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Aardvarking

Aardvarking consists of recruiting candidates for lower level public offices with the primary objective of having their names begin with the letter A. Political researchers have determined that when two or more unknown candidates run for office, and have limited resources, the candidate whose name starts with the letter A wins more than 80% of the time.

AARP

AARP, Inc. was formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, and earlier was known as the National Retired Teachers Association. It is a non-profit membership organization for people aged 50 and over that sells insurance and other financial services. AARP is also an advocacy organization. While claiming to be a neutral, non-partisan organization that supports its members, in reality, it supports the political left. AARP supported the election and reelection of Barack Obama as well as Obamacare. (See AMAC). The organization supports Planned Parenthood and spends millions of dollars of member funds supporting the agenda of the Democratic Party.

Abortion Pill Mandate

The Abortion Pill Mandate, also known as the Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate, refers to the provision in the Obamacare law that requires religious employers, such as the Catholic Church, to pay for the abortion pill as part of every health insurance policy. The law is an attempt to force people of faith to violate their faith based upon the teachings of the Bible. See Right to Life. See Unborn Child.

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ABSCAM Investigation

The 1978 ABSCAM investigation was an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that targeted sitting members of Congress. It included 30 political figures, with 6 House Members and one U.S. Senator ultimately convicted of crimes that included videotaped politicians accepting bribes in return for favors. ABSCAM was the FBI code name that was short for “Arab Scam” because it involved a fake company called Abdul Enterprises in which FBI agents posed as Arab sheikhs who had millions of dollars to invest and needed help.

Absolute Monarchy

An absolute monarchy is a form of government in which the monarch has absolute power. It is also referred to as a despotic monarchy. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are examples of despotic monarchies. See Constitutional Monarchy.

Abuse of Power

Abuse of power is the commission of an unlawful act done in an official capacity often for the official’s own personal gain. It is usually grounds for the removal of the abuser from his or her position of power. An example of an abuse of power was when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Obama Administration targeted conservatives and Christians for special audits and other abusive acts. See IRS Targeting. See War on Christians. See War on Christmas. See Pardongate. See Pay to Play. See Chicago-style Politics.

Accord (Politics)

An accord is an agreement between nations, based on a compromise, that usually settles a dispute. It is not a formal treaty.  SeeTreaty.

Accountability

Accountability refers to accepting responsibility for a person’s own actions or inactions and their situation in life. It requires a person to accept the consequences of their conduct. Being accountable is the opposite of blaming others or society for a person’s failures or personal situation. Conservatives believe we should all be accountable for ourselves. Liberals tend to blame social conditions or a person’s upbringing for their failures. Likewise, liberals tend to give credit to the government or society as a whole when someone is successful. See You Didn’t Build That.

Accuracy in Media (AIM)

Accuracy in Media is a politically conservative, non-profit news media watchdog established in 1969. Its goal is to promote accuracy, fairness, and balance in news reporting. AIM exposes politically motivated media bias and holds the press accountable for its misreporting. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

ACLJ (American Center for Law & Justice)

The ACLJ is a conservative Christian non-profit law firm founded in 1990. The organization was created to balance the American Civil Liberties Union which represents the interests of the far left. It accomplishes its goals through litigation, advocacy, and education. The ACLJ is committed to "ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world." It does not charge for its services. The organization is a strong supporter of Israel.  See American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

ACLU

See American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). See Pacific Legal Foundation. See ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice).

ACORN

ACORN was a far left group of community organizations that once had more than 500,000 members and over 1,200 chapters. It was founded in the United States in 1970 by former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The organization participated in massive voter registration fraud that favored the Democratic Party in connection with the 2008 election. In addition, several activist-employees were caught by hidden video cameras numerous times advising young girls how they could engage in prostitution, not get caught, and avoid paying taxes. After Congressional Hearings and pressure by the Republican controlled Congress, the group lost its federal funding and is now defunct. Many of the community organizers have joined other liberal organizations. From 1992 to 2004, Barack Obama ran training sessions for the organization and served as attorney for the group in Chicago.

Act (California)

A bill passed by the Legislature and approved by the Governor.

Activist

An activist is a person who is highly committed to working for a cause. Activists do more than advocate for a cause. They become deeply involved and actively work to accomplish their goal. Being an activist is not a positive or negative description. See Militant.

Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem is a Latin phrase referring to a fallacious form of argument where a person responds to an argument by attacking the other person's character instead of their argument. See Poisoning the Well.

Ad Hominem Attacks

Ad hominem attacks consist of attacking a person’s character or motivation rather than their position or argument. It is a logical fallacy sometimes called an informal fallacy.

Administrative Agency

An administrative agency is a government organization established to implement a law or laws. It is a government body that adjudicates, makes rules, investigates, and prosecutes.

Administrative Assistant (Politics)

An administrative assistant is the chief of staff for a member of Congress.

Administrative Leave (Government Employees)

When it comes to government employees, an Administrative Leave often amounts to a very long paid vacation. Administrative leave is a "temporary leave" from a person's employment, with full pay and benefits often triggered by an investigation into alleged wrongdoing. It is intended to allow the employer (the government) an opportunity to investigate the situation, maintaining the employee's status, while removing the employee from the workplace until a decision is made. Administrative leaves are very common when it comes to government employees, and extremely rare when it comes to employees in the private sector.

Adolph Coors Foundation

The Adolph Coors Foundation, founded in 1975, awards grants to causes throughout the United States with an emphasis on Colorado. The Adolph Coors Foundation will consider funding requests from 501(c)(3) organizations only if the mission of the organization is to promote public policies that enhance understanding of the free enterprise system, preserve the principles upon which our democracy was founded to help ensure a limited role for government and the protection of individual rights as provided for in the Constitution, encourage personal responsibility and leadership, and uphold traditional American values.

Advise and Consent

Under Article II of the U.S. Constitution, all presidential nominations for executive and judicial positions take effect only when confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Also, international treaties become effective only when approved by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. Thus, the U.S. Senate has the power to advise and consent.  See Treaty.

Advisors Political Involvement Committee (APIC)

Advisors Political Involvement Committee (APIC) is a committee of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors that functions as an advocate for the insurance industry. The mission of APIC is to promote the involvement of insurance agents and financial advisors in the election of candidates for local, state, and national office. APIC is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.

Advisory Referendum

Advisory referendums are uncommon, but are sometimes used by state legislatures to measure public opinion. The outcome of such referendums is advisory only and not binding. See Referendum. See Initiative.

Advocacy Group

An advocacy group is a lobby group, an interest or special interest group, or a pressure group that attempts to influence public opinion and/or public policy concerning political issues, political candidates, religion, health issues, economic issues, business, or some other matter of importance. Advocacy groups may be involved in one or more of the following activities: (1) Education, (2) Advertising, (3) Propaganda, (4) Legal action, (5) Organizing protests, (6) Organizing boycotts or buycotts, and (7) Distributing money. Some of the more powerful advocacy groups in the United States include the National Rifle Association, the National Association of Realtors, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Affirmative Action

Affirmative action means giving someone an advantage or preference based on their race, color, or gender, to compensate for the effects of historical discrimination, and most often, for political purposes. Affirmative action is another term for reverse discrimination. See Racism. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination.

After Birth Abortions, Post-Birth Abortions

After birth abortions, also referred to as post-birth abortions, are terms created by the political left to describe the proposed right of a mother and her doctor to decide to kill a newborn who survives an abortion. They oppose any duty on the part of the physician and mother to care for the baby who survives the abortion. They propose to let the baby lie on a table until it dies and consider this an ethical choice. Planned Parenthood is advocating for a law that would make after birth abortions legal in every state. Conservatives refer to such after birth abortions as infanticide. After birth abortions are currently legal in the Netherlands and Belgium. See Planned Parenthood. See Less Crunchy Abortions – Planned Parenthood. See National Organization for Women (NOW). See Emily’s List. See Unborn Child.

After my election I have more flexibility.

“After my election I have more flexibility” is the statement made by President Barack Obama, captured by an open microphone, in response to a demand by the Russians that the United States remove defense missiles from Europe. The full quotation is “On these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him (Putin) to give me space. This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” The entire conversation can be found on YouTube.

Agent Provocateur (Politics)

An agent provocateur is a person who attempts to entice another person to commit a rash, or possibly, an illegal act. Political organizations sometimes use agent provocateurs against political opponents. They sometimes try to incite an opponent into doing something that creates public disdain, or that creates a reason to mount a major and effective attack.

Agent of Influence

An agent of influence is a person who serves the interest of a foreign power in one of three ways: (1) as a controlled agent directly recruited and controlled by a foreign nation, (2) as a trusted contact that consciously collaborates to support and assist a foreign nation, but is not directly recruited and controlled; or (3) as a useful idiot that is totally unaware of how their actions advance the interest of a foreign country. Agents of influence can be individuals or organizations. Most serve in the areas of government, academia, or journalism. Well known agents of influence operating in the United States have included Harry Dexter White, Alger Hiss, and Harry Hopkins.

Agitprop

Agitprop is a word and idea created in the Soviet Union for use in the United States and later adopted by the political left in America. It is derived from the words agitation and propaganda. It refers to left-wing political ideology disseminated through literature and performing arts. Sometimes it is subtle; sometimes it is not very subtle. It is used extensively on college campuses and by Hollywood film makers.

Agrarianism

Agrarianism is both a social philosophy and political philosophy which holds that life in small towns and rural areas is superior to life in large cities. It values farming and self-sufficiency over all other means of making a living. People who adhere to the philosophy are almost always conservatives.

Aisle

Refers to the space which divides the Republicans and Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate when facing the front of each chamber; Republicans sit on the right and Democrats on the left.

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is a major media company owned by the ruling family of Qatar. The company previously broadcasted in the United States on certain left leaning cable services. The State of Qatar is an Arab, Muslim country that embraces Sharia law. It does not permit Jews to enter the country and supports Hamas.

Alien

Most states in the United States have adopted the dictionary definition of the word “alien” to mean a person from another country, or a non-citizen, residing in the United States. California is an exception. The legislature, controlled by the Democratic Party, passed legislation eliminating the word “alien” from relevant statutes in order to eliminate all distinctions between U.S. citizens and non-citizens living in our country legally or illegally. Democratic Governor, Jerry Brown, signed the bill into law. There are no aliens in California according to state law. See Mexifornia.

Aleppo Moment

An “Aleppo Moment” refers to what is commonly referred to as a brain freeze or blanking. The term was coined by Gary Johnson, the 2016 Libertarian Party candidate for President, after he could not name any world leader that he admired. This happened shortly after he proved unable to identify the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, site of a major humanitarian crisis that had been reported on by all major news sources continuously for months. The Libertarian candidate is an admitted long term user of Marijuana.

All Lives Matter

All Lives Matter is a phrase that liberals will not speak for fear of offending the Black Lives Matter crowd. According to Black Lives Matter followers only black lives matter. See Black Lives Matter. See Mothers of the Movement. See Ferguson Effect.

AMAC

AMAC is the conservative alternative to AARP. The primary difference is that AMAC members select the issues for which the organization advocates. AMAC does not endorse candidates, is non-partisan, and does not make political contributions. AMAC has more than one million members from all fifty states. See AARP.

Ambassador

An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomat to represent a country in another nation or to an international organization such as the United Nations. A host country normally allows the ambassador to control a defined territory known as an embassy whose territory and staff are afforded diplomatic immunity. See Consul.

Amen Corner (Politics)

The amen corner is a group that can be counted on for applause and automatic political support. The term was coined in the 1850s. At that time, the term described a group of believers who sat in a designated area of the church who would respond regularly with “amen”, when appropriate, as the minister preached. Today, both Democrats and Republicans have an “amen corner”.

Americas

The Americas, also referred to as America, includes North America and South America. In the United States the word America is commonly used to refer to the United States of America. The continents of North America and South America make up 28.4% of the earth’s land area and include 35 nations. Central America is the southernmost area of North America.

American Association of Political Consultants

The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) is a major trade group for political consultants, campaign managers, public affairs advisors, pollsters, media consultants, fundraisers, and communications consultants. The organization was formed in 1969 and is nonpartisan. AAPC is the publisher of Campaigns & Elections magazine.

American Birth Control League

The American Birth Control League was founded in 1921 by Margaret Sanger as an abortion and sterilization facility. In 1942, the organization became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America. See Planned Abortionhood. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU is a secular, leftist organization established by Roger Baldwin, an admitted supporter of communism, who ran the organization for the first thirty years of its existence. Their current positions include: opposing the death penalty, supporting the rights of homosexuals to adopt children, advocating same-sex marriage, supporting unlimited abortion rights including partial birth abortion, limiting parental rights in favor of the state, and eliminating any references to God in government owned buildings. The ACLU works through the filing of lawsuits. See ACLJ.

American Civil Rights Institute

The American Civil Rights Institute, established in 1996 and formerly known as the American Civil Rights Coalition, is a civil rights organization dedicated to educating the public on the harms of racial and gender preferences. The goal of the organization is to achieve equal opportunity for everyone. See Racism. See Discrimination. See Color Blindness.

American College of Pediatricians

The American College of Pediatricians, founded in 2002, is a national advocacy group of pediatricians and other health care professionals dedicated to the health and well- being of children including those not yet born. The organization believes that children are better off being adopted by opposite–sex couples as opposed to gay or lesbian couples. As a result, they have been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other far left groups as a “hate group”. The American College of Pediatricians opposes abortion. See Planned Parenthood Federation. See Less Crunchy Abortions.

American Conservative Union

The American Conservative Union (ACU), founded in 1964 in Washington D.C., is a conservative advocacy organization that ranks politicians based upon how conservative they vote as well as their positions on various issues including traditional values, personal liberty, taxes, foreign policy, and strict construction of the Constitution. It is the oldest such organization in the United States. The ACU sponsors the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) which is a well known annual event in which thousands attend. See Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

American Dream

The American Dream refers to the fact that in the United States, people have an equal opportunity to prosper and succeed based upon their own hard work and God given talents. The American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." The American Dream is based upon the fact that in America, there are no class barriers or artificial limits placed on a person's ability to reach his or her dreams.

American Exceptionalism

The view that the United States is different from other countries.

American Federation of Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), founded in 1900, is a labor union that represents teachers and school related personnel. The AFT has over 1,600,000 members from which it collects monthly fees. The AFT is considered to be an extension of the Democratic Party and far left. It has contributed nearly $2 million to Barack Obama and $1.8 million to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

American Flag Ban

Refers to the 2015 decision of the liberal Supreme Court of the United States allowing liberal school administrators the right to ban the wearing of American flag t-shirts at United States public schools on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, for fear of offending Mexicans and students of Mexican descent attending American schools. See Heckler's Veto. See Reverse Discrimination.

American Future Fund

The American Future Fund, established in 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa, is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote conservative free market principles to the citizens of America.” The founders were all Republicans who served on the Mitt Romney for President campaign in 2008.

American Islamic Congress

The American Islamic Congress (AIC), founded in 2001, is a non-religious, non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. whose goal is to build interfaith understanding. The organization was founded by American Muslims after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and receives funding from the federal government.

American Islamic Forum for Democracy

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is an American Muslim think tank formed in 2003 by a group of Muslim professionals. AIFD advocates the separation of religion and state. Its mission statement is "to advocate for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty, and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state." AIFD was founded by Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.

American Islamic Outreach Foundation

The American Islamic Outreach Foundation (AIOF), formed in 2012, serves to inform, educate, and dispel misconceptions about the Islamic Faith through outreach programs and community service. The AIOF understands that confidence is the first step needed to develop friendships, mutual love and respect, and it desires to work with all peace loving people. The organization is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

American – Israeli Cooperative Enterprise

The American – Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Its purpose and goal is to strengthen the U.S. – Israel relationship. Its largest project has been the creation of the Jewish Virtual Library which is an online encyclopedia covering Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish history and culture, anti-Semitism, and Zionism.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is an advocacy group that supports and advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. The organization has been accused by the political left of being closely allied with the Republican Party. AIPAC describes itself as strictly non-partisan and bills that it supports are always sponsored by at least one Republican and one Democrat.

American Legion

The American Legion is a federally chartered non-profit, nonpartisan corporation established in 1919 by founder Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and other veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces who served in Europe during World War I. Today, eligibility for membership in the organization is limited to those honorably discharged veterans and current personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, or Marine Corps who served on active duty during defined periods during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf Wars, the conflict in Lebanon, the conflict in Panama, the conflict in Grenada, and the Global War on Terrorism. Those who served in World War I were eligible, but there are no longer any survivors. The American Legion is devoted to mutual helpfulness, mentoring youth, and promoting a strong national defense.

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is a liberal advocacy group that purports to speak on behalf of all American physicians, but less than 10% of all physicians are members. The AMA is a supporter of partial birth abortions and supported Obamacare. Its total membership has fallen substantially over the last ten years.  See Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

American Muslim Alliance

The American Muslim Alliance is a political organization with more than 100 chapters in 31 states. Its goal is to maximize its political power by registering Muslims to vote and getting Muslims elected to Congress and other offices. In 2000, the organization contributed $50,000 to Hillary Clinton who was forced to return the money after their views became widely known. The organization was founded by Dr. Agha Saeed who is a regular speaker at college and universities across America. See American Muslim Council.

American Muslim Council (AMC)

The American Muslim Council is an Islamic organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its primary mission is to coordinate the activities of various Muslim organizations in the United States. It is a member of the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), the American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The AMC has produced a pamphlet which accuses the FBI of “harassing and harming minority and immigrant communities”. The pamphlet is distributed widely in Muslim and non-Muslim minority communities. They also led the legal defense of Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian who was sentenced to 57 months in prison and ordered to be deported following his prison term, for taking part in terrorist activities. See American Muslim Alliance.

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

American Muslims for Palestine, founded in 2005, is a Chicago based organization with chapters all across the United States which includes many college campuses. AMP has its organizational roots in the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that has served as a propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States. AMP promotes extreme anti-Israel views and is considered an anti-Semitic organization by the Anti-Defamation League. It has been a leader in organizing boycotts of the Jewish State of Israel.

American Political Dynasty

See Political Dynasty. See Political Family.

American Political Items Collectors (APIC)

APIC is a non-profit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation, and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the presidency. Items generally collected include campaign buttons, books, posters, postcards, pennants, license plates, photos, and much more. APIC sponsors shows throughout the year in various areas of the country where members display and sell items. The public is invited. Regardless of your political party, the shows are greatly worthwhile.

American Political Parties

While the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are the two largest and dominant political parties, there are several other political parties in the United States including the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, the Vermont Progressive Party, the Working Families Party, the Conservative Party of New York State, the Independence Party of New York, the Peace and Freedom Party, the Natural Law Party, the Liberal Party of New York, and several others. See Republican Party. See Democratic Party. See Independence Party of Minnesota. See California National Party. See Libertarian Party.

American Political Science Association

The American Political Science Association (APSA), founded in 1903, is a professional association of political science students and scholars headquartered in Washington D.C. The organization publishes American Political Science Review and several other publications. The APSA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of political scientists in existence.

American Taliban

American Taliban is a derogatory term used by many liberals and atheists to describe conservative Christians who oppose abortion and accept the definition of marriage as described in the Holy Bible. Many liberals equate conservative Christians to the Afghan Taliban who force people to accept Sharia law or die.

American Votes

American Votes is a coalition of over 40 organizations that support the political left and abortion. Members include AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Emily's List, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn.org, NAACP, NARAL, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood, SEIU, Sierra Club, and Young Democrats of America. The organization raises money to support the agenda of the left.

American University Scandal

The American University Scandal refers to the installation of a large statue on campus of convicted murderer Leonard Peltier, a Native American political activist who shot and killed two FBI agents. The statue is part of a movement to honor the murderer and to encourage the Obama Administration to pardon him. Many on the far left argue that Peltier was justified in killing the law enforcement officers because of the “historical genocide” perpetrated against Native Americans by the federal government. At the University of California, Berkley, the Black Student Union is attempting to rename a building in honor of Peltier. American University is located in Washington, D.C. See Historical Revisionism.

Americans for Democratic Action

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), established in 1947, is a far-left political advocacy organization with nearly 70,000 members across the nation. ADA was formed by the merger of the Socialist Party of America and the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (Soviet Union). Founders included John Kenneth Galbraith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walter Reuther, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. See Socialism. See Socialist Party USA (SPUSA).

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a non-profit conservative political advocacy founded in 2004 in Arlington, Virginia. AFP is supported by David H. Koch and Charles Koch, of Koch Industries, making it one of the most influential and well-funded political organizations in America. Its mission: “To mobilize citizens to advocate for polices that cut red tape and increase opportunity, put the brakes on government spending, and get the economy working for hard workers – not special interests.”

Americans for Tax Reform

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), established in 1985, is a national advocacy organization that seeks to reduce taxes at the federal, state, and local levels. ATR has sponsored the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, a written commitment by candidates for office, and office holders, that they will oppose tax increases. ATR also sponsors the annual calculation of “Cost of Government Day” which is the day each year that Americans stop working to pay their taxes and start earning money for themselves. Cost of Government Day has been getting later and later each year as the increasing national debt continues to burden the people who pay taxes.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and establishes accessibility requirements on all public accommodations.

Americans United for Change

Americans United for Change is a far left group whose national field director, Scott Foval, was caught on video talking about paying homeless people and mentally disturbed people to disrupt the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. He resigned under pressure from the campaign of Hillary Clinton. A second video showed Foval planning to commit voter fraud on a massive scale. He was quoted as saying, “We’ve been bussing people in to deal with you fuckin’ assholes for fifty years and we’re not going to stop now.”

Americans United for Life (AUL)

Americans United for Life (AUL), founded in 1971, is a pro-life advocacy organization headquartered in Washington D.C. AUL advocates the protection of life at all stages from conception to natural death and has campaigned for bans on the use of tax dollars to support Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Americentrism, Americanocentrism

Americentrism, also known as Americanocentrism refers to a bias in judging other nations and cultures by American standards. It consists of placing greater weight on American standards than those of other cultures and nations. The term is a specific form of ethnocentrism. The term should not be confused with American Exeptionalism. See American Exceptionalism. See Ethnocentrism.

