Skip to comments.Liberals are winning the language war
Posted on 04/14/2014 8:35:19 PM PDT by Hoodat
Are conservatives linguistically challenged? Or are they just naïve enough to think they can win the battle of ideas with ideas?
Okay, and money.
Conservatives, like liberals, will spend huge amounts of money this year to get their ideas across to voters. But what they fail to do is bundle their thoughts into a bright, shiny linguistic package that explodes in the face of their enemies when opened.
The left has assembled a rich lexicon of phrases that serve either as stilettos that can be turned again and again in the guts of their opponents, or shields that obscure their true intentions.
The phrasing can be at best vicious, at worst dishonest. But conservatives should consider concocting some nasty comebacks, lest they continue to be perceived as Neanderthals battling forces of progress.
Did I just use the term Neanderthal? You immediately knew I couldnt have meant liberals, because liberals are enlightened. They are Cro-Magnons, each and every one.
Now you see the problem.
Herewith, a list of the top liberal epithets and euphemisms. Lets start with the former:
War on Women: When Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noted a few weeks ago that Democrats, who accuse Republicans of waging a war on women, were strangely unappalled by President Bill Clintons predatory behavior, he was slyly undermining one of the worst charges lodged by Democrats.
Really? A war on women? This is blandly repeated by Democrats everywhere as accepted science. But how foolish. One supposedly hates women because . . .
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.reuters.com ...
If two guys are in a verbal altercation and one of them finally get PO’d enough to kill the other. — who won the argument?
Liberals are only good at one thing, making people believe they are VICTIMS..making people believe that the only way to survive in life is to get everything they want given to them for FREE..that is why welfare and food stamps are such a huge success to the left, the left owns those people, for life
Reuters covering BLM and this subject... stepping off the plantation is it?
Liberals lie, they promise something for nothing
Conservative have no spokeperson at moment, when both senate/house gop leaders are big government types
I agree, controlling the lexicon is very important.
Notice how they try to call Obamacare by it’s official Orwellian name.
Gay marriage= “Same Sex Marriage” or “Marriage Equality” (we already have marriage equality, gay men are free to marry woman and vice versa)
Gun Control=”sensible restrictions”
Tax hikes=”revenue enhancement”!
Union giveaways are called “rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure”
Then there’s the whole “red state/blue state” thing.
Even the word “liberal” itself, isn’t supposed to mean “socialist”. They co-opted it.
Some dead Greek, Aristotle maybe, taught that the party to a debate/argument/whatever who was wrong, but learned the truth from his opponent, was the real winner because he left in better shape than he arrived.
We could make winners out of liberals if they would just keep quiet, shut it with the accusations of our personal failings (”racist! homophobe!”) and listen to what we have to say.
But your average lefty is as thick as a brick, so it won’t happen. They will always be loosers.
The excuse is that the left is so much better at telling lies. Everything they say is Orwellian. Add to it they march in lockstep and enforce Lenin’s iron party discipline. Once the party line is established, they mindlessly quote it as their holy scripture.
There is not much hope when the Marxist/liberals control
education and the media.
No. They are inciting hoping someone loses their cool. Nothing more.
The time is not right yet.
Liberals are also good at completely disassociating themselves from reality and truth.
LIEberals = Fascists: They believe in a controlled economy where the government chooses winners and losers; they believe in using the powers of the state to punish and imprison their political enemies; they believe the power of the state should expand to control all economic, social, educational and political aspects of life; etc.
THEY ARE FASCISTS - call them on it.
The sooner people understand the crypto dictatorship and war on any one language, the easier it is to win the language war with them.
They reek with cynicism and projection.
The usage of tired race or gender card is their favorite lie, war and perception making method.
Shift their saying “it is racist that white people get to have cops rescue them at home but not blacks” to focusing their personal attack on everyday people and stoning them for any reason.
REally it is an attitude to stop.
And let us not let them call us antigovernment when we are for the balance of power.
We are anti state anarchy led by leftist bought by the mafya.
The sooner we understand the origin of the money of the left running for power, the easier is to see where they are coming from or what they are about to say.
Anything the left says is crypto-paramilitary-dictatorial... really cryptofascism is communism.
