With the first Presidential Debate just around the corner, the U.S. will get its first real look at the candidates. Politicians and pundits tend to speak using code words that evolve during the course of public discourse. The following is a strictly partisan primer to help less rabid but politically interested viewers understand what the candidates are saying.
Benghazi-gate: the recent controversy created when the Obama Administration reported on the murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans as the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure internet video. The video was so horrible, the President had to make sure everyone knew it existed and that the U.S. Government was sorry it had been made. The fact the attack on the Benghazi consulate was the work of terrorists was not discovered until about a day after the attack. Well, it was about a day if you consider the whole time zone thing. Well, at least it wasn’t discovered in enough time to recall the memo about the video. Apparently, it took another three weeks for the new memo to circulate… you know, after President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid to advertise how sorry the administration is…about the video. You can read more about that here.
“Citizens United”: refers to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010). In that case, the Court decided the First Amendment prohibited laws intended to prevent individuals or corporations from spending their own money to produce advertisements or other communications, such as movies, of a political nature. To conservatives, this is simply the logical application of the First Amendment. To liberals and the Democratic Party, this constituted a gross abuse of power by the Supreme Court because prior court rulings had upheld infringements on First Amendment rights in the context of political speech. After all, free speech is all well and good as long as you can’t actually use money to spread your opinion. Silly SCOTUS.
Fair Share: more.
Fast & Furious: the absurdly stupid and possibly criminal program to funnel weapons from the U.S. to criminal drug cartels (as compared to totally legal drug cartels…) in Mexico. You may not have heard of this if you do not watch Fox News or Univision. The purported purpose of the program was to allow officials to “track” the weapons. However, there was no actual mechanism in place to track the weapons. Oh, and the weapons have been used in drug crimes, including the death of a U.S. border patrol agent. As it turns out, the actual purpose was to foment outrage about lax gun laws in the U.S.
Gary Johnson: Never mind.
Hope & Change: the phenomenon of California residents and businesses moving to other states or overseas because they hope the move will change their lives for the better. (Okay, I just made that up.)
Julia: The fictional character in a Democrat sponsored info-graphic illustrating how the Democratic plan for the country would provide government assistance to women from the cradle to the grave.
Occupy: Beginning with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, the Occupy movement consists of its disparate members camping out on public property in protest of… well, everything. These selfish reprobates occupy public spaces and the public conscience in the same way parasites occupy their hosts, with similar results. They destroy private property, sap the resources of the body politic, and leave behind an incredible mess, all in an effort to destroy our society as we know it. Their filth-ridden camps inexplicably garnered substantial support from notable liberals and Democrats.
Policy: For conservatives, this generally indicates a course of action, determined in advance, to address expected future events in order to achieve a desired result. To politicians, this indicates the course of action which should be advocated with fervor and enthusiasm directly proportional to the number of votes the proposed course of action may attract.
Racism: Conservatives see racism as judging persons collectively according to the color of their skin and/or ethnic background, thereby embracing offensive stereotypes and dismissing the value of individuality. Liberals and Democrats identify any concept, policy, principle, person or practice in disagreement with President Obama or the Democratic Party as racist.
Super PAC: A Political Action Committee set up for the specific purpose of advancing the interests of a political candidate or issue. A super PAC may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties and can raise funds from corporations, unions and other groups, and from individuals, without legal limits. For conservatives, Super PACs are the legal, and predictable, result of “Citizens United” as well as Speechnow.org v. FEC, 599 F. 3d 686 (2010). For liberals and Democrats, Super PACs some spell the end of political free speech.
Tax Cut: Conservatives: you pay less. Liberals: the government allows you to keep more. Ex.: The federal deficit was greatly increased by the so-called “Bush tax cuts.”
“War on Women”: More accurately described as a war over women voters, this is the false narrative fostered by Democrat pundits and politicians that conservatives and Republicans want to take away women’s rights regarding their health care, specifically the right to abortion and contraception. While there are many advocates against abortion, there are currently no Republican politicians, office holders or candidates, who are advocating for any laws to prohibit abortion or contraception.
Feel free to add your (civil and polite) contributions in the comments below.