What’s In A Word?

Gallup demonstrates the continuing decline into meaninglessness of political labels:

My suspicion here, conveniently enough, is that this is primarily a problem with our political language. It certainly doesn’t help that the two main descriptors — “conservative” and “liberal” — no longer accurately describe the broad political positions of the two parties (“radical classical liberal” and “statist” would do better, I think), or that the president spent the campaign season cynically messing with terms (consider that the architect of Obamacare repeatedly accused Republicans of wanting “get between you and your doctor”). Orwell noted that “it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic cause.”

And, as he notes, consequences.

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  1. Here in Seattle, I often end up having to state where I stand. When I say I’m a radical liberal progressive … well, let’s just say it’s (a) perfect cover, (b) 100% effective, and (c ) perfectly truthful.

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