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Political Cliches that Piss You Off!
Various Talking Heads | 7/19/2012 | struggle

Posted on 07/19/2012 9:39:16 PM PDT by struggle

I hope you all wont mind this vanity, but my father and I were working (yeah, I know Obama's trying hard to put an end to that), and we started talking about how cable news talking heads have adopted repetitious cliches in their constant partisan battles on the tube.

Here are the top five I DESPISE: 1. At the end of the day... 2. Look,... 3. Speaking truth to power... 4. It is what is is... (a true exercise in tautology) 5. Literally... (when they're figuratively explaining a metaphor or hypothetical)

I can see why political discourse made George Orwell's blood boil so much. The linguistic bumpers that these talking heads punctuate their message with parse the core message to the point of making it meaningless.


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So, I guess someday I'll write and article on this or something, so any definite cliches you've heard that piss you off?

This includes Obamaisms.

1 posted on 07/19/2012 9:39:29 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

Evert Dem Talking head tells the same lies, and LOUDLY!


2 posted on 07/19/2012 9:43:46 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: struggle

“New Tone” and “Reach Across The Aisle”.


3 posted on 07/19/2012 9:45:18 PM PDT by ct_libertarian (W.W.J.G.D? What would John Galt do?)
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To: struggle

“millionaires and billionaires”


4 posted on 07/19/2012 9:46:00 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

“It’s For the Children.”

“Wall Street vs Main Street.”


5 posted on 07/19/2012 9:47:47 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: struggle

Paying their fair share.


6 posted on 07/19/2012 9:48:13 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: struggle
"Invest in the future."

"For the children."

7 posted on 07/19/2012 9:48:35 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: struggle

“He has grown (or matured)”—meaning that a former conservative has gone liberal.


8 posted on 07/19/2012 9:48:35 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

That being said...


9 posted on 07/19/2012 9:49:02 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: struggle

“Yoo mus’ be racis’!”


10 posted on 07/19/2012 9:50:02 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: ct_libertarian

>>“New Tone” and “Reach Across The Aisle”.

Oh hell, yah. I hope that the Republicans soon realize that “new tone” and “reach across the aisle” means YOUR ASS GETS PRIMARIED NEXT YEAR.


11 posted on 07/19/2012 9:50:11 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: struggle

Working class.


12 posted on 07/19/2012 9:50:24 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: struggle

Bill Clinton’s phrase “bridge to the 21st century,” which he used over and over, got on my nerves. We didn’t get to the 21st century via a bridge.


13 posted on 07/19/2012 9:51:07 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

#5 Misusing “literally” worst offender: Sean Hannity


14 posted on 07/19/2012 9:52:38 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: struggle

“Fairness,” “economic fairness,” and “fundamental fairness.”

“Working people.”

“Big X” where X=oil, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, corporations... about anything except media, colleges, unions, and government.


15 posted on 07/19/2012 9:52:59 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: struggle

We’ve got to leave it to the wisdom of the voters, pal!


16 posted on 07/19/2012 9:53:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: struggle
"the American people"

From either side/party/constituency.... this one just bugs me. Probably because when it's used, it means : 1) people who are, politically speaking, completely uninformed, 2) Americans of "specific" ethnic backgrounds, 3) people other than American citizens

And often times, all 3 together!!!

17 posted on 07/19/2012 9:53:34 PM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: struggle

Speaking truth to power.


18 posted on 07/19/2012 9:54:18 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: struggle

‘Course there is nothing worse in my mind than “social justice”!


19 posted on 07/19/2012 9:54:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: struggle

‘I’d have to search my recollection.’

Ken Starr.


20 posted on 07/19/2012 9:54:56 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: struggle
Far Right Wing

Never an utterance of the "Far Left Wing"

The Soft Pro Choice vs. the Hard Anti-abortion

21 posted on 07/19/2012 9:55:12 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: struggle

I haven’t heard this phrase in a while, but I found “Saturday night special,” referring to a pistol, to be particularly annoying. A “Saturday night special” must be a .38 special equipped with a timer that only allows it to be used between the hours of 6 PM and 12 midnight on Saturdays.


22 posted on 07/19/2012 9:55:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

Often seen here: “freedom of speech”, “innocent until proven guilty”.


23 posted on 07/19/2012 9:56:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: AlmaKing

The non-apology apology, “I’m sorry if anyone was offended.”


24 posted on 07/19/2012 9:56:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: running_dog_lackey

>>#5 Misusing “literally” worst offender: Sean Hannity

That’s exactly who we were laughing at. Hannity will say dumb crap like “Obama is literally smashing the small business owner with a baseball bat” or some variant and hope someday that he’ll have an aide in-studio with a 2 sided sign that will show either “figurative” or “literal” so he knows when to use it.

Obama is really bad about using “literally” when he is off-prompter; his speech-writer never uses the word.

One thing that really impressed me is Rush Limbaugh. He is, outside of his oft repeated “official cliches”, probably one of the most verbose and varied speakers. He used braggadocious a couple days ago and I laughed my ass off. Ive never heard ANY speaker use that word in conversation before.


25 posted on 07/19/2012 9:59:06 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: struggle

Opponents of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative ballistic missile defense program were always calling it “Star Wars”—even though it had nothing to do with stars and was designed to deter wars.


26 posted on 07/19/2012 9:59:18 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

“You’re a great American”—Sean Hannity


27 posted on 07/19/2012 10:01:16 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle
"We can all agree.."

"As everyone knows.."


