There are all sorts of words that provoke strong reactions to the Right, and have little or nothing in common with what Webster would say. Sociologists tell us that many groups have their own slang and code words. These are very commonly used on the Right wing talk media. I’ll set forth a few examples:
Socialism: For the right, evil creeping into American society, implying an end to privateproperty, individual rights. Dictionary.com: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
Redistribution of Wealth: For the Right, an unfair idea implying taking from deserving people, giving to undeserving people. Wikipedia: Redistribution of wealth is the transfer of income, wealth or property from some individuals to others caused by a social mechanism such as taxation, monetary policies, welfare, nationalization, charity, divorce or tort law. Most often it refers to progressive redistribution, from the rich to the poor, although it may also refer to regressive redistribution, from the poor to the rich. The desirability and effects of redistribution are actively debated on ethical and economic grounds.
Labeling and connotations spreads concepts quickly. It’s a great technique.
Liberal = bad.
Conservative = good.
Tax = bad.
Obama = bad.
Nancy Pelosi = bad.
Re-labeling things is another quick trick. It’s not an inheritance tax, it’s a death tax. It’s not a Health Care Reform Act, it’s a Job-killing ObamaCare-to-be-repealed.
Here’s the latest act of language theft, from Sean Hannity’s web site: “President Obama repeatedly asked members of Congress to pass the American Jobs Act last week. But when no Democrat filed Obama’s bill after he presented it to Congress, a conservative congressman swiped the name for his own legislation. The American Jobs Act introduced in the House of Representatives looks quite different from the version President Obama outlined in his speech to Congress. Instead of hiking taxes on working Americans to pay for another stimulus, Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX) legislation offers a tax cut.”
The Right must be proud.
To the Right: got what they deserve, regardless of wealth. Rich are the same as poor.
To the left: working people, who work hard, which is different than the privileged rich.
Why is it that the Right has developed this common language, and is so quick to use it? The Right has a strong affinity for loyalty to their System. They want it to be true, and they jump on board.
The Right is stereotypically rich as well. Therefore, are there two reasons that the left is jealous? They covet the wealth, and they covet the simple quick-label language?
No. They have it wrong in their zeal for a simple solution. The strength and the trouble with the left is that they see the world as more complicated. They see holes in the strict capitalist system. They see justice as more important than loyalty. They believe in equal access to opportunity, not necessarily of reward, though. They are slow to label people and ideas as essentially wrong, form the beginning. They believe in the power of the state to create fairness, justice, and equality.
Moderates see the problems of both extreme ends. They don’t want total state control, but they do want it in cases of abuse and corruption. They appreciate competition, but see how it can involve unfair advantages and corruption too. Corruption to one is normal to another.
I’ll bet that more liberals took the time to fact-check on Rick Perry’s use of the phrase Ponzi Scheme, and it either justified the perceptions of conservatives or not, and it stopped there. Also, Perry betted that a kid was “smart enough to choose,” when it came to creationism.
Both moderation and liberalism thrive on careful thought and analysis. They need group debate and mutual understanding. It’s hard to label that kind of process. Am I labeling the Right as simpletons? Perhaps.