Ammo backround checks

Ammo backround checks refers to the agenda of the political left to require the buyers of bullets to go through a backround check and requires gun owners to register their unregistered legally owned guns before they can purchase ammo. By requiring gun owners, who are buying ammo, to register, the plan of those on the left to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens becomes one step closer to reality.  See Pro Gun Sayings. See Gun Control Quotations.

Ammunition Control

Ammunition control refers to the efforts of the political left to restrict the production of ammunition for civilian use and to prohibit the manufacture, possession, and sale of certain types of ammunition. Ammunition control is an attempt to deny American citizens the right to bear arms and to protect themselves as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by using a backdoor approach. Liberals argue that controlling ammunition effectively controls guns and gun owners.

Amnesty

Amnesty is the act of a government forgiving someone who is subject to being tried for a criminal act, but has not been officially convicted. The term is most often used in connection with illegal aliens who have not been convicted of illegally entering the United States.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International (Amnesty) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts research and advocates on human rights issues. The London based organization, founded in 1961, has more than seven million members and supporters located on every continent. The organization seeks justice for those whose human rights have been violated. See Human Rights Watch.

Anarchy, Anarchism

Anarchy is the absence of government and order. It is a state of lawlessness and political disorder due to the absence of government authority. Anarchy is likely to exist when a government collapses until such time as someone takes control. Anarchy existed for a short period in Russia after the Czar and his family were all shot and killed by the communists who later took control of the government.

Anchor Baby

Anchor Baby is a pejorative term for a baby born in the United States to a non-citizen mother who is an illegal alien. Under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, such babies are American citizens. The term is generally used to refer to the common use of the child to sponsor the child's parents, siblings, and other close relatives for U.S. citizenship at some future time.  See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants.  See Undocumented Democrats.

Angry White Male

The term "angry white male" was coined by the political left to describe Republican men who want lower taxes, fewer restrictive laws, less street crime, control over our borders, and a strong military.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." The ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all people, doing so through "information, education, legislation, and advocacy." The ADL is headquartered in New York City.

Aphorism

An aphorism is a concise statement of an insight or truth, often having political significance. An example is the statement by President Ronald Reagan: "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15."

APIC

APIC is the American Political Items Collectors organization. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Apostles of Hate

A term used to describe people who espouse racism or some other form of hate. The term was first used after the Civil War to describe members and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan. See Ku Klux Klan. See Solid South. See Jim Crow Laws.

Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute, founded in 1985, is a non-profit membership organization that advocates for the interests of Arab-Americans nationwide, as well as Arabs in other parts of the world. While calling itself nonpartisan, the organization was founded and is headed by Democrat James Zogby, brother of the well known Democrat and pollster John Zogby. The organization favors the establishment of a Palestinian state on the border of Israel and increased financial aid for Palestinians living in the Middle East. In 2008, the Arab American Institute attempted to block U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (who is Jewish) to the Chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. The Organization claims there are more than 3.5 million Arabic-speaking people living in the United States with the largest numbers in California, Michigan, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Ohio.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a civic holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It is observed in the United States and many other countries around the world. Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872, and by the 1920s, every state had passed a law stipulating a day for observance.

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

The famous question asked by Ronald Reagan at the end of the debate with President Jimmy Carter in 1980. The question has become a classic asked by every challenger in every presidential election.

Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf

Refers to Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton barking like a dog on camera during the 2016 race for president.

Armchair Warrior

Armchair warrior is a pejorative term that describes a person who is using words to fight a battle from the comfort of his home. It describes a person who supports a war or international conflict who has little or no military training, but likes to talk and give advice.

Armenian Genocide, Armenian Holocaust

The Armenian Genocide, also referred to as the Armenian Holocaust, refers to the systematic extermination of approximately 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government, now the Republic of Turkey. The extermination took place starting about April, 1915 and continued beyond the end of World War I. The Republic of Turkey denies a genocide took place. To date, 29 nations have officially recognized the massive number of killings as a genocide. The United States is not included. Most conservatives in the U.S. favor the formal recognition of the killings as a genocide; Democrats have opposed such a recognition. Turkey is dominated by Muslims whereas most Armenians are Christians. See Armenian National Institute. See Holocaust Denial, Deniers. See Holocaust Trivialization.

Armenian National Institute (ANI)

The Armenian National Institute (ANI), established in 1997 in Washington D.C., supports the publication of academic works and informational materials intended to provide a better understanding of the Armenian Genocide inflected on the Armenian people by the Ottoman government, now the Republic of Turkey. The ANI supports an excellent online museum which includes extensive photographs and other documentation. See Armenian Genocide.

Armistice

An armistice is a formal agreement between nations to cease fighting. It is not necessarily a permanent end to war and is not the same as a peace treaty. It is a cessation of hostilities while the parties may attempt to negotiate a peace treaty. It also differs from a ceasefire or truce which is a temporary cessation of hostilities for an agreed upon period of time or within a limited, defined area. The Korean War Armistice, signed in 1953, has never resulted in a peace treaty. See Treaty.

Army National Guard

The Army National Guard (ARNG) is both a state militia force and a federal military reserve force of the United States. The ARNG is divided into units stationed in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories under the command of their respective governors or the equivalent. The ARNG together with the United States Army Reserve are the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces under the command of the President of the United States. See Army Reserve.

Army Reserve, United States

The United States Army Reserve (USAR) is the federal reserve force of the United States Army. The USAR, together with the Army National Guard, are the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces. The USAR is headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. USAR troops have served in every war in which the United States was involved since its formation in 1908. See Army National Guard.

Articles of Impeachment

Articles of Impeachment are the specific charges brought against a president or federal judge by the U.S. House of Representatives. See Impeachment.

Asian Pacific American Caucus

The Asian Pacific American Caucus, also known as the Congressional Asian American Caucus (CAPAC), and the American Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC), is made up of members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The caucus was formed in 1994.

Assault Weapon

An Assault Weapon is a rifle that has a particular design and features. By law, an assault rifle is a weapon that has one or more of these design elements: (1) a pistol grip making the rifle easier to handle, (2) a folding stock that reduces the length for transportation purposes, (3) a barrel shroud to prevent the user from getting burned, (4) the ability to attach a bayonet, (5) magazine loading, and (6) semi-automatic firing. Today, most rifles load by means of a magazine and most are semi-automatic. Automatic rifles have been illegal in the United States since the 1930s and are not manufactured except for the military. Semi-automatic weapons fire only one bullet at a time. Most liberals take the position that a rifle designed to look like a military rifle is an assault rifle and should be illegal. Rifles that are legally classified as assault rifles are no more or less deadly than any other rifle or pistol.  See National Rifle Association (NRA).

Assembly (California)

The House of the California Legislature, consisting of 80 members, elected for two-year terms, from districts apportioned on the basis of population.

Assimilation (Cultural)

Assimilation takes place when new members of a society become indistinguishable from members of the existing group. Assimilation may involve a rapid or very gradual change. Whether it is desirable for an immigrant group to assimilate is in dispute. See Melting Pot and Multiculturalism.

Association of American Educators (AAE)

The Association of American Educators (AAE), established in 1994, is a national, non-partisan, non-union, professional educators association headquartered in Orange County, California. AAE is not a union or lobbying organization. Its mission is to advance the profession through personal growth and professional development. More than 90% of its more than 300,000 members are public school teachers.

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative, non-partisan, non-profit advocacy group founded in 1943 to defeat the advocates of socialized medicine and the takeover of medicine by the government, including Obamacare. The AAPS opposes abortion on demand and supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The organization, which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, has more than 5,000 physician members.  See American Medical Association.

Association of Politically Active Christians

The Association of Politically Active Christians (APAC), founded in 2004, is an organization whose purpose is to increase the ability of Christians to determine the outcome of local, state, and national political races, and to motivate Christians to vote using Biblical values as a guide.  See Evangelical Voters.

Astroturfing

Astroturfing refers to creating the false impression that an effort to influence public opinion is a grassroots effort when it is actually funded by a labor union, government entity, or corporation. The use of sock puppets and front groups are common techniques. See Sock Puppet. See Front Group.

Astrotweeting

Astrotweeting is the creation of fake Twitter profiles to show support for a political candidate or a political cause.

Asylum Loophole

The Asylum Loophole refers to the guidelines published on the internet by the Obama Department of Homeland Security run by Janet Napolitano. The guidelines explained that if an alien appears at the U.S. border and claims a “credible fear of persecution or torture” that he or she can seek asylum and that the procedure is subject to a lengthy review process. In short, if the alien can convince a hearing officer they are at risk of persecution or torture, they get asylum. If the hearing officer is not convinced, the matter can be appealed and will go before a judge. That may take years. In the meantime, the alien stays in the United States and may just blend into the population. In the years before the 2016 presidential election, tens of thousands of immigrants were admitted into the United States by the Obama Administration and relocated to swing states like Florida where some were expected to vote illegally for Democratic Party candidates. See Sanctuary City. See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants. See Undocumented Democrats. See Voting for a Living.

Astrotweeting

Astrotweeting is the creation of fake Twitter profiles to show support for a political candidate or cause. It is a technique used to influence public opinion.

At-large Election

An at-large election is an election in which candidates are chosen on an individual basis rather than as representatives of a geographically defined, single-member district. At large elections are most common in elections for city council.

At-large Representative

An at-large representative is one who is elected to serve an entire area rather than one of its subdivisions. A United States Senator would be an at-large representative of the entire state. Except for states with small populations, members of the U.S. House of Representatives would not be at-large representatives. Only Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Vermont have only one representative in the House of Representatives.

Attack Dog (Politics)

An attack dog is a description of a person, group, or organization that viciously attacks a political opponent. It is often said that attack dogs are untethered, unleashed, and sicced on the target. Most conservatives consider the following to be attack dog organizations: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS. Liberals refer to Fox News as an attack dog and as Faux News.

Attack Journalism

Journalism that aims to undermine politicians.

Attentive Public

The attentive public consists of those citizens that closely follow public affairs. These people are the most likely people to vote and contribute money to political candidates.

Audience Measurement, Market Share

Audience measurement measures the number of people in television, radio, newspaper, magazine, and website audiences. Measurements are usually broken down into market areas and market share is calculated. Market share refers to the percentage of the market captured by each media company. Most major media companies have concluded that the major audience measurement companies are highly accurate in their reporting. Major advertisers, including political candidates, rely heavily on such reports to determine where to spend their media dollars.

Aura of Inevitability (Politics)

Building an “aura of inevitability” is a political strategy designed to demoralize or depress the opposing candidate’s base, volunteers, and staff. The intention is to discourage the base from voting and to discourage volunteers from working on the opposition’s campaign. See Propaganda (Politics). See Fake News. See Fake Political Websites.

Autarky

A self-sufficient, independent nation that is not dependent on imports or any external assistance. The term may apply to the entire economy of a nation or it may apply to a more narrow area such as military defense or food production. See Self-sufficiency.

Automation (Economics)

Automation consists of creating machines to do the routine work once performed by people earning salaries. Automation is accelerated every time the minimum wage is increased. See Supply and Demand.

Axis of Evil

A term used to describe a group of nations that sponsor terrorism or war. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and North Korea are the country’s most commonly listed as part of the axis of evil.

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Baby Boomers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, baby boomers are people born after the end of World War II between the years 1946 and 1964. During this period of time, there was a substantial increase in the birth rate in the United States.  See Generation X.  See Generation Y.  See Millennials.

Back Channel

A back channel is a confidential means of communication historically used in politics or diplomacy to discuss sensitive matters. Back channels were first used among the allies during World War II.

Backlash (Politics)

A backlash is a sudden, forceful, sometimes violent, response by a large group of people to a social or political change or development.  See Whitelash.

Bailout (Corporate)

A corporate bailout takes place when the federal government comes to the aid of a company that is facing bankruptcy. Often the decision to offer a bailout is based upon politics. See Government Motors.

Bait (Politics)

“Bait” is the pejorative term used by many to refer to “gun free zones”. See Gun Free Zones. See Bomb Free Zones.

Bait and Bleed (Politics)

Bait and bleed is a political strategy utilized in primary campaigns involving three or more candidates. Each candidate will attempt to induce the other candidates into a protracted political war of attrition against each other so they “bleed each other white”, while the baiter, who encouraged the conflict, remains on the sidelines, raising funds, and campaigning. The origin of the phrase was taken from the military strategy.

Bakke Case

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 1978 that affirmative action is legal as long as race is not the only factor considered. See Affirmative Action. See Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Meritocracy. See Reverse Discrimination.

Balance of Terror (Politics)

The balance of terror, often referred to as the balance of fear, is a term used in connection with the nuclear arms and missile race between the United States and Russia, and the United States and China. It describes the peace that has existed for decades as a result of the three governments being terrified at the prospect of a nuclear war that would likely destroy the warring parties and very possibly the entire world. The balance of terror has forced the major nuclear powers to realize that war will result in Mutual Assured Destruction, commonly referred to as MAD.

Balanced Budget (Government)

A balanced budget is a budget in which tax revenue equals government expenditures so that the government is not required to borrow money in order to function.

Balkanization

Balkanization refers to the process of dividing a country into smaller areas where different groups live and who are generally hostile to each other. The groups may be based on culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, or a combination. Balkanization is always negative.

Ballot Initiative

Ballot initiatives are an example of direct democracy in which citizens may propose legislative measures or amendments to state constitutions. Some initiatives propose the repeal of existing state laws. States vary in the number of signatures they require to place an initiative on the ballot. These initiatives (also called propositions in some states like California) are subject to approval by a simple majority in most, but not all, cases.

Ban the Box Movement

The “ban the box movement” is a movement of the political left to legally prevent employers from asking about the criminal history of job applicants until the conclusion of an interview. Many liberals take the position that it is “racist” to inquire about a person’s criminal record before interviewing them for a job.

Barnburners (Politics)

Barnburners are often referred to as fanatics. They are people of uncompromising determination who are willing to risk total loss in order to achieve their goal. The term originated in 1629 when Thomas Adams described someone as the sort of person that would burn down the barn in order to kill the mice.

Barter Exchange

A barter exchange is a business that serves as a third party to coordinate and maximize barter transactions between members of the exchange, and as a bank to keep track of the value of all barter transactions and the value of each member's account. Barter exchanges are common in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Membership in a barter exchange is valuable for nearly all businesses at all times during the business cycle, but is particularly valuable when credit is tight or the economy is not performing well.

Basement-dwellers

Basement-dwellers is term coined by Hillary Clinton in 2016 to describe supporters of her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders. She also referred to them as “baristas” who could not find a better job.

Basket of Deplorables

“Basket of Deplorables” is a term used by Hillary Clinton numerous times in the 2016 presidential campaign against Donald Trump. She stated that half of the Republicans and independents who support Trump are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and Islamaphobic” people who could be put into a “basket of deplorables”. She added that “some of his backers hold irredeemable views on the issues of race, gender, and religion, but they are not America”.  The Democratic Party supported her position.

Bell the Cat (Politics)

Refers to any goal in politics that is difficult or impossible to achieve. The phrase derives from a story of a group of mice that are being terrorized by a cat. One of them suggests that a bell be placed around the cat’s neck to warn of his arrival. All of the mice like the idea, however, no mouse is willing to do the job. The moral of the story is don’t only consider the outcome when making plans; the plan must be achievable or it is useless.

Bellweather (Politics)

The term describes a geographic area where political tendencies closely match in microcosm those of a larger area, such that the result of a poll or election in the smaller area might predict a subsequent election in the larger area. The well-known phrase, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" is a phrase describing Maine's reputation as a bellweather state for presidential elections.  Ohio has historically been considered a bellweather state.

Beltway Bandits

Beltway bandits is a pejorative term used to describe the lobbyists, consultants, and public relations firms that make their money from government contracts or political connections. See Lobbyist. See K Street.

Benedict Arnold

Another word for traitor. Benedict Arnold was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought for the American Continental Army, but later defected and fought for the British against the Continental Army. See Traitor. See Turncoat. See Treason. See Renegade.

Bergergate Scandal

Bergergate refers to the scandal involving Sandy Berger, former assistant to Democratic President Bill Clinton. Berger pled guilty to the charge of intentionally removing classified documents from the National Archives in Washington D.C. After his sentencing, he became an advisor to Democratic U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton in her 2008 presidential campaign. Facing disbarment after the theft, Berger relinquished his license to practice law.  See BleachBit.

Betsy Ross Flag

The Betsy Ross Flag is an early design of the flag of the United States first used in 1792. The flag features 13 white stars to represent the original 13 colonies and 13 states, arranged in a circle against a blue canton, with alternative red and white stripes. The Betsy Ross Flag is often used ceremoniously on Presidents Day, Independence Day, Washington’s Birthday, and Memorial Day. The Betsy Ross Flag is considered a symbol of racism and hate by many on the political left including Black Lives Matter. See Black Lives Matter. See Public Holidays. See Patriotism. See Unpatriotic.

Better Red than Dead

Better red than dead was a slogan of the political left during the Cold War years from 1946 to 1991. Many on the political left expressed a preference for living under a communist dictatorship rather than risking their lives to defend Western Civilization.

Beyond the Pale (Politics)

Beyond the pale refers to something that is totally unacceptable; outside the agreed standards of decency. Something beyond the pale might be barbaric or unspeakable.

Bible Belt of the United States

The Bible Belt refers to the south-eastern and south-central areas of the United States where Christian Church attendance is highest in America.  The Bible Belt states nearly always vote Republican.

Bicameral

A Legislature consisting of two Houses.

Big Cheese, The

“The Big Cheese” is a slang term used in both business and politics meaning the most important or powerful person in an organization.

Bigot

A bigot is a person who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial, ethnic or religious group) with hatred and intolerance. See Apostle of Hate.

Bill (California)

A draft of a proposed law introduced by a Member of the Legislature (e.g. Assembly Bill 4000-AB 4000, Senate Bill 1-SB 1).

Bill of Attainder

A legislative act that authorizes punishment for a person even though he or she was not found guilty by a court. Bills of Attainder are unconstitutional in the United States.

Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1791. The Bill of Rights guarantee important personal freedoms, limit the power of the federal government, and reserve certain powers to the States and to the people. Included is the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom from warrants issued without probable cause, a guarantee of a speedy, public trail with an impartial jury, a prohibition against double jeopardy in criminal cases, and more. When ratified, the Bill of Rights applied only to the federal government. Upon ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1868, the Bill of Rights was applied to the individual states.  See United States Constitution.

Bimbo Eruption

The phrase bimbo eruption was coined by the Deputy Chair of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign. It refers to a scandal or scandals in which a woman accuses a male politician of illicit behavior such as sexual harassment or having an extramarital affair. The scandals involving Bill Clinton involved Monica Lewinsky, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Wiley, and Paula Jones. In the case of the Paula Jones scandal, President Clinton paid $850,000 in an out of court settlement. In the case of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, President Bill Clinton was found guilty of lying under oath and was disbarred by the State of Arkansas. He is no longer permitted to practice law.

Bipartisan Vote

A bipartisan vote is one in which the majority of Republicans and Democrats vote the same way. See Party Line. See Party Line Vote.

Bircher

A person who is a member or supporter of the John Birch Society.  See John Birch Society.

Birth Tourism, Maternity Tourism

Birth tourism or maternity tourism refers to a non-citizen traveling to the United States in order to give birth to a child who becomes a United States Citizen and an anchor baby. Since the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was interpreted by the United States. Supreme Court as conferring citizenship on babies born to aliens who cross the border into America, legally or illegally, birth tourism has become an industry in the United States. Once an anchor baby reaches the age of 21, he or she can sponsor their families to become U.S. Citizens. See Anchor Baby. See Birthright Citizenship.  See Alien.

Birther

A person who insists that President Obama was born outside the United States even though it has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Birthright Citizenship

Birthright Citizenship refers to a person automatically becoming a citizen by virtue of the circumstances of their birth. Under U.S. law, United States citizenship is automatically conferred to every person born within and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. This includes the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The United States is somewhat unique in granting birthright citizenship. Unlike the United States, the following countries do not offer automatic birthright citizenship: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, North Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russian Peoples Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. See Anchor Baby.  See Birth Tourism, Maternity Tourism.  See Alien.

Black Codes

Black Codes were laws passed by the former Confederate states after the Civil War that severely restricted the freedom of Black citizens and established segregation in schools, housing, transportation, and public accommodations. The primary purpose of the Black Codes was to preserve slavery in the Solid South. A central element of the Black Codes were vagrancy laws that permitted local governments to easily arrest Black men who were out of work. See Solid South. See Ku Klux Klan. See Thirteenth Amendment. See Fourteenth Amendment. See Fifteenth Amendment. See Civil Rights Act of 1866. See Civil Rights Act of 1875. See Civil Rights Act of 1957. See Civil Rights Act of 1960. See Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Black History Month (United States)

Black History Month, also known as African – American History Month is celebrated annually in February. As part of the United States Bicentennial, Republican President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month and urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too – often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The precursor to Black History Month was the unofficial “Negro History Week” which coincided with the birthday of Republican President Abraham Lincoln and Republican Frederick Douglass both dates that black citizens had celebrated for more than one – hundred years. Some people, including many black people, have criticized the observation because it is dedicated to only one race. There is not a similar observation for white Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, and other groups. Those that created the official observation point out that black history is unique because most black Americans are descendents of slaves brought to America against their will. See Thirteenth Amendment. See Fourteenth Amendment. See Fifteenth Amendment. See Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. See Affirmative Action. See Racism. See Discrimination. See Civil Rights Act of 1866. See Civil Rights Act of 1875. See Civil Rights Act of 1960. See Civil Rights Act of 1964.See Congressional Black Caucus. See Ethnic Voting. See Ku Klux Klan.

