Magazine article The American Prospect

Gop Oed

Magazine article The American Prospect

Gop Oed

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In our November issue, JOHN POWERS compiled a glossary of terms conservatives use in ways that don't match standard dictionary definitions ("The Right Word"). Reader RILEY SIMPSON wrote, "I think this glossary should become a website (perhaps Wackipedia) that could be added to and edited by whoever has a new observation of ConSpeak to offer up." He may be onto something, because an appeal to readers to help expand the list garnered a huge response. Here are some of the suggested additions. You can contribute yours at

AMERICAN DREAM: A fantasyland in which the unprivileged are entitled to a home, education, and health care.--Beverly Weiss

ASSOCIATE: An aide or friend of a Republican president or high official.--Leonard Boasberg

COMMON SENSE: What I think (but don't want to describe right now because if you knew what it was, you might actually not agree with me) regardless of any basis in rational thought or facts. The amazing thing about calling out for "commonsense solutions" is that the listener/reader/viewer usually thinks the speaker is thinking about some view that they also hold.--Riley Simpson

CRONY: An aide or friend of a Democratic president or high official.--LB

DEMAGOGUERY: Something liberals do for the sole purpose of getting re-elected so that they can foster total dependence (see NANNY STATE) and thus usher in a period of Soviet-style dictatorship. Also involves hating America and trashing the Constitution.--Geoff Herring

FAMILY VALUES: A hierarchical system based on patriarchy and property.--BW

FREE SPEECH: Money.--Jack Gamboa

FRIENDLY FIRE: My definition of friendly fire is a campfire on a cool evening, but I'm a liberal.--Fred Charbonneau

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA: The atheist belief that gays are entitled to equal rights.--LB

1 JOB CREATOR: Those top-tier income-earners without whose benevolence we would all be unemployed. Even the thought of increasing taxes on these folks--the "backbone of the economy"--is to doom our way of life, ruin our economy, and make one a communist. Statistical evidence to the contrary is to be strictly ignored or discredited as propaganda perpetrated by the "liberal media."--GH

2 JOB CREATOR: A corporation that creates jobs abroad while eliminating jobs at home. …

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