In 1995 GOPAC was a right wing group chaired by Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich produced a handout called Language: A Key Mechanism
It was a list of 113 words for use in attacks on progressive ideas
“Words and phrases are powerful,” wrote Gingrich.
“…memorize as many as possible and remember that like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used.”
“Apply these (words) to the opponent, their record, proposals, and their party.”
The words on his list were: “traitors, betray, sick, pathetic, lie, liberal, radical, hypocrisy, corruption, permissive attitude, greed, self-serving, ideological, anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-jobs, unionized bureaucracy, impose, and coercion.”
Republicans branded Democrats as, “sick, pathetic, incompetent, liberal traitors whose self-serving permissive attitudes promote a unionized bureaucracy and an anti-flag, anti-family, anti-child, anti-job ideology.”
• abuse of power
• anti- (issue): flag, family, child, jobs
• “compassion” is not enough
• criminal rights
• failure (fail)
• insensitive • intolerant
• permissive attitude
• punish (poor …)
• red tape
• status quo
• urgent (cy)
To be clear, Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party did not offer 113 new policies the GOP might write to win an honest political debate.
The GOP chose to poison our politics by smearing Democrats and suppressing the vote.
Today the GOP violates Democratic norms.
Today the GOP writes cruel legislation in secret, and spreads Russian style propaganda in political ads.
Today, Newt Gingrich is a propagandist for Vladimir Putin.
In American Democracy the people are the government.
As citizens we pay taxes into a common fund which we use to promote the
The public good is public education, housing, healthcare, and nutrition for
We provide access to these essentials because a person without class
mobility is not truly free.
These are my daily affirmations, repeat after me:
Smear campaigns are not public policy
Words have meaning.
I will not be conned.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017
Quote from John Adams found on Twitter
One of my alternates is a 16 year old boy and the other is a
woman named Sara.
They know each other; Sara is a protector and Mother figure.
I found this letter from Bobby to Sara composed in 2010 with her reply.
I am surprised by the correspondence because I didn’t know
my alternates were friends and allies.
The logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder is that ‘split’ aspects
of the self are perceived as “other”.
I think that Sara was the first alternate, which means she
emerged in childhood.
She comes out when one of the younger alters feels threatened.
There are many letters filed under ‘Letters from Home”.
Most of these are from Bobby to Bob.
Bobby wrote this to Sara as a 15-year-old.
It is the only letter from Bobby to Sara.
Her reply follows this post.
i’m at battery park in Charleston watching an old guy with a
big box of crackers.
he’s feeding it to a flock of pigeons.
it reminds me of the story of exodus.
you reckon god threw manna at us a watched
sometimes i think life is magic but grown ups don’t
wanna talk about magic.
ok, so, i got a question:
let’s say one day u meet someone an this person sez they got alotta love for you an wanna do good by you but somethin’ dont feel right but you need to be loved an the dude seems straight up but there’s a shadow that you don’t really see but you know it’s there and it feels familiar.
but you don’t want to lose the love so u try to make room for the shadow by telling yourself it ain’t there, when bam!
you catch the dude in a lie, like when we was robby, with nasty secrets, an the cruel bruises and words that slice your soul.
so you try to talk about it cuz you wanna believe it’s all in your head so you say to the dude that says he loves you, you say: “i’m scared that somethin’ is wrong.”
right away he starts calling me names an saying i’m a hater an that i ain’t got no gratitude cuz most folks don’t even want to know me an i think, “damn! this feels familiar!”
the only person that will ever love me will leave if i try to talk about these shadows that are now everywhere so i get confused, cuz I really want it to be me, cuz maybe i’m imagining it, cuz maybe i’m a hater an everything about me is wrong.
sara, are those shadows really there?
and i got one last question about thinking life is magic.
how come when i say i think the world is made of magic folks tell me to get over it and grow up?