Black Lives Matter Chants

Favorite chants of the group, Black Lives Matter include: (1) “Pigs in a blanket (police), fry ‘em like bacon”, (2) “What Do We Want. Dead cops. When do we want it? NOW! and (3) “Dead Cops Now!” See Black Lives Matter. See Race Card. See Hate Group. See Ferguson Effect.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a radical movement that purports to advocate against violence directed against Black people, but has demonstrated itself to be a movement against law enforcement. The movement began after the shooting death of a Black teenager, Travon Martin on February 26, 2012, and the acquittal of the shooter George Zimmerman. The jury voted 12-0 for acquittal, based on self-defense, after the evidence showed that Martin had beaten Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk, creating a life-threatening situation before he was shot by Zimmerman. Subsequently, Michael Brown, a Black man was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County Grand Jury could find no evidence to justify indictment. Riots, looting, and the massive destruction of private property led by leaders of Black Lives Matter followed. Notwithstanding, the city paid $4.7 million to the family of Michael Brown. On September 15, 2014, Eric Garner, a Black man died after being arrested in New York City and placed in a chokehold after resisting lawful police commands. Neither a County Grand Jury nor the Obama Justice Department could find any reason to charge the police officers with any violation of the laws or standard police procedures. Riots and looting followed, led by leaders of Black Lives Matter. Notwithstanding, the City of New York paid an out-of-court settlement of $5.9 million to the Garner family. Later, on April 19, 2015, Freddie Gray, a Black man died after being arrested and transported in a police van. Freddie Gray was well known to the police as he had been the subject of 20 criminal court cases, 5 of which were still active at the time of his death. After an investigation, six Baltimore police officers were suspended without pay. The City Attorney filed charges and then made an unprecedented public statement that was highly prejudicial against the officers. A federal investigation followed. Six separate trials were held. None of the officers were convicted of anything. More riots and looting followed led by leaders of Black Lives Matter. Notwithstanding, the city paid the Gray’s family $6.4 million. Supporters of the group object to people saying “all lives matter”. See Race Bating. See Race Card. See Black Lives Matter Chants. See Hate Group. See Ferguson Effect.

Black Market

The black market refers to an underground economy in which goods and services are traded or sold illegally. Common motives for operating in the black market are to avoid high taxes, to avoid price controls, or because the service or product is illegal to sell or possess. Unlicensed contractors, sellers of stolen goods, drug traffickers, and prostitutes all offer their services in the black market. The black market is not the same as the grey market, in which items are sold through channels which are legal, but not authorized by the manufacturer.

Black Only Graduation Ceremonies

The political left has endorsed Black only graduation ceremonies with Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts being the first in May, 2017 to hold such a ceremony. There are no known white only graduation ceremonies or commencement events for other minority groups. See American Civil Rights Institute. See Balkanization. See Beyond the Pale (Politics). See Black-only Housing. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination. See Color Blindness (Race). See Racism.

Black-only Housing

Black-only housing refers to the fact that many colleges and universities in the United States are now providing Black students, at their request, with Black-only housing so they can have a refuge from what they consider “insensitive remarks and micro aggressions” from white students. California State University Los Angeles, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Berkley, and the University of Connecticut are among the many colleges and universities offering segregated housing for Black students that want to exclude whites. None of the colleges or universities offer white only housing. It would be illegal to do so.  See Discrimination.  See Reverse Discrimination.

Black Propaganda

Black propaganda consists of false information that is represented to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the other side. It is generally used to embarrass or vilify an opponent, forcing him or her to explain something. Black propaganda is by its nature covert. Its source is always hidden. Black propaganda relies on the willingness of the recipient to accept the credibility of the source. An example would include a Democratic candidate for office, arranging to have a member of the Ku Klux Klan endorse the Republican candidate. See Confessions of a Republican. See Propaganda.

Blame America First

Blame America First is an attack phrase commonly used by conservatives to describe the attitude of the left because they nearly always blame the United States for problems that exist around the world. Blame America First is quickly becoming Blame America Always.

BleachBit

BleachBit became famous after Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used it to destroy thousands of emails on her private server that had been requested by the FBI. BleachBit is capable of shredding files, deleting cookies, and totally eliminating any trace of email history. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Payola Scandal. See Classified Information.  See Bergergate Scandal.

Bleeding Heart Liberal

A bleeding heart liberal is a person who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be poor or exploited. Bleeding heart liberals are advocates of redistributing income and wealth from those earning money to those who are either not working or work at a low paying job due to lack of skills, lack of education, or lack of motivation. See Compassion. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers. See Moocher Class. See Redistribution of Income. See Voting for a Living. See Negative Income Tax. See Race Grievance Industry, Race Hustlers. See The One Percent.

Block Grant

A block grant is a federal grant with few restrictions on how the money can be spent.

Blog, Blogging

A blog or weblog is a discussion or informational site published on the internet consisting of discrete entries or posts displayed in reverse chronological order. The majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments, however, some do not permit comments. Blogs are used extensively by candidates for political office, by elected officials, and by political organizations.

Bloodsport (Politics)

In politics, the word "bloodsport" refers to politics in the worst sense. Outside of politics, the word means a sport involving the actual shedding of blood such as bullfighting, boxing, or hunting. In politics, the word is used as a metaphor.

Bloody Weekend

Bloody Weekend refers to the record set in Chicago when 41 people were shot and 12 killed on one weekend in December of 2016. Chicago has the most strict gun control laws in the nation and is a “gun free zone”. Chicago is also a sanctuary city run by a liberal major and city council.  More people are murdered in Chicago each year than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The population of Chicago is about 20% of the combined population of Los Angeles and New York City.  See Gun Free Zones. See Chicago-style politics. See Sanctuary City.

Blue Pencil (California)

The California Constitution grants the Governor "line item veto" authority to reduce or eliminate any item of appropriation from any bill including the Budget Bill. At one time, the Governor actually used an editor's blue pencil for the task.

Blue Slip

A blue slip is the term used for the paper that a home state United States Senator provides the chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee to indicate his or her approval or disapproval of a judicial nominee from his or her state. While not required by law, blue slips are a custom and practice.

Blue-slipping

Blue-slipping should not be confused with Blue Slip. While the U.S. Senate rarely attempts to initiate an appropriations bill, if it should do so, the House of Representatives, after adopting a resolution, will return it with a blue piece of paper attached citing a constitutional infringement since all appropriations bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives as set forth in the Constitution of the United States. This action is known as blue-slipping. The use of the blue paper is a tradition. See Blue Slip.

Blue state

Blue state is a term used to refer to a U.S. state where the majority of voters usually support Democratic candidates and causes.

Blue Wall (Presidential Elections)

The Blue Wall refers to the fact that for more than 20 years, it has become nearly impossible for a Republican to be elected president. Given the fact that the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the United States are counted in determining the electoral college vote count for every state, and that the illegal alien population is concentrated heavily in the left leaning, populous states of California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, the 139 inflated electoral college votes from these populous states, which represent almost 126 percent of the total votes, are nearly guaranteed to be cast for the Democratic Party candidate. This means that in order to be elected president as a Republican, it is necessary to win 270 of the remaining 399 electoral votes in those states without the heavy concentration of illegal immigrants. Given that the left leaning states also encourage sanctuary cities, these states continue to attract larger and larger numbers of illegal aliens which continues to increase the electoral vote count of these states. Thus, the Democratic Party assures its success in presidential races by perpetuating sanctuary cities and illegal immigration in those left leaning states with high electoral vote counts. If illegal aliens continue to flood into California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, the Republican Party will find it increasingly difficult or impossible to win presidential elections.

Bluffing

In politics, including international politics, bluffing is to pretend to have a capacity or intention that one does not actually possess. It may also involve engaging in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to intimidate or deceive another. Bluffing is part of the negotiating process in politics, and among nations.

Body Man

A body man is a personal assistant to a political candidate or politician who accompanies the candidate or politician everywhere.

Body Politic, The

A term that refers to a country as a single group, or a group of people under a single government.

Bohemian Grove, Bohemian Club

The Bohemian Grove is a 2,700-acre campground located in northern California owned by a private San Francisco based club known as the Bohemian Club. Every year, the club hosts a retreat, inviting some of the most prominent, wealthy and powerful men in the world. Discussion topics include politics, world events, and business. The secretive club was established in 1878. Members have included Stephen Bechtel, Sr., George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Joseph Coors, Calvin Cooliage, Charles Crocker, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ernest Folger, Gerald Ford, Newt Gingrich, William Randolph Hearst, Herbert Hoover, Charlton Heston, Leroy Hunt, Henry Kissinger, Henry Morgan, Richard Nixon, David Packard, Ronald Reagan, Eddie Rickenbacker, Theodore Roosevelt, George P. Shultz, and William French Smith.

Bomb Free Zones

“Bomb Free Zones” is a term commonly used to mock liberals who have created so called “gun free zones” that prohibit any person from possessing a gun in legally designated areas. Given that liberals believe designating areas as gun free zones will reduce crime and acts of terrorism involving guns in these areas, many conservatives have asked why they don’t legislate “bomb free zones” in order to reduce bombings. Unfortunately, gun free zones have become killing fields because criminals and terrorists know they are not likely to find armed people in these areas who can protect themselves and those nearby. See Gun Free Zones.

Bomb Thrower (Politics)

In politics, a bomb thrower is a person who stirs up trouble and controversy which may or may not be legitimate. Bomb throwers are sometimes referred to as troublemakers. An example would be saying: “President Obama may be a secret Muslim”. See Internet Trolling (Politics).

Boondoggle

A boondoggle is a project that is both a waste of time and money. The term arose when the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt spent over $3 million of tax dollars on crafts classes for the unemployed during the Great Depression. Boondoggles are the creation of government and are almost always based on political considerations or benefiting a supporter.

Boosterism (Politics)

Boosterism in politics is the act of promoting or boosting an organization with the goal of improving public perception of it. It can be as simple as writing letters to the editor, sending emails to friends and acquaintances, and talking up the organization in conversations. Historically, boosterism has been engaged in by small towns promoting themselves and selling real estate.

Born Again (Politics)

In politics, born again refers to someone who has been newly converted, usually from being a liberal or moderate, to a conservative. This website has caused many people to become born again Republicans and born again conservatives.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) is an international anti-Semitic movement that has the goal of forcing Israel to give up the land that is currently needed by the nation to help protect itself from constant terrorist attacks, including the launching of hundreds of deadly missiles aimed at schools, hospitals, synagogues, residential neighborhoods, shopping centers, and other civilian targets. Supporters of the movement include Hamas, Hezbolah, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Authority, the Arab League, the Muslim Brotherhood, American Muslims for Palestine, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Students for Justice in Palestine, Iran, Saudi Arabia, ISIS, Stephen Hawking, Danny Glover, Stevie Wonder, Roger Waters, the Nation of Islam, many from the far political left in the United States, and every neo-Nazi organization on earth. Some of the supporters of the BDS Movement are dedicated to the total annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people. See American Muslims for Palestine. See Democratic Party Boycott of Israel. See Israel Lobby. See American Public Affairs Council. See Students for Justice in Palestine.

Boys and Girls

The words “boys” and “girls” are now forbidden words in some liberal public schools. Instead, the preferred terms are “students” or “scholars” which are politically correct and don’t offend those who haven’t made their decision about their gender. Many liberal public schools strongly recommend that parents not be involved in their children’s decision making, concerning gender identification, and point out that some students may be a boy at home and a girl at school. These schools embrace gender-neutral bathrooms, locker rooms, showers and overnight field trips. See Gender Identity-Political Correctness. See Homeschooling or Home Education. See Purple Penguins. See Spouse and Spouse.

Bracket Creep, Tax Bracket Creep

Bracket creep takes place as inflation pushes those working and paying taxes into higher tax brackets, resulting in higher taxes and reduced net income. When inflation takes place, even when incomes match the rate of inflation, real incomes decline as tax payers pay higher taxes because of the progressive income tax system existing in the United States. Thus, inflating the economy results in more tax dollars being collected without actually increasing the rate of taxation. The progressive system increases the taxes taken automatically. During the administration of Democratic President Jimmy Carter, when inflation was averaging over 10% per year for several years, working people were forced into higher tax brackets while their savings eroded in value. See Progressive Income Tax.  See Inflation.

Brainwashing

Brainwashing is forced indoctrination to induce a person to give up their political, social, and religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas or a new set of beliefs. It utilizes intensely persuasive, even coercive tactics in order to enforce the desired changes. Brainwashing is sometimes referred to as mind control, thought control, and reeducation. See Propaganda.

Brass-collar Democrat

A brass-collar Democrat is an old political term that originated and is most often used in the South. It refers to someone who follows the party line without exception. See Solid South.

Bread and Butter Issues

Bread and butter issues are those that effect everyone. Examples would be the condition of our streets, traffic congestion, and the quality of our drinking water.  See Pocketbook Issues.

Bread and Circuses

Bread and Circuses refers to a superficial means by which government attempts to appease the public. It is an attempt by government to distract and divert attention, as opposed to providing limited, low cost, efficient, government services. The phrase originated in Rome about 140 B.C. when the politicians devised a plan to win votes by providing inexpensive food and entertainment to the masses. Today, an example would be a city sponsoring and spending precious tax dollars on a concert in the park or a parade instead of using the money to repair the streets or purchase school supplies. 

Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice, established in 1995, is a far-left law and public policy institute with offices in Washington D.C. and New York. The organization advocates for a “living constitution” and opposes any laws requiring voters to provide any form of identification. It also supports “free” abortions and a socialized, single-payer health care system.

Brian Williams – NBC News Scandal

The Brian Williams – NBC News Scandal refers to the fact that news anchor Brian Williams was caught and later admitted that he repeatedly made up "news" while he was covering the war in Iraq. In spite of his "creating stories", NBC News did not find that his conduct justified terminating his employment with the company. The scandal has had a major impact on the credibility of NBC News.  See Fake News.

Brinksmanship

Brinksmanship, also referred to as brinkmanship, is the practice of taking risky events to the brink of a crisis or disaster in order to achieve the best outcome. It occurs in politics, international relations, military strategy, business negotiations, and litigation. In order for brinksmanship to be successful, a threat must be credible.

Bubble (Economics)

A bubble exists when the price of assets rise far higher than can be explained by fundamentals such as income that can be generated from owning the assets. Bubbles are created by buyers of assets based upon their belief that a "greater fool" will be available to buy their assets at a higher price, leaving them with a profit. Bubbles are based on the "Greater Fool Theory."

Budget Cut

According to the Democratic Party, a budget cut takes place when a budget increase is reduced below what the Democrats want. For example, if Democrats seek a 10% budget increase and the budget is actually increased 7% because of Republican opposition, Democrats claim that the budget has been decreased by 30%. See Tax Cut. See Mandatory Federal Spending. See Spend and Spend. See N-Words.  See Penny Plan, One Cent Solution.

Budget Surplus (Government)

A budget surplus exists when tax revenues exceed expenditures. When a government ends a fiscal year with a budget surplus, the excess funds can be used to retire debt or can be carried over into the next fiscal year.

Budget Year (California)

The next fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends on June 30; the year following the current fiscal year.

Buffer State

A buffer state is a nation located between two rival or potentially hostile countries. Buffer states are generally neutral, and by their existence, serve to prevent a conflict. See Demilitarized Zone.

Building Industry Association

The Building Industry Association (BIA) refers to the fifty state Building Industry Associations. Each BIA is an advocacy organization that represents the major home developers in each state. Their goals are to influence the 50 state legislatures to enact laws favorable to their industry. An example would be laws making it more difficult and expensive for homeowners to sue developers that build and sell defective homes to the public. See American Insurance Association.

Bully Pulpit

The term originated from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit" or great platform from which to advocate a position. In those days, the word "bully" meant "superb."

Bureaucracy

Government agencies run by career government employees (often members of a labor union) that adhere to inflexible policies and procedures, making it difficult for citizens to conduct business with the agencies. The word bureaucracy is usually used in a negative context.

Bury the Hatchet (Politics)

To "bury the hatchet" means to make peace. The expression is most commonly used after a contentious primary fight. The phrase is a reference to the historical practice of setting aside or burying the tomahawk or hatchet as a symbol of ending hostilities.

Business Cycle

The business cycle refers to the fluctuations in economic activity that an economy experiences over a period of time. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), there were eleven business cycles from 1945 to 2009 with the average lasting approximately 69 months. According to the government, the last recession took place from 2007 to 2009 with an expansion starting in 2009. A business cycle is usually defined in terms of periods of expansion or recession. Most economists believe recessions take place because of excessive speculation. Recent examples are the dot-com bubble and the housing bubble.  See Bubble (Economics).

Business Roundtable

The Business Roundtable (BRT), established in 1972, is a group of mostly conservative chief executive officers of major corporations in the United States whose goal is to promote pro-business public policies and legislation. Business Roundtable members employ nearly 15 million people across the country.

Button Pusher

A button pusher is a person who enjoys getting people irritated and starting fights or arguments. An instigator who intentionally provokes another person.

Buycott

A buycott is the opposite of a boycott. It involves intentionally buying a particular brand or product in an effort to counter a boycott of the same brand or product. A buycott is often referred to as a counter-boycott. The most common reason people support buycotts is to prevent a company from backing down on the act that caused the boycott. Many Jews, Christians, and conservatives buycott Israeli imports in order to counter the organized boycotts intended to harm our ally.

By-election, Special Election

A by-election is a special election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between regularly scheduled elections. By-elections generally take place when an office holder dies, resigns, or is removed from office by means of a recall.


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Cabinet of the United States

The Cabinet of the United States consists of the most senior officers in the executive branch of the federal government. They include the heads of the federal executive departments that are appointed by the President with the approval or disapproval of the United States Senate. Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the President. All members of the Cabinet have the title “Secretary” except for the Attorney General and the Postmaster General. The Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office. See Czar (Politics).

California Channel (Cal-Span)

The cable television channel that televises State Assembly and State Senate proceedings.

Californians for Parental Rights

Californians for Parental Rights is an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of parents to protect their children from the government. For example, a 16 year old girl in California cannot get a cavity filled or obtain an aspirin from the school nurse without obtaining parental consent, but can get an abortion and condoms without her parents ever knowing about it.

California National Party (CNP)

The California National Party, founded in 2015, is a new, left of center political party in California that is an alternative to the Democratic Party. The CNP advocates achieving California’s independence from the United States and the establishment of a socialist state through a legal and peaceful process. The party is made up primarily of former supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders who ran for President as a Democrat in 2016.

California Republican Assembly

The California Republican Assembly is the oldest and largest grassroots volunteer organization chartered by the California Republican Party. Its goal is to influence the Republican Party to be a conservative party. It is pro-life, calls for lower taxes, and advocates for maximizing personal freedom. There are chapters throughout California.

Camel’s Nose in the Tent

The Camel’s Nose in the Tent is a metaphor describing a situation where allowing a small act will open the door to a much larger, undesirable act. There is an old proverb: “If the camel gets its nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” See Slippery Slope. See Domino Effect. See Foot-in-the-door Technique (Politics).

Campaign for Liberty

Campaign for Liberty (C4L) is a national non-profit, conservative, membership organization founded by former United States Congressman Ron Paul in 2008. Its goal is to educate Americans in freedom, sound money, non-interventionism and free markets. Its slogan is “Reclaim the Republic. Restore the Constitution”. Campaign for Liberty holds an annual conference which trains its members in campaign and political activism techniques. C4L is headquartered in Springfield, Virginia and has nearly 700,000 members across America. See Liberty Movement.

Campaign Manager

A campaign manager is an individual who coordinates fundraising, financial reporting, polling, advertising, appearances, and get out the vote activities for a candidate. Most campaign managers execute strategy, but don't necessarily establish the campaign strategy. Staffers and volunteers usually report to the campaign manager. See Political Consultants. See Campaign Surrogate.

Campaign Surrogate

A campaign surrogate is a person who acts on behalf of a candidate for political office, usually appearing at public events that the candidate cannot attend, or the surrogate may join the candidate to bolster the candidate’s image with a certain group. Spouses of candidates, the adult children of candidates, and local office holders, are the people most often used as surrogates. Surrogates often attend events that may not be large enough to warrant the candidate attending, or where there are several competing events and it becomes impossible for the candidate to be at two or more events at the same time. An example would be where a candidate is running for the United States Senate and a popular member of Congress, or a member of the State Legislature, appears at an event on behalf of the candidate in a district where they have been elected and are well known.

Can’t Win Technique, Can’t Win Argument

The can’t win technique or strategy is typically applied during presidential primary campaigns for president. The argument made is that while a certain candidate may be very popular with the party, he or she cannot win the presidential election. The common technique or argument is used by both Democrats and Republicans.

Cantored

“Cantored” refers to being removed from office as a result of a primary challenge. The term is derived from the fact that Republican Congressman, and House Majority leader, Eric Cantor, lost his 2014 bid for re-election in an upset that surprised most political pollsters and pundits. It was the first time a sitting House Majority Leader was defeated in his primary race since the position was created in 1899.

Canvassing

Canvassing is the systematic initiation of direct contact with a targeted group of people commonly used in political campaigns. The contact may be in person or by telephone. Canvassing is used in connection with get out the vote efforts by candidates and their campaign workers.

Capital Gain

The difference between the acquisition price and sale price of an asset. Capital gains are subject to both state and federal taxes.

Capital Gains Tax

A capital gains tax is a tax paid on capital gains or profits an investor realizes when he or she sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price. The tax is triggered when the gain is realized. The tax rate paid on capital gains is lower than the tax on ordinary income because the income that generated the investment capital was previously taxed at the higher tax rate. See Capital Gains.

Capitol Hill

A neighborhood in Washington D.C. approximately two miles square and densely populated. See The Hill.

Capital Punishment, Death Penalty

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government sanctioned practice whereby a person convicted of a specified crime is put to death. Such crimes are known as capital crimes or capital offenses and generally include murder, treason, war crimes, espionage, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Approximately 50% of the nations of the world sanction capital punishment. Executions in 2016 were China (over 1,000), Iran (over 600), Saudi Arabia (154), Iraq (over 90), Pakistan (87), Egypt (over 50), Taiwan (1) and the United States (20). Some countries such as North Korea and Cuba, do not make such statistics available. The European Union prohibits capital punishment. In some Islamic countries adultery, incest, sodomy, blasphemy, and converting to Christianity are punishable by death. See Traitor. See Treason. See Benedict Arnold. See Turncoat.

Captured Agency, Regulatory Capture

A captured agency exists when a regulatory agency of the government comes to be dominated by the very industries it was charged with regulating. Regulatory capture takes place when a regulatory agency, formed to act in the public’s interest, starts to act in ways that benefit the industry it is supposed to be regulating.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint is a phrase coined by the political left. It has been defined as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person." An example would be the emissions caused by the private jet owned and operated by former Democratic Vice President Al Gore, when he flies to and from speaking engagements where he talks about saving the planet.

