair and Balanced
We'll bring in people we don't agree with, and then ridicule them and shout them down.—Bill O'Reilly, Fox News
Family values
White male supremacy
OMG, he's Black!
Man hater—Charlton Heston; 95% of threat to marriage—Phyllis Schlafly (Gays are the other 5%.)
Fiscal responsibility
Cutting social programs for the poor and minorities

Focus on the Family-Great Communicator

Focus on the Family
Focus on gay rights and abortionJames Dobson
Forget the Code Words
Let's get straight to lying--Rudy Giuliani, Meet the Press, 2009-Sep-06
Foundation; Solid, workable, commonsense and realistic
Only measures that preserve oil and coal company profits—US Chamber of Commerce on Climate Change bill
Founders, The
The slave-owning members of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention
Home of cowardly, elitist, cheese-eating surrender monkeys; enemies of Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood as defined here
Free and fair election
One that our candidate won
Free markets, Free trade
In Voodoo Reaganomics, Free for corporations, not for actual persons—Milton Friedman
Freedom of speech, and of the press
When I want to hear your opinion, I'll tell it to you.
Gay agenda, the
The End of Civilization as We Know It--The Christian Right
Democratic, even if you taught Sunday school—Elizabeth Dole ad against Kay Hagan
Golden Rule, the
1) He who has the gold makes the rules. 2) Do unto others before they can do unto you. 3) Expect others to do unto you as you have done unto them. OMG, he's Black!
Incompetent. Here, let us demonstrate that for you.
Government takeover
Yankee government takeover that will force us to pay for Health Care for N*****s.—Neo-Confederate Rep. Joe Wilson
Grassroots organization
Subsidiary of lobbying firm—Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey
Great Communicator, The
Ronald Reagan, the Great Prevaricator

Great White Hope-Inartfully worded

Great White Hope
Racist call for a White boxer to beat Jack Johnson, the first Black heavyweight boxing champion, in 1909; play and movie, both starring James Earl Jones; call for new leader of Republican Party in 2009—Rep. Lynn Jenkins See also Inartfully worded
Greatest country in the world, The
The United States—in the early 1950s, when Jim Crow was still the law, gays were firmly in the closet, abortion was illegal, and even most teenagers knew their place.
Habeas Corpus
In the Original Intent of the Founders, does not apply to riff-raff like Blacks and furriners
Health Care Plan, Republican
Don't get sick, but if you do, die quickly—Rep. Alan Grayson
Health Care providers
Health Care deniers—Frank Luntz, noted by Ralph Nader
Healthy Forests
No Tree Left Behind
High value detainee
Someone of high political value, someone we can torture a useful confession out of—Dick Cheney
Drug-using N*****-lover
Plausible deniability
Human rights
Rights of corporations; Property rights. Well, guns, too.—Project for the New American Century, NRA
Democrat ideas; Socialist central planning—Sen. John Cornyn R-TX
I don't recall
I could tell you, but then they'd have to kill me.
Illegal immigrants
Immigrants; Natural-born Latino citizens; illegal, n. "A term used by descendents of European immigrants to refer to descendants of Indigenous Americans"—ricardomath on Daily Kos
Sex education—John McCain
Inartfully worded
What idiot said what we meant?—Republican National Committee (Concerning a questionnaire that suggested the use of voter registration records for denying health care to Republicans in a racist "Democrat" Health Care plan); See also Great White Hope, The Truth!!, Michelle Bachmann

Independent-Law and order

From a company that is owned and operated by lobbyists—Dick Armey
Independent contractor
Employee with no benefits who can't unionize.—FedEx
Rising wages for hourly workers—Alan Greenspan
Abortion, gay rights, and OMG, he's Black!
Judeo-Christian Values
Racism, willful ignorance, theocracy, slavery, intolerance, Crusades, genocide, rejoicing at the sufferings of the Damned in Hell; also anti-Semitism
Judicial activist
One who holds that Constitutional protections apply to the riff-raff, particularly Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who should have been impeached
Junk Science
Science, particularly evolutionary biology ("Darwinist religion") and alarmist Global Warming
Just Say No
Thinking for yourself should be classified as an illegal drug. Wait, don't you get it? He's Black!!!
The discredited theory of economist John Maynard Keynes that government spending is appropriate in a recession to stimulate the economy, when we know perfectly well that only tax cuts for the rich can ever stimulate the economy
Kill Grandma bill
OMG, he's Black!
Kinder, gentler nation
Practicing kinder, gentler rapeGeorge H. W. Bush See Compassionate Conservatism
Law and order
Keeping the riff-raff in its place

