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Forum Post: [News Article] Words Conservatives Hate

Posted 1 year ago on June 14, 2012, 12:34 p.m. EST by geo (2638) from Concord, NC
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Bisexual sustainable development activists working to prevent climate change-related sea-level rise better watch out: Just about all the preceding words have been flagged by conservatives and Republicans as liberal buzzwords that need to be stricken from public conversation, according to a spate of recent news stories.

Sure, it's a time-honored GOP practice to seek to replace a perfectly good description, such as "the estate tax," with a more inflammatory phrase, but the new fight against liberal words does not appear to be seeking to replace them with an alternative so much as to deny the existence of a thing. Three examples:

  1. "Bisexual" and "transgender."

The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Romney's administration couldn't countenance these words during his later years in office, when he was preparing for a presidential bid:

Former governor Mitt Romney's administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state antibullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms "bisexual'' and "transgender'' in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.

Romney aides said publicly at the time that publication of the guide had been delayed because it was a lengthy document that required further review. But an e-mail authored in May of that year by a high-ranking Department of Public Health official -- and obtained last week by the Globe through a public records request -- reflected a different reason.

"Because this is using the terms 'bisexual' and 'transgendered,' DPH's name may not be used in this publication,'' wrote the official, Alda Rego-Weathers, then the deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  1. "Sea level rise" and "climate change."

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that even the phrase once thought less loaded than "global warming" is now out of favor in Virginia, along with neutral descriptions of the type of water that could create flooding threats in the coastal state:

State lawmakers ran into a problem this year when recommending a study on rising sea levels and their potential impacts on coastal Virginia. It was not a scientific problem or a financial one. It was linguistic.

They discovered that they could not use the phrases "sea level rise" or "climate change" in requesting the study, in part because of objections from Republican colleagues and also for fear of stirring up conservative activists, some of whom believe such terms are liberal code words....

State Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who insisted on changing the "sea level rise" study in the General Assembly to one on "recurrent flooding," said he wants to get political speech out of the mix altogether.

He said "sea level rise" is a "left-wing term" that conjures up animosities on the right.

  1. "Sustainable development."

This word hasn't been targeted directly so much as become a buzzword for an agenda the legislature of Alabama has now formally rejected. In May, it passed a law stating:

The State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to "Agenda 21."

Now signed into law, "This bill, that would bar the state from taking over private property without due process, is intended to shelter Alabamians from the United Nations Agenda 21, a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government," Alabama GOP Executive Director T.J. Maloney said in a statement.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/06/words-conservatives-hate/258472/?google_editors_picks=true

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[-] 3 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

The words I hate most are the ones that divide us. Liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican.

In our fight to weed out the corruption that has taken deep root between our Government and corporate leadership, we must put away our differences long enough to take back our rightful place in determining our own destiny. It should not be up to a few individuals. That is the antithesis of Democracy, where power should be spread widely and evenly among it's members.

The majority of decent people on both sides are in agreement of the necessity in removing the cancer invading our nation. If we remain separated by our own self proclaimed political superiority, the corruption is guaranteed to grow ever larger. Let go of the labels and concentrate our efforts against the forces that wish to deny our freedoms for their personal profit.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Yeah lets focus on the issues and policies that have hurt the 99%. unfair taxes on the middle class, immorally low taxes on the wealthy! usery against the 99%. unfair low interest (0.1%?) for the 1%, cuts to pell grants, stop taxpayer support for 1% private college. Repeal citizens united, publicly funded campaigns, open primaries (to break the grip of the party duopoly), healthcare public option, Alternative energy tax breaks-no subsidies for fossil fuels, job creation/living wage!, Buffet rule, penalize offshoring of jobs/assets/hq's, reward onshoring! Lets forget the labels! How do you feel about these issues? Lets get together and agree. Agitate on the streets and in the voting booth for these critically needed changes!

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 1 year ago

Most of these issues I agree. The change needs to begin with the people. If they are unwilling to stand up for their most basic rights, we will all be defeated, no matter how just our goals. The battle will be won or lost by how many can be convinced that their economic and political freedoms have been lost.

I can't think of a more powerful argument to use than for the sake of our children. Will we continue to sell them into economic slavery, or will we break the chains now?!

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

We must convince as many people as possible to support these issues. I'm with you. I agree. It does have start with the people. Only the people can accomplish this. Without the people it will not happen. Good luck!. Solidarity!. Agitate agitate agitate.

