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Words Have Meaning

Posted by MEC on April 22, 2009

…Except when you’re a Republican. For Republicans, words only have propaganda value.

From Saul Anuzis, with whom I am much too familiar from when he was head of the Michigan Republican Party, we have this little gem of Humpty-Dumpty semantics:

Anuzis has turned to provocation with a purpose. He calls the president’s domestic agenda “economic fascism.”

“We’ve so overused the word ‘socialism’ that it no longer has the negative connotation it had 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago,” Mr. Anuzis said. “Fascism — everybody still thinks that’s a bad thing.”

Please note that Anuzis is not saying President Obama’s agenda is fascist. He’s only saying it’s politically useful to call it fascist because of the kneejerk emotional reaction he expects it to evoke.

What makes this stupid as well as evil is that decades of using “fascist” to mean “a political something that I disagree with”, from hippies calling police “fascist pigs” in the 1960s on down, has made the word pretty much meaningless. The only reaction using it will evoke is, “So you got nothin’.”

(H/T Michigan Liberal)

2 Responses to “Words Have Meaning”

  1. Hey, he figures if Jonah Goldberg can try to pull off GOP Newspeak, so can he.

  2. Charles II said

    At least the hippies were getting their heads knocked in and being detained en masse without charge. Those are at least things that fascist regimes do. When the whole right-wing foofaraw is based on 2% of taxpayers having their tax rates return to what they were under Clinton, it’s definitely an abuse of the language.

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