Skip to comments.A Dictionary of Obamaspeak (The real meaning of the terms used by Obama and the “Progressives.”)
Posted on 01/19/2014 7:48:44 AM PST by Kid Shelleen
Statists do not dare announce: The individual must be subordinated to the state, rights be damned. Instead, they change the meaning of old terms and introduce new ones to disguise the nature and meaning of what they advocate. President Obama has developed this perversion of language into an art form.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
“President Obama has developed this perversion of language into an art form.”
His handlers have developed this into an art form. That is why he has to read everything from a teleprompter. He doesn’t know what he is supposed to say next without someone telling him.
Settled Law - Legal statutes that can only be changed by executive order.
Is settled Law the same as living Constitution??
It is the same as "Dictatorship".
Excellent article. Thanks for posting.
The Author is correct. Throughout history, tyrannical oppressors never announced their arrival on the scene by saying, "The individual must be subordinated to the state. Rights be damned." Their ilk is much to clever for that! Instead, they obfuscate, they flatter, and they may even hide their intentions behind charming smiles, pretension to "helping" their intended victims, always hiding the real meaning of their words, even lying.
Just a jolt to open the minds of any who do not see that Obamacare, for Pelosi and other committed so-called "progressive" regressives, has been their lifelong dream of what they dared not openly call "socialized medicine."
Why else would Pelosi and Reid risk all their political capital, make themselves ridiculous cartoon-like characters by saying such non-sensical things as, "We have to pass the bill in order to see what's in the bill"?
Future generations, living under the "rule" of such charlatans, will wonder how current generations tolerated such doublespeak and deception by elected representatives in their government, as they systematically destroyed individual freedom.
Future President Ronald Reagan, when only a Hollywood actor, summarized the scene played out by this Administration and its Democrat Party Congressmen and Senators in their imposition of what they euphemistically called the Affordable Care Act.
Every American citizen, looking back on that Trojan Horse for socialism, should listen to Reagan's foresight and warnings in a 1961 speech: HERE.
Freedom of individual enterprise, the great principle which brought America from axes and hoes in the wilderness to space travel and from near-starving colonists to becoming the breadbasket of the world, has been under attack by men and women committed to a belief that they were "progressive" in turning the founding ideas upside down.
Such "progressive" regressives pretend to be intellectuals when, in fact, they are imperfect human beings like every other citizen, arrogantly assuming rights never delegated to them by either the Creator nor their fellow citizens.
Winston Churchill (that one whose bust no longer is welcome in the Obama White House) is quoted in William Simon's 1978 "A Time for Truth," as follows:
"I do not believe in the power of the state to plan and enforce. No matter how numerous the committees they set up or the ever-growing hordes of officials that they employ or the severity of the punishments that they inflict or threaten, they can't approach the high level of internal economic production achieved under free enterprise.The core message of the following words by some of America's Founders might jar some citizens into a recognition of what "progressives" and this Administration are doing to the future of liberty for their posterity:
"Personal initiative, competitive selection, the profit motive, corrected by failure and the infinite processes of good housekeeping and personal ingenuity, these constitute the life of a free society. It is this vital creative impulse that I deeply fear the doctrines and policies of the socialist government have destroyed.
"Nothing that they can plan and order and rush around enforcing will take its place. They have broken the mainspring, and until we get a new one, the watch will not go. Set the people free - get out of the way and let them make the best of themselves.
"I am sure that this policy of equalizing misery and organizing scarcity instead of allowing diligence, self-interest and ingenuity to produce abundance has only to be prolonged to kill this British island stone dead."
"...nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." - John Adams
"This was a favorable moment to shut and bar the door against paper money." [This statement referred to a proposed provision in Article I, Section 8, that would have read 'and emit bills of credit (paper money) of the United States,' which the Founders rejected by an overwhelming vote.] - James Madison- Notes of the Federal Convention 1787
"...there have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule...confine (it) within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for the purposes enumerated in the Constitution....Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed." - Andrew Jackson's Valedictory
"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate...the minds of the people...to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future...it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views...." - Jefferson's Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge for Virginia
"Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant--they have been cheated; asleep--they have been surprised; divided--the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?...the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it....It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free." - James Madison
"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety." - Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural Statement of Principles of Good Government
Something we've needed for a long time. An Obonics-to-English Dictionary.