For instance the urgency on Obamacare and Executive Orders are equivalent to police brutality and unecessary urgency. It has nothing to do with delivering care but taking the money and the care in taxes.
It is all based on harm, never in good. They are not about ambulances or firemen or brave cops but thug collection.
Indeed, Conservatives have the talking points but Republicans never borrow them, they stay paralyzed.
Take for instance the lie that abortion is a right.
It is not because it requires a license from an abortion doctor. Killing the unborn is a license to kill or even murder. It has nothing remotely related to a right.
Life is a right.
Marriage between man and woman is a right.
Assembly or contracts are a right.
But the rest really are PRIVILEGES.
THe public does not realize they are losing rights for privileges the government will take away anyways.
Actually, the left wins the language war when they get to define themselves as “liberal”, a term derived from “liberty”, when the big government statists are actually the opposite.
Look up a definition of “liberal”. From Wikipedia: “Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality” and Economic liberalism: “The ideological belief in organizing the economy on individualist lines, such that the greatest possible number of economic decisions are made by private individuals and not by collective institutions.”
I don’t understand how today’s Democrat party can call itself “liberal” in the classical sense, given their hostility to individual rights, and blatant support for racial and gender preferences. They also get to use the term “pro-choice”, when they are anti-choice on education, labor, your money, and everything else except abortion.
Under original definitions, I should describe myself as a pro-choice liberal, instead of a power-hungry, big-government money-grabbing statist.
They win because we let them have the language. Progressive, “gay”, etc. Heck, we have even allowed them to tar us with a left wing economic system; fascism! It is time we stop giving them the language!
There was a news item tonight in Chicago about the dozen or so shootings over the weekend. They employed what is to me the top liberal euphemism, “Gun Violence.” I know this is often mentioned on FR, but I didn’t see it in the article.
Of course, it’s a euphemism because it implicitly excuses the perpetrators as somehow unwitting or even innocent participants in the unfortunate circumstances attendant to the Gun Violence.
Wittgenstein and the German Postmodernist philosophers knew that he who controls the Language/words will control the perceptions of the masses.
This is what Goebbels did so well, with Leni Riefenstahl. That is why it is SO important to CONTROL ALL information fed to the masses (JP Morgan bought all important AP organizations and publishing companies in early 1900s and controlled who made “president” at the influential universities and they funded the Teachers college and designed the curricula for schools.
It forms ‘Worldview” and “group think” and they are erasing Christianity from the minds of the masses, to destroy Individuality for “collective” thinking—been marginalizing and demeaning Christianity and mocking it, since the Monkey Trials. GK Chesterton and CS Lewis attack this frontal assault on the Western Worldview which created the Age of Reason and Science and the USA. But “individual Natural Rights from God is antithetical to Collectivism where individuals have to be culled and eliminated.
The Cultural Marxists also got control of schools (John Dewey) and used “operant conditioning” in all curricula to force “opinion” into the Marxist/Atheist/Satanic one.
The Left’s trick is to destroy language and twist all meanings-—so there is only confusion in debate.
There is no Reason in anything they debate or say. They put “homosexual” in front of the word “marriage” for decades, so that when the children grow up, the concept was normalized, and accepted, and the children are ignorant of Truth/God, that they are irrational and ignorant and can’t see through the false logic. The absurd becomes “normal” although it is irrational.
In 1984, Winston Smith’s friend, Syme, a phylologist and expert in Newspeak, admits to Winston that the goal of his department in the newest edition of the Newspeak dictionary is the destruction of words.
Why have a dozen words with a dozen shades of meaning describing, for example, qualities when you can simply use ‘good’ or ‘ungood’? It spares people the chore of thinking and encourages orthodoxy, or ‘goodthinking’ and discourages ‘thoughtcrime.’
Actually, I strongly believe teachers are paid to teach subjects they are hired to teach; their personal opinions have no room in a classroom.
The Truth is hoe you deal with Liberal Lies. You win by not engaging them and discussing nonsense.
The Truth is how you deal with Liberal Lies. You win by not engaging them and discussing nonsense.
