None of these words are in this book.
As this 2016 presidential race has shown, 21st century America could use a new political vocabulary. We need some shiny new words, ones capable of capturing the subtleties and not-so-subtleties of candidate as well as voter behavior more precisely than shopworn Indo-European terms like “ignorant,” “deceptive,” “misguided,” “oblivious,” “gullible,” “narrow-minded,” “xenophobic,” “sexist” and “racist.”
I propose we start with these – if you have additions, send them on over and I might just add them. It’s the patriotic thing to do.
Primarily interested in the well-being and advancement of white people.
One who votes based on emotion or general impression rather than objective reality.
The condition of having one’s legitimate frustrations co-opted by those with little interest in addressing/remediating the source of one’s legitimate frustrations.
Seeing the world in unrealistic, simplistic black-and-white terms.
Wont to embrace inflammatory, uncivil language under the false banner of standing up to political correctness.
An information-starved state leading to brain-dead voting or policy behavior.
Reduced to a simpleton mindset by truth-twisting “news” sources.
Distracted from actual pertinent issues by a politician for whom no lie is too extreme to stop repeating.
Disinclined to advocate for policies favorable to Hispanic Americans.
Through some combination of inFoxication and underfactedness, living in an alternate political universe.
Characterized by a dismissal of scientific evidence contradicting one’s personal beliefs, favoring instead proclamations by infoschemic/spokescreening politicians.
A state of being in which one is incapable of thought independent from the prevailing notions of one’s political tribe.
Fond of walls (Spanish: la pared) to be paid for by walled-off country.
Occupying the lowest echelons of the national discourse.
Responding to observable ground truth in unpredictable, erratic and generally unproductive fashion.
A delusionary state characterized by the belief that simple solutions can solve complex problems.
A propensity to believe the lies of self-serving propagandists.
A penchant against change so predictable as to be boring
Believing that ancient religious texts translate directly into workable policy in the digital age.
A state of a belief that the past was some golden age far better than the present.
Placing the interests of one’s political tribe above the interests of the nation.
Opting for a lesser product, having been deceived by verbiage hinting at a much better cut.
Basing one’s political posture based on emotions (see emotavoter infoschemic, misrealitied)
Those whose voting behavior is dictated by their stance on wedge issues the person they vote for won’t do anything about anyway.
Incapable of seeing that other countries, in some cases, do things better than we do, and that we might actually learn from them.