I’m still deciding whether there will be one or two featured posts today. The one I’m sure of is “A Conservative Lexicon With English Translation”. It doesn’t look like it, but it’s sort of a follow-up to “Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party“. In that post I observed that to the Tea/Confederate Party, tyranny meant using the democratic process to change society, through things like same-sex marriage or national health care, and Second Amendment rights meant the right of conservatives to stop democratic change by violence.
When you think about it for a while, you realize that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole conservative language, where words mean something very different than they do in standard English. Voter fraud means black people voting. Freedom of speech means that a conservative should not face criticism for speaking out. The Founding Fathers are a complete fantasy bearing no real resemblance to the people who actually wrote the Constitution. And so on.
If you understand those definitions, a lot of apparent gibberish suddenly makes sense and is scary. So I decided to collect them all in one place, or at least as many as I could think of. I realize I’m not the first person to try this, but I hope I’m advancing the field a little.
The second possible article is my reaction to the Adrian Peterson story, which has morphed into a discussion about parental discipline techniques. As a class immigrant (raised working class, now in the professional class) I’ve had a chance to observe both sides of what is basically a class divide. If this doesn’t become an article, a few paragraphs will make it into the weekly summary.
In the summary: Eric Holder, extending the air war into Syria, the media ignoring the Climate March, and an epic rant from Jon Stewart about the scientific ignorance of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Oh, and somebody solved the “Washington Redskins” problem: They can keep the name if they just change their helmets.
Let’s figure the lexicon to appear around 10 and the summary about noon.