Ever since George Orwell’ writings, we have known that some of the most effective demagoguery is related to the distortion of language. The latest example demonstrated with no sense of irony, in this from Politico:
“Pretty much anything with the pejorative suffix on it — ‘care’ — is going to be viewed unfavorably by conservatives,” said former longtime Mitt Romney spokesman Ryan Williams, who was with the Massachusetts governor when he signed Romneycare. Romney had hoped to tout it in his 2008 presidential campaign, and he campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare in 2012.
Turning “care” into a bad word surely ranks as one of the great linguistic triumphs of the 21st century.
It would be equally sadd, but only in a long term sense, if the word “republican” completes its already begun journey to equivalent negativity.