December 29, 2002
The Vocabulary Wars
BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
There is ANOTHER war going on that is less talked about -- it's Bush's war against older Americans, against the poor, and against children. It's Class Warfare all right, and it's the Republicans that are waging it.
It's almost hilarious that any time a caring person mentions the suffering of the elderly, the poor or the children, right-wingers shriek, "They're waging class warfare"! No, we're just defending the poor and powerless among us from the bombs and grenades of the Class Warfaring Republican administration.
Yes, indeed, right-wingers would LOVE to pull that rug out from under us, and sneer and shriek "class warfare" every time we raise the issues; but when they propose and pass legislation that harms the least among us, we're all supposed to sit around and let them get away with it? Not on your life! Not as long as I am alive will I let them get away with it -- and none of us should, if we are to think of ourselves as moral and decent people.
Do NOT let right-wingers steal the Vocabulary Wars -- these are wars that can kill as easily as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Class Warfare as waged by the Bush administration will kill more Americans than will die in Iraq and Afghanistan -- it's just that THESE Americans will just die more quietly and out of sight of the TV cameras and media whores.
A Loyal BuzzFlasher
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BUZZFLASH NOTE: In a December 27th Washington Post article, the paper, as is often the case, furthers Republican attempts to define the language of debate by printing this sentence: "But Bush's political advisers, concerned that Democrats will use a class-warfare argument to fight an accelerated reduction in the top rate, have suggested dropping that plan, instead emphasizing a cut in taxes on stock dividends." Now the term "class warfare" is a Bush Cartel propaganda fabrication to make it appear that the Democrats are somehow making protection of the economic interests of most non-rich Americans a partisan, political issue. The Washington Post did not put the words "class warfare" in quotes, thus making it seem like the Democrats argue the politics of class warfare, when it's really the Republicans who most use the term to make the Democrats look partisan. BuzzFlash asks it readers to send us any Washington Post article that uses the term "class warfare" to describe the Bush Cartel's unrelenting search for tax breaks for the rich. There is an implication in the article that the Bush Cartel seeks out sound tax policy, but the Democrats just take partisan pot shots.
In fact, the entire Washington Post article in question tacitly accepts the notion, through repeated use of the term, that if the Bush Cartel doesn't accelerate the tax cut for the rich, it is yielding to Democratic "class warfare." The tone and bias of the article are indicative of how the Washington Post has become more concerned with its earnings -- and with tax breaks for its board, shareholders and senior staff (whatever its editorial policy) -- than with an unbiased story.
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