Type: Adverb Phrase

Accepted meaning: A word or phrase that convey hatred toward a usually marginalized group that is beyond the pale.

Actual meaning: Any utterance which might challenge or question any potential ally of the cultural elites and/or their accepted order or desired goals.

Purpose of accepted meaning: To immediately discredit enemies who might ques

Results of said purpose: An excuse to turn the censorship of any speech which question the power or privileges of the cultural elites or their servants into a public virtue.

Commentary:

While there were once perfectly acceptable words or phrases to describe vulgar speech directed at others (such as “slur”, “racial epitaph” ,”vulgarity” or even “profane”) such words and phrases hey were too clear and specific to be manipulated by the left. By using the broad term “Hate Speech” once can censor any speech that one hates, usually speech that challenges a premise so ridiculous that one would not bet a prune danish on it.

Be wary of: Hiring people who constantly use this phrase, as a rule they are psychologically unable to handle adversity.

T. E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a book Winston Churchill called one of “the greatest books ever written in the English language.” Lawrence’s title derived from the five pillars of Islam – to which the Ismailis added two more, for a total of seven. Lawrence’s book became essential reading for students of the Middle East.

The Bible Study website tells us that

Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things.

On a lighter mode, there was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey, in case you forgot), and let’s not forget slot machines and Lotto games showcasing “Lucky Seven.”

Seven is a number fraught with meaning, as we can see.

David Frum has an excellent article with its own lucky seven, The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy. The American republic was long safeguarded by settled norms, now shattered by the rise of Donald Trump. Frum defines the seven guardrails as,

  1. The old set of expectations about how a candidate for president of the United States should speak and act.
  2. The expectation of some measure of trustworthiness in politicians.
  3. The expectation that a potential president should possess deep—or at least adequate—knowledge of public affairs.
  4. Ideology.
  5. The primacy of national security concerns.
  6. A deep belief in tolerance and non-discrimination for Americans of all faiths, creeds, and origins.
  7. The rise of negative partisanship overcoming what Frum names “Americanism.”

As of the writing of this post, Frum’s article had generated 1,556 comments.

Frum asks the question,

The Trump phenomenon is the effect of many causes. Yet overhanging all the causes is the central question: Why did Republicans and conservatives react to those causes as they did?

It’s not a matter of “lucky sevens” or Grumpy or Dopey voters. Whether you like Donald Trump or not, there’s no doubt that he has changed the political landscape. For understanding why, Frum’s article – albeit not as notable as Lawrence’s book –  is a good place to start.

UPDATE,

Linked to by The Other McCain. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

CNN for place for all the news that matters

Rep Steve Smith nails it

The sooner people figure out that the primary job of news media in General and CNN in particular is not to deliver news to viewers but to deliver viewers to advertisers the wiser they will be.

Of course CNN’s secondary job is to enable Democrats but that’s a post for another time.