Not a Positive Word
Usually, I just roll my eyes at Dusty Rhodes’ propaganda and name-calling offerings.
His latest column, however, is so far off the mark that further comment seems appropriate. Mr. Rhodes’ attempt to paint the Obama Campaign slogan, “Forward,” as positive is absurd!
“Forward” is not a good or bad word. It is a neutral word, only taking on meaning when used with something like an objective. It is no more meaningful than “Hope” or “Change” as a political slogan. These words only take on value when used with an end-point or result. But, this is not about the relative quality of campaign slogans.
The negative reaction to the Obama campaign slogan is due to the attempt to repeat 2008. Then, people could apply “Hope and Change” to the empty page that Barack Obama represented. They could apply their own objectives. He is no longer an empty page. Unfortunately for him, he now has a record, and we can more easily see his objectives.
His page contains many images: first, the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, due to adherence to failed Keynesian deficit spending and attempted wealth redistribution; second, the largest increases in national debt, to be paid by our descendents, incurred in his first three years in office; third, significantly increased government involvement in private business, e.g., autos and health care; fourth, divisive and demagogic leadership, attacking institutions and industries and pitting classes against each other; and fifth, increases in federal bureaucracy and regulation usually at the expense of individual liberty.
Use of slogans is a propaganda technique. Mr. Rhodes’ is attempting to paint the “Forward” slogan as positive. That is typical Obama campaign slight-of-hand tactics: Get ’em to look at the slogan and not their results and objectives.
Nice try, Dusty.
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