To any English Ph.D candidate needing a topic for their dissertation, here’s a hot one: the right-wing propaganda machine’s (appallingly successful) 30-year campaign to turn the language on its head.
My favorite example is their stock response to any hint that the super-rich might want to start paying their fair share in taxes so that, you know, the country doesn’t devolve immediately into a third-world-style oligarchy: “Class warfare!” The old 180-degree semantical flipperoo – sheer genius!
But Richard Davis’ column (4-7) bemoaning Washington state’s cruelty to our poor, he cast beleaguered businessmen in nearly the same light by listing “lack of right-to-work protections” as one of our state’s failings. Yes sir, dear worker, you have a right to be “protected” against those despicable unions, with their advocacy of high wages, reasonable hours, benefits and other socialist tripe!
I look forward to the push for a “right-to-be-euthanized” law for stray dog – let’s stop those bleeding-heart no-kill animal shelters in their tracks!