Sunday, September 21, 2008

Reading From The Wrong Script: Matt Damon

"Hate-spewing actors have 'artistic license' to make racist remarks, to engage in sexist antics, or to spew attacks like Matt Damon’s regurgitation of a fake internet story about Palin’s views on dinosaurs. As long as they’re serving the higher purpose of turning people against McCain-Palin, nothing more is required: not decency, not morality, and certainly not truth."
-- Katherine Berry, discussing what's right (and not finding it on the Left) for Pajamas Media.

3 comments:

  1. The Birth of political hate speech

    http://www.wfu.edu/~zulick/454/gopac.html

    As you know, one of the key points in the GOPAC tapes is that "language matters." In the video "We are a Majority," Language is listed as a key mechanism of control used by a majority party, along with Agenda, Rules, Attitude and Learning. As the tapes have been used at intraining sessions across the country and mailed to candidates we have heard a plaintive plea: "I wish I could speak like Newt."

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    That takes years of practice. But, we believe that you could have a significant impact on your campaign and the way you communicate if we help a little. That is why we have created this list of words and phrases.

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    This list is prepared so that you might have a directory of words to use in writing literature and mail, in preparing speeches, and in producing electronic media. The words and phrases are powerful. Read them. Memorize as many as possible. And remember that like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used.

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    While the list could be the size of the latest "College Edition" dictionary, we have attempted to keep it small enough to be readily useful yet large enough to be broadly functional. The list is divided into two sections: Optimistic Pos[i]tive Governing words and phrases to help describe your vision for the future of your community (your message) and Contrasting words to help you clearly define the policies and record of your opponent and the Democratic party.

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    Please let us know if you have any other suggestions or additions. We would also like to know how you use the list. Call us at GOPAC or write with your suggestions and comments. We may include them in the next tape mailing so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience.


    Optimistic Positive Governing Words

    6.1


    Use the list below to help define your campaign and your vision of public service. These words can help give extra power to your message. In addition, these words help develop the pos[i]tive side of the contrast you should create with your opponent, giving your community something to vote for!

    6.2

    share, change, opportunity, legacy, challenge, control, truth, moral, courage, reform, prosperity, crusade, movement, children, family, debate, compete, active(ly), we/us/our, candid(ly), humane, pristine, provide, liberty, commitment, principle(d), unique, duty, precious, premise, care(ing), tough, listen, learn, help, lead, vision, success, empower(ment), citizen, activist, mobilize, conflict, light, dream, freedom, peace, rights, pioneer, proud/pride, building, preserve, pro-(issue): flag, children, environment; reform, workfare, eliminate good-time in prison, strength, choice/choose, fair, protect, confident, incentive, hard work, initiative, common sense, passionate


    Contrasting Words


    7.1

    Often we search hard for words to define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.


    7.2

    decay, failure (fail) collapse(ing) deeper, crisis, urgent(cy), destructive, destroy, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, they/them, unionized bureaucracy, "compassion" is not enough, betray, consequences, limit(s), shallow, traitors, sensationalists, endanger, coercion, hypocricy, radical, threaten, devour, waste, corruption, incompetent, permissive attitude, destructive, impose, self-serving, greed, ideological, insecure, anti-(issue): flag, family, child, jobs; pessimistic, excuses, intolerant, stagnation, welfare, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, status quo, mandate(s) taxes, spend (ing) shame, disgrace, punish (poor...) bizarre, cynicism, cheat, steal, abuse of power, machine, bosses, obsolete, criminal rights, red tape, patronage.

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  2. I think it arises though from the fact that she is a Pentecostal and they do calculate that age of the Earth from Bible genealogy. In fact they also posit that the Lost Tribes of Israel ended up in England, which is why you have villages there with their roots (supposedly) in Bible times names. They believe that this gives the Queen a divine right of rule.

    While I was trying to verify the '6 thousand year old Earth' thing, I came across a pretty good link on judging Palin on her religious beliefs. I thought the rather long comment by hab on September 9 was particularly instructive. A Sarah Palin history lesson by someone who knows her.

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  3. Berko,

    Old news: she went to the church from her teenage years to 2002. In other words, it's her parents church.

    Not the same as Obama and Wright, Pflieger, Farrakhan, etc.

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