Card Stacking

Card stacking is a propaganda technique that seeks to manipulate people's perception of an issue by emphasizing one side and repressing or limiting the other side. The technique is commonly used by media outlets such as CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera. The term originated from the magician's technique of "stacking the deck", which involves presenting a deck of cards that appears to have been thoroughly shuffled, but which is actually stacked in a pre-determined order. The magician then knows the outcome.

Carpetbagger

Refers to a politician that moves into a new area to seek a political office at the expense of local citizens. Hillary Clinton was accused of being a carpetbagger when she moved to New York to run for the U.S. Senate.

Carte Blanche (Politics)

A signed document, left intentionally blank in part, so the bearer can complete it to his or her satisfaction. To give a person or country carte blanche is to give them complete power to decide something, or to name their own terms and conditions.

Cartel

A public cartel is an agreement between nations to control prices or to discourage or exclude entry of a new competitor into a market. The best known cartel is the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) consisting of Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.  See Monopoly (Economics).

Casework (Politics)

Casework refers to assistance provided by members of Congress to constituents who encounter a problem with an agency of the federal government. Examples include the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Veteran’s Administration (VA), asylum applications, and obtaining Social Security benefits.

Cash for Access

Cash for access refers to scandals involving the receipt of money for delivering a meeting with a powerful individual, or a situation where a powerful person agrees to meet with a person in consideration of receiving a substantial sum of money. The Clinton Foundation, established in 1997 and closed down at the end of 2016, after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, was created to maximize “cash for access” to both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton. See Clinton Foundation. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Payola Scandal.

Cash to Voters Programs

Cash to voters refers to a strategy of the political left that involves getting more campaign funds into the hands of politicians that support the liberal and socialist agendas. Under the program, local governments controlled by the left, distribute vouchers to every adult citizen eligible to vote. The vouchers are then given to candidates for office as contributions by the recipients. The vouchers are convertible by political candidates into cash which is used to support their campaigns. Under the program, tax dollars are used to fund candidates. Supporters of the political left favor such programs because it gets dollars into the hands of lower income people, including welfare recipients, who are more likely to support Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. Democrats know that lower income citizens and welfare recipients are not likely to make significant political contributions absent a voucher program. See Voting for a Living. See Social Safety Net. See Competing for Votes. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers. See Section 8 Housing.

Catchphrase, Political

A political catchphrase is a distinctive statement made by a political figure that has become well known and is often repeated and quoted. Catchphrases originate from speeches, spontaneous statements, and from political slogans. Many are gaffes. See Famous Political Catchphrases. See Gaffe.

Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs are “stray” bills or leftover bills that address minor matters that are saved for days when the House of Representatives or the United States Senate have light floor schedules. Cats and Dogs is a slang phrase.

Caucus

A caucus is a meeting at the local level in which registered members of a political party gather to express support for candidates. For statewide or national offices, the recommendations are combined to determine the state party nominee. The term also is used to describe a group of elected officials with a common goal that meets to plan policy in support of a shared political agenda.

Cause of Action (Organization)

Cause of Action is a non-profit, nonpartisan government accountability organization that fights to protect economic opportunity when federal regulations, spending and cronyism threaten it. Cause of Action uses investigative, legal and communications tools to accomplish their goals. Three principles guide Cause of Action: (1) Americans have the right to know about how Washington spends our money, (2) Americans deserve an efficient, effective federal government that works for them, not the politically powerful, and (3) Americans have an interest in living free and prosperous lives without the interference of arbitrary and abusive executive power.

CBS Scandal

See Rathergate – CBS Scandal. See NBC Scandal – Dateline NBC Scandal. See Brian Williams – NBC Scandal. See NBC – Chris Matthews Scandal.

Cell, Clandestine Cell, Covert Cell

A cell, sometimes referred to as a clandestine cell or covert cell, is the smallest organizational unit of a clandestine group or movement, such as a terrorist group or criminal organization. A cell’s leader is often the only person who knows the identity of the individual members, but this is not always the case. The structure is intended to make it difficult for an opposing organization, such as law enforcement, to penetrate it. A sleeper cell is a cell waiting for instructions to take action. Until it receives instructions, it lies dormant. According to the FBI, there are ISIS sleeper cells in all 50 states. See Lone Wolf. See Leaderless Resistance.

Cemetery Vote

Refers to fraudulent votes cast in the name of deceased citizens who remain on the voter registration rolls. The cemetery vote in Chicago was very heavy in favor of John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election against Richard Nixon. Likewise, it was very heavy in favor of Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 presidential election against Barry Goldwater.

Census-Designated Place (CDP)

A census-designated place is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are populated areas that do not have a municipal government, but which otherwise physically resemble an incorporated city. The boundaries of a CDP typically have no legal status and are subject to modifications every ten years.

Center for Popular Democracy

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a far-left political advocacy organization formed in 2002 consisting primarily of former ACORN members. ACORN was dissolved due to major scandals that included voter fraud, tax evasion, and prostitution. The organization’s stated objectives are to “envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda”. The organization works in alliance with teacher’s unions and has published materials critical of charter schools and private schools.  See ACORN.

Center for Public Integrity (CPI)

The Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989, is a liberal, non-profit investigative journalism organization based in Washington D.C. whose stated mission is “to reveal abuses of power, corruption, and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, accountability and to put the public interest first”. Directors include Steve Kroft, Arianna Huffington, and Christine Amanpour. The organization is supported by the Barbara Streisand Foundation, open Society Foundations, George Soros, and other left leaning groups. The CPI is continuously engaged in attacking Fox News and its staff. See War on Fox News.

Center for Security Policy

The Center for Security Policy (CSP), founded in 1988, is a non-profit national security think tank headquartered in Washington D.C. that is involved in researching and exposing jihadist threats to the United States. The organization has been severely criticized by the Democratic Party and various liberal organizations as engaging in unproven conspiracy theories. Supporters of the organization include Northrup Grumman, Raytheon Company, Lockheed Martin, the Bradley Foundation, General Electric Company, and General Dynamics Corporation.

Central Bank or Reserve Bank

A central bank or reserve bank is an institution that manages a nation’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. Central banks also, usually oversee each nation’s commercial banking system. Central banks in most nations are structured to be independent from direct political control or interference. In the United States, the central bank is the Federal Reserve System. See Federal Reserve System.

Centralists

Centralists are people who favor national action over action at the state and local levels. Centralists are liberals or progressives. See Decentralists.

Certification of Election

A document prepared by the official or government body, with authority to do so, conferring upon a political candidate the right to assume an elective office as a result of being elected to it.

Chad, Hanging Chad

A chad is a small piece of paper that is punched out from a ballot using a punch-type mechanical voting device.  A hanging chad exists when the chad remains partly attached to the ballot after being punched.

Chain Migration

Chain migration usually refers to the process of non-citizens immigrating to a new country under laws permitting them to join with family members already living in the destination country. See Anchor Baby.

Chain of Command

The order in which authority is wielded and passed down. It is also a line of responsibility.

Chair (Politics)

The Chair is the presiding officer of a political party or deliberative assembly such as a legislative body.

Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty

The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CALL) is an organization comprised of veteran service members, primarily chaplains. Its purpose is to defend and maintain religious liberty, and freedom of expression and conscience that the Constitution guarantees. CALL opposes the goal of the political left, including the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, from its goal of accomplishing the following: (1) Prohibiting Christian Military Chaplains from praying the name of Jesus, (2) giving members of the military a Bible even if they want one, and (3) removing the cross from all churches located on American military bases. See Military Religious Freedom Foundation. See War on Christians. See War on Christmas.

Chappaquiddick Incident, Chappaquiddick Scandal

The Chappaquiddick Incident involved the death of a young unmarried friend of Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy when Senator Kennedy left a party with Mary Jo Kopechne and then drove his car off a bridge into a channel. Kennedy left Kopechne at the scene where she suffocated in the car which had submerged. He reported the incident ten hours later. The incident was highly publicized after Kennedy received a suspended jail sentence by a judge in his home state. Kennedy testified that he had consumed no alcohol at the party and no witness testified otherwise. Due to the ten hour delay, it was not possible to determine if alcohol was a factor. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was the brother of former Democratic President John F. Kennedy and a likely presidential candidate.  The incident doomed Senator Kennedy's chances of being elected president.

Chapter (California)

After a bill has been signed by the Governor, the Secretary of State assigns the bill a Chapter Number, for example, "Chapter 123, Statutes of 2017," which subsequently may be used to refer to the measure.

Character Assassin

A person who attacks his or her political opponent by seeking to destroy his or her personal reputation rather than focusing on the issues of the campaign.

Charter Schools

Charter schools are publicly-financed schools that are outside the regular public school system. Charter schools are secular schools usually sponsored by groups of parents or non-profit organizations. Most importantly, they are exempt from the requirement of hiring teachers that are members of the liberal teacher’s unions. This means more money by education, the elimination of social promotion, less liberal bias, and that teachers must perform because they are not guaranteed automatic salary increases and a lifetime job guarantee. Charter schools are permitted by law in most states and have been highly successful. Their numbers are increasing constantly. The National Education Association opposes charter schools. See National Education Association. See Social Promotion.

Che Guevara T-Shirts

Che Guevara T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel are symbols adopted by many on the political left to demonstrate their solidarity with Che Guevara and his causes. In some cases, the person who is wearing the item is simply uneducated and has no idea what Che Guevara represented. Che Guevara was a Communist revolutionary who helped Fidel Castro establish Communism in Cuba while murdering and imprisoning tens of thousands of Cubans who opposed the Communist dictatorship.

Checkbook Diplomacy

Checkbook diplomacy is the policy of a county openly using economic and military assistance to influence the decisions of another country. Checkbook diplomacy has been used by the United States, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China.

Checks and Balances

With regard to the federal government, checks and balances refer to the fact that the United States Constitution divides the government into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. These three branches are not independent of each other because our Constitution has set up a system of checks and balances to help ensure that no one branch becomes too powerful. Each branch has powers that it can use to check and balance the operations and power of the other two branches.

Cherry Picking, Suppressing Evidence

Cherry Picking is also known as suppressing evidence, and the fallacy of incomplete evidence. In politics, it involves the act of selecting only the data that confirms or supports a particular position. It also involves ignoring data that does not support a particular position. Cherry Picking is usually intentional, but it can occur unintentionally as well. The term is based on the process of harvesting fruit, such as cherries, where the picker selects only the best fruit and ignores the fruit that is not good. See Half-truth.

Chicago-style Politics

Chicago-style politics refers to the long history of politics in Chicago and the state of Illinois, dominated by the Democratic Party where bribery, patronage, nepotism, and other forms of corruption have been common for decades. Between the years 1961 and 2009, four of seven Illinois Governors were convicted of crimes and sent to prison.

Chickenhawk or Chicken Hawk

A chickenhawk is a term used to describe a person who strongly supports a war or other military action but who actively avoided military service, during a military conflict, when of age to serve. The term implies that the person is a hypocrite for personally avoiding military service while advocating that others should do so.

Chickens are Coming Home to Roost

When someone says “the chickens are coming home to roost,” it means that one must suffer the consequences of their bad conduct. After the 9-11 attacks on America, Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, said “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”   See "God Damn America".  See Church of G-D America.  See Keep Them Angry.

Children of Reagan (Politics)

“Children of Reagan” refers to the new generation of conservative leaders who are fighting for conservative principals.

Chili’s Boycott

The Chili’s Boycott refers to the original boycott of Chili’s restaurant chain by thousands of Christians and conservatives as a result of the announcement that it is donating 15 percent of their sales to Planned Parenthood in Indiana and Kentucky which perform abortions, mostly in black and Hispanic communities. Chili’s is owned by Brinker International which owns major interests in Maggiano’s Little Italy and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. See Planned Parenthood. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List. See Starbucks Boycott.

Choice, not an echo

“Choice, not an echo” refers to the famous statement made by conservative Republican United States Senator Barry Goldwater in 1993 that is quoted often by conservatives. Goldwater stated: “I will offer a choice, not an echo. This will not be an engagement of personalities. It will be an engagement of principles.” See Dime Store Democrats. See Democrats-lite. See Republicans in Name Only (RINO).

Chit

A chit is a slang term for a debt or favor owed in return for a prior favor granted. An example would be when an influential or powerful person campaigns for another or helps him or her raise funds and then later calls on that person for a return favor. An example would be President Bill Clinton campaigning for President Barack Obama and later asking President Obama to make Hillary Clinton his Secretary of State and supporting her for president.

Christian Coalition of America

The Christian Coalition of America (CCA) is a 501(c)(4) organization that has the following goals: (1) The defunding of Obamacare, (2) Supporting Israel, (3) Reducing Government Spending and Debt, (4) Defending the Second Amendment, (5) Stopping the Public Funding of Abortion, (6) Obtaining Energy Independence, (7) Ending Religious Discrimination Against Christians in the Military, and (8) Opposing Liberal Judicial Nominees. The CCA publishes a Voter Guide and a Congressional Scorecard for each member of Congress. The CCA does not support or endorse individual candidates for office or support any political party.

Christian Right

The Christian Right supports Judeo-Christian traditions and beliefs, Israel as opposed to Hamas and the Palestinians, economic conservatism, education vouchers, and tax reductions. It generally opposes socialism and Obamacare, abortion, gay marriage, and free birth control.

Christians United for Israel

Christians United for Israel (CUFI), established in 1992, is an American, Christian pro-Israel organization that calls itself “a national grass roots movement focused on the support of Israel.” CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in America. It supports Israel both politically and financially. CUFI has more than one million members and has chapters on more than 80 college campuses.

Christmas Tree Bill

A Christmas Tree Bill is a bill on the Senate floor that attracts many, often unrelated floor amendments. The amendments that adorn the bill, usually provide special benefits to one or more groups or interests.

Chum (Politics)

In politics, chum refers to the items used to encourage both voters and campaign volunteers to get more involved in a political campaign. The items commonly consist of campaign buttons, lawn signs, bumper stickers, and handouts. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Chump (Politics)

A chump is a person who is easily deceived or cheated; a fool. An example of a chump would be a person, or group of persons, who continuously vote for a person or political party, when that person or political party does little or nothing to help them. A chump is a person, or group of persons, whose vote is taken for granted. Chumps are often referred to as suckers by the person or political party taking advantage.

Church of G-D America

The Church of G-D America refers to the church attended by Barack Obama, as a community organizer for more than twenty years, before he became President of the United States. It also refers to the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of the church said: “The government gives them drugs (black people), builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America’. No, no, no, God Damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God Damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God Damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” This is the same pastor, when he tried unsuccessfully to reach President Obama in the White House, said “Them Jews are keeping me from Obama.” He also referred to Israel as illegal and genocidal. The president’s pastor, and many of his followers, blame the federal government for creating the AIDs virus in order to destroy African-Americans. See Blame America First. See Keep Them Angry. See Race Bating. See Community Organizing – Community Organizer.  See Chickens are Coming Home to Roost.

Circumlocution

Circumlocution refers to an indirect, evasive, or roundabout way of speaking or the use of more words than necessary to express an idea or position. Circumlocution often creates ambiguity. It is commonly utilized by politicians, particularly when discussing a controversial subject or an unpleasant subject.

Cisgender, Cis

Cisgender, often abbreviated as Cis, is a politically correct term created by the political left and the LGBT community to mean a person who has a gender identity that matches the sex they were assigned at birth. It is the opposite of transgender.

Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism consists of private citizens playing an active role in collecting, reporting, and disseminating news and important information, including videos and photographs. In 1989, when the Tianamen Square protests took place, citizen journalists in China disseminated photos and other information that the government wanted to keep secret.

Citizen Media

Citizen media consists primarily of website blogs, video blogs, community radio, public access television, emails, and podcasts, produced by private citizens who are not professional journalists. See Citizen Journalism.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)

Citizens Against Government Waste, founded in 1984, is a non-profit, conservative advocacy group and government watchdog whose mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. CAGW publishes the Congressional Pig Book which is an annual list of "pork-barred" projects and their sponsors.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW)

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), founded in 2003, is a far left watchdog, investigative, and advocacy organization. Its activities include litigation, congressional ethics complaints. Freedom of Information Act requests, IRS complaints, FCC complaints, Federal Election Commission complaints, and other government agency complaints. CREW has been attempting to have the FCC license of Fox News revoked for years on the grounds that it is not a news organization. CREW does not disclose their list of donors.

Citizens’ Group

A citizens’ group is an interest group that works for noneconomic issues. Such groups are also called noneconomic groups.

Citizens United

Citizens United, founded in 1988, is a conservative, non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., dedicated to restoring citizen's control of the government, the traditional American value of limited government, and national sovereignty and security. It is best known for the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission where the court held that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures of corporations, labor unions, and other associations. The court did not prohibit the federal ban on direct contributions by corporations, labor unions, and other associations to candidate campaigns and political parties, which continue to be illegal in races for federal offices.

Civic Duty

A citizen's civic duty refers to certain legal duties such as obeying the law, paying taxes, and serving on a jury when called to do. It also includes the principle that citizens owe an allegiance to their country and after becoming informed should vote. See Civic Virtue.  See Citizenship.

Civic Virtue

Civic virtue refers to developing habits of personal living that are important for the overall success of the community. Organizations that value civic virtue are the Boy Scouts of America and the Civil Air Patrol. Examples of civic virtue include being honest, loyal, trustworthy, and helpful. See Civic Duty.  See Citizenship.

Civics, Citizenship

Civics is the study of citizenship, including its rights and duties, and the duties of citizens to each other, and to the government. It includes the study of civil law and the study of government. Topics include voting, jury duty, democracy, equality, justice, and the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. See United States Constitution. See Bill of Rights.

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture refers to the confiscation of assets by the federal or state government before a court of law has determined liability. While the expressed purpose of civil asset forfeitures, or confiscations, is to disrupt criminal activity, conservatives and many others believe such confiscations before trial constitute an assault on our civil liberties and property rights. Effectively, all the government must do is claim that cash or other targeted assets appear to exist as a result of criminal activity. In many jurisdictions, cash and other assets seized by the government are used to benefit government agencies, including the payment of salaries and bonuses, thus a major conflict of interest exists.

Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is the active refusal to obey a law, follow the demands of a government, or follow a policy believed to be unjust. It is often called nonviolent resistance. People who practice acts of civil disobedience base their actions on morality and generally employ nonviolent means or passive resistance to bring attention to the injustice. Examples include picketing, marches, sit-ins, boycotts, strikes, refusal to disburse, non-cooperation, and inviting arrest. Risking punishment, they attempt to bring about changes in the law. Laws that have justified acts of civil disobedience include laws permitting slavery, the laws permitting "separate but equal facilities," and the Nuremburg laws of Nazi Germany. Some immoral laws may require far more than civil disobedience to change. See Operation Rescue.

Civil Rights Act of 1866

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 (CRA 1866) was the first federal law designed to protect the rights of former slaves, providing that all citizens are equally protected by the law. The proposed law was passed by the Republican controlled U.S. Senate and the Republican controlled House of Representatives and then vetoed by Democratic President Andrew Jackson. The Republicans overcame the veto by a two-thirds majority, in each chamber, making the law effective. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Republican Senator Lyman Trumball and in the House of Representatives by Republican Congressman James Falconer.

Civil Rights Act of 1875

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was purposed by the Republican dominated United States House of Representatives and signed into law by Republican President Ulysses S. Grant. The law guaranteed Black Americans equal treatment in public accommodations and public transportation. It also guaranteed they would not be excluded from serving on a jury. In 1883, the Supreme Court of the United States declared much of the law to be unconstitutional.

Civil Rights Act of 1957

The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was proposed by the administration of Republican President Dwight D Eisenhower who signed the bill into law. The bill was approved in the United States House of Representatives 285 to 126 (Republicans 167-19 for, and Democrats 118-107 for) and in the United States Senate 72 to 18 (Republicans 43-0 and Democrats 29-18 for). The goal of the law was to ensure that all Americans could exercise their right to vote. Prior to its passing, only about 20% of Black Americans were registered to vote.

Civil Rights Act of 1960

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 was signed into law by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It established federal inspections of local voter registration polls and established penalties for anyone obstructing someone who was attempting to register to vote. It was designed to combat state Jim Crow laws enacted and enforced in the Solid South. See Solid South.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and ended unequal application of voter registration requirements. It also ended racial segregation in the workplace, in schools, and at facilities that served the public, known as public accommodations. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the law by 289 to 126, a vote in which 79% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats voted "yes". The U.S. Senate passed the law 73 to 27, with 21 Democrats and 6 Republicans opposed to the law. Some members of Congress voted "no" because they believed the law, as drafted, was unconstitutional, not because they opposed the intent of the law. The bill was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Civil Service

Civil Service refers to the areas of government service in which people are hired on the basis of competitive exams rather than by political appointment. The objective is to eliminate partisanship and political activities from the workplace where the employer is the government. In the United States, the civil service was established in 1871. Notwithstanding the civil service rules, more than 85% of government employees are Democrats.  See Party of Government.

Civil War

The Civil War refers to the war that took place between the northern states and southern states between April 1861 and May 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who became the first Republican President in March of 1861, was Commander in Chief of the Union Army that fought and died to end slavery. Democrats supported slavery and its extension, and opposed President Lincoln and the Republicans. Approximately 360,000 Union soldiers died during the Civil War. See Ku Klux Klan, KKK.

Claremont Institute

The Claremont Institute is a conservative think tank based in Claremont, California. The mission of the Claremont Institute is to teach the practical application of the principles of the American Founding to the next generation of conservative leaders, and to build them into a community dedicated to preserving constitutional government. The Claremont Institute seeks to establish a limited and accountable government that respects natural law, private property, promotes a stable family life, and maintains a strong national defense.  See Founding Fathers.

Clarion Project

The Clarion Project, founded in 2006, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington D.C. that has been involved in the production and distribution of films that document the dangers of Islamic extremism.

Clash of Civilizations

The theory that the primary source of future national and international conflicts will be based on culture, including religion.

