Political code words uncoded

Dull Ache column by W.R. Marshall
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We’ve been slogging along for the last – what is it, hundred years? – with this endless campaign, and every step of the way we’ve been treated to the muzak of political code words.

Both politicians and pundits throw these little bits of verse about like they’re slinging burgers at the Mac place – billions and billions served. Frankly we don’t know what the hell they’re talking about half the time. (Apparently, they don’t know the other half … so we’re even.)

With general election politics about to kick into full swing, (I know Hillary is still running, but I’m one of a very small group who is still aware of this), it’s time we cut through the sound bites and buzz words and figured out what the talking heads are really talking about.

The next time you hear someone say something that is amorphous and meaningless, you’ll know what they really mean:

change – help!

blue collar white voter – blue collar WHITE voter

Glenn Beck – schmuck … or putz

the president is doing a good job – we work for Fox News

I’m a fighter – If I lose, it’s Bill’s fault

Dick Cheney – dick Cheney

she’s a fighter – she’s a man, baby …

Republican Party – who?

he’s Muslim – he’s black

he’s too liberal – he’s black

he’s inexperienced – he’s black

he’s elitist – he’s black

he’s not black enough – he’s black

war hero – old white guy

 

W.R. Marshall is a regular contributor to The Augusta Free Press.


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