Tuesday, May 13, 2008

War Of Words

Ruh-roh. The Bush Administration is banning conservatives’ pet vocabulary. So much for Islamofascism Awareness Week:
UPI’s Shaun Waterman reports today that congressional conservatives are riled up over new government guidelines shunning the use of terms like “jihadist” and “Islamo-fascism” to describe terrorists. On Friday, every Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted for a failed amendment to ban “the use of federal cash to produce documents like the terminology guidelines.”

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), who authored the amendment, attacked the guidelines as “McCarthyism in reverse.“

In reverse? Where's the "reverse" part?

That is hilarious. Hey, Congressman Hoekstra: you want a plate of Freedom Fries with that bill?

The Republicans have turned the political use of language into high art. Frank Luntz made a career out of it. But when it comes to labeling our enemies by phony terms such as “Islamofascist,” even the Bush Administration seems to understand that this kind of inflammatory language is counterproductive. But good luck getting the fear mongers in your party to stop, President Bush. Without scary Muslim-ish terms like “jihadis” to throw around, what will David Horowitz and Michelle Malkin write about every day?

You know, people, you go into your Unitary Executive with the authoritarian presidential figure you have, not the authoritarian presidential figure you wished you had.