Monday, November 3, 2008
You are “friends” of presidential candidates even if they've never met you.
Your dollars are always “hard earned”.
“I'm a maverick” means, “I've worked in the Republican Party for years, but now that they're in deep trouble I'm disowning them.” [“Maverick”: An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, considered the property of the first person who brands it. From Samuel Maverick, 1870 American pioneer who did not brand his calves.]
“Elitist”: One who speaks good English and is therefore ill-suited to be president.
“Just like us”: A candidate who speaks poor English and therefore qualifies for the presidency.
“Our heroes”: Everybody who has enlisted in the army.
“Support our troops” : Support continuing whatever wars the politicians have involved our troops in.
Regardless of what much of the world has thought for a century, in American politics “socialism” is the equivalent of “hell”, and “socialist” is the equivalent of “devil”.
(Exception: Socialist economic policies are not “socialism” if promulgated by Republicans.)
There are “real Americans”, and therefore “unreal Americans”. The difference can't be defined, but one clue is that the more an American favors wars and rude behavior toward foreign leaders, the more “real” he is.
Any criticism of American society is “un-American” and automatically makes the critic unfit for public office.
“Threats to our allies” means “Threats to Israel”.
“Our good, stalwart friend, Israel” means, “I want the Jewish vote”.
“It's time we get this country moving again” means, “I'm running for President.”