[FoRK] Challenge for McCain critics

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 13:56:09 PDT 2008

Hell, "liberal" has morphed into code for "tax and spend."  Don't even get
me started on "Civil Liberties," which is becoming "reverse

Truth is the point on the continuum where you decide to stop.


On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM, Michael Cummins <michael at i-magery.com>wrote:

> > This is an interesting point. Serious, non-snarky question: do you
> > think this because if the term loses specificity, it becomes harder
> > to name the specific bad guys who the label should apply to, and
> > hence harder to highlight and call out their bad behavior? Or some
> > other reason?
> There's something to be said for the other side of the (same damn) coin as
> well.  Swift Boat Vets, as an example.  When they came out and challenged
> Kerry - as a vet, they got my attention.  When Kerry failed to properly
> respond (still, to this day) I gave their accusations a stern measure
> credence.
> "Swift Boating" has a completely different meaning now. Now it's a slur,
> completely disconnected from my original perception of what was going on.
> NeoCon is a dirty word now, too, and it hardly resembles what I thought it
> originally meant.
> Oh well.  I learned I was wrong about that originally, anyway.
> It all sort of reminds me of the continually shrinking Orwellian lexicon;
> left, right, up, down...  they all seem to want to redefine my ability to
> define and communicate ideas.
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