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[-] 2 points by stevebol (1268) from Milwaukee, WI 1 year ago

This is pretty simple; whenever they say anything just say, "We'll, under capitalism................ "

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 1 year ago

tax increase on the rich

transparent government

[-] 2 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 1 year ago

What other words have been banned or now have been given a bad connotation?

My favorite is 'PROGRESSIVE'. This has been turned into such a dirty word, equal in stature to communist in some conservative minds.

[-] 2 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 1 year ago
[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

This a great illustration that right/left, liberal/conservative, progressive/reactionary, fascism/communism actually still exist in the world. Hasn't been rescinded. And most of all it shows that the right wing, conservative, reactionary, side of the political spectrum is clearly anti 99%. Identifying the enemy is the 1st step.

[-] 0 points by friendlyopposition (574) 1 year ago

Three words liberals hate... a top 100+ list.

    A proud American
    Acorn voter fraud
    Ambassador John Bolton
    A fair election
    Abortion is murder
    America is great
    America’s founding fathers
    Armed and dangerous
    Axis Of Evil
    Barack Hussein Obama
    Biden press conference
    Black conservative republican
    Boy Scout troop
    Bush won Florida
    By the people
    Checks and Balances
    Chicago tea party
    Children need fathers
    Climate change hoax
    Coal fired plant
    Coldest winter ever
    Conservative on campus
    Conservative talk radio
    Contract with America
    Dead can’t vote
    Drill baby drill
    Fair tax now
    Fly over country
    Fox News Channel
    Fox News Ratings
    Free market economy
    Freedom isn’t free
    Freedom of religion
    George W. Bush
    Get a job
    Get my gun
    Give me liberty
    God bless America
    God given rights
    God loves you
    Guns save lives
    Have no fear
    Here’s your bill
    I love America
    I made millions
    Increased military spending
    It’s my money!
    Jesus is coming
    Joe the Plumber
    Joe Biden Speaks
    Judeo Christian nation
    Justice Clarence Thomas
    Justice is blind
    Let freedom ring
    Let us pray
    Let voters decide
    Liberal media bias
    Life from conception
    Life isn’t fair
    Life, liberty, happiness
    Limited federal government
    Lock and load
    Man and wife
    Mandated term limits
    Marriage is sacred
    Mary Jo Kopecknick
    Men only club
    Merit based pay
    Michael Savage show
    Middle American values
    Monica’s blue dress
    Mr. and Mrs.
    Nancy Pelosi Lied
    Nation under God
    National Rifle Association
    Natural born citizenv
    No free lunch
    Nice fur coat
    No more earmarks
    No new taxes
    Not everyone wins
    Nuclear power plant
    Obama’s college records
    Obama’s half white
    Off of welfare
    Old fashioned values
    Om Kippur war
    Original birth certificate
    Partial Birth Abortion
    Peace through strength
    People have spoken
    Pledge of Allegiance
    Praise the Lord
    Private heath insurance
    Private property rights
    Prop 8 upheld
    Respect the constitution
    Reverend Jeremiah Wright
    Rich white man
    Right to cary
    Right to life
    Right to Secede
    Right to work
    Rule of law
    Rush is right
    Sarah Louise Palin
    Save the Hummer
    Second Amendment Rights
    Secret union ballot
    Secure the border
    Separation of powers
    Shave your legs
    Shoot to kill
    Smith and Wesson
    Stop judicial activism
    Successful hardworking entrepreneur
    Supply & demand
    Support our troops
    Swift Boat Veterans
    Take no prisoners
    Tax free cigarettes
    Teleprompter is broken
    Thank a veteran.
    The 10th amendment
    The citizen militia
    The Reagan Revolution
    The Ten Commandments
    The tenth amendment
    Traditional American family
    Two thousand twelve
    United States Constitution
    United States Marines
    Vote only once
    War on terror
    Well-armed citizenry
    Work not welfare
    Yes, I can
    You’re the father

I don't even agree with a lot of them... but I still found it humorous enough to share... enjoy!

[-] 1 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 1 year ago

How many of these have been outlawed by liberal state legislators?

[-] 1 points by friendlyopposition (574) 1 year ago

Outlawed? Really? As in "made to be against the law."

Please show me where anyone has 'outlawed' a word?