Legal technicalities-Liberty

Legal technicalities
Constitutional protections
Let me be clear and direct
Let me obfuscate and cherry-pick the data—AHIP
Let me be honest
Let my Nay be Nay, and my Yea also be Nay, and especially my "Let me help you with that".—Eric Cantor, Orrin Hatch, Bart Stupak, the entire Republican Party of No, the entire Mad Tea Party movement, the Congressional Blue Dogs.
N*****-lover. Also,
  • Ronald Reagan, who signed the Convention Against Torture in 1988, during a period of much higher terrorist activity, and also insisted on applying the rule of law to them as common criminals. Thanks to Glenn Greenwald for pointing this out at
  • Barry Goldwater, the anti-Christian-Right supporter of gays in the military
  • Richard M. Nixon, the tree-hugging (EPA), Socialist (Negative income tax to replace Welfare), Peacenik (ended Vietnam War) appeaser (trip to China)
  • Milton Friedman, but only during his brief Socialist delusion, when he thought that a Negative Income Tax to replace Welfare was a Conservative idea.
  • Anti-Socialist F. A. Hayek, author of The Road to Serfdom—"Experience has shown that separate never is equal and cannot be equal."
  • Edmund "Tax and Spend" Burke, who wrote "Parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be necessary for true economy."
Liberal bias
Any concern for facts or the riff-raff; empathy
Liberal media
Those biased by facts; Mainstream media
Believer in the right to do anything that does not harm anybody else of any importance.
Property rights, gun rights, no regulation of business, the right to oppress the poor, minorities, and immigrants. See also equality, brotherhood.


Loony Left 
Moderate Republicans like Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, especially if they are BlackRush Limbaugh
Magic of the market
"Rolls in, rolls in, my God, how the money rolls in, rolls in..."—Milton Friedman
Mainstream media
Right-wing media
Mainstream of American thought
American exceptionalism; White Supremacy; unfettered corporate greed; religious intolerance
Media conspiracy
Actual reporting
How health care should be run—Not by the government. Right?—RNC Chairman Michael Steele
OMG, he's Black!
Middle-East Peace Process
Armageddon, starting with Jews and Muslims wiping each other out
Moderate Muslim
One who pretends that Islam is not fundamentally intolerant and violent
Eliminate, as in regulations, Social Security, Medicare...
OMG, he's Black—Rep. Roy Blunt
Moral relativism
You go to Hell!
National security
Keeping the world safe for kleptocracy
Bail out
Nazi (National Socialist)
Jewish, Black, who cares, as long as they're Democrats

Neoconservative-Original intent

Edmund who?Project for the New American Century
What it says in our press releases—Stephen Colbert
No Child Left Behind
No Child's Behind Left—George W. Bush; If we can keep them sufficiently ignorant, God will take them all up in the Rapture.
No New Taxes
No social programs—Grover Norquist, President George H. W. Bush
North Korean
OMG, he's Black--Andrea Tantaros
No, we're not, and you can't make us.
Obama is a foreigner, Hitler, Stalin, the AntiChrist, etc
OMG, he's Black!
A Black witch doctor is going to be looking at your daughter down there!
Ayn Rand political/economic theory: Get yours, and the Devil take the hindmost.—Alan Greenspan
OMG, he's Black
And worse than that, he intends to be another Abraham Lincoln; The Sum of All Fears; Reparations and revenge
Oppressed minority
Rich White Christian males
Ordinary citizen
Lobbyist, campaign official, or Fox News employee
Original intent
In Constitutional law, slavery and exclusion of women and the poor from voting


