Friday, December 2, 2011

Spin Cycle

Republican expert language manipulator, Conservative pollster and top FOX contributor Frank Luntz has now entered the Occupy Wall Street fray. 

If you don't know Luntz, he's the Conservative who re-phrases everything to make Republican policies sound directly handed down by god and Democratic policies sound like they were handed up by satan. For example, he renamed inheritance tax "death tax" to make it sound bad so people will vote for rich people to keep more money and reworded Obama's health care reform as "the complete government takeover of healthcare," which, if you have half a functioning brain, you know it's the diametric opposite of that (and you noticed that EXACT phrase robotically repeated a billion + times out of Republican mouths). You know how Republicans are always voting against their best interests? Well, it's because of Frank Luntz. He is very good at what he does, I'll give him that. Anyway, he recently told Republican leaders that he finds the OWS movement frightening and they should expect voters to ask about income inequality. At the Republican Governor's Association on Wednesday, 11/30, he said, "I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism." Then he gave his new re-verbiage list on how to deal with OWS:

Don't say:                                                Do say:
"Government taxes the rich"................"Government takes from the rich"
"Government spending"......................"Government waste"

Don't blame "Wall Street." Instead shift the blame to "Washington." Luntz told the Republican governors to say to protestors, "You shouldn’t be occupying Wall Street, you should be occupying Washington. You should occupy the White House because it’s the policies over the past few years that have created this problem.” --If he means Bush created the policies as well as Reagan with a little help from Clinton and that President Obama isn't doing enough to stop them, then I agree.

Don't call Wall Street and corporate bonuses, "bonuses." Instead call bonuses, "Pay for performance." --Yes, after they run the company into the ground and cause 7,000 people to lose their jobs, CEO's should get a $10 million increase in pay for performance. How else would corporations attract the best qualified people to run them into the ground?

He also said when facing protestors, Republicans should fake sympathy. Respond with phrases like, "I get it," "I get that you're angry," "I get that you have seen inequality" and "I get that you want to fix the system." --No comment necessary.

Americans have stopped believing Republicans are fighting for the middle class, so he told them to stop saying "middle class" altogether. Instead, say they're fighting for "hardworking taxpayers" because that will make it sound better and more respectable. --Little does he realize that I already believe Republicans are not fighting for hardworking taxpayers, either.

And Luntz's polling shows that the public believes capitalism is immoral, even though they prefer it to socialism. And since "capitalism" is tied to Wall Street, Republicans will have a problem if they're seen defending it. Luntz told them, “I’m trying to get that word [capitalism] removed and we’re replacing it with either ‘economic freedom’ or ‘free market.’ --I would ask if anybody falls for this shit, but there is a Republican party, isn't there?

He told the governors never to say they are willing to compromise, stating, "If you talk about 'compromise,' they'll say you're selling out. Your side doesn't want you to 'compromise.' What you use in that to replace it with is 'cooperation.' It means the same thing. But cooperation means you stick to your principles but still get the job done. Compromise says that you're selling out those principles." --As "compromise" means to Republicans, "do only what we want," so does "cooperation." "This is what we want. Why won't you cooperate?"

Never ask anyone to "sacrifice" anymore. "There isn't an American today in November of 2011 who doesn't think they've already sacrificed. If you tell them you want them to 'sacrifice,' they're going to be be pretty angry at you. You talk about how 'we're all in this together.' We either succeed together or we fail together." --Either the rich will succeed together or the poor will fail together.

So Republicans, as usual, are not changing their ideals to mesh with the evolved societal needs, they're just re-wording it so they sound like they are. But they're still going to fuck you out of everything and give as much of it to the rich. They have always done this, they always will. 

Why does anyone who isn't rich vote for them? One reason is Frank Luntz.

Expect to hear these EXACT phrases used by Republicans. Seriously. Keep a tally of how many times you hear these phrases. If it's one thing they're good at, it's sticking to their marching orders. No matter how full of shit they are.

What does the simple fact of Frank Luntz showing up mean to me? Not that I didn't already know it, but the Occupy Wall Street movement is real. And having an impact. And Republicans, corporations and lobbyists are actually a-scared (Democrats, too. No corruption is immune from OWS.). Luntz is physical proof of this fear.

So fake your sympathy and pepper spray away, gents of the 1% class and your militarized police army.

You can't kill an idea.

But you seem to know how to make it stronger.


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