28 posted on 07/19/2012 10:03:38 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: struggle

Both sides of the political spectrum are guilty of overusng “McCarthyism” to the point that it has become shopworn.


29 posted on 07/19/2012 10:04:34 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle
4. It is what is is...

That is my Top Despised Phrase...it means "I give up - you must give up - it is what it is" - I go into a rage with the utterance of that phrase....

30 posted on 07/19/2012 10:04:47 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: struggle

“Since it’s an ongoing investigation, we have no comment at this time.”


31 posted on 07/19/2012 10:05:21 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: struggle

“Let me be clear” & its variations. Seems I haven’t heard that one as much lately, but it used to be a frequent offender.


32 posted on 07/19/2012 10:06:30 PM PDT by TropicanaRose
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To: struggle
"....your fair share".

"absolutely"

33 posted on 07/19/2012 10:07:43 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: struggle
'rats defending a particular industry are advocates whereas those endorsing conservative causes are part of a lobby.
34 posted on 07/19/2012 10:10:07 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: struggle

Clinton lied, no one died.


35 posted on 07/19/2012 10:11:03 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: libertarian27

Dittos. A completely unhelpful phrase. It always infuriates me too, but I didn’t realize why until reading your comment.


36 posted on 07/19/2012 10:13:46 PM PDT by TropicanaRose
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To: struggle
I'm resigning so I can spend more time with my family.

Yeah, right.

37 posted on 07/19/2012 10:17:49 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: struggle

I.


38 posted on 07/19/2012 10:19:31 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: workerbee

“the American people.”

I must have commented on that 20+ times to my wife and others. They are sick of me drawing their attention to it.

Why not just “Americans?” I think your last (3rd) explanation is right on.

Not a cliche, but notice the most intelligent president ever saying “fer” instead of “for.”


39 posted on 07/19/2012 10:21:17 PM PDT by OldCountryBoy (You can't make this stuff up!)
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To: struggle

“Hitler!!!”


40 posted on 07/19/2012 10:21:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: struggle
In 2004, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth revealed the truth about John Kerry's Vietnam War record. When they started to make an impact, the Left coined the term "swiftboating" to mean conducting a smear campaign or disseminating falsehoods--the opposite of what the Swift Boat vets were doing. Sadly, the Left's definition of "swiftboating" has taken hold, and now, the Right has picked up this term--conservative author John Gibson recently wrote a book entitled, How the Left Swiftboated America: The Liberal Media Conspiracy to Make You Think George Bush Was the Worst President in History (New York: Harper, 2009).
41 posted on 07/19/2012 10:21:53 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle
40+ posts before the obvious.........

Bush's Fault!

42 posted on 07/19/2012 10:28:12 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: TropicanaRose

Every time I hear Rush say “It is what it is” I change the channel to NPR - that’s how much I hate that phrase :>)

For most people they say that as a PC way to say “F’ it- I give up”...just say “I’m helpless, I’m not going to fight it” and be done with it...drop the cute “It is what it is” - aargh

(I really HATE that phrase)


43 posted on 07/19/2012 10:29:31 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Proud2BeRight

>Paying their fair share.<

That’s the phrase that drives me up a tree. Fair my foot!


44 posted on 07/19/2012 10:30:18 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Proud2BeRight
Working class.

"Working families"

(Translation: Societal mooches on Food Stamps, Welfare, Section 8 housing, and other freebie entitlements targeted for the latest vote-buying houndout scheme.)

45 posted on 07/19/2012 10:30:46 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: struggle

“Reasonable gun laws.”


46 posted on 07/19/2012 10:34:33 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: struggle

I could have written this article, almost word for word. It has come to my attention, having a few acquaintances who periodically are asked to be on the cable tv segments (and who Google the topic at hand furiously for a few hours prior), that the stupid professional political talking heads are only slightly more advanced than high school sophomores when it comes to these brief tv appearances and what they view as the “keys to success.” And it’s a bipartisan rule book. Not even people whose opinions I respect are above the fray. You can see it as it evolves. Do you want to know who made “Look,..” Popular? Newt Gingrich, except he did it at the time as part of his natural speaking syntax. Idiots like hilary rosen thought, wow, that sounded really convincing! Now, they’re first word out of their mouths is “look,...” Even if it isn’t appropriate for the natural flow of back and forth conversation. Regrettably, the cable tv producers seem to reward this herd-like mentality, so they all think they have to do it. We need to hear from people who aren’t trying to convince us (and deep down, themselves) how important they are. Dick Armey is an example. Thanks for the post.


47 posted on 07/19/2012 10:35:44 PM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: Fiji Hill
Thanks for noting that. I could not agree more, here is a post of mine from August 20, 2008:

"Swift boating should be defined as the exposing of a poltroon who inflates his biography.

This is often confused, quite deliberately by the mainstream media, with "borking" which should be defined as "attack viciously a candidate or appointee, especially by misrepresentation in the media,” according to to William Safire in The New York Times.

Our mission on FreeRepublic should be to "Swift boat" the unworthy and to prevent the "borking" of the worthy."


48 posted on 07/19/2012 10:36:20 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: SIDENET

“(Translation: Societal mooches on Food Stamps, Welfare, Section 8 housing, and other freebie entitlements targeted for the latest vote-buying houndout scheme.)”

Simplified translation: Parasites


49 posted on 07/19/2012 10:37:08 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: struggle

No, don’t apologize for this vanity, oh my God, it’s amazing! Incredible!


50 posted on 07/19/2012 10:38:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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