Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingrich authored earth haters' handbook

And it's still the official little red book of the Republican Party. NPR's Andrea Seabrook says:
New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, was also in Congress with Gingrich. And what she remembers is a memo his staff circulated. It was called "Language: A Key Mechanism of Control." "They had a lexicon of words that they could use when they talked about Democrats," she recalls. The memo listed positive words Republicans should use to describe their ideas — like "opportunity," "common sense" and "reform." It also listed negative words the GOP should use to describe Democrats' ideas — like "welfare," "pathetic" and "criminal rights."
Dems, take a lesson from Ron Paul: be consistent and use language wisely... and stand up to the goddamned earth hating bullies!

Guy Raz has become one of my favorite NPR hosts. Here he is talking with Sidney Milkis, a political scientist at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, courtesy WBUR:
One late January night in 1966, President Johnson went to the Capitol to deliver the annual State of the Union address. Johnson was at the peak of his power that night, and during the hourlong speech, he talked about his agenda for the year: Vietnam, social programs and expanding the war on poverty. But right in the middle, he offered up an idea that seemed to come out of nowhere when he proposed to change the term for a congressman from two years to four, concurrent with presidential terms.

Milkis goes on to say that Congress spends too much time campaigning and not enough time negotiating.

Another reason to amend the Constitution?

MPR hosting author of The Constitution Cafe. Christopher Phillips says Americans could have a representative for every 60,000 in population and congressional staff should be nearly eliminated.


Would you really want Newt's finger anywhere near The Button?

2 comments:

David Newquist said...

Gingrich is doing precisely what Orwell tried to warn about in his description of Newspeak--language used to indoctrinate and control by channeling hatred rather than communicate clearly and honestly.

LK said...

I had forgotten about Newt's word game. At the height of his revolution, I rember wondering if the book was little and red or if he wanted to be referred to as Chairman Newt.

Newt may have authored the book, but I think Frank Luntz raised it to an art form.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Luntz