[Click above to embiggen: whenever you want to go around town calling Democrats “liberals,” you should remember this piece of work, Democrat Kathleen Kane…who was convicted of using her public office to terrorize and persecute her political enemies. Only an idiot would still call Democrats “liberals” after seeing what they do in office.]
One of the things I see Republicans do all the time that helps Democrats a lot is whenever a writer on the Right uses the word “liberal” to describe any Democrat. To me, that is like cutting a check for $100 and sending it to the DNC for every time you say or write that word. Focus groups prove over and over again that “liberal” is a word that the general public enjoys hearing and they have a good connotation that comes with it: they think it means open-minded, generous, kind, and caring. They associate it with sentences such as, “I would like a liberal helping of sprinkles on my ice cream sundae” and “While on vacation, I am looking forward to applying suntan lotion liberally to wherever Channing Tatum will let me touch him.”
A lot of older people use the word “liberal” and I think they are fools…but I get how older people have a hard time changing how they’ve always done something. The building that I call “The Sears Tower” is now actually called “The Willis Tower”…but when I (or just about any other Chicagoan) call that building “The Sears Tower” we are not helping Democrats win elections in any way. Each and every time that a Republican calls today’s Democrats “liberals” they are helping Democrats with their branding…because people who don’t follow politics much think that “liberal” still means someone who likes to recycle, who was a hippy in the 1970s and who makes their own jam and sells it by the road now, or who is a bleeding heart and means well but is often harmlessly misguided. That is what a “liberal” used to be, circa 1987 or whenever…but those people don’t exist anymore.
The people who foolish Republicans keep calling “liberals” are actually fiendish monsters who seem more at home in the Soviet Union than what is supposed to be America.
Democrats today are firmly totalitarians who use mechanisms of the state to punish their enemies whenever Democrats are elected to positions of power. I feel that this transition was complete and permanent in 2008 but that it had its roots in the disputed 2000 election. Many Democrats believe that Gore actually won that election but that Karl Rove stole it for Bush. This is not true — and everyone loses sight of the fact that if Gore had just won his home state of Tennessee and had won the Clintons’ state of Arkansas that Florida would have never mattered, so it’s all Gore’s own damn fault he lost the presidency — but Democrats are to this very day psychotically angry about the 2000 election. They insist that Gore was “too nice” and that he gave up “too easily”…and so a very nasty new generation of Democrats rose up to make sure the party didn’t repeat Gore’s mistakes. They are fueled by hatred and emotion…primarily anger.
That anger prompted them to “no longer play nice”…which is what metastasized into the sort of Democrats that exist today. These are ruthless people who have no qualms about weaponizing the IRS to shut down conservative groups or pressure the FBI to destroy its own credibility by hamstringing an investigation into wrongdoing by a high-ranking Democrat official such as Hillary Clinton. There is nothing “liberal” about any of this…and you are an idiot if you don’t see how calling these people “liberals” helps them. What you are doing is helping to obscure all of the truly scary and vile things that Democrats are up to now that they never used to do back when they really were tree-hugging former hippies who were just misguided. These new Democrats are hardcores leftists.
Take disgraced former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for example. Would you stupidly call her a “liberal”? She is a classic example of the sort of totalitarian leftists that Democrats have become.
* She used her elected office as a weapon to persecute and torment her enemies.
* When caught, she lied about the horrific things she was doing to abuse her power.
* She believed she was untouchable and unstoppable and presided over a reign of terror in the Attorney General’s office, thinking that she could do as she please in autocratic fashion.
* Even when convicted, she felt so privileged that she truly believed she should receive no jail time…because she is that special of a snowflake.
If you are someone who still, in the year 2016, goes around calling Democrats “liberals” I really wish you would stop and think about people like Kathleen Kane. THIS is who Democrats are now. Whatever you remember them being 30 years ago doesn’t matter, because THIS is who they are now and THIS is who is causing all of the horrible problems we have today.
And you are helping them!
When you call Democrats by a name that accurately reflects who they are — leftists, totalitarians, lefties, cultural marxists, etc. — you make them sound LESS appealing to people who either don’t follow the news much or who do whatever the tee-vee says for them to do. But when you call Democrats “lefties,” you make Democrats sound UNAPPEALING. There is no positive connotation to the word “Left.” Everything thinks “left” is a negative: being left behind; something coming out of left field; a person being left-handed (and, thus, alien in that way because most people are right-handed).
Words matter…but Republicans never want to admit that. Democrats, on the other hand, realize how much words matter and they focus group test everything. If something isn’t working for them, they drop it. And they never say that thing again. Take for instance Hillary Clinton awkwardly saying “Trumped-up trickle-down economics.” You can tell that she really loved that phrase; there’s a good chance she thought of that herself. She tried using that at a debate and then in some stump speeches but she was lampooned for it. Even Saturday Night Live, which rarely does anything to ding her, mocked her for this phrase. And she has not said it in public again since. Her campaign pretends it doesn’t exist now.
Why? Because it wasn’t working and since people could use it to make fun of her, it was hurting her more than it could help her. So she deleted the phrase from her programming. And all Democrats followed suit in lockstep. This is why Democrats win elections and why Republicans lose so often.
Democrats understand that words, branding, and messaging matter. Republicans instead say, “I’ve always called them liberals and I’m gonna keep calling them liberals because you can’t tell me what to do!”
How well has that worked so far?
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