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Dictionary of Republicanisms: The Indispensable Guide to What They Really Mean When They Say What They Think You Want to Hear Kindle Edition
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However, some of the submissions to the book are very telling and for anyone who is not happy with the events in Washington, this short book (it really is only a dictionary!) will validate the concerns felt by many Americans today.
You'll find few people who criticize the Bush administration more than myself but bad is bad. In her intro Katrina writes that she intends to "skewer their [Republican's] deception with the fine tipped sword of satire". She doesn't. Apparently The Nation asked for suggestions from readers in their quest for the definitive guide of Republican definitions and she gleaned through batch to find the most "hilarious submissions". Shannon Wagner of Brooklyn, NY sent in a definition of Death tax as `Estate tax'. Not only is that not `hilarious' it doesn't even classify as mildly interesting since it's a statement of fact so painfully obvious that it crosses the threshold into insulting. Some definitions are completely banal like the one for DeLay, Tom defined as `Past tense of De Lie'. It's just bad humor. There were a few mildly clever ones like the compassionate conservative defined as `poignant concern for the wealthy' and healthy forest defined as `No Tree Left Behind'.
Dictionary of Republicanism commits the biggest crime a book can commit. It's just flat out boring. This is NOT a good representation of liberalism or progressivism. It's childish and unfunny. The only saving grace is that it is SO short it can be blown through in less than an hour (which makes the $14.95 price tag even more insulting). I recommend this book to no one and I hope that Katrina and The Nation can work to improve the quality of the books they produce because this is horrible
Following are some example definitions:
Abstinence-Only Sex Education = ignorance-only sex education.
Alarmist = any respected scientist who understands the threat of global warming.
Baby Tax = the $25,000 in national debt dumped on every newborn baby.
Clarify = to repeat the same lie over and over again.
Fox News = faux news; White House Press Office.
God = senior presidential adviser.
Incompetence = requirement for promotion in the Bush administration.
Job Growth = increased number of jobs an American has to take after losing earlier high-paying job.
Junk Science = any theory based on data, research, experimentation and rigorous testing rather than on religious texts; any science that interferes with corporate profitability.
Pro-Life = valuing human life up until birth.
Staying the Course = saying and doing the same stupid thing over and over, regardless of the result.
Water = arsenic storage device.
Somewhat humorous, but no threat to Al Franken.