Classified Information

Classified information is material that a government body claims is sensitive information that requires protection of confidentiality. Access is restricted by law to specific groups of people, and mishandling such material can result in criminal penalties. A formal security clearance is generally required to handle classified materials. Obtaining a security clearance requires a background investigation. The United States government has classification levels with “Top Secret” being the highest level.

Claque

A claque is a group of people hired to applaud at a speech or performance. Both Democratic and Republican politicians have hired claques. See Crowds for Rent (Politics).

Clear and Present Danger

A standard established by the United States Supreme Court for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged: "no one has a right to shout ‘fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety."

Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation, founded in 1997, was established by former President, Bill Clinton, with the stated mission to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” While the foundation has raised more than $3 billion from foreign governments, Wall Street, and other political donors, it contributes very little money to charitable organizations. Most of the money raised pays for a large staff that carries out its own programs as directed by the board which includes Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Donna Shalala. Because of its unconventional structure, Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog, has stated it cannot rate the Clinton Foundation. There has been massive criticism that the foundation has become a tool for the Clinton family’s political activities. The following have contributed to the Clinton Foundation: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammed, Hi Al-Amoudi, State of Kuwait, Nasser Al-Rashid, American Federation of Teachers, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Dubai Foundation, Friends of Saudi Arabia, Walid Juffali, MAC Aids Fund, Steven Spielberg, State of Qatar, The Streisand Foundation, The Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, University of Southern California, and many others.

Clinton News Network

The Clinton News Network is a term used by conservatives and many independents to describe Cable News Network, commonly referred to as CNN. Since its establishment in 1980, CNN has been extremely biased in favor of the political left. CNN has consistently failed to report news that would be harmful to the Democratic Party, and when they do report such news, they minimize the impact by omitting important facts and by minimizing the coverage. The opposite is true when it comes to conservatives and the Republican Party. Both President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have been beneficiaries of CNN’s policies as it relates to the numerous scandals involving them and the embellishment of anything that can be turned into a positive story. This has led to the term “Clinton News Network”.

Clinton Pay to Play Scandal

The Clinton pay to play scandal refers to the fact that at least 85 of 154 people who got a personal audience with Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, donated $156 million to her family foundation. That’s an average of $183,529 paid for the “privilege” of talking to her. The vast majority of these people had business before the State Department, and most of the largest payers represented foreign countries and oil rich people from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, the State of Qatar, Haban Saban, Sheikh Mohammed H. AL-Amoudi, Nasser Al-Rashid, the Dubai Foundation, Friends of Saudi Arabia, Mala Gaonkar Haarman, and the State of Kuwait. See Pay to Play. See Clinton Payola Scandal.  See Clinton Foundation.

Clinton Payola Scandal

The Clinton Payola Scandal refers to the fact that the Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from foreign countries while Hillary Clinton was dealing with these countries as Secretary of State. To make things worse, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, accepted $48 million dollars for “speaking engagements” from those same foreign countries while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Many of these countries were unfriendly to the interests of the United States.   See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal.  See Pay to Play.  See Clinton Foundation.

Clinton Watergate Scandal

The Clinton Watergate Scandal refers to when Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, who was supervising the work of 27 year old Hillary Clinton on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee investigating the Watergate burglary, fired her. According to Jerry Zeifman, she was fired because “she was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee, and the rules of confidentiality”. The Clintons and the Democratic Party have been attempting to re-write history since 1973 when her employment was terminated from the committee.

Clintonian

Clintonian refers to a tortured definition, explanation, or an outright lie. Two Bill Clinton examples: "I did not have sexual relations with that women, Miss Lewinsky" and "It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is' is." President Bill Clinton was disbarred for lying under oath.

Clintonista, Clintonite

A Clintonista or Clintonite is a common derisive term for a devoted admirer of President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton. See Clinton Foundation. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Payola Scandal. See Clinton Watergate Scandal. See Clintonian. See Lynchgate. See Pardongate. See FALN Scandal. See Political Family. See Uraniumgate. See Whitewater Billing Records Gate. See Whitewater Scandal.

Cloakrooms

Both Republican Senators and Democratic Party Senators have cloakrooms adjacent to the Senate chamber that serve as private meeting locations. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives have cloakrooms that serve the same purpose.

Closed Rule

A procedural rule in the U.S. House of Representatives that prohibits any amendments to bills or provides that only members of the committee reporting the bill may offer amendments. See Open Rule.

Closed Shop or Union Shop

A Closed Shop or Union Shop is a business that has signed a contract with a labor union forcing all employees to be paying members of the labor union. Many of these contracts are signed by businesses under extreme duress. See Right to Work.

Clothespin Vote

Refers to when you have to hold your nose in order to vote for a candidate. The candidate “stinks” but is better than the other candidate.

Cloture Motion

A motion used in the Senate to end a filibuster. Invoking cloture requires a vote by 3/5 of the full Senate. If cloture is invoked, further debate is limited to 30 hours. It is not a vote on the passage of the pending legislation.  See Filibuster.

Club (Political)

A political club is an organization of people who are united by a common interest or goal. Most political clubs exist to educate voters, elect candidates, and to provide an opportunity for like-minded people to socialize and do business together. West Valley Republican Club in Southern California is an example of a Republican political club.

Club for Growth

Club for Growth is a non-profit organization, established in 1999, whose goals include reducing income tax rates, repealing the estate tax, supporting a balanced budget, and limiting government to the extent possible. The organization raises funds for candidates who are fiscal conservatives and produces an annual scorecard for members of Congress. Club for Growth has more than 100,000 members who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom.

Clump of Cells

A "clump of cells" is the most recent phrase created by the political left to describe the unborn. The phrase is intended to make the decision to obtain an abortion easier.  See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).  See Less Crunchy Abortions.  See Emily's List.

CNN Presidential Debate Scandal

The CNN Presidential Debate Scandal refers to the fact that Democrat Donna Brazile, while working for CNN, passed several questions to be asked at a 2016 televised presidential debate on CNN to the Clinton campaign. The plan would give Democrat Hillary Clinton the ability to prepare in advance and outperform her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. When it was discovered that the plan had been implemented, CNN announced that it has accepted Donna Brazile’s formal resignation and stated “we are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor”. CNN has been referred to as the Clinton News Network since the 1990s because the organization has always favored liberal Democrats in its reporting including the Clintons. Prior to joining CNN, Donna Brazile was the Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee and Campaign Manager for Democrat Al Gore. After her termination from CNN, she resumed her position as Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. See Clinton News Network.

Coalition of African American Pastors

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), formed in 1993 by Rev. William Owens, is a non-profit, conservative, non-partisan, civil rights organization headquartered in Henderson, Nevada. The 3,000 member advocacy organization supports traditional marriage as described in the Bible and opposes abortion.

Coalition of the willing

“Coalition of the willing” refers to the 48 countries that supported the 2003 U.S. led invasion of Iraq that removed Saddam Hussein from power. In November 2002, President George W. Bush declared that “should Iraq, President Saddam Hussein choose not to disarm, the United States will lead a coalition of the willing to disarm him.”

Coattails

In American politics, the term refers to the ability of a popular officeholder or candidate for office, on the strength of his or her own popularity, to increase the chances for victory of other candidates of the same political party. This candidate is said to carry others to victory on his or her coattails.

Coercive Diplomacy, Coercive Power

The use of threats of force, including economic sanctions or actions, as a diplomatic tactic. See Gunboat Diplomacy. See Diplomacy.

Cogent Argument

A cogent argument is an argument that is clear and powerfully persuasive. It is logical and appeals to the intellect, not to emotion. It is a compelling argument. See Logic. See Critical Thinking. See Fallacy.

Cold War

The Cold War was a state of military and political tension between the United States and its NATO allies, and the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact Nations. It lasted from the end of World War II to 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. See Reagan Doctrine.  See Cold Warrior.

Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior refers to people who were involved in shaping and executing United States foreign policy during the Cold War which existed from the end of World War II to 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. See Reagan Doctrine.  See Cold War.

Collective Media Amnesia

Collective Media Amnesia is a term used to describe the phenomena whereby CNN, ABC, CNBC, MSNBC and CBS fail to make historical references that would be highly relevant to significant current events, when eliminating such references would be helpful to the political left. For example, the numerous Clinton scandals, the IRS targeting scandals, and the Democratic Party boycott of Israel have been buried, never to be mentioned again by the left wing media. See Card Stacking. See Historical Revisionism.

College Republican National Committee (CRNC)

The CRNC, also known as the College Republicans, is a national organization for college and university students who support the Republican Party and its candidates.  See College Republicans.

College Republicans

College Republicans, officially the College Republican National Committee (CRAC), is a national organization for college and university students who support the Republican Party and its candidates. There are currently more than 1,800 chapters across the country.  See College Republicans.

Collegiate Network

The Collegiate Network (CN) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware that provides financial and technical assistance to student writers and editors at more than 100 conservative publications at various colleges and universities in the United States. CN also provides operating grants and training conferences directly to member organizations. Recipients have included Dinesh D’Souza and Rich Lowry. See Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Colonialism, Colony

Colonialism is the policy and practice of a strong nation taking control of a weaker nation or people. The stronger power becomes the colonial power while the weaker, indigenous people becomes the colony. Colonialism is the relationship between a dependent, indigenous people, who are in the majority, with a foreign invader, who is in the minority. See Protectorate.

Color Blindness (Race)

Color blindness, also referred to as race blindness, refers to the disregarding of race, or racial characteristics, when determining who will receive a service or participate in some event or activity. Advocates of color blindness believe in treating all people equally and that any form of race privilege amounts to discrimination and racism. Advocates of color blindness believe, as Martin Luther King, Jr. believed, that people should be “judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.” See Racism. See Discrimination. See Congressional Black Caucus. See American Civil Rights Institute.

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is a national holiday in the United States and many other nations in the Americas which celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1942. The holiday is also celebrated in Italy, Spain, and Little Italys around the globe. Some liberal communities in the United States refuse to honor Christopher Columbus, but insist on keeping the day a paid holiday. They have substituted “Indigenous Peoples Day” or “Fall Holiday” in its place. Christopher Columbus was a Christian explorer who has been accused by liberals of oppressing the Native Americans upon his arrival.

Come to Jesus Meeting (Politics)

A time or meeting when a polite ultimatum is given, generally followed by a less polite ultimatum, then a threat. The term is often used in business and in international relations. There are usually three parts to such meetings. First the offender is expected to admit their guilt and wrongdoing. If there is no admission, the meeting does not continue. Next, the offending person is expected to sincerely repent and commit to stop doing wrong. Lastly, the person is expected to make appropriate restitution. To participate in a Come to Jesus Meeting, you do not have to be a Christian.

Command Economy or Planned Economy

A command economy is an economic system in which the central government determines what goods and services will be produced, how much shall be produced, and the price at which the goods and services will be offered for sale. The Soviet Union had a command economy before it collapsed. Cuba and North Korea have command economies. Obamacare is structured to operate like and in a command economy.   See Socialism.  See Communism.

Commerce Clause

The commerce clause of the Constitution of the United States gives Congress the power to regulate all business activities that cross state lines or affect more than one state or other nations. The commerce clause has been interpreted by the United States Supreme Court very broadly to include nearly all commerce being conducted in the United States.

Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)

The Commission on Presidential Debates, established in 1987 by the Republican and Democratic Parties, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to organize the U.S. presidential election debates every four years.

Committee of the Whole (California)

The entire Assembly or Senate sitting as a committee to consider any matter properly presented to it.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), established in 1981 in New York City, is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization that claims to be non-partisan. CPJ supports freedom of the press and defends the rights of journalists. Its founding chairman was Walter Cronkite of CBS News.

Common Core

Common Core is a plan by the federal government to nationalize curriculum standards in every public school in the United States. It has been adopted by a majority of the states, however several states have withdrawn from the highly controversial plan.  Many conservatives strongly oppose Common Core.

Commonwealth of Nations, The

The Commonwealth of Nations, or the Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 53 member nations. It was formerly the British Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Realm

A Commonwealth Realm is one of sixteen sovereign nations that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and have the Queen of the United Kingdom as their constitutional monarch. See Commonwealth of Nations. See Constitutional Monarchy. See Absolute Monarchy.

Communism

According to the Communist Manifesto, Communism is based upon a socialist economic system and the abolition of private property, government control of education, a heavy progressive income tax, control of labor, elimination of the right to inherit property, atheism, and control of all economic activity in the central government.  See Socialism.

Communist Manifesto, The

The Communist Manifesto is a pamphlet written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It is one of the most influential pamphlets ever written. It presents the theory that all history is the history of class struggles and that capitalism will end in a revolution and be replaced with socialism. The process will require a progressive income tax, the abolition of inheritance, and the elimination of private property. Such a system will be known as communism. The Soviet Union adopted communism before it collapsed. North Korea and Cuba have communist systems. See Marxism. See Nationalization. See Better Red than Dead. See Socialism. See Obamunism. See Obamanomics. See Pinko.  See Communism.

Community Journalism, Community Newspapers

Community journalism focuses on local news rather than regional, state, national, or world news. Community newspapers are usually published weekly or twice each month and cover topics larger publications do not cover. Community journalism is not the same as citizen journalism. More than 95% of the newspapers in the United States are community newspapers. Many of these newspapers are distributed at no cost with all revenue being generated by selling advertising space.

Community Organizing – Community Organizer

Community organizing is a process in which people in a neighborhood get together and form a local organization that acts in their interest. The goal is to gain political power, allowing it to influence decision makers in government and at schools, colleges, and universities. Such power can be exercised by delivering votes, picketing, boycotting, threating sit-ins, and other means. Barack Obama was a community organizer before he became the Democratic nominee for president and then President of the United States.

Companion Bill

An identical bill introduced in the other branch of a legislature.

Comparisons to Hitler

A technique of the political left that is becoming increasingly more common is to compare conservative candidates for office to Hitler when he was first elected to office in 1933. Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump have all been compared to Hitler by the left. The purpose of the comparison is to create fear and to energize Democrats to get out and vote. Some on the left have gone so far as to make the comparison and then ask their followers: If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it? The implication is both obvious and sinister. See Morality.

Compassion

Compassion is the emotion that a person feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help. Liberals measure compassion by a person's willingness to take and spend another person's money in order to temporarily help certain groups of people who tend to support the Democratic Party. Republicans believe that giving a person a fish feeds him or her for a day, but teaching a person to fish feeds him or her for a lifetime. Republicans believe real compassion means helping a person to become independent of taxpayer support.

Competing for Votes

The phrase "competing for votes" has a very American sound to it because it implies a competition for votes by the political parties in the United States. "Competing for votes" is actually a code phrase created by the political left which means "buying votes by giving certain groups free stuff." See Free Stuff.  See Voting for a Living.

Con Con

Con Con is a term referring to a Constitutional Convention presumably for the purpose of ratifying a proposed constitutional amendment. Most conservatives are not in favor of holding a Constitutional Convention for any purpose.

Concealed Carry

Concealed carry or carrying a concealed weapon refers to the practice of carrying a weapon such as a gun in public in a concealed manner. There is no federal law concerning the issuance of concealed-carry permits. All fifty states have laws permitting qualified people to carry designated concealed weapons in public. Some require a permit. The laws vary substantially. See Bill of Rights. See Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. See National Rifle Association (NRA). See Pro Gun Sayings. See Gun Control Quotations. See Founding Fathers. See United States Constitution.

Concurrence (California)

Approval by the House of origin to changes made to a bill while it was in the Second House (e.g., Assembly approval of Senate amendments to an Assembly bill). If concurrence is denied, the bill is eligible to be sent to a two-house conference committee.

Concurrent Powers

Concurrent powers are powers shared by the state and federal governments. They may be exercised concurrently. Examples are the power to tax, create lower courts, build prisons, develop parks, construct roads and highways, and establish bankruptcy laws. Concurrent powers are not shared powers or reserved powers.

Condominium (International Law)

In international law, a condominium is a political territory over which two or more sovereign powers formally agree to share equally the right and power to govern the territory. Condominiums are not common. Antarctica is an example of an existing condominium.

Conferees (California)

Members appointed to a conference committee.

Conference Committee (California)

A joint Assembly and Senate committee composed of six legislators, three from each House. The conference committee meets in public session to reconcile differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of a measure. Three Assembly conferees are chosen by the Speaker; three Senate conferees are chosen by the Senate Rules Committee.

Conference Report (California)

Amendments agreed upon by a majority of a Conference Committee. Two Members from each House must agree on the conference report in order for the report to be considered by the two Houses.

Confessions of a Republican

Confessions of a Republican refers to a campaign tactic used by the Democratic Party whereby someone who is registered as a Republican, confesses on television that he or she is a Republican, but cannot support the Republican candidate because the Republican candidate is dangerous for various reasons. The campaign technique was first used by the Democratic Party against the Republican presidential candidate in 1964, United States Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona. See Black Propaganda.

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias refers to the natural tendency for people to favor, interpret, and remember information in a way that confirms the person’s preexisting views or desires, while giving less consideration or weight to alternative possibilities. Confirmation biases tend to contribute to poor decisions in politics and overconfidence.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists when a person or an organization has multiple interests, one of which may corrupt the motivation or an action by that individual or organization. Conflicts of interest create the risk that one’s judgment or actions may be influenced by another interest such as financial gain. The existence of a conflict of interest, by itself, does not create an impropriety. However, it is important to remove people from the decision making process who have a conflict of interest. This can be done voluntarily by the person with the conflict or otherwise. In the United States, it has become necessary for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to step aside in favor of a special prosecutor when the DOJ had a conflict of interest because of its close relationship with a person accused of a crime.

Congress (United States)

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislative branch of the federal government consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both Representatives or Members of the House, and Senators, are directly elected by the people of their state. There are 435 Members of the House of Representatives and 100 Senators. Members of the House serve two year terms while Senators serve six year terms. There are no term limits. The member of representatives for each state is determined by population in the House while each state has two Senators. Every two years, approximately one-third of the Senators are up for re-election. The House of Representatives has six non-voting Members from Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C. The presiding officer of the House is the Speaker of the House. The presiding officer of the Senate is the Vice President of the United States. See Constitution of the United States.

Congressional Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization of exclusively Black members of the United States Congress. It was formed in 1971. Its motto is: “Black people have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.” Its membership has increased from 13 founding members to 46. Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee, who is white, applied for membership and was rejected because of his race. Representative William Lacy Clay, a Black Democrat, and caucus leader, said: “Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. He’s white and the caucus is black. We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them, as Mr. Cohen has learned. He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color.” Since the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971, every member has been a Black Democrat. There is no Congressional White Caucus. See Racism. See Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Discrimination.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), established in 1974, is a federal agency and part of the legislative branch of the federal government that provides budget and economic data to Congress. The CBO is a nonpartisan agency whose director is appointed jointly by the speaker of the House of the Representatives and the President Pro tempore of the Senate after considering recommendations from the two budget committees. The term is four years, but either house of Congress may remove the director by resolution.

Congressional Delegation, Codel

A congressional delegation is the group of congressional representatives from a particular state. Members of a congressional delegation may be from one or more political parties.

Congressional Districts (CD)

The 435 geographical areas in which the nation is divided for the purpose of electing members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each district is to be as proportional in population as reasonably possible within a given state.

Congressional Oversight Committee

Congressional oversight refers to the power and duty of the United States Congress to review and monitor the Executive Branch, including the U.S. Federal Agencies. Congress exercises its oversight authority through its system of Congressional Committees. Congress has the power to hold hearings, investigate, authorize the expenditure of funds, and withhold funds. Oversight is an implied power under the United States Constitution and is an important part of the American System of checks and balances and separation of powers. See Checks and Balances. See Separation of Powers. See Presidential System.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official daily record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress published by the U.S. Government Printing office. It was first published in 1873.

Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), established in 1914, offers members of Congress, their committees, and staff research and analysis on all current and emerging issues of national concern. Its mission is to provide in-depth, unbiased, nonpartisan, objective services.

Consent of the Governed

Consent of the governed is a phrase found in the Declaration of Independence of the United States: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” The phrase refers to the idea that a government’s legitimacy and moral right to exercise power is only justified and legal when consented to by the people. This is contrasted to the divine right of kings. See Divine Right of Kings.

Conservapedia

Conservapedia is an online encyclopedia written from a conservative and fundamentalist Christian perspective. It was started in 2006 by Andrew Schlafly. It was started to compete with Wikipedia. Some of the content is controversial. Some of the content on Wikipedia is also controversial. See Wikipedia.

Conservatard

Corservatard is a term created by liberals expressing contempt for conservatives. It is a portmanteau of the words “conservative” and “retarded”. Their intent is to communicate that all conservatives are retarded. In the process, they disrespect people with disabilities. See Political Correctness. See Foxtard.

Conservative

A conservative is a person who adheres to the principles of personal responsibility, morality based on the Holy Bible, and limited government. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference, less centralized authority, and more individual freedom. The majority of conservatives support the Republican Party. See Liberal. See Progressive. See Conservatives vs. Liberals for specifics.

Conservative Book Club

For more than fifty years, the Conservative Book Club has guided readers to the best conservative books and authors. Categories of books offered include best sellers, politics, current events, history, economics, and classics.

Conservative Democrats

Conservative Democrats have become extinct, or nearly extinct, in the United States. Conservative Democrats have become Republicans, independents, or unaffiliated with any political party.

Conservative Free Zones

Conservative Free Zones on college and university campuses are areas set aside for students who do not want to be exposed to conservative speakers or conservatives. These areas are also known on campuses as safe spaces or safe places because they are areas in which liberals will not be exposed to ideas or thoughts with which they might disagree if they heard them. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places.

Conservative Parables

A conservative parable is a sample story used to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. Nearly every parable is a conservative parable.  See Conservative Parables.

Conservative Party of New York State

The Conservative Party of New York State, founded in 1962, is a political party active only in the state of New York. Only 1.3% of registered voters in New York are members of the party. At one time, the Conservative Party existed in other states. Most conservatives have joined the Republican Party in order to maximize their effectiveness.