This guide will come in handy in deciphering Pajama Boy’s State of the Dictatorship screed.
You win post of the year !!!!
“Period” - synonym for “Not really.”
As in: If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period. (Not really.)
This is why we have to stop letting them have control of the language, and why I cringe every time I hear one of us use the term “progressive”! They are anything but as they keep going back to the “failed policies of the past” as El-Presidente likes to say.
You said it all. Excellent.
When I did listen, I would catch certain phases and wonder if the average American understands what he really is saying or in many cases what he was not saying...
It wasn't very hard to figure out he was a out and out Marxist...trained in dialectics...
Language is dynamic. Every generation constructs its own vocabulary. Sometimes the words and their meanings are diametrically opposed to a former meaning. For example: “sick” meaning “fantastic”; phat meaning the same.”Funky” once meant “grotty”. Now it means creatively hip or something like that. (I’m old, kids, so correct me, but please, no flames.)
I don’t believe the evolution of language can be stopped and I certainly don’t believe it can be ossified to conform with meanings and locutions, let alone spellings,from the past.
So should every freedom-loving American!
A better term might be "'progressive' regressive," for it more aptly describes the movement which began in the late 1800's, then self-described as "liberals" and now self-described as "progressive." Both groups have embraced a set of ideas which, in large part, are in conflict (see Jefferson quote in my last post) with the principles underlying the Declaration of Independence and 1787 Constitution.
Back in 1876, a Black Minister and Ohio State Legislator, Rev. Benjamin W. Arnett, delivered the "Centennial Thanksgiving Sermon," celebrating the Declaration of Independence, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Urbana, Ohio. The Sermon can be read online at the American Memory Section of the LOC, in the African-American Collection.
Below is a small excerpt from the final section of that lengthy Sermon's conclusion. In it Rev. Arnett warned about a movement among a group who described themselves as "liberals" to remove the ideas underlying America's founding documents. Read and see if you recognize those ideas from what you have observed in recent years:
"The Danger to our Country.
"Now that our national glory and grandeur is principally derived from the position the fathers took on the great questions of right and wrong, and the career of this nation has been unparalleled in the history of the past, now there are those who are demanding the tearing down the strength of our national fabric. They may not intend to tear it down, but just as sure as they have their way, just that sure will they undermine our superstructure and cause the greatest calamity of the age. What are the demands of this party of men? Just look at it and examine it for yourselves, and see if you are willing that they shall have their way; or will you still assist in keeping the ship of state in the hands of the same crew and run her by the old gospel chart! But ye men who think there is no danger listen to the demands of the Liberals as they choose to call themselves:
"'Organize! Liberals of America! The hour for action has arrived. The cause of freedom calls upon us to combine our strength, our zeal, our efforts. These are The Demands of Liberalism:
"'1. We demand that churches and other ecclesiastical property shall no longer be exempt from just taxation.
"'2. We demand that the employment of chaplains in Congress, in State Legislatures, in the navy and militia, and in prisons, asylums, and all other institutions supported by public money, shall be discontinued.
"'3. We demand that all public appropriations for sectarian educational and charitable institutions shall cease.
"'4. We demand that all religious services now sustained by the government shall be abolished; and especially that the use of the Bible in the public schools, whether ostensibly as a text-book or avowedly as a book of religious worship, shall be prohibited.
"'5. We demand that the appointment, by the President of the United States or by the Governors of the various States, of all religious festivals and fasts shall wholly cease.
"'6. We demand that the judicial oath in the courts and in all other departments of the government shall be abolished, and that simple affirmation under the pains and penalties of perjury shall be established in its stead.
"'7. We demand that all laws directly or indirectly enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath shall be repealed.
"'8. We demand that all laws looking to the enforcement of “Christian” morality shall be abrogated, and that all laws shall be conformed to the requirements of natural morality, equal rights, and impartial liberty.
"'9. We demand that not only in the Constitution of the United States and of the several States, but also in the practical administration of the same, no privilege or advantage shall be conceded to Christianity or any other special religion; that our entire political system shall be founded and administered on a purely secular basis; and that whatever changes shall prove necessary to this end shall be consistently, unflinchingly, and promptly made.'
