Monday, September 05, 2011


The Republican Party is proud to announce the grand opening of it's new theme park!
A magic place where everyone who wants to pay to play can imagine living in the greatest gated community on earth! A place where you can cross the drawbridge into the magic kingdom, tear up the social contract and leave it burning behind you!
A place where you can imagine that someday perhaps. you might be rich enough to deserve to vote! A magic place where everyone can get a job...perhaps not the job you want, but heck, who needs a minimum wage as long as your wealthy neighbor will hire you to mow the lawn and live in a trailer out in the back as the price to live free or die...Because that's Free Enterprise and what made America Great!
It's all part of the GOP FantasyLand experience!

But this is the brilliance of the Conservatives at this point in time in America. They understand that it is not the message, but how it is communicated. We are a nation with a short attention span. We are a nation that doesn't like big words or complicated concepts. The Republicans understand language.
The Democrats ceded the field. Above all, they do not understand language. Their initiatives are posed in impenetrable policy-speak: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The what? - can anyone even remember it? No wonder the pejorative "Obamacare" won out. Contrast that with the Republicans' Patriot Act. You're a patriot, aren't you? Does anyone at the GED level have a clue what a Stimulus Bill is supposed to be? Why didn't the White House call it the Jobs Bill and keep pounding on that theme?

You know that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy when even Democrats refer to them as entitlements. "Entitlement" has a negative sound in colloquial English: somebody who is "entitled" selfishly claims something he doesn't really deserve. Why not call them "earned benefits," which is what they are because we all contribute payroll taxes to fund them? That would never occur to the Democrats. Republicans don't make that mistake; they are relentlessly on message: it is never the "estate tax," it is the "death tax."

Of course the down side for the Republicans is that in constructing their GOP FANTASYLAND, they created the TEABAGGER CHAINSAW MASSACRE THRILL RIDE as a very special attraction and it seems to have run amok.

garr, this looks like lots of fun, but look at that damn line!


Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Microdot,
Great posting!! Photos and story line.

microdot said...

I'm almost tempted to get in line for the TeaBrain Chainsaw Massacre Ride....It kinda looks real cool....

ny edge said...

I just read the Mike Lofgren piece you quote here( -- an ex-insider's clear view of what's going on behind all the smoke & mirrors of American politics -- it should be getting major attention, but it's thought provoking & complex, so it probably won't!

Anonymous said...

Good explanation for why the damned Republicans keep winning ... and why I consider Frank Luntz the most evil man on earth, the Great Satan, possibly the Antichrist ...