The PoliTricks of Vocabulary


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I’m fairly certain we’ve been over this before but, just for kicks, as Indecision 2016 nears (Yeah, I know, we’ve still got just over a year to go! Oh it’s gonna be such fun! Not!) let’s go over a few basic words.

SOCIALISM-
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

COMMUNISM-
1a : a theory advocating elimination of private property
b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
2
capitalized
a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production
c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
d : communist systems collectively

CAPITALISM-
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

REPUBLICAN-
1: one that favors or supports a republican form of government
2
capitalized
a : a member of a political party advocating republicanism
b : a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the United States

DEMOCRAT-
1a : an adherent of democracy
b : one who practices social equality
2 capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the United States

DO NOT confused “social equality” with “socialist”

LIBERTARIAN-
: an advocate of the doctrine of free will
2 a : a person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action
b capitalized : a member of a political party advocating libertarian principles

INDEPENDENT-
1: not dependent: as
a (1) : not subject to control by others : self-governing (2) : not affiliated with a larger controlling unit
b (1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2) : not looking to others for one’s opinions or for guidance in conduct (3) : not bound by or committed to a political party
c (1) : not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood) (2) : being enough to free one from the necessity of working for a living
d: showing a desire for freedom
e (1) : not determined by or capable of being deduced or derived from or expressed in terms of members (as axioms or equations) of the set under consideration; especially : having linear independence (2) : having the property that the joint probability (as of events or samples) or the joint probability density function (as of random variables) equals the product of the probabilities or probability density functions of separate occurrence
2 capitalized : of or relating to the Independents

LIBERAL-
1a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts
b archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
2a : marked by generosity : openhanded
b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way
c : ample, full
3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : licentious
4: not literal or strict : loose
5: broad-minded; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism
b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

CONSERVATIVE-
1: preservative
2a : of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism
b capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) : progressive conservative
3a : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional
b : marked by moderation or caution
c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners
4: of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

DEMOCRACY-
1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
2: a political unit that has a democratic government
3
capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States
4: the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5: the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

ALL of the above come straight from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I did not make them up. I did not embellish them in any manner whatsoever.

The following words do not exist within the English Language and only serve to make the user look like an uninformed moron:
Dumbocrat
Libitard
Republican’t
Repugnican
And about 100 others

If you can’t make your case/argument without resorting to Elementary School Yard Tactics, kindly do the General Population a favor and shut up. Vote however you want but refrain from subjecting the rest of us to your idiocy. Honestly, it’s the bottom line least you can do.

Yes, yes, yes, by now, you can probably tell that I was reading Yahoo! “News” today and playing a game of Follow the Links. I discovered we have more idiots than anything else. More people who are out there using words they have no real concept of and tossing them around just because they ‘buzz’.

Try to be an informed voter. Try to get it right. Try to express yourself in an intelligent manner and if you do, who knows, you may spark a spirited debate rather than instigating unrest and furthering the political/social/racial divides that are prevalent within the USofA. It could happen. It could be YOU but only if you have a grasp of the English language and History. For those of you who don’t remember the Cold War or anything before it…shut up. Seriously, just shut up. I don’t mean to restrict your Freedom of Speech, I’m just trying to keep you from looking like a total idiot.

As to this

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If you want to fly it on your lawn, put it on your car/beer coosie/t-shirt/whatthehellever…go for it. I don’t care. But, in my very humble opinion, it should not be sanctioned by any government within the United States of America not federal, state, or local unless said governmental body is very willing to name the next military boat (whatever it is submarine/aircraft carrier/battle ship) to come off the line the USS Benedict Arnold. Got it?

That’s today’s Lesson in Politics. Thanks so much for coming by.

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The Harbor Light


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Do you remember these guys and this project?

They busted their butts on their own time and their own dime without any pay to help restore and protect New London’s Harbor Light. That’s right….free. I helped. We got scaffolding donate, covered the cost of the transportation of the scaffolding, the unloading, the erecting, the taking down of said scaffolding. We got it painted.

Why? I guess because some people know how to come together for the greater good while others can only sit on their butts whining and crying ‘poor me’. Oh well, that’s what those types of folks are good for, it ain’t much but it’s something. Have you ever noticed that it’s always the ‘less fortunate’ among us who know how to pull together while the ‘haves’ just sort of stand around looking useless wondering why anyone would put any type of effort into anything at all without a big pay off?

No?

Oh….here….read this.

New London Maritime Society Pushes Harder for Dock as it Faces Another Property Dispute

Yeah, cute, huh? You know either of those ‘families’ could have offered assistance at any time during the project and it would have been gratefully accepted but they didn’t. All they could do was bitch and cause trouble, get in the way, be a general pain in the pass, and pity themselves because they were inconvenienced and we all know how Baby gets when it does not get its bottle.

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They’re sort of like the people (true stories here) that buy a house next to the train tracks then complain about the noise from the train, the whistle, the flashing lights and dinging bells at the cross. Or like the people who buy a house on the water only to complain that the fog horn is ‘too loud’. Or the people who buy a house right next to a historic church only to complain about the bells ringing calling the faithful to Mass on Sunday morning.

Yeah, some people really do believe the world should not only revolve around them but actually change just for them and anything that disrupts that is met with…

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Luckily for the rest of us the world does not revolve around them and it will never change for them…with people like this, it will never be changed by them either because they’re too self-interested to see beyond the tip of their own pointy little noses. Yet, the adults out here take charge and effect change because we know when to put Baby in its crib and let it screams its little lungs out.

Unfortunately, the Maritime Society can’t do that and they have to waste precious resources on people like this. However, the rest of us can treat these overgrown self-absorbed self-important and good-for-little-if-anything “people” exactly this way and we should. They deserve nothing but scorn and disdain from the General Public in whatever way the General Public sees fit to dole it out to them.

I’m no fan of Eminent Domain but I’ve said before and I’ll say again; New London should move to seize the Ring property and rejoin the lighthouse with the light keeper’s house. One of the dumbest things the Coast Guard ever did was sell off the light keeper’s houses while retaining the lighthouses themselves. That lighthouse belongs to ALL of New London and ALL in New London should be able to freely enjoy it. In this case, Eminent Domain would actually be in the Public Interest and not in Corporate Interest like the Fort Trumbull debacle. Rejoining the properties would make a nice little park in the south end of the city with both houses open to tourists in the nice weather for a very nominal feel. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Waesche property being joined to it, it will make a nice parking lot with a little gift shop…maybe some picnic tables.

The alternative is for Baby to grow up and realize its place in this world is not the center of the universe. But we all know that will never happen. Not in this case. Baby’s more interested in sucking on a bottle and in tearing down bridges than it is in building them.

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