Fonty Politics

So here’s something I don’t understand.  Republicans like to throw around the term “liberal media elite” or “elitist liberals”.  It makes no sense.  I even looked up the word elite to glean some sort of understanding.

1. (often used with a plural verb) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.

2. (used with a plural verb) persons of the highest class: Only the elite were there.

3. a group of persons exercising the major share of authority or influence within a larger group: the power elite of a major political party.

4. a type, approximately 10-point in printing-type size, widely used in typewriters and having 12 characters to the inch.

Definitions one and two are compliments, so I am positive that is not what Republicans mean.  The third one I can see, but then why aren’t we using terms such as elitist Republicans?  The two parties are divided relatively evenly, after all, so they are just as major a political party.

I was talking to Paige about this and she thinks Republicans are trying make liberals look arrogant to the masses.  If this is the case, why isn’t anyone all WTF when it is used?  By and large, the Republicans are considered to pander to big business (i.e. the wealthy) which could be conceived as arrogant.  Liberals have always been known for more social programs which appeal to lower classes, which I doubt could be conceived as arrogant.

Perhaps it is that fourth definition.  We should start using phrases like “Republican media wing dings” or “wing ding Republicans”.   It’ll be a thing.

In the end though, I think all this can be chalked up to buzzwords that sound significant, even though they are devoid of all meaning, and therefore thrown about by politicians whenever they feel like it.  And that’s why it annoys me so much.

3 thoughts on “Fonty Politics

  1. "Liberal media elite" comes from the (actual) fact that most people who work in the entertainment business are Democrats, making them the elite in that industry. I don't know where "elitist liberals" comes from.

  2. Yeah, it's definitely a mode of doublespeak.

    I think the reason that Republicans don't get referred to as elite is because the adjective just repeats the noun, and denigrated though our language has become, no one can stand repetition…


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