That’s a good start but there are many many more... some so subtle even republicans and some conservatives fall in the trap of using them. I’ve started making a list, here’s a few:
access (as access to birth control) - you pay for what I want
affordable housing - subsidizing housing
government expense - a tax cut
justice (as in social justice, environmental justice, economic justice, reproductive justice, etc. ad infinitum) - I want what you have
investment - a new government program
diversity - backdoor quotas
sustainability - politburo type of planning
giving back (as giving back to the community) - shakedown
community - a pressure group
tolerance - forced acceptance and even exaltation of behavior you abhor
hate speech - something they disagree with, or very often, the truth
That’s enough for now.
The left owns every medium of public education but for radio talk shows. The reason is simple: when public opinion can control access to resources, owning education media becomes very profitable. In a system like that, liberty operates at a structural disadvantage.
Antonio Gramsci, an Italian communist theoretician of the early 1900 disagreed strongly with Marx and Lenin about how the communist revolution would occur, especially in the capitalist west. Marx believed that the workers in the west would arise spontaneously against the system. Gramsci believed that that would never happen and he was right.
He instead asserted that if you want to take over the west you have to do it through what he called the long march through the institutions, i.e. the taking over by leftist infiltrators of governmental, social and cultural institutions (i.e. government agencies, schools, media, entertainment, sports, armed forces,etc). He recognized that this would take a long time, but in the end it would succeed better than brute force because the people could then be peacefully indoctrinated (through schools, media, entertainment) in the socialist or communist culture, and would achieve a consensus which the people would be fooled into thinking they freely arrived at.
You must admit theyve done rather well. They have indeed taken over the schools, the media, entertainment, government agencies, and most recently the armed forces and sports.
“Actually, I strongly believe teachers are paid to teach subjects they are hired to teach; their personal opinions have no room in a classroom.”
I agree, but keep in mind this popular saying:
“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”
Put that line into your search engine in order to get many opinions.
Dems appear more organized than Republicans in this regard. I’ve noticed a tremendous number of references to the Koch brothers the past week or so.They’re all over the internet and even a caller to Coast-to-Coast made a negative reference. I’m sure the worker bees have been ordered to put the name out there to make them the face of evil by November 4. “Koch Brothers” is going to be this election year’s version of 2012’s “War on Women.”
Yep. Why don’t pubs talk about George Soros, who should always be referred to as “Former Nazi George Soros”. I suppose because the GOP-e is busy taking his money too.
Libs control the media, hollywood, and education. It is not shocking at all that they are winning the war to redefine language.
It is a war of words, and so far, the liberal swine have won the battle with slick dishonest catch-phrases like:
affordable care act
Who is in charge of coming up with equally convincing catch-phrases for the conservative side of the battlefield??
-GimmeDats is one of the best phrases we need to start using.
-Greedy Liberals (after all, they are the greedy ones, not people who want to keep their own hard-earned money)
As long as the GimmeDats get free stuff they dont care how much the government spends.
Obamacare needs to be called out for what it is: Socioeconomic Fascism!!
This ties in perfectly with the current level of devolution of Western culture - rank liberalism with emphasis on buggery and social engineering.
Profligate spending on education = Investment
“There is no excuse for losing the rhetoric war with those who defy the truth.”
Exactly what principles is the GOP planning to run on this year? It is April and the election is 7 months away. It is clear to me the Dems are running on income inequality, women’s rights, gay rights, gun control, amnesty, continuation of Obamacare, more spending, and stamping out racism.
What exactly is the Republican platform this year?
- Obamacare - is it repeal or fix?
- Immigration - is it amnesty or not?
- Spending - Any real plan to reign in spending or is it more capitulation?
- Taxes - I haven’t heard a thing.
- Traditional marriage - Any plan to talk about it?
- Abortion - Seems like they are running away from it.
- Defense - Any proposals to prevent the gutting of our capabilities and nuclear forces?
- Trade - More one way “free trade”?
- Abuse of Presidential Power - No talk about repealing the Patriot Act, scaling back ammunition purchases by federal agencies, reigning in the IRS, or impeaching Holder.
- Gun control - Crickets chirping.
Seven months from the election I have no idea what the GOP stands “for”. All I know for sure is the GOP establishment is against the Tea Party.
Is this a winning strategy?
I will repost part of a comment I made here on March 27, 2013.
