Monday, October 25, 2010

Top Ten Codewords from the RNC Playbook

Coming into the mid-term election, it's important to understand the codewords the far-right tends to use in advertising, speeches and local debates. The following top ten list serves as a reference guide for decyphering the real meaning behind the Republican National Committee talking points.

7. Unconstitutional. Ignoring the second amendment. Antonym: Having to do with any of the provisions outlined under the Bill of Rights, with the exception of the second amendment. This especially includes the fourth, fifth and sixth amendements, which insures the right of due process for anyone facing legal action and protects Americans from illegal search and seizure and from cruel and unusual punishment. Example: forbiding protestors from bearing arms during a presidential rally is unconstitutional, but allowing people to be wiretapped, detained without charges and tortured in secret detention camps is perfectly fine.

8. Entitlement program. 1. Any program that benefits average American citizens over big corporations. 2. The percent of the Federal Budget remaining after military spending. Also known as Medicare, Social Security or Unemployment Insurance.

9. Activist judge. Any judge who supports the 14th amendment or Roe versus Wade.

10. Wasteful Spending (sometimes called Government Waste.) The 12 percent or less of the national budget remaining after earmarks to the military…also known as entitlements. 2. The Federal Budget dollars remaining after Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy are subtracted.

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