Orwellian thinking
Their policy debate, not our coded lies—Sarah Palin
Our Country
The United States—in the early 1950s, when Blacks, women, and even most teenagers knew their place and gays were firmly-closeted faggots.
Outside agitators
Outside the mainstream
Ownership society
Way more for us with a few crumbs for you, if you vote our way
Corporation—US Supreme Court; White male Christian—any White Supremacist or Southern racist
Personal responsibility
Do as I say, not as I do
Tax cuts for the rich, intended to force budget cuts in social programs
Social programs for the poor and minorities; Science, such as volcano monitoring—Bobby Jindal
Pray for Obama, Psalm 109, line 8
"Let his days be few; and let another take his office." Line 9 continues, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." Biblical anti-Obama slogan: Use of Psalm 109:8 funny or sinister?
Presidential contender
Leading panderer who has not yet been caught in a scandal; Dick Cheney—Dick Cheney
Principles, Conservative 
"All for ourselves and nothing for other people"—Adam Smith


Blacks and others of low caste who don't know their place—Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott; gays—Christian Right; terrorist LiberalsAnn Coulter; women—Phyllis Schlafly; OMG, he's Black!
Anti-Semitic; working to create Armageddon between Jews, Arabs, and Russia
The Public Interest
The interests of corporations
Public Option
Social program for the riff-raff; theft of almost all legitimate health insurance company profits. See also Single Payer
Public works
Pork, such as the Bridge to Nowhere
Walter Cronkite was a traitor! We could have won in Vietnam!—John McCain; No, no, Afghanistan is Obama's Vietnam. We have to get out now.—George Will
Organized discrimination against Whites
Alleged Black and Hispanic hatred of Whites—Glenn Beck, Pat Buchanan; Liberal values—David Horowitz
Reagan Revolution
Voodoo politics
Real Americans
White male Republican Christians plus Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and Sarah Palin
Cloud-Cuckoo-Land--Aristophanes, Will Rogers
Intolerant, racist, Creationist, Dominionist FundamentalismJerry Falwell, Pat Robertson
OMG, he's Black! They want everything!—Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, called out by Stephen Colbert in Blackwashing


Tyrannical oligarchy, as described by Plato in his book The Republic.
Republican Base
Abraham Lincoln was right on one thing, anyway. You can fool some of the people all of the time.
Responsibility, individual
Collective irresponsibility
Right to life
Right to lie; Right of the unborn to be born, but nothing thereafter. In extreme cases, Death to abortionists!
Rule of law
What we say goes—John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, John Yoo
Running government like a business
Enron--George W. Bush, the first president with an MBA
"Scare" quotes
Be afraid. Be very afraid. See also Air quotes
Creationism, in the guise of Intelligent Design, aka Cargo Cult Science
Secular Humanist
N*****-loving Darwinist who claims that we are all descended from Black Africans, even Southern White males
Greedy, racist, and intolerant
Silent Majority, The
The shrieking minority
Single Payer
Social program for the riff-raff; theft of all legitimate health insurance company profits. See also Public Option
Shining city on a hill
White Protestants only—Ronald Reagan
OMG, he's Black!— the coming enslavement of Whites—Glenn Beck
Small government
No social programs for the poor, women, and minorities—Ronald Reagan
Theft of obscene corporate profits—Christian Reconstructionist founder R. J. Rushdoony
National Socialist (Nazi)

Socialized Medicine-Tax cut

Socialized Medicine
Theft of corporate and professional profits--Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine; American Medical Association, Operation Coffee Cup
Southern aristocracy, the
White kleptocrats
Southern Strategy
The South will rise again! (Not really, but they won't know that.)—Sen. Strom Thurmond, President Richard Nixon, Sen. Barry Goldwater, President Ronald Reagan, Sen. Jeff Sessions
The right to reject social programs; formerly the right to reject desegregation, and before that Federal restrictions on slavery
Special interests
The public interest—Dick Cheney
Starve the beast
No social programs for the poor and minorities—Grover Norquist
States' rights
The right to oppress their own people—John C. Calhoun, Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan
Naked opportunist
Strict constructionist
One who upholds slavery and exclusion of women and the poor from voting; one who maintains that the 14th Amendment protections for ex-slaves are primarily meant to protect corporations
Support the troops
Support the warmongers.—George W. Bush
Tax cut
The solution to all problems