Conspiracy Theory

A conspiracy theory is a theory, not a fact. It is a belief that an official report or explanation on a major event is inaccurate or false in order to cover up the truth. Conspiracy theories are often complete speculation or nonsense; however in some cases they are later proven to be true. An example: Princess Diana was murdered by the British Security Service to prevent her from giving birth to a child by Dodi Fayed (Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed) who was a Muslim, because the child would have been raised a Muslim. Diana was heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Constant Dollars

Constant Dollars are dollars that have been adjusted for the impact of inflation, as opposed to current dollars, which are actual dollars paid or received. It is a dollar valued according to its purchasing power in an arbitrarily set year and then adjusted for price changes in other years so that real purchasing power can be compared by giving prices as they would presumably be in the base year. For example, a corporation increases its dividend from $2.00 in 2010 per share to $4.00 per share several years later. However, after adjusting for inflation, the $4.00 dividend paid and received amounts to only $3.50 in constant dollars based upon their 2010 purchasing power.  See Consumer Price Index. See Progressive Income Taxes.

Constituency Service

Refers to the assistance provided constituents by Members of Congress in non-legislative areas. Most requests are for help in obtaining action from federal agencies and obtaining military academy appointments.

Constituent Assembly

A constituent assembly, also known as a constitutional convention is an assembly of delegates or representatives composed for the purpose of drafting and/or adopting a constitution. It is a form of representative democracy. See Constitutional Republic. See Representative Democracy.

Constitution of the United States

See United States Constitution. See Bill of Rights.

Constitutional (United States)

Constitutional refers to a law or act that is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and is therefore both enforceable and legal. It is the Supreme Court of the United States that ultimately determines whether a law, act, or lower court decision is constitutional or unconstitutional. See Unconstitutional.  See Constitution of the United States.

Constitutional Convention

See Constituent Assembly. See Constitutional Republic. See Representative Democracy.

Constitutional Monarchy

A constitutional monarchy is a limited monarchy or parliamentary monarchy where the power of the monarch is restricted by a written constitution. Constitutional monarchs do not establish policy or choose leaders. They are the non-party head of state with the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, and the right to warn. The United Kingdom and 15 of its former colonies are constitutional monarchies. See Commonwealth Realm. See Commonwealth of Nations. See Absolute Monarchy.

Constitutional Republic

A Constitutional Republic is a state or nation where the officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to a constitution that limits the power of government over its citizens. The United States was created as a Constitutional Republic, but over the course of time, liberal supreme courts have eroded the U.S. Constitution.   See Constitution of the United States.  See Constitutional (United States).

Consul

An official appointed by one country who lives in another country who assists and protects his or her country’s nationals in that country. A consul also helps to facilitate friendship and trade between the two countries. See Ambassador.

Consumer Confidence Index (United States)

The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is a major leading economic indicator designed to measure the confidence of consumers in the United States expressed through spending and savings. Consumer confidence is measured monthly by The Conference Board, a non-profit, non-partisan, private research group that was founded in 1916. Each month, 5,000 households are surveyed from which a report is generated. Opinions on current economic conditions are given 40% of the weight and expectations about the future are given 60% of the weight. The survey consists of five questions concerning: (1) Current business conditions, (2) Business conditions in the next six months, (3) Current employment conditions, (4) Employment conditions for the next six months, and (5) Total family income for the next six months. The government, banks, and private businesses such as home builders monitor the CCI for trends and to assist in making decisions.

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

A consumer price index (CPI) measures changes in the price level of a “market basket of consumer goods and services” purchased by households in a defined geographical area. In the United States, the Bureau of Labor statistics computes several different consumer price indices in 38 different geographical areas. In 2009, the CPI fell for the first time since 1955.   See Constant Dollars.

Consumption Tax

A consumption tax is a tax on spending on goods and services. The tax base is the amount of money spent on consumption, as opposed to a tax based on income. Consumption taxes are usually sales taxes or value added taxes. A value added tax (VAT) is a tax calculated on the market value added to a product or material at each stage of its manufacture or distribution. A sales tax is a tax applied at the point of sale of a good, and sometimes a service. Consumption taxes do not tax savings which results in faster economic growth. In addition, and most importantly, it is extremely difficult to evade consumption taxes, as opposed to taxes based on reported income. See Value Added Tax (VAT).  See Flat Tax.  See Progressive Income Taxes.

Continuing Resolution (Federal Government)

A resolution adopted by Congress permitting the federal government to continue operating until an appropriations bill is passed.

Contract with America

The Contract with America was a campaign document successfully used by Republicans in the 1984 mid-term elections. It was primarily responsible for the Republican Party winning control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1952. The primary architect of the Contract with America was U.S. Representative Newt Gingrich of Georgia, a former history teacher, who became Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican Congress was able to implement nine out of ten campaign promises.  See Repuiblican Party.

Convention bounce

An increase in a presidential candidate's popularity, as indicated by public-opinion polls, in the days immediately following his or her nomination for office at a national convention.  It usually applies to presidential candidates of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Conversion Therapy, Reparative Therapy

Conversion Therapy refers to the controversial subject of counseling or treatment to change a person’s sexual attraction from homosexuality to heterosexuality. Conversion therapy is almost always based upon the Word of God as expressed in the Bible. Conversion therapy has been made illegal for minors in several states including California, New Jersey, Oregon, and Illinois, plus Washington D.C. Numerous liberal and homosexual groups have attempted to make conversion therapy an unlawful practice in the United States regardless of whether the person being counseled is an adult or a minor. Their position is that a heterosexual can become a homosexual, but a homosexual can never become a heterosexual and no attempt should be made to change them even if desired by the person.

Cookie-cutter Campaign

See Turn-key Campaign.

Coronation

A coronation is the ceremony of crowning a new King, Queen, or Monarch.

Co-Sponsor (Congress)

A member or members that add his or her name formally in support of another member's bill. In the House, a member can become a co-sponsor of a bill at any point up to the time the last authorized committee considers it. In the Senate, a member can become a co-sponsor of a bill any time before the vote takes place on the bill.

Cosmopolitan

Refers to belonging to the whole world, not just one locality. Refers to a person who is at home all over the world.   Liberals tend to want to be considered cosmopolitan.

Cotton Belt (Politics)

The Cotton Belt is a region in the southeastern section of the United States where cotton was the most important cash crop during the 1800s. It consists of southern Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, east Texas, and most of Arkansas and Tennessee. During the American Civil War, the Cotton Belt was within the Confederate States of America.

Council of Economic Advisors

The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), established in 1946, is an agency within the Executive Office of the President that advises the president regarding economic policy. It also prepares an annual economic report for the president. The chairman is appointed by the U.S. Senate. Members are appointed by the president.

Council of State Governments

The Council of State Governments (CSG), founded in 1933, is a non-partisan, non-governmental, advocacy organization headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. CSG serves all three branches of the state governments and expedites the exchange of ideas to assist state officials in shaping public policies.

Cover-up, Whitewash

A cover-up refers to an effort to conceal evidence of a crime, a scandal, an error, incompetence, an abuse of power, a breach of trust, or some other highly embarrassing information or happening. In a passive cover-up, information is not provided. In an active cover-up, actual deception is utilized. Sometimes a cover-up is more reprehensible than the original event. A cover-up may involve the obstruction of justice. See Obstruction of Justice. See Watergate.

Covert Listening Device, Bug, Wire

A covert listening device is also called a bug, or a wire. It usually consists of a radio transmitter with a microphone. See Honey Trap, Honey Trapping. See Eavesdropping. See Telephone Tapping.

Cowboy (Politics)

In politics, a cowboy, is an undisciplined rebel who cannot be relied upon to follow the party-line. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and John McCain have all been referred to as cowboys from time to time.

Cracker (Politics)

In politics, the term cracker or white cracker, or craka is considered a derogatory or pejorative term for white people, particularly poor rural whites in the South. The term is most commonly used in Georgia and Florida.

Crazy Obama Care System

Refers to the bombshell comment made by former President Bill Clinton in October 2016, only one month before the presidential election in which his spouse, Hillary Clinton, running for president, promised to expand ObamaCare. President Bill Clinton was taped saying: “It doesn’t make any sense. The insurance model doesn’t work here. ObamaCare works fine for people with modest incomes eligible for government subsidies, but the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.” The speech was buried by most all of the major media companies. See Collective Media Amnesia. See HillaryCare. See Protection by the Liberal Press. See ObamaCare. See Sugarcoat (Politics).

Created, Creator

The words created and Creator were chosen by the founding fathers to be used in The Declaration of Independence to show our relationship with God. The context: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” The Declaration of Independence includes four references to God (1) as Lawmaker (the laws of nature and nature’s God); (2) as Creator (endowed by their Creator); (3) a Supreme Judge (the Supreme Judge of the world); and (4) as Protector (the protection of Devine Providence). All 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged our Creator.  See God and American History.

Creative Destruction

Creative destruction is a term used in economics to refer to something new replacing something old. It is generally the result of new inventions and new technology. Creative destruction takes place where capitalism and freedom exist. One example would be the replacement of obsolete computers with modern computers. Another example would be the replacement of propeller engine passenger planes with jets. All progress comes at a cost which is the concept of creative destruction.

Credentials Committee

Party officials who decide which delegates may participate in the national convention.

Credibility Gap

A credibility gap refers to a lack of trust which can develop for many reasons. The term was used extensively in connection with the public statements of Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson regarding the Vietnam War.

Credible Irrationality

Credible irrationality is a tactic consisting of frightening the leadership of another country into believing that the leader making a demand is capable of doing anything to achieve his or her ends.

Credible Irrationality

Credible irrationality is a tactic consisting of frightening the leadership of another country into believing that the leader making a demand is capable of doing anything to achieve his or her ends.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking means making clear, rational, open minded, informed, and reasoned judgments and decisions. Critical thinking is strongly advocated by conservatives. See Logic. See Fallacy.

Crony Capitalism

Crony capitalism describes an economic system whereby success in business depends on close relationships between business owners and government officials. The 2011 Solyndra scandal, which involved the Obama administration directing over $500 million to an insolvent company owned and operated by his political and financial supporters, is a classic example of such corruption.  See Solyndra Scandal.

Crossing the Rubicon

Crossing the Rubicon is an ancient phrase that means to pass the point of no return. It refers to the army of Julius Caeser crossing the Rubicon River in northern Italy in 49 BC, which was considered an act of insurrection. It is an irrevocable act that commits one to a course of action.

Cronyism (Politics)

Cronyism consists of giving jobs, positions of authority, and often financial rewards to friends, supporters, and financial contributors regardless of their qualifications. See Crony Capitalism. See Solyndra Scandal.

Crowds for Rent (Politics)

Not everything is what it appears to be. Today, political candidates can rent a crowd to appear at an event in order to make him or her appear to be very popular or in high demand. There are businesses that will provide crowds of all types for both Democrats and Republicans: young, old, men, women, minorities, quiet, noisy, well dressed, poorly dressed, whatever is required to create the desired image.

Cult of Personality

Refers to authoritarian regimes in which the great power of the leader is reinforced and enhanced by exaggerated propaganda centered on the dictator personally. The leader’s photograph is placed everywhere to remind the people of his power, wisdom, courage, compassion, and love of country. The cult of personality has applied to Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and Kim Jong Un. See Show Trials.

Cultural Imperialism

Refers to the attempt to impose one’s own value system on others, including judging others by how closely they conform to your own norms.

Culture

A culture refers to a group of people and the way they do certain things pertaining to food, art, music, clothing, language, religion, rituals, values, laws, and customs. A culture is passed on to the next generation by learning, whereas genetics are passed on by heredity. Cultures are what make countries unique. Businesses and organizations can also have a culture. The United States has a culture. China, Japan, Korea, and Mexico are other examples of cultures.

Culture of Fear (Politics)

The culture of fear, sometimes referred to as the climate of fear, describes a situation where politicians incite fear among the people in order to achieve a political objective. An example is the fear associated with global warming. The culture of fear derives its power from its emotional appeal. See Propaganda.

Culture of Lawlessness

The culture of lawlessness refers to those who believe they are not restrained by the law and can do what they want. Examples are support by the political left for sanctuary cities, support for state laws regarding marijuana use that conflict with superior and conflicting federal laws, and complete disregard for the nation’s borders.

Culture War

The culture war refers to the struggle between cultural values such as conservatism and liberalism. Refer to the What Republicans Believe section of this website.

Curbside Voting

If a qualified voter is able to travel to the voting place, but is not able to enter due to age or disability, the voter will be permitted to vote in the vehicle or in the immediate proximity. 

Currency Collapse

A currency collapse is when the value of the currency of a nation falls so fast that those who hold the currency panic and sell at any cost. A currency collapse in the United States would involve the sale of U.S. Treasuries as well as U.S. Dollars driving values lower. The collapse of a nation's currency is usually caused by: (1) The massive printing of money causing inflation; (2) Large and growing national and state debts resulting in higher and higher interest payments; (3) A collapse in the confidence of the nation's political leadership; and (4) Slow growth or no growth in the economy.

Cut and Run

This is a pejorative phrase which means to withdraw, retire, or retreat from a conflict in a cowardly manner. See Stay the Course.

Cutting Turf

Cutting turf refers to plotting canvassing routes for campaign volunteers to knock on doors. Cutting turf is a slang term.

Cyberwarfare

Cyberwarfare refers to the actions taken by a nation to penetrate another nation’s computers for the purpose of causing disruptions and damage. Some nations, such as Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, and North Korea are constantly engaged in cyberwarfare against the United States. Iran is engaged in cyberware against Israel as well. Cyberware, if successful, can inflict damage to the electrical grid, power plants, military and civilian communications, stock exchanges, financial institution computers including ATMs, airline computers, computers used by the military and law enforcement, the internet, and more.

Czar (Politics)

Czar is an informal title for certain high level officials in the executive branch of the federal government. They are usually appointees of the President who are not members of the Cabinet. Consequently, their appointments do not require approval by the United States Senate. See Cabinet of the United States.


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Daddy’s Roommate

Daddy’s Roommate is a children’s school book published by liberals for children under seven years of age that is now standard reading material in many public schools. The book is about a young boy with no mother and two gay daddy’s. Other required reading in some public schools is Heather Has Two Mommies and Mommy, Mamma and Me.

Damnatio Memoriae

“Damnatio memoriae” is the Latin phrase meaning “condemnation of memory” meaning that a person must not be remembered and that all traces of the person are to be destroyed. The person is to become a nonperson as though he or she never existed. Damnatio memoriae is a form of punishment and an attempt to rewrite history. Damnatio memoriae was used by the Pharaoh of Egypt in connection with Moses and was also used by the Roman Empire. It was also used by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. More recently, Damnatio memoriae is being utilized by the political left in the United States. They are eliminating statues, portraits, and photographs from government owned or controlled property of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard, and others they don’t want remembered. See Rewriting History.

Dark Horse

A dark horse is a person who is not well known who rapidly emerges to prominence. The first dark horse was James K. Polk who won the Democratic Party's 1844 presidential nomination on the ninth ballot and then won the presidential election. Other dark horses have been Abraham Lincoln, Warren G. Harding, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Dark Money

Money used for a political campaign that is not properly disclosed as required by law. Dark money refers to money used to support a candidate that is not disclosed to voters.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded in 1890, is a non-profit, lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the war of independence. The organization promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. There are more than 190,000 members in the United States. Their motto is “God, Home, and Country”. The national headquarters, library, and museum is in Washington D.C. Members have included Eugenia Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Mary Baker Eddy, Lillian Gish, Ginger Rogers, Margaret Chase Smith, Laura Bush, Elizabeth Dole, and Phyllis Schlafly.

De Facto

De facto means existing in reality, in fact, or in practice, as opposed to existing by law. See De Jure.

De Facto Segregation

De facto segregation is segregation that exists due to factors other than the law.  see De Jure.

De Jure

De jure means according to the law or by legal right. See De Facto.

De Jure Segregation

De jure segregation is segregation based on the law.  See Jim Crow Laws.

Dealignment

Refers to the weakening of partisan preferences that points to a rejection of both major political parties and a rise in the number of independent voters.  See Independent Voter.

Dean Scream

The Dean Scream refers to the famous primal scream emitted by former Democratic Governor Howard Dean after his disappointing third-place finish in Iowa in 2004. His speech has become known as the "I have a Scream" speech because it was delivered on the day of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Dear Colleague Letter

A Dear Colleague letter is official correspondence sent by a United States Senator or a Member of the House of Representatives to his or her colleagues. They are generally addressed to “Dear Colleague”.

Death Panel

Death Panel is a term that originated during the 2009 debate about Obamacare when Alaska Governor Sarah Palin suggested that the proposed law would create a "death panel" of government bureaucrats who could decide whether individuals were worthy of medical care. She pointed to a section of the proposed law which would have paid physicians to counsel elderly patients about "end-of-life options." While Democrats called the assertion a lie, after a great deal of publicity, the Democrats modified the proposed law by removing the offending provision.

Death Penalty

See Capital Punishment, Death Penalty. See Traitor. See Treason. See Benedict Arnold.

Death Tax

The death tax is the inheritance tax which is based upon the value of property transferred upon the death of an individual. Property accumulated over a lifetime and passed on to heirs is the result of income that has already been taxed by the state and federal government and subjected to sales, excise, and other taxes. The death tax takes a percentage of what is remaining after all of the other taxes.

Debate

A debate is a formal discussion of the opposing sides of a specific subject, or a formal contest of arguments, An example would be when two people have a discussion about the pros and cons of inacting a federal sales tax and abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. Debates generally take place in Congress before bills are voted upon.

Debt Clock

See U.S. Debt Clock. See National Debt. See Debt Spiral.

Debt Crisis

See Debt Spiral – United States. See U.S. Debt Clock.

Debt Limit

The Debt Limit or ceiling is the total amount of money the United States government is authorized to borrow. Historically, the debt limit has been increased 78 times between 1960 and 2015. If congress decided not to increase the debt ceiling, the federal government would be required to limit its spending to the amount of its income. See Balanced Budget. See Currency Collapse. See Debt Spiral. See Foreign Share of Debt. See National Debt.

Debt Per Citizen

The debt per citizen refers to the total national debt divided by the number of citizens in the United States. The national debt per citizen is rapidly approaching $61,500 for each man, woman, and child in America and does not include debts owed to the fifty state governments or unfunded liabilities. Interest must be paid on the debt from taxes paid by those working. The total national debt nearly doubled during the Obama administration. Nearly as much money was borrowed during the Obama Administration as during the period from 1776 to 2008. See National Debt. See Balanced Budget. See Debt Spiral – United States. See Foreign Share of Debt. See Spending Cuts (Democratic Definition). See Tax Freedom Day. See U.S Debt Clock for the current debt per American citizen.   See Unfunded Liabilities.

Debt Per Taxpayer

The debt per taxpayer refers to the total national debt divided by the number citizens in the United States that pay federal income taxes. The national debt per American taxpayer is rapidly approaching $166,900. This does not include debt owing to the fifly state governments or unfunded liabilities. Interest must be paid on the debt from taxes paid by those working. The total national debt nearly doubled during the Obama administration. Nearly as much money was borrowed during the Obama Administration as during the period from 1776 to 2008. See National Debt. See Balanced Budget. See Debt Spiral – United States. See Foreign Share of Debt. See Spending Cuts (Democratic Definition). See Tax Freedom Day. See U.S Debt Clock for the current debt per American taxpayer.   See Unfunded Liabilities.

Debt Spiral – United States

A debt spiral refers to the collapse of an economy with a steady downward acceleration. Many economists and business leaders believe the United States economy is in a debt spiral. Debt spirals get started when a government spends far more than its revenue for a sustained period of time accumulating massive debt that must be serviced. The annual deficits are covered with more borrowing each year which continues to increase the debt. If interest on the debt increases, it accelerates the downward spiral. The process can ultimately lead to point where interest on the debt gets to be such a large percentage of the total budget, that lenders to the government lose confidence. This sends interest rates even higher accelerating the process. The amount of national debt accumulated during the Obama Administration has nearly reached the total debt accumulated during the prior 220 years of American history.  See Debt Per Citizen.  See Debt Per Taxpayer.  See Unfunded Liabilities.

Debunk

To show that something said is not true or to expose something as a sham.

Decentralists

Decentralists are people who favor state and local action over action by the federal government. Decentralists are conservatives. See Centralists.

Decorum

Decorum refers to socially acceptable behavior or conduct that shows respect and good manners. Decorum includes being polite, gracious, civil at all times, and being courteous. Most people expect candidates for high office to act with decorum.

Dedicated to Lucifer

“Dedicated to Lucifer” is the dedication in Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals published in 1971. The book was used as a guide by Democrat Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Both considered Saul Alinsky to be their inspiration and mentor. See Church of G-D America. See Community Organizing-Community Organizer. See Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost. See God Damn America. See Rules for Radicals.

Deep State (United States)

A deep state refers to a coordinated secret effort by career government employees and others to influence the policy of the government without regard to the democratically elected government. A deep state is effectively an attempt to create a shadow government by an opposition party or other group that was not elected by the voters. Many Americans believe the deep state has been attempting to destroy President Donald Trump and his administration. See Shadow Government. See State within a state. See Cabal.

Defeatism, Defeatist

Defeatism is a negative attitude that often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Defeatism is acceptance of defeat without a battle. The term is commonly used in politics and in war.

Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The law allowed states to refuse to recognize same sex marriages granted under the laws of other states. After its enactment, the Supreme Court of the United States held the key provisions of the Act to be unconstitutional. Before being elected President, Barack Obama supported the Act saying "Heterosexual marriages are widely accepted because they are the traditional and universally recognized form of marriage, whereas homosexual marriages are not because they are like incest, which is beyond the norm." After being elected, President Obama changed his position and now fully supports same sex marriage and the right of homosexuals to adopt children.

Deflation (Economics)

Deflation is the decrease in the general price level of goods and services. It takes place when the inflation rate falls below zero. Deflation allows one to buy more goods with the same amount of money over time. Most economists believe deflation is a cause of recessions because consumers delay buying as prices fall.  See Inflation.

Defund

To defund a program is to eliminate government funding for the program. In reality, defunding any government program rarely takes place. Government programs tend to take on a perpetual life even when they outlive their usefulness.

Degenderize

To degenderize is to eliminate any reference to a specific gender. The political left has the goal of degenderizing all books and spoken language in America. See Gender Identity – Political Correctness. See Latinix. See Historical Revisionism.

