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When an Entitlement Is Not an Entitlement

The day that Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican majority leader, announced that cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid would have to be made because they were a drain on the budget, ”the real drivers of the debt,” the proliferation of doublespeak was something to behold.

Just a day after the Treasury Department reported that “the U.S. budget deficit grew to Read more

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When Globalism Becomes the Enemy (But It Really Isn’t)

Among the many layers of the multi-valanced meanings of the word “nationalism” used recently by Donald Trump during a campaign rally in support of Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one that emerges without much scrutiny has been its opposition to “globalists.” A globalist, Trump declared, “is a person who wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so … Read more

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Turning Arguments Back on the Accuser, Senator Collins Evades Accountability

The Senate hearings surrounding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a potential, and now confirmed, Supreme Court justice have been a showcase for a number of rhetorical strategies employed to persuade the Senate and the public. One rhetorical strategy in particular, however, stands out—that of tu quoque, the strategy of refuting an allegation against one’s accuser by accusing the … Read more

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Heroic “Resistance” or Self-Serving Enablers? A Senior Administrator Frames an Heroic Odyssey

Doublespeak, it seems, comes from so many quarters that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. One of the most recent instances came from the “quiet resistance” at work within the Trump administration. Indeed, the frame of heroic resistance appears throughout the anonymous op-ed written by “a senior official in the Trump administration” that appeared on September … Read more