Tax protest-Trickle-down

Tax protest
OMG, he's Black!—Teabaggers
N*****-lover—Ann Coulter
Terrorist sympathizer
N*****-loving reporters
"That boy"
OMG, he's Black—Rep. Geoff Davis R-TN, called out by Stephen Colbert in Blackwashing
Thanks, but no, thanks
I was for it before I was against it—Sarah Palin, on the Bridge to Nowhere
The One
OMG, he's Black!—John McCain, invoking the ghost of Culture Warrior Charlton Heston
Think tank
In the tank for groupthink
Thought police
N*****-lover—Charlton Heston
I've thought about it, and I don't give a damn.
Tort reform
Protecting corporate and professional profits from the conspiracy of evil consumers and their lawyers
Town Hall meeting
Republican Party rally—Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. John McCain
In Voodoo Reaganomics, gusher up; in horse-and-sparrow economics, corn that has been through the horse

Truth-War on drugs

What we say today, no matter what we said last year or even last week; but see The Truth!!
Civil rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and regulation of business; Federal taxes on alcohol enforced by Revenooers
OMG, he's Black!
OMG, he's Black!
Unitary executive
King; theocrat—Dick Cheney, John Yoo
Unlawful combatant
Whoever we say, to be held during King George “W.” Bush Jr. III's pleasure
N*****-loving; in the case of former US Senator Max Cleland, having lost only two legs and an arm while serving in Vietnam
Thinking that equality applies to you—Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-GA, called out by Stephen Colbert in Blackwashing
Voodoo economics
Never heard of it—Vice President George H. W. Bush
Voter Fraud
Anything that lets more poor people and minorities vote—John McCain
War hero
John McCain, who got shot down over Vietnam by disobeying standing orders to evade the missile coming at his plane—John McCain; Not Max Cleland or John Kerry, however
War on drugs
War on Black society, epitomized by the slogan "cocainized N*****s".

War on terror-You lie

War on terror
Crusade against Islam—George Bush, who heard it from God
Waste, fraud, and abuse
Government spending on the poor and minorities
White house watermelon patch postcard
OMG, he's Black!
White Supremacy
See Inartfully worded
Weapons of mass distraction—Project for the New American Century, especially Bill Kristol
You are either with us or against us.—George W. Bush; You are either a Bible-believing, born-again Christian or a Godless Liberal bent on the destruction of everything good and true.—The Christian Right
"You lie!"
You lie, boy.—Spoken by Joe Wilson; translation by Maureen Dowd

See Also

External Resources

Frank Luntz is the principal architect of Republican code language. He has publicly praised the idea of Newspeak. See

  • Words That Work, Revised, Updated Edition: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear
  • What Americans Really Want...Really: The Truth About Our Hopes, Dreams, and Fears
  • Candidates, Consultants and Campaigns: The Style and Substance of American Electioneering

George Lakoff has written extensively on this subject on the Democratic side.

  • Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives
  • The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics
  • Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision
  • Moral Politics : How Liberals and Conservatives Think, also available as Moral Politics: What Conservatives Know That Liberals Don't
  • Whose Freedom?: The Battle over America's Most Important Idea

Words Matter, by Ralph Nader

The language used to discuss this subject is often intemperate on all sides. Not all of the following sites are objective or reliable sources, but they demonstrate the nature of the controversy.

None of this is new. Many of these demagogic practices are described in Aristotle's Politics (numerous modern translations), and in Prophets of Deceit: A Study of the Techniques of the American Agitator, by Leo Lowenthal and Norbert Guterman. Harper & Bro., January 1, 1949. ASIN B001P08ZEC (Out of print)

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