Delegate (Politics)

A delegate is a person sent or authorized to represent others at a conference or political convention. Both major political parties send delegates from each state to a national convention every four years to nominate presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

Demagogue

A person who appeals to fear, greed, hate or some other emotion. The former Democratic Governor, George Wallace, was a demagogue when he called for: "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

Demican

A portmanteau of the words "Democrat" and "Republican". It is commonly used by Libertarians.

Demilitarized Zone or DMZ

Demilitarized zones consist of neutral territory between military powers established by agreements or treaties which forbid military personnel, military installations, or military activities of any type. An example would be the 38th parallel between North Korea and South Korea established in 1953.

Democracy Alliance

The Democracy Alliance is a network of wealthy, far-left donors who coordinate their donations and activities to assist organizations and candidates they endorse. The group, which includes George Soros, Tim Gill, and Tom Steyer, has distributed over $1 billion since its founding in 2005. Members must commit to donating at least $200,000 each per year. Democracy Alliance is a strong supporter of Black Lives Matter.

Democrat Party

Democrat Party is a political epithet used for the "Democratic Party" by some Republicans and independents. The term was first used in 1890. It is generally used in a negative or hostile fashion. Those that use the term justify it by saying that the political party is not democratic and that the use of an adjective is inappropriate to describe the party. Most Republicans discourage the use of the term.  See Democratic Party.

Democratic Party

The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party, also known as, the GOP. The Democratic Party was founded in 1828, making it the nations' oldest active political party. Andrew Jackson was the first Democratic President of the United States. He was the owner of hundreds of slaves. In addition, he supported, signed, and enforced the Indian Removal Act, which forced the removal of Native Americans from their homes. The political platform of the Democratic Party is liberal as compared to the Republican Party, which is far more conservative. See Republican Party. See Famous Democrats.

Democratic Party Boycott of Israel

The Democratic Party Boycott of Israel refers to the organized boycott, by the Obama Administration and Democratic members of Congress, of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2015 address to a joint session of Congress concerning the great danger involved in permitting Iran to develop nuclear bombs and missiles capable of striking Israel and Europe. Iran has repeatedly threatened to "wipe Israel off the map."

Democratic Party Boycott of the Republican Inauguration

The Democratic Party Boycott of the Republican Inauguration refers to the boycott of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017 as the forty-fifth President of the United States by fifty-two Democratic Members of Congress who have broken tradition, by not attending, and who do not accept Donald Trump as a legitimate president. They include: Alma Adams of North Carolina, Karen Bass of California, Don Beyer of Virginia, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, Robert Brady of Pennsylvania, Anthony Brown of Maryland, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Michael Capuano of Massachusetts, Tony Cardenas of California, Judy Chu of California, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Yvette Clarke of New York, William Lacy Clay of Missouri, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, John Conyers of Michigan, Mark DeSaulnier of California, Lloyd Dogett of Texas, Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Adriano Espaillat of New York, Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania, Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Al Green of Texas, Ruben Gallego of Arizona, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Jared Huffman of California, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Barbara Lee of California, John Lewis of Georgia, Ted Lieu of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia, Grace Meng of New York, Jerry Nadler of New York, Donald Payne Jr. of New Jersey, Chellie Pingreee of Maine, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Lucille Royball-Allard of California, Raul Ruiz of California, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Kurt Shrader of Oregon, Jose E. Serrano of New York, Darren Soto of Florida, Mark Takano of California, Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, Juan Vargas of California, Filemon Vela of Tax, Nydia Velazquez of New York, Maxine Waters of California, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, John Yarmuth of Kentucky, and Gerry Connolly of Virginia. As a result of the boycott, many independent voters have pledged to vote against those who have disrespected the office of President of the United States. See Inauguration of President.

Democratic Socialists; Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialists are people who advocate the transformation of the United States into a socialist state, but want to do it through the election process. Some Democratic Socialists want to eliminate capitalism and free markets in the United States. Others want to place severe restrictions on free enterprise. See Communism. See Socialism. See Voting for a Living. See Makers and Takers. See Social Justice. See Obamacare.

Democratization

Democratization is the transition of a government to a more democratic form of government. An example would be the transition of Taiwan from an authoritarian regime to a modern democracy.  Another example would be South Korea.

Democrats – lite

This is a term often used by conservatives to describe establishment Republicans who are too willing to compromise with the Democrats when it comes to supporting big government programs, deficits, and accumulating massive debt. See Dime Store Democrats.

Demography

Demography is the statistical study of populations. Demographic analysis generally covers religion, national origin, citizenship, education, ethnicity, race, age, and gender. See United States Census. See United States Census Bureau (USCB).

Designated Speaking Locations

Designated Speaking Locations refers to the fact that when many liberal college and university campus administrators cannot find a way to exclude a conservative from speaking on campus, the conservative will be required to speak in a designated speaking area. The objective is to allow the speaker to talk but to make sure that no one inadvertently is exposed to the ideas and positions being expressed. The rationale is that if a student is aware of the speaker’s presence and wants to hear what the conservative has to say, he or she can attend. However, the college or university has the right to “protect” students from being exposed inadvertently to conservative positions, because they are likely to be racist and might lead to violence. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places. See Conservative Free Zones.

Devaluation of Currency

A currency devalues when its value declines in relation to one or more currencies. For example, if today one dollar buyer 5 units of another currency, and after the devaluation, it buys 10 units, the foreign currency has devalued by 50%. The effect is that one dollar goes twice as far in purchasing goods from the foreign country which means that Americans are likely to purchase more and the foreign country will export more. The effect of the devaluation is to increase the exports and decrease the imports. Imports are decreased because American goods become more expensive in the foreign country. Devaluations may be a reflection of the market, or they may be a means to manipulate the market. Devaluations can reduce the confidence of people in a particular currency and can also cause inflation.  See Inflation.

Devolution Revolution

Refers to the effort by conservatives to slow the growth and power of the federal government by returning functions to the states whenever possible.

Dialing for Dollars

Making phone calls to big-money donors prior to an election. A practice followed by all political candidates. See In-Kind Contributions.

Diaspora

Diaspora refers to both scattered populations and to mass involuntary dispersions of people from their homelands. The term is most often used to describe the expulsion of Jews from the Land of Israel, but also includes the Atlantic slave trade, the mass exodus of Vietnamese after the fall of Saigon, the mass migration of Iranians after the fall of the Shah, and the forced movement of Native Americans from their homelands to designated reserations.

Diatribe, Tirade

A diatribe is a bitter, highly abusive, angry, denunciation, attack, or criticism in the form of a long speech or writing. A tirade is a diatribe consisting of a speech as opposed to a writing.

Die Hard

A die hard is a person who refuses to give up his or her beliefs even if they are outmoded or socially unacceptable in today’s world. A present day communist or segregationist would be an example of a die hard.

Differently Abled

This is the politically correct term for “disabled” or “handicapped” created by the political left.

Dihydrogen Monoxide Incident

The Dihydrogen Monoxide Incident refers to the attempt of a liberal “scientist” to ban the use of dihydrogen monoxide in manufacturing. The so called scientist warned that dihydrogen monoxide can accelerate corrosion, and under some circumstances, can cause severe burns. It turned out that dihydrogen monoxide is an uncommon name for ordinary water. The incident points out how very important critical thinking is in the decision making process. The dihydrogen monoxide incident led to a number of hoaxes.

Dime Store Democrats

"Dime Store Democrats" was coined by President Harry S. Truman who was referring to Republicans who have repudiated conservative values in an attempt to carry favor with the voters by being slightly less liberal than the opposing Democratic candidate. His quote was, "Why vote for a ‘Dime Store Democrat' when you can vote for the real thing?" See Democrats-lite.

Diplomacy

Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of nations. See Treaty.

Direct Orders

Direct Orders are laws created by Congress establishing federal regulations that must be compiled with under the threat of criminal prosecution.

Dirty Campaign Tricks, Techniques

Dirty campaign tricks are unethical and most are illegal. Unfortunately, dirty tricks have been used by both Democratic Party operatives as well as GOP operatives. Some of the dirty tricks that have been used during political campaigns include: (1) Creating fake political websites, (2) Creating fake news, (3) Arranging to have friendly media overcharge opponents for advertising, (4) Arranging organized boycotts of businesses whose owner’s have contributed to the opposition candidate, (5) Sending thugs or hecklers to the opponent’s campaign rallies, (6) Creating fake flyers that make the opponent appear to be racist, sexist, or otherwise hateful or incompetent, (7) Running phony candidates in the other party’s primary, (8) Creating a fake October surprise, (9) Removing the opponent’s signs and campaign materials, (10) Placing a mole in the opponent’s campaign, (11) Hacking the opponent’s computers, (12) Linking the opponent to a family member who has a criminal record, (13) Engaging in voter fraud, (14) Jamming the phone lines of the opponent, (15) Sending porn videos to the opponent’s campaign headquarters to make him or her look bad, (16) Creating fake bumper stickers that purport to support the opposition candidate, but actually harm him or her, (17) Establishing fake dating sites featuring the opponent, (18) Creating fake ads that will generate a high volume of responses using the opponent’s address, (19) Arranging to have an inappropriate photo created, intended to harm the opposition candidate and (20) Sending mail to the opposition candidate with return addresses designed to create embarrassment or gossip. See Propaganda. See Black Propaganda. See Boycott. See October Surprise. See Voter Fraud. See Whispering Campaign.

Discount Rate

The discount rate is the interest rate charged by the Federal Reserve to member banks, on a short-term basis, to allow them to meet their reserve requirements or meet their need for liquidity. It is not the same as the federal funds rate which averages nearly a percentage point below the discount rate. See Federal Funds Rate.  See Prime Rate, Prime Lending Rate.

Discouraged Worker

A discouraged worker is a person who has "given up" on finding employment and is no longer seeking a job. These are people who are of legal employment age between 18 and 65. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not count discouraged workers as unemployed. Many discouraged workers could find employment, but will not accept what is available.  See Underemployed Worker.  See Underemployment.

Discrediting Tactics

Discrediting tactics refers to personal attacks on a political candidate intended to discourage people from believing in the person or supporting him or her.

Discrimination

The unjust or prejudicial treatment of people on the grounds of race, age, or gender. See Racism. See Congressional Black Caucus.  See Reverse Discrimination.

Disinformation

Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is disseminated intentionally in order to convince someone of something that is not true. Disinformation is used in politics and by the military.

Displaced Foreign Travelers

Displaced Foreign Travelers is a term invented by some liberals to be used as a substitute for illegal aliens or undocumented immigrants. See Undocumented Democrats.  See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants.

Distributive Justice

Distributive Justice is a concept based on socialism and communism. It holds that the distribution of all goods and services should be equal based upon need. It is summed up in the slogan: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Distributive Justice does not consider productivity or merit.

District (California)

The area of the State represented by a legislator. Each district is determined by population and is known by a number. There are 40 Senate districts and 80 Assembly districts in California.

District Attorney

A district attorney is an attorney and public official who acts as a prosecutor for a state or the federal government in court within a certain judicial district. See Public Defender.

District Bill (California)

Legislation introduced specifically on behalf of a legislator's district, generally affecting only that district.

Diversicrat

A person who is deeply concerned about getting the ethnic and color mix of people just right.  See Liberal.

Diversity Training

Diversity training is a highly controversial creation of liberals. It is a form of training intended to “facilitate positive intergroup interaction, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and teach people who are different from each other, how to effectively get along and work together”. See Sensitivity Training. See Discrimination. See Racism.

Divide and Conquer, Divide and Rule

A divide and conquer strategy, also known as a divide and rule strategy, is often applied in war and in politics. Power is obtained by breaking up concentrations of power into parts that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. Hitler used the strategy to take over Europe in the 1930s. The left has used the strategy to dominate politics in the United States by dividing the Republican Party.

Divided government

A situation in which the U.S. president is a member of one political party and at least one chamber of Congress (either the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives) is controlled by another party is called a divided government. This situation also can exist at the state level, with one party controlling the governorship and another controlling one or both houses of the state legislature.

Divine Providence

Divine Providence is a term found in the Declaration of Independence. The term is used to refer to God's hand in history and the lives of man. It was used by the Founding Fathers of the United States in colonial times and continued to be used commonly until the end of World War II. Today, due to the fact that nearly all of the major media companies in America are controlled by the political left, the term is rarely seen or heard. See God and American History.  See Declaration of Independence.

Divine Right of Kings

The Divine Right of Kings or the Divine Right to Rule is a political doctrine that asserts a monarch is not subject to any earthy authority, deriving the right to rule directly from God. Therefore the monarch is not subject to the will of the people, the aristocracy, or any parliament. It declares that only God can judge an unjust monarch and that any attempt to depose or limit his powers are contrary to the will of God. Accordingly, monarchs are usually introduced “By the Grace of God King…”. See Absolute Monarchy. See Constitutional Monarchy. See Commonwealth Realm.

Doctrine

A doctrine is a statement of government policy and position, particularly used in international relations.

Dog-Whistle Politics

Dog-whistle politics refers to political messaging using coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general public, but has another meaning to a targeted subgroup. The phrase is a pejorative invented and used almost exclusively by the political left. According to many liberals, when Republicans and conservatives use the phrase "lower taxes" it is a code phrase intending racism. "Separation of Powers" equates to racism. "States Rights" equates to racism. "Welfare" equates to racism. "Food Stamps" equates to racism. "Traditional marriage between one man and one woman" equates to fearing and hating homosexuals. The use of dog-whistle politics is how liberals justify accusing conservatives and Republicans of being racist and intolerant.

Domain Name Protection

Domain name protection refers to a politician or political candidate buying, and therefore, controlling all of the domain names that could be used to mock, insult, or bash him or her so that an adversary cannot acquire them. An example would be buying ClintonforPrison.com or LockHerUp.com.

Domino Effect or Domino Theory

A chain reaction produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. In dealing with communism in Vietnam, President Kennedy justified the introduction of U.S. combat troops into South Vietnam because he was concerned that South Vietnam and other nearby countries would fall like dominoes to communism unless they were stopped.

Don't Change Horses

A metaphor urging voters not to make a change during a crisis. It was first used by President Abraham Lincoln when he was seeking reelection in 1864 during the American Civil War. His exact words were: "It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river."

Don't Let Them Take it Away

A phrase commonly used by Democrats running for office used to frighten low information voters into thinking that Republicans want to take away their Social Security.   See Low Information Voters.

Donkey (Symbol)

The Donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party. In 1828, the Democratic candidate for President, Andrew Jackson, was labeled a “jackass” for his beliefs and support of slavery. Jackson was entertained by the label and decided to use it as a symbol on his political campaign posters. Cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with making the donkey the recognized symbol of the Democratic Party. See Democratic Party.  See Famous Democrats.

Donkey Voters

Donkey voters are people who tend to vote for candidates listed first or near the top of the ballot. Donkey votes are usually cast by low information voters, apathetic voters, and protest voters. While it is difficult to understand the rationale of donkey voters, they most definitely exist. Thus, there is an advantage to being listed at the top of a ballot rather than at the bottom. It is estimated that donkey voters make up 1% to 2% of the total. More and more states and localities are requiring that candidate names be listed randomly, rather than alphabetically, in order to minimize the influence of donkey votes. See Robson Rotation.  See Low Information Voters.

Doorbell Ringing Campaign

A doorbell ringing campaign is one in which the candidate and his or her campaign workers go house to house soliciting votes. The technique can be highly effective. When people are not home to meet the candidate, a short hand written note left for the residents is the next best thing.

Dorothy Dixer

In politics, a Dorothy Dixer is politician that arranges to have a friendly member of the press ask a prearranged question that the politician is prepared to answer in a way that positively impresses the audience.

Double Cross

To double cross someone is to betray or cheat them. It involves disloyalty, infidelity, treachery, unfaithfulness, or a combination.

Double Giving

The practice of making campaign contributions to both or all candidates or parties during an election, in order to hedge one's bets and have access to whomever wins.   Double giving is commonly done by major corporations. 

Double Jeopardy

The Constitution of the United States prohibits a trial or punishment twice for the same crime by the government.  See Constitution of the United States.

Double Taxation

The taxing of income earned by a corporation and again when it is distributed to the stockholders.

Doubled the Debt

Refers to the legacy of President Barack Obama who was President of the United States during the period when the national debt of the United States doubled in size. The amount of money borrowed during the Obama presidency was approximately equal to the amount of money borrowed between the years 1776 and 2008.

Doublespeak

Doublespeak is associated with politics. It is language that deliberately distorts, obscures, disguises, or reverses the meaning of words often creating ambiguities. The term originated from the term double think which is in George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four. An example: We had to destroy the village in order to save it.

Dover Test

The Dover test is an informal test to describe whether the American public is supporting a war or other military action by the public’s reaction to returning war causalities to Dover Air Force Base. While the Dover test is informal and unscientific, it is commonly used by the press and politicians.

Doves

Doves are people who believe in accommodation and often appeasement when faced with confrontation.

Draconian Laws

Draconian laws are laws that impose severe or cruel punishments that far exceed the seriousness of the crime. An example would be the stoning to death of a woman in Saudi Arabia for having premarital relations or the cutting off of a person’s hand for stealing a loaf of bread.

Draft, Military Conscription

Conscription or drafting is the compulsory enlistment of people into military service. In the United States, military conscription ended in 1973 when Republican President Richard M. Nixon signed into law, a bill that fulfilled his campaign promise to end the draft in favor of an all volunteer military. In 2003, Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangle of New York and Democratic United States Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina introduced a bill to reinstate the draft. They failed in their attempt.

Drain the Swamp (Politics)

In politics, drain the swamp means to eliminate corruption, the powerful influence of special interests, and the waste of taxpayer's money from the federal government. The phrase was made famous by President Donald Trump when running for president in 2016 who promised to drain the swamp in Washington D.C.

Draw a Line in the Sand

It means, "this far and no farther" or "don't cross this line." Drawing a line in the sand establishes a boundary.

Dream Ticket

A dream ticket usually refers to the political ticket consisting of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate from a particular party. A dream ticket is an ideal ticket and is not the same for each voter or party leader. Clearly, it is the ticket most likely to win a particular election. Dream tickets tend to balance ideologies, geography, religion, and personalities.

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Drinking the Kool-Aid refers to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief or philosophy without any critical examination. The phrase originated from the Jonestown deaths where 918 people died in 1978 by drinking a cyanide laced drink upon the command of Jim Jones.

Due Process of Law

A phrase in the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that protects individuals against the arbitrary power of the government. Substantive due process means that laws must be reasonable. Procedural due process means that laws must be administered fairly.

Dummy Candidate

A dummy candidate is someone who runs for office with no hope or intention of winning. For example, a dummy candidate may be used by a serious candidate to create confusion and divide the opposition’s votes. Michael Jones runs against Christian Smith for City Council. Michael Jones secretly arranges to have Christopher Smith qualify for the ballot. Christopher does not campaign, but his name appears on the ballot. Some people are confused and vote for Christopher when they intended to vote for Christian. In a close race, a dummy candidate can make a difference.

Dummymander, Dummymandering

A dummymander is a gerrymander that over the course of time benefits the other party, and appears to look as if the district was designed by the other party. See Gerrymandering. See Malapportionmemt.

Duopoly

A term used to describe the overwhelming power of the two major political parties.


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Eagle Forum

The Eagle Forum, established in 1972, is a conservative interest group and the parent organization that includes the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund, and the Eagle Forum PAC. The group favors English-only education in schools and is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion. Its slogan is “Leading the pro-family movement since 1972”. There are approximately 80,000 members. The organization was founded by Phyllis Schlafly who died in 2016.

Earmark

An earmark consists of funds provided by Congress that benefit a limited number of people. Earmarking is part of the process of awarding pork barrel projects. Earmarks typically circumvent the bidding process and are usually wasteful.   See Pork Barrel.

Earned Income Tax Credit

A federal welfare program that refunds all or part of a low income person's Social Security tax. A form of redistribution of wealth.

Earth First

Earth First, established in 1980, is a world-wide, radical environmental group that wants to destroy capitalism in favor of a socialist state in which animal welfare is placed above human welfare. They believe all forms of life on earth have equal value. The group has been involved in acts of sabotage in the United States and in other countries.

Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping is secretly listening to the private conversation of others without their consent. The practice is considered unethical and may be illegal under some circumstances. See Covert listening device, Bug. See Telephone Tapping.

Ebonics

Ebonics is defined by the political left and the uneducated as an African-American dialect of English. They consider Ebonics a legitimate language worthy of teaching and understanding. Most people consider Ebonics to be a poor excuse for a failure to learn the basics of the English language. In short, it is the language of the uneducated. Speaking Ebonics is a near certain way to guarantee that the speaker will never get a job except possibly with the government. Consequently, the use of Ebonics is encouraged by the political left as a way of keeping people dependent on the government and the Democratic Party. It also promotes Victim Mentality. See Intellectual Dishonesty. See Keep Them Angry. See Peer Pressure. See Victim Mentality. See White Sympathizers.

Echo Chamber (Media and Politics)

In politics and among the mainstream media, an echo chamber is a term used to describe a group of media outlets that parrot each other’s uncritical reports on the views of a single, often unreliable or questionable source, sufficiently to create the impression that the desired view is reasonable and should be adopted by the public. CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC have created an echo chamber, sometimes referred to as an echo chamber of experts.

Eco-nationalism, Eco Nationalists

Eco-nationalism is a desire and movement to eliminate reliance on foreign sources of fuel and energy by promoting the exploration and full utilization of resources within the nation’s borders. It also involves developing alternative sources of fuel and energy in order to achieve the goal. Most eco-nationalists are conservatives.

Economic Refugee

An “economic refugee” is a term coined by the political left as a substitute for “illegal alien” or “undocumented worker” which they prefer to illegal alien. Liberals believe that by characterizing people who are in the United States without permission as economic refugees, their goal of converting illegal aliens into Democratic Party voters will be made easier. See Illegal Aliens. See Undocumented Workers.  See Undocumented Democrats.

Economic Sanctions

Economic sanctions include denial of import, export, or financial relations with the targeted nation in an effort to change its policies and conduct.

Economical with the Truth

When a politician is economical with the truth, he or she omits information in order to create a misleading impression, without actually lying. News anchors can also be economical with the truth.

