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Monday, May 30, 2005
Liberals use a different dictionary
Canadian Press reports that Quebec Liberal organizer Jacques Corriveau had to amend some of his previous testimony, the big one being his description of party organizer Giuseppe Morselli as a friend. Previously Corriveau said he didn't know him well. Justice John Gomery asked: “Why is it necessary to correct your testimony? Weren't your previous answers an attempt to mislead us?” I thought for sure Corriveau was about to say "depends what the definition of 'friend' is", but instead he cleverly ignored the question.
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A New Political Lexicon
By Bill Zide
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Thursday 19 May 2005
It is necessary, as we begin a long debate and political engagement with the right, to completely define the terms and language of the discourse. If we control and dictate the actual terminology, then we will control the debate itself. This is what the right has worked hard to do for some thirty years, and they have been very successful. If you have any doubt, you need only consider the term "abortion clinic," a term now commonly used by the so-called liberal media/mainstream press (including NPR) who, you will find, do not exist - and never have. The term is of course loaded and false but, like "pro-life," effective at distracting from the real issues (which is the intent). If we debate using their terms and their language, we will lose. They have learned to understand language and its power to couch and control the argument.
This is only a rough, in-progress lexicon. It is not a final, official work or a rulebook, but merely hopes to create a starting point from which to launch an effective and dynamic political language of the left, a language in which to frame the debate as a whole. We must realize that the GOP didn't accomplish having their terminology used by the media and public without a concentrated and prolonged effort. They made sure their terminology was repeated ad nauseum until the media adopted it one way or another. We must do the same. We must refuse to use the GOP's terms and language. We should only respond to them using our own. We must correct the media, when it uses loaded right-wing terms, each time and in every case. We must be vigilant, definite, resolute and relentless.
Before proceeding to the list below, it is crucial to understand where we are starting from and how we need to see ourselves. Similarly, we must understand the concept that most defines the right. All that follows must be seen through these two distinct lenses.
All of what we are and what we aspire to on the left can be summarized in two simple words and concepts, RESPONSIBILITY and FREEDOM. They are the emotional heart of what we believe and what we seek to achieve. It is critical to connect with the public on this emotional and conceptual level. It is what the right has done so well recently. We must remember FDR's Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear) and JFK's call for responsibility ("Ask not what your country can do for you ..."). These are the foundations upon which everything else is built. Responsibility for our actions. Freedom to make our own choices. Responsibility for our children. Freedom to believe and to choose. Responsibility for our environment. Freedom to act as we believe we must. Responsibility for our communities. Freedom to speak against power or those we disagree with. Responsibility for our neighbors and for our world.
We must never lose sight of this or ever be ashamed of it. It is why we will win in end. This is the only way to have true democracy. It takes Responsibility to face the Truth and it takes Freedom to change. In addition, true opportunity requires taking Responsibility and the Freedom to do that. Responsibility is about being able to understand that you do not live in a vacuum, but with others. Responsibility is about strength. Freedom and Responsibility are the true antidote to fear. The terminology of the left must have these concepts embedded in it at every level. It must permeate our language and frame our discourse in every way. We have seen the right hijack these terms (and the emotions behind them). It is time to take them back to where they belong.
The left lexicon & more.
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-30 9:32:38 PM
CTV News' Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife reports that the Prime Minister knew of the negotiations.
According to Fife, the full four hours of transcripts of Grewal's taped conversations with a top Martin aide and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh show:
* Martin was ready to talk to Grewal about defecting like he did with Belinda Stronach.
* Grewal was offered a government position two weeks after the vote.
Bribery in high places in Canada? The new Liberal lexicon?
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