Here's what Dems taught themselves to do in the 2000s:
1) redefine the terms of the debate so they favor them : marriage equality, gun safety, and tax fairness and repeat them over and over to the MSM and on camera.
2) Understand your opponents argument in detail so you can dismember it. This is very different than just listening to those who you like because they-say what you want to hear
3) Understand who you are trying to convince, so you understand what arguments he/she will be receptive too. #3 goes closely with #2.
SOL - nice job.
The left are masters at finding a wedge issue that’s contentious and that there’s deep division on (race and culture are as about as big as they get). Start dog whistling and changing the dictionary until people get fenzied. Then get them to $upport your cause while blindly f***ing them (Blacks and the welfare society for example - keep them on the RAT voting plantation) since they’re too busy grabbing “their” freebies or demanding “their rights, too”.
Repeat the process, but keep it controlled enough so it doesn’t ruin the money making machine (fags, ACLU-types, pro-illegal alien lobby, etc.).
And “Multiculturalism” is a deliberate policy designed to keep the lower classes in check. If TSHTF, the powers that be will play one race/culture off one another to keep order.
Classic, effective divide and conquer strategies.
And the dullards on the other side nominate Todd Akins, Richard Mourdocks and use the “clicker” to see what time Lawrence Welk comes on.
Any wonder why the left’s winning?
Yes, However, we must also look at ourselves. We have become addicted to voting for people with an "R" by their name because we are so afraid of the "D"'s, regardless if the "R" is a conservative or not.
That gives the left a huge advantage too.
“We have become addicted to voting for people with an “R” by their name because we are so afraid of the “D”’s, regardless if the “R” is a conservative or not.”
Because as bad as most RINOs are they are still better than the best RAT. Sad to say, but it’s true.
In 2011, we gave the GOP control of the House. Since then, they have continued passing the same continuing resolutions that the Pelosi House passed in 2010. I really see no difference here. Democrats understand power and are willing to use it. Republicans understand the perks of power and don't want to risk losing them by rocking the boat. They are perfectly content to remain in the minority and avoid risk.
Unfortunately, as the Roman historian Livy said of his people in his time; “you can no longer tolerate your vices neither can you embrace the cure for them.” We are in the same historical stage, vice addicted and unable to stand the steps necessary to cure them. By vices I mean more than drugs, booze, copulation and the games, I mean egalitarianism, free floating “Rights Of Man,” one man one vote, the unchecked Third World invasion, tax and spend etc. etc.
Progressives running and governing as Republicans are not better than Dems. Only those with stockholm syndrome believe such a thing.
So Obama is a better POTUS then Romney or McCain or GWB would be?
Please. All 3 would suck badly, but would be infinitely better than Obama.
There is no winning in losing. If you believe that, you have problems much worse than “stockholm syndrome”.
-——Are conservatives linguistically challenged?-—
No, To illustrate, the term racism is being replaced with the word and concept of culturism.
Cultures and subcultures can be analyzed and discussed, praised and criticized
Culturists are free to observe and comment on what is visible and seems probable with no fear of criticism.
I am sure you also have good reasons why we must accept amnesty and kenyancare can never be repealed.
If you think Susan Collins and her ilk will ever vote to repeal you are day dreaming. Those folks are simply not interested in governing as conservatives. They happily pinch hit for Team Dem when they feel like it. Support them and their progressive agenda if you wish. I never will.
I don’t know who you are nor do I care. But don’t try to project your crap on me interloper.
The MSM press trumpets elite liberal’s words and language changes. NONE Of the changes are being presented to citizens by paid advertisement. The MSM works for democrats for free.
The good news is conservatives are fighting Hollywood, all United States newspapers but one, all TV Networks, all TV cable channels except one... and we’re STILL GETTING OUR MESSAGE OUT.
That’s what’s amazing.
Yes, we must oppose every Republican who votes the wrong way, even if they do it once.
Who needs any Republicans from MA, MD, CA, NY ,...???
In fact even those from states like OH, WI, VA, PA, FL, .. cant be trusted.
Our GOP representatives must be pure, if they vote the way Levin and Rush say they should ON EVERY SINGLE VOTE that's good enough.
Even if it means the GOP wins in only 15 pure states, if they are pure and vote 100% right then we are on our way to what the Founders envisioned.