"'Let us boldly and with high purpose meet the duty of the hour.'
"Now we must not think that we have nothing to do in this great work, for the men who are at the head of this movement are men of culture and intelligence, and many of them are men of influence. They are led by that thinker and scholar, F. E. Abbott, than whom I know but few men who has a smoother pen, or who is his equal on the battle-field of thought. He says in an address on the duty of his leagues:
"'My answer may be a negative one to all who see nothing positive in the idea of liberty. The conviction I refer to is this: that, regarded as a theological system, Christianity is Superstition, and, regarded as an organized institution, Christianity is Slavery. The purpose I refer to is this: that, whether regarded as theological system, Christianity shall wholly cease to exercise influence in political matters. Although the national Constitution is strictly secular and non-Christian, there are many things in the practical administration of the government which violate its spirit, and constitute a virtual recognition of Christianity as the national religion. These violations are very dangerous; they are on the increase; they more and more give Christianity a practical hold upon the government; they directly tend to strengthen the influence of Christianity over the people, and to fortify it both as a theology and a church; and they are therefore justly viewed with growing indignation by liberals. Not unreasonably are they looked upon as paving the way to a formidable effort to carry the Christian Amendment to the Constitution; and the liberals are beginning to see that they must extinguish the conflagration in its commencement. I believe all this myself, with more intense conviction every day; and therefore I appeal frankly to the people to begin now to lay the foundations of a great National Party of Freedom. It is not a moment too soon. If the liberals are wise, they will see the facts as they are, and act accordingly. Not with hostility, bitterness, defiance, or anger but rather with love to all men and high faith in the beneficence of consistently republican institutions, do I urge them most earnestly to begin the work at once.'
"He acknowledges that this is a religious nation and wants all men to assist him in eliminating the grand old granite principles from the framework of our national union. Will you do it freeman; will we sell the temple reared at the cost of so much precious blood and treasure? These men would have us turn back the hands on the clock of our national progress, and stay the shadow on the dial plate of our christian civilization; they would have us call a retreat to the soldiers in the army of Christ; the banner of the cross they would have us haul down, and reverse the engines of war against sin and crime; the songs of Zion they would turn into discord, and for the harmony and the melody of the sons of God, they would give us general confusion; they would have us chain the forces of virtue and unloose the elements of vice; they would have the nation loose its moorings from the Lord of truth and experience and commit interest, morally, socially; religiously and politically to the unsafe and unreliable human reason; they would discharge God and his crew and run the ship of State by the light of reason, which has always been but a dim taper in the world, and all the foot-prints it has left are marked with the blood of men, women and children. No nation is safe when left alone with reason.
"But we have no notion of giving up the contest without a struggle or a battle. We are aware that there is a great commotion in the world of thought. Religion and science are at arms length contending with all their forces for the mastery. Faith and unbelief are fighting their old battles over again, everything that can be shaken is shaking. The foundations of belief are assaulted by the army of science and men are changing their opinions. New and starting theories are promulgated to the world; old truths are putting on new garbs. Error is dressing in the latest style, wrong is secured by the unholy alliances, changes in men and things, revolution in church and state, Empires are crumbling, Kingdoms tottering; everywhere the change is seen. In the social circle, in the school house, in the pulpit and in the pews. But amid all the changes are revolutions their are some things that are unchangeable, unmovable and enduring. The forces that underline the vital power of Christianity are the same yesterday, to-day, to-morrow and forever more. They are like their God, who is omnipotent, immovable and eternal, and everywhere truth has marched it has left its moccasin tracks." - (End of Excerpt from "Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, but Sin is a Reproach to Any People")
So said Rev. Benjamin Arnett in 1876. Where is the leader who will declare these things today? His theme was "Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, but Sin is a Reproach to Any People." Might such outspoken thoughts not enlighten the minds of Americans today as they discuss the topic of this thread?
Unfortunately, *Marxist* is no longer pejorative.
The left does speak the common language of the streets. Because of this, they have support. If the language originated elsewhere, the supporters of the concepts do not care. They understand the language, the concepts and the ideology.
Any of us insisting on the older meaning based on a different ideology will simply be looked upon as a curiosity.
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