Obama, Reid winners for ‘best doublespeak’

Other than slaughtering their citizens for political reasons, are there many government offenses more serious than deliberately lying to the people? 

Doublespeak, according to Wikipedia, is “language that deliberately disguises, distorts or reverses the meaning of words.” Politicians also use doublespeak to outright lie, intentionally cloud their statements with ambiguity and make truths less unpleasant. 

obama-reid-pelosiDoublespeak comes from the writings of George Orwell (remember “1984”?): “Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” 

In America, we have too many politicians who seek to hide the truth. Their deceit spawns convoluted phrasing and distorted language to disguise their true intentions. 

Dictatorial politicians secretly laugh at the notion that governments shouldn’t conspire against the truth and lie to the people, because totalitarian ambitions are usually achieved by lies. Extreme partisans and demagogues also find doublespeak useful. 

The Oscar winners for Best Doublespeak are Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Obama has become the master of the poisoned word, saying one thing and doing another. His language is drenched in doublespeak. 

Here’s the evidence:

  • When Obama decided to create a new immigration law by bypassing Congress, he announced – presto — a new class of illegal aliens. Adding to the frightening reality of a president who decides to create his own laws, Obama described this new law as merely an administrative “reallocation” of “resources.”
  • When Reid’s Democratic-controlled Senate failed to propose a budget, the Democratic Congress failed to pass a budget and Obama failed to demand they do so. Two years later, Republicans passed a budget in the House, yet Obama accused Republicans of “delaying on economic policies.”
  • Obama’s Affordable Care Act will be unaffordable in coming years. It created seven separate tax hikes and new taxes, and health-care costs will be driven sky-high.
  • In Obama’s mind, decline and diminishment become “moving in the right direction.”
  • Extending Bush’s tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 morphed into Obama claiming it was his “middle-class tax cut.”
  • The federal government’s “deficit-reduction plan” actually increased the federal debt.
  • Bombing became “servicing the target” in government-speak, and war became “national confrontation.”
  • “Equality” now requires putting men at a disadvantage, and “affirmative action” becomes a way to favor minorities or women.
  • Obama’s spending to benefit political allies is called “investments” in welfare programs and education.
  • Under Obama, “enemy combatants” have become “captured people held at GuantanamoBay.”
  • Progressives and Obama do not consider upper-middle-class and wealthy working people to be among America’s “working families.”
  • “Streamlining Medicare” is a new term for gutting Medicare.
  • Obama announced that his stimulus spending would “create or save” a certain number of new jobs, but he knew as he spoke that there is no way to measure how to save jobs. He considers a saved job to be the same as a “created job not realized.” Doublespeak.
  • Taxing and spending are now known as “investing in the economy.”
  • Those wanting restraints on government are “extremists,” while people who want more government are “compassionate” and “mainstream.”
  • Deficit spending has become “stimulating the economy.”
  • Irresponsible people who lied on their mortgage applications are “victims of greedy bankers.”
  • Obama says that “tax cuts benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.” But keeping your own money in your pocket benefits both the middle class and the wealthy.
  • “Free choice” is the new name for forced membership in unions.
  • “Sensitivity training” is really mandatory sessions to “re-educate” people who possess politically incorrect, “wrong” beliefs about social issues. 

When government uses language to increase and safeguard its power, when it uses doublespeak to justify tyrannies great and small, this is not only totalitarianism; it causes lies to transform into accepted truths. But the left considers its corrupt actions and unethical doublespeak helpful to the have-nots, so it’s justified. This is like trying to put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.

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About John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company.

  • seazen

    You have to be kidding. The entire premise of this and the use of Orwell as a basis for the argument is doublespeak at its finest. It is easy and convenient but it only is an effort to deflect attention from the essential fact that today – in 21st Century America – power is in the hands of corporations and the plutocracy – not the "government." It also tosses aside the fact that modern political strategy crafted at the hands of Karl Rove has been all about "messaging" and "framing." He and his minions turned it into an art form and with the help of the Kochs and a handful of other self-serving billionaires crafted an entire system of think tanks, public relations firms, and media outlets to hammer home these "messages." While GWB was President this enterprise had an office in the White House and a role in policy formation.

