Neocon Code Phrases for Dummies


Many of WC’s readers seem perplexed and confused by the language used by Neocons and Teabaggers. As a service to those readers, WC provides the following handy guide to code phrases, translating the phrases into plain English. Readers are invited to submit additional terms in comments.

Code Phrase Translation
Reduce government regulation Reduce the regulations that keep me from making more money; don’t touch the others
Cut taxes The richest shouldn’t have to pay taxes; the rest of you suckers should pay
Stop entitlements Stop entitlements that I can’t use; don’t touch my entitlements
War on crime Keep the minorities in their place.
Restore liberty See War on crime.
End government handouts See Stop entitlements.
Abolish the US Department of Education My kids go to a private school.
Balanced science education Lie to students: tell them religion is science.
Climate change is a lie The 99% of climate scientists who think we are cooking the planet are wrong; Glenn Beck is right.
Obama is a muslim/socialist/commie He’s black. But we can’t say that.
Restore school prayer Restore Christian prayer in schools.
Lamestream Media Media that fail to worship me
Don’t retreat; reload It’s not figurative
Right to work Repeal the minimum wage
Job creators Multi-millionaires and billionaires who don’t want to pay taxes and need nannies, maids and house servants
Right to life Only while you’re a fetus. Once you’re out of the womb, we don’t care if you live or die. Actually, if you’re poor or any suspicious shade of brown, we’d rather you die.
Support the troops (a) Give all your tax money to the military industrial contractors in my district who build over-budget, late projects that don’t work; (b) Until they come back and are veterans. Then it’s ok if they’re homeless.
Compromise when Democrats do exactly what Republicans demand
Secure the Border We hate brown people
Deficit Reduction Stop stealing my inheritance and giving it to
people
Class warfare When poor people fight back.

Again, if you have a code phrase and translation to contribute, step right up.

(Italicized items are reader submittals.)

11 thoughts on “Neocon Code Phrases for Dummies

  1. I’m not sure exactly what the neo-con translation is but “right to work” has been co-opted too

  2. …and this doesn’t begin to get at the Alice-in-Wonderland aspect of some of the word games in which the meaning is whatever they insist the meaning is at the moment of the phrasing.. Take “job creators.” The initial response from Dems (and it continues to be a response) was that not all millionaires (or those above quarter million, when that was the figure at issue) are “job creators” because so many are the beneficiaries of investment income. That was soundly rejected as the mantra of “job creators” continued to be substituted for any reference to “rich people.” Then Warren Buffett comes along and reaffirms his strong support for the President and his program, and insists that he should be taxed fairly because his tax rate is more favorable than his low level employees. And so the response to Buffett was that he is not a “job creator” because his enormous wealth is investment income. But they insist there’s no inconsistency, and they continue to intone “job creator” as a substitute phrase for all rich people, except Warren Buffett!!
    Paul Eaglin
    Fairbanks

    • It’s true, WC is subject to demonic forces: logic, science, causation and rationality. So far as he can recall, and always bearing in mind Paul Kantner’s aphorism, WC has no recollection of of having sex with any goddess except Mrs. WC.

      WC will have a post of dominionism eventually. But the focus won’t be the fringe elements like Wagner.

  3. Excellent work, WC.

    However, you might wish to correct one tiny typo – second column first entry: “others” is misspelled.

  4. Climate change is a lie=Get rid of the EPA and who needs clean air? I need all the money my filthy factory can make.

  5. Orwell had such an ear! Do you remember Richard Nixon’s administration and the coining of the phrase “benign neglect”?

    Wikipedia:
    “Benign neglect” was a policy proposed in the late 1960s by New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was at the time on Nixon’s White House Staff as an urban affairs advisor. While serving in this capacity, he sent the President a memo suggesting that “the issue of race could benefit from a period of ‘benign neglect’. The subject has been too much talked about….We may need a period in which Negro progress continues and racial rhetoric fades.” This “benign neglect” policy[1] was designed to ease tensions following the American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s. Moynihan was particularly troubled by the speeches of Vice-president Spiro Agnew. However, the policy was widely seen as an abandonment of urban (particularly black) neighborhoods, as the Senator’s statements and writings appeared to encourage, for instance, fire departments engaging in triage to avoid engaging in a supposedly futile war against arson.[2]

    Today’s usage as described by Wikipedia:
    The term is today more widely known as a variant of “laissez faire” policy, wherever it is considered that a lack of regulation and/or investment will improve (or at least not hurt) the interest of the ‘neglected’ group. It is still a very controversial policy whenever proposed.

    Spin, spin, spin …

  6. Right to life: as long as you’re a fetus. Once you’re out of the womb, we don’t care if you live or die. Actually, if you’re poor or any suspicious shade of brown, we’d rather you die.

  7. Support the troops=Give all your tax money to the military industrial contractors in my district who build over-budget, late projects that don’t work.

    Support the troops=Until they come back and are veterans. Then it’s ok if they’re homeless.

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