    The list posted in this pedantic effort only needs to be carefully read to see a true use of "double speak" at best. Lies might be a better description since so many of them are patently false.

  • MS P

    We the People MUST Black out BOYCOTT >> Turn OFF ALL TV News Media Stations wasting Taxpayer dollars on Infamous & Inappropriate Inauguration which SHOULD BE IMPEACHMENT for The demonstrable Obama Biden Holder Hillary & Kerry Tyranny & Treason of Fast & Furious Bengazi Criminal Corruption Coverups

  • nicholas frasca

    Seazen…Are you saying there's no "messaging and framing" from the left…and equally wealthy leftists like George Soros?

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Obama won. Some of you guys are really poor sports. I also think that you should switch to decaf. Just a suggestion…

    • uselogic

      So, Teddy Boy, did you sing Kumbaya hosannas when George W, Bush was reelected? When Reagan was? (Are you old enough to even have experienced the Reagan miracle?) Yeah, The Won was reelected and most of us are and will be the poorer for it.

      And IMHO, decaf is for wussies. So shove off.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Don't take it personally, but the GOP lost 'cause they didn't have the right message. W was the original vote stealer with the 2000 election. We are still living with the "Reagan Miracle". The GOP wrecks the boat over the last 30 years, then complains when we all have to pay the bill. I suspect that if you are poorer for the election of Obama, it is because of something you did or didn't do. Can't blame your failures on everyone else. Your side lost. Live with it. If you believe decaf is for wussies, I think I was right in originally suggesting it for you.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Great inauguration. Heard a lot of air going out of a lot of egos. Four more years. Then, if youse still can't get it right 2016 will be Democrat too. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

  • Chance H.

    Let's not forget the doublespeak of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, who ran Fannie and Freddie into the ground so that "All Americans can have a home." Dodd and Frank built up the federal mortgage giants with your tax money, and put in their own Dem political operatives as officers to run them, so that they could shake down Fannie and Freddie for tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

  • Chance H.

    You're awfully amusing with your own doublespeak comedy routine, Seazen. If it was really true that "power in America is in the hands of corporations", as you say, do you think they would have ever allowed a pretender like Obama to win the presidency?

  • Janice

    Senator Harry Reid's Dirty Little Secret

    by Aaronita Smith

    Mormon Senator Harry Reid knows that non-Mormon scholars as well as Mormon ones are aware of a hard-core pornographic drawing in the "Book of Abraham" which is Mormon-approved scripture.

    This Book is part of the "Pearl of Great Price" which, along with the "Book of Mormon" and the "Doctrine and Covenants," make up the LDS church's "triple combination" in one volume.

    The porn is found in Fig. 7 of Facsimile 2 in the "Book of Abraham" which shows two beings facing each other, which were described by Joseph Smith as representing the "Holy Ghost" and "God sitting upon his throne," the latter clearly showing an aroused male sex organ.

    After Smith published this sketch in his newspaper in 1842, which offended Mormon sensibilities, the phallic portion was whited out for more than a century until the "restored" LDS church decided in 1981 to restore what had long been censored!

    Equally shocking was the discovery that the "Book of Abraham" had nothing to do with Abraham or his God but was actually based on ancient Egyptian funeral documents depicting occultic obscene practices – and the original sketches showed an erotic phallus on both beings including the one Smith blasphemously claimed was the Holy Ghost!

    For further information see "Book of Abraham" (Wikipedia). Also see Jerald and Sandra Tanner's "Mormonism – Shadow or Reality?" which on 76 pages reproduces the original Egyptian X-rated drawings and shows how Smith altered them and created one of his many frauds. Highlights in the classic Tanner work can be seen by typing "Facts From Mormons (By a Utah Resident)" and "What LDS Leaders Say" on Yahoo.

  • MLD

    I applaud your effort and logic, John, but it seems to be falling on deaf ears. The new direction that the nation seems to be taking is not to be logical, but to be unquestionably tolerant of all things–especially political jargon. The crowds soak it up like a sponge and cheer at the appropriate moments without paying the slightest attention to content. Maybe a collective shot of espresso is needed to jolt the nation out of its current mental fog.