Eco-socialism, Eco-socialists

Eco-socialism is a political philosophy of the extreme left combining either socialism or communism with that of extreme environmentalism. Eco-socialists advocate the destruction of capitalism in favor of common ownership of most property and making the government the sole employer. Eco-socialists believe the planet can only be “saved” if the government is in total control of the environment. See Green Left. See Socialism. See Communism. See Distributive Justice. See Marxism. See Socialist Party USA.

Effective Tax Rate

The effective tax rate for an individual or business is the net rate the taxpayer pays on income that includes all forms of taxes. It is calculated by dividing the total of all taxes paid by the taxpayer’s total income. The effective tax rate for corporations in the United States in 2016 is the highest in the entire world. A high effective tax rate makes American companies less competitive than foreign companies and makes it difficult to pay high wages.

Ego Wall

A wall in a person's office or home where they flaunt their political connections by displaying photos of themselves with powerful people.

Eight Magic Words

In the case of Buckley vs. Valeo (1976), the United States Supreme Court limited the reach of campaign finance laws to speech that “expressly advocates” the election or defeat of political candidates. The court listed eight words and phrases to illustrate speech that qualifies as “express advocacy”. Under the ruling, speakers that do not use any of the eight specific words and phrases, or similar language, calling voters to vote for or against a candidate, are exempt from campaign finance laws. The eight words and phrases are: (1) vote for, (2) elect, (3) support, (4) cast your vote for, (5) Smith for congress, (6) vote against, (7) defeat, and (8) reject, or any variations thereof. Ads that are exempted are known as “issue ads”. See Issue Advocacy Ads.

Election Litter

Election litter refers to campaign signs placed on government or private property without permission or signs not removed in accordance with local laws or upon the termination of consent.

Election Recounts, Automatic Recounts

Election recounts can be mandatory or optional. They are mandatory in some jurisdictions when the difference in votes tabulated for the top two candidates is less than a certain percentage or some fixed number. Mandatory recounts are paid for by the state or other jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction establishes their criteria for optional recounts. Optional recounts are not paid for by the jurisdiction. They are paid for by the candidate, political party, or an interested person.

Election Silence

Election silence or campaign silence is a ban on political campaigning prior to an election. In the United States, such bans are unconstitutional limits on free speech except for polling places on election days.

Election Year Citizenship Rush Scandal

The “election year citizenship rush scandal” refers to the massive efforts of the Obama Administration to utilize every government resource available, without regard to cost, to speed up the processing of citizenship applications so that new citizens would be able to register and vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Priority was given to swing states in order to maximize the effectiveness of the massive effort. It is estimated that more than 95% of the new citizens voted for Hillary Clinton and that as many as 90% of them resided in swing states when they voted.

Elections Codes

Every state has an elections code which is a collection of the state laws dealing with all elections in that state. Every code must be consistent with the Constitution of the United States and federal laws. Elections Codes address such topics as election dates, counting of ballots, voting by mail, voter registration, political party qualifications, political party organization, central committee elections, sample ballots, voter pamphlets, election day procedures, retention of records, penal provisions, voting systems, campaigns, and others. In addition to state laws, there are federal laws that apply to elections. Election Codes can be found on the internet for every state.

Elector

A member of the Electoral College.   See Electoral College.

Electoral Alliance

An electoral alliance is an agreement among individuals to stop a particular candidate from gaining power. The individuals making the agreement may be in the same political party and have the same goal of stopping a third person who is a member of the same political party. Electoral alliances are common in both the Republican and Democratic parties when candidates are competing for their party's nomination.

Electoral College

The body that elects the president of the United States. It is composed of electors from each state equal to that state's representation in Congress. The District of Columbia receives three votes bringing the total votes to 538. A candidate must get a majority of electoral votes to win which is 270.   See Elector.

Elephant (Symbol)

The elephant has been the symbol of the GOP or Republican Party since 1874. It was selected because it represents size and stature.

Eleventh Commandment

The Eleventh Commandment is often quoted by Republicans, including Ronald Reagan as: Thou Shalt Not Speak ill of Fellow Republicans. The term was coined in 1966 when Ronald Reagan was a candidate for Governor of California.

Elitism

Elitism is the belief or attitude that certain people, who form an elite group because of great wealth, university education, or high level government connections, should be entitled to privileges that are denied to others. Elitists believe they are more fit to govern, should be taken seriously, and should not be held to the same standards as others.

Embargo

An embargo is a government order to prohibit the arrival or departure of ships and sometimes aircraft into or out of a certain nation. Embargos generally restrict commerce with specified countries. Embargos are hostile acts short of war.

Embassy Row

Embassy Row is the informal, but commonly used name for the section of Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in Washington D.C. in which foreign embassies and diplomatic missions are concentrated. It is also referred to as Millionaires` Row and Millionaire` Mile.

Emily's List

Emily's List is a special interest group that raises tens of millions of dollars each election cycle for politicians who support taxpayer paid abortions as well as partial birth abortion. There are three requirements for receiving funds: the recipient must be a woman; she must be a Democrat; and she must support unrestricted accesses to taxpayer paid abortion on demand, including partial birth abortions.

Eminent Domain

The right of the government to seize a person's real estate for public use as long as just compensation is paid. Such compensation is based on an objective appraisal not taking into consideration subjective factors. For example, if the government seized a Virginia farm that had been in the owner's family since before the American Revolution, and family members who fought the British were buried on the land, these facts would be disregarded by the government in determining its value, and thus, the amount paid.

Emoluments Clause

The Emoluments Clause in the United States Constitution states: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign state. Liberals have taken the position that receiving payment for a hotel room at a Trump owned hotel is the same as accepting an emolument from a foreign state. See United States Constitution.

Empathy Movement, Empathy Tents

The empathy movement is a political movement of the left that advocates listening to other views, as long as they are not conservative views; free hugs, free massages, safe spaces and places on college and university campuses, yoga, and restorative justice. Advocates set up empathy tents on college campuses and universities where students can participate. See Restorative Justice. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places. See Conservative Free Zones.

Enclave

An enclave is a territory that is completely surrounded by the territory of another country. Examples include the Republic of San Marino and Vatican City. Both are enclaved within Italy. Another example is the Kingdom of Lesotho, formerly Basutoland, which is completely surrounded by South Africa.

Encomium

A formal, short expression that warmly praises someone or something. A eulogy is an encomium for someone who has just died.

Endowment for Human Development

The Endowment for Human Development (EHD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health science education and public health. The organization is committed to neutrality regarding controversial bioethical issues. Applying science, the organization assists teachers to enhance students' education, health, and lives by providing them with the foundation for making wise decisions for themselves, their children, and their communities. The organization is headquartered in Corcord, New Hampshire.

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones, also known as Urban Enterprise Zones, are designated areas in which policies to encourage economic growth and development are implemented by state and local governments. Enterprise zones are areas in which businesses can locate operations free of state and local taxes and certain government restrictions for a defined period of time, generally over ten years. Sometimes businesses will also receive subsidies as an incentive to locate in an enterprise zone. These zones tend to be blighted, decaying, low income areas with high levels of unemployment, lots of vacant land, and a population with an overall low level of education. The creation of enterprise zones is generally favored by conservatives and opposed by the political left which prefers other means to deal with economic issues.

Entitlement

An entitlement is a right to receive benefits paid for by the taxpayers and provided by the government to a defined class of people. It is often used synonymously for welfare. Historically, once an entitlement is provided, it is nearly impossible to take away. This is the reason why entitlements are rapidly growing every year along with the taxes needed to pay for them.

Entitlement Mentality

A state of mind in which the recipient comes to believe that a taxpayer paid entitlement, such as food stamps, is a right. People who have developed an entitlement mentality tend to lack any appreciation for the sacrifices of those who are paying for entitlements. See Socialism. See Communism.  See Entitlement.  See Keep Them Angry.

Entryism

Entryism is a political tactic of joining an organization, with which you do not agree, with the intention of changing it from the inside or destroying it.

Enumerated Powers

Enumerated Powers are the powers expressly given to Congress in the Constitution of the United States.  See Constitution of the United States.

Environmental Alarmism

Environmental alarmism refers to excessive and exaggerated alarm about a real or imaginary threat to the environment that will lead to a catastrophe. The alarmist then calls for drastic and immediate political action that usually results in the expenditure of large amounts of money and the severe regulation of political opponents.   See EPA Power Grab.

EPA Power Grab

The EPA Power Grab refers to new rules announced by the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency that expand the reach, power, and authority of the federal government. The government announced that the EPA now has jurisdiction to regulate and control man-made streams and ponds on private property, including residential yards, water filled depressions even if bone dry 364 days of the year, desert washes that carry intermittent rain water, land adjacent to wetlands, and drainage ditches on private property. The EPA and Obama Administration now classify these features as "Waters of the United States" subject to the government's control. Violations of the agency's rules carry fines averaging $10,000 per day. The fines are expected to pay for thousands of additional government enforcers and raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the government. See Sue and Settle Racket.  See Environmental Alarmism.

E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum is a Latin phrase on the Great Seal of the United States meaning "Out of many, one." The Seal was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. The phrase was considered the unofficial motto of the United States until 1956 when Congress adopted "In God We Trust" as the official motto. See Great Seal of the United States.

Equal-time Rule

The Equal-time rule is a rule of the Federal Communications Commission (FTC) that requires radio and television broadcast stations to provide an equal opportunity to opposing political candidates who request it. It applies to both free and paid air time. The Equal-time Rule should not be confused with the now defunct Fairness Doctrine which dealt with political points of view and not candidates for political office. See Fairness Doctrine.

Equal Pay Act of 1963

In 1942, Republican Congresswoman Winifred Stanley from Buffalo, New York introduced H.R. 5056 which would make it illegal for employers to discriminate in paying employees based upon their gender. The bill did not pass and was re-introduced numerous times over many years without success. Finally, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed by Congress and signed into law which prohibited wage disparity based on gender. Since 1963, it has been illegal to discriminate by paying one gender less than the other for equal work. The claim by Democrats that women across America are being paid only 76% of what men are earning ignores the fact that most of the higher paying jobs, such as construction jobs, are held by men, while most of the lower paying jobs, such as retail sales, are held by women. It has been illegal for more than sixty years to discriminate based on gender for equal work.

Equality of Outcome

A goal of the political left. It describes a situation where all people receive the same economic outcome regardless of talent or effort. The goal of socialism.  See Socialism.  See Communism.

Eristic Argument

An eristic argument is one that simply aims to successfully dispute another person’s argument, as opposed to searching for the truth. It consists of defeating the opposition by showing that he or she must assent to the negation of what they said or argued. Eristic arguments are arguments made for the sake of conflict, rather than for the purpose of resolving a dispute.

Establishment Clause

The Establishment Clause refers to the clause in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution that prohibits the government from establishing a state religion. Its purpose is to permit the free exercise of religious choice or to choose no religion.   See Bill of Rights.

Ethics

Ethics is a set of moral principles governing a particular group such as physicians or attorneys, or society as a whole. See Morality. See Moral Relativism.

Ethnic Voting

Ethnic voting consists of citizens voting for political candidates on the basis of their ethnicity, race, or skin color. It is a form of racism which is prejudice and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or skin color. Ethnic voting by one group often leads to ethnic voting by other groups. When this happens, it is not good for America. It is always best if candidates are judged on their character, experience, knowledge, accomplishments, voting record, and positions on the important issues. Republicans believe ethnicity, race, and skin color should be irrelevant. See Racism.  See Discrimination.

Ethnic Youth Group

“Ethnic youth group” is a term created by the political left as a politically correct substitute for the word “gang.” Many on the political left think the word “gang” is demeaning and causes violence. See N. Words.

Ethnocentrism

Ethnocentrism refers to the belief that a person’s cultural or ethnic group is superior to others. A tendency to view other cultural or ethic groups from the perspective of one’s own group.  See Racism.  See Discrimination.

Euphemism

A euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive term or expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant. For example: referring to a "slum" as an "economically depressed neighborhood", or referring to a "used" car as "pre-owned".   See Political Correctness.

Evangelical Voters

Evangelical voters are Evangelical Christians who believe the Bible is the highest authority and that Christians should share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Evangelical voters are nearly all conservatives and make up approximately 26% of the eligible voters in the United States. Of this number, only about 63% on average vote. If the percentage of evangelicals that vote increased to 80%, Republicans would win most of the elections in the United States. See War on Christmas. See War on Christians.

Evasion (Politics, Ethics)

In politics, evasion is an act or statement that is deceitful because it is true, but irrelevant, thus leading to a false conclusion. Evasion is a method of fulfilling an obligation to tell the truth or respond, while keeping the information from the person seeking the it. Methods of evasion include: (1) Ignoring the question, (2) Attacking the questioner, (3) Attacking the question itself usually on the grounds that is speculative or hypothetical, (4) Declining to answer because of the inability to do so, or (5) Questioning the question by seeking clarification or more information.

Evil Empire

Evil empire was a phrase first used by Republican President Ronald Reagan to describe the Soviet Union in 1983. President Reagan took an aggressive stance toward the Soviet Union that resulted in its collapse. See Reagan Doctrine. See Strategic Defense Initiative.

Ex-Officio

Means "by virtue of one's office." For example, the Chairman and top Minority Member of a Congressional Committee has ex-officio membership status on all Subcommittees.

Exchange Rate, Foreign Exchange Rate

The exchange rate, or foreign exchange rate, is the rate at which the currency of one country will be exchanged for another. Exchange rates are determined in the foreign exchange market. In the foreign exchange market, a currency pair is the quotation of the value of a currency unit against the unit of another country.

Excise Tax

An excise tax is a sales tax which is levied on specific goods. Excise taxes are collected by the government in addition to sales taxes. Excise taxes are currently levied on gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol. Excise taxes may be earmarked for specific government programs.  See Flat Tax.  See Fair Tax (Sales Tax).

Exclusionary Zoning

Exclusionary zoning refers to city and county zoning laws that exclude certain uses. Examples include the exclusion of apartment buildings, the exclusion of liquor stores, the exclusion of small residential lots, and the exclusion of motels. Exclusionary zoning tends to maximize residential property values.

Executive Order

A order issued by the President of the United States that has the force of law when authorized from a power granted by the U.S. Constitution, or made pursuant to certain Acts of Congress that explicitly delegate specific discretionary power. Executive orders have been the source of presidential abuse. For example, President Barack Obama has threatened Congress numerous times for not acting according to his will with the words: "I will use my pen and phone to take on Congress."  See Treaty.

Executive Order 9066

Executive Order 9066 was the infamous executive order issued by Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 ordering the internment of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast into concentration camps. The order was issued notwithstanding that not even one of the nearly 120,000 people of Japanese heritage incarcerated had been accused of disloyalty. See Executive Order. See Racism. See Discrimination.

Executive Privilege

Executive privilege is the right of the President of the United States, and other high officials in the Executive Branch, to withhold certain information and to keep it private if making a disclosure would disrupt the functions or decision making processes of the executive branch or impair national security. The privilege does not extend to information needed for a criminal investigation. While the term “executive privilege” is not stated in the Constitution of the United States, it is implied as being necessary to the separation of powers doctrine and the system of checks and balances. The United States Supreme Court has confirmed the legitimacy of the right subject to certain limitations. See Separation of Powers (United States). See Presidential System. See Parliamentary System.

Executive Tyranny

Executive Tyranny refers to the possibility that a President of the United States could attempt to exceed his or her constitutional authority by issuing executive orders that do not comport with the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution provides Congress with two checks on executive tyranny. The first is the power of the purse which means that congress can deny funding for unconstitutional programs or acts, while the second is the power of impeachment which can result in removal of the president. See Impeachment (Federal).

Existential Threat

An existential threat is a real threat based on experience. It is an empirical threat based on observation and knowledge. An example would be the threat existing from the Islamic terrorist groups ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Exit Polls, Election Exit Polls

Exit polls, also known as election exit polls, are polls of voters taken immediately after they have an exited their polling stations. Unlike an opinion poll which asks for whom the voter intends to vote, an exit poll asks for whom the voter actually voted. Exit polls are usually conducted by media companies to assist them in predicting election winners. Exit polls are also used to check against and discourage election fraud. Like opinion polls, exit polls contain a margin of error. See Margin of Error. See Poll/Polling.

Expatriate

An expatriate is a person who has renounced his citizenship of the country in which he or she was born and has become a citizen of another country.

Expropriation

Expropriation is the confiscation of private property by the state without any compensation or the payment of nominal compensation. Expropriation has taken place in every country in which communists have ceased power and many in which socialists have either seized power or have been elected.

Extraterritoriality

Extraterritoriality exempts from the jurisdiction of local laws the heads of state, ambassadors, and diplomats from other countries. Such exemptions are created by agreements between nations. Instead, those exempted are subject to the laws of their own country.

Eye of the Tiger (Politics)

When a candidate has the “eye of the tiger” it means he or she is 100% focused on winning and will not be distracted from his or her goal of success. It also means having an inner hunger that drives a person to totally defeat his or her rival. Saying someone has the “eye of the tiger” is not necessarily a compliment, but it is a sign of respect.


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Facebook News Controversy

The Facebook News Controversy refers to the fact that several former employees of Facebook reported in 2016 that stories favorable to conservatives were omitted from “Trending News” in order to assist the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Founder and major shareholder, Mark Zuckerberg, an atheist, supported both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Fact Blocking, Fact Block

Fact blocking refers to any actions taken by politicians or government officials to prevent citizens from accessing the information they need to effectively oversee and evaluate the decisions and actions of politicians and government agencies. Fact blocking may include one or more of the following: (1) Failing to provide public documents requested under a public records search; (2) Inappropriately removing information from public records; and (3) Inappropriately outsourcing functions to a private party and then asserting that documents in the possession of the private party are not subject to a public records search. See Public Records. See Open Records.

Faction

A faction is an organized group of politically active people who are attempting to attain certain goals. A faction is less than a majority.

Fair

Free from bias, dishonesty, injustice, self-interest and hidden agendas. Marked by impartiality and equality.

Fair Tax (Sales Tax)

The Fair Tax is a proposed federal sales tax applied at the point of purchase on all new goods and services for personal consumption. It would replace all other taxes. The rate most commonly mentioned is 23%. Proponents argue that a sales tax would result in taxing illegal activity and illegal immigrants. See Flat Tax. See Excise Tax.

Fairness Doctrine

The Fairness Doctrine, often referred to as the Unfairness Doctrine, was a policy of the Federal Communications Commission (FTC) from 1949 to 1987. The doctrine forced broadcasters to provide equal time to conservative and liberal points of view even though the programs expressing the liberal points of view were unpopular and lost money for the broadcasters. After the doctrine was ended and broadcasters became free to provide programming based upon the demand from the listening marketplace, many of the liberal programs failed for lack of listeners and sponsors. Since 1987, the political left has attempted to force broadcasters to offer programs supported by the left. The Fairness Doctrine should not be confused with the Equal-time Rule. See Equal-time Rule.

Faith Based

Refers to something based upon a belief in God such as the American Declaration of Independence.

Faith Based Institutions

In the United States, it most commonly refers to Churches and Synagogues.

Faith Deranged (Politics)

Faith Deranged is a pejorative term created by the political left and atheists to describe Republican candidates for office who are followers of Jesus and the Holy Bible. Candidates who accept the Bible as God's Word are regularly described as "faith deranged" whenever quoted scripture differs from the beliefs and policies of those on the left.  See Faith-Derangement Syndrome.

Faith-Derangement Syndrome

Faith-Derangement Syndrome is a term created by atheists and used by many members of the political left to describe Christians who believe the Bible is the Word of God. People who use this term believe Christians are unfit to be trusted with public office because Christians place their faith in God and strive to be obedient to His commandments. See War on Christians. See War on Christmas.  See Faith Deranged (Politics).

Faithless Elector

A faithless elector is a member of the Electoral College who does not cast his or her vote for the person they have pledged to elect. They effectively break their faith with the presidential or vice-presidential candidate by voting for another candidate or not voting at all. Only a pledged elector can become a faithless elector. Unpledged electors have not made a pledge, and therefore cannot become a faithless elector. States may impose fines on electors who fail to vote for the candidate they have pledged to vote for or may disqualify such electors and replace them. As of 2017, twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have laws to penalize faithless electors.

Fake Conservative

A fake conservative is a politician that talks like a conservative, but votes like a liberal. An example would be advocating a balanced federal budget, but then voting to approve programs not authorized by the United States Constitution, creating a deficit and higher debt.

Fake News

Fake news is false or made-up news stories created in order to manipulate public opinion including the outcome of elections. Without any substantiation, Hillary Clinton blamed her 2016 presidential election loss to Donald Trump on fake news. See Snipergate. See Brian Williams – NBC News Scandal. See Manufactured Outrage. See NBC Scandal – Dateline NBC Scandal. See Fake Political Websites.

Fake Political Websites

Creating a fake or misleading political website is an unethical practice and may be illegal in some cases. Fake political websites have been created by Democrats and Republicans. These websites are made to appear to support a particular candidate, but contain statements and/or photos that are perceived to be harmful to the candidate. Such websites are intended to sabotage a candidate or discourage some of their supporters from voting. The sponsor of such websites are commonly named using a very small and difficult to read font on a page not likely to be read.  See Fake News.

Fallacy

A fallacy is the use of invalid or poor reasoning for constructing an argument. It is also an argument that appears to be correct but is not because the argument is not logical. See Logic.

FALN Clinton Scandal

The FALN Clinton Scandal refers to President Bill Clinton offering clemency to 16 members of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN) paramilitary organization. The FALN was responsible for 120 bomb attacks on U.S. targets. Their goal was to incite a revolution in Puerto Rico and transform it into a communist nation. The 16 were convicted and sentenced to prison for 19 years or more, but were released as a result of President Bill Clinton’s act of clemency. At the time of President Clinton’s act, Hillary Clinton was running for the United States Senate in New York and needed support from the very large Puerto Rican community.  See Pardongate.

False Balance

False balance is the result of media bias where an issue is presented as being more balanced between opposing viewpoints than the evidence actually supports. An example would be a discussion on a liberal television network about how Obamacare has affected the nation, where there are four liberals and one moderate on the panel.

False Dilemma

A false dilemma is a type of informal fallacy that involves a situation in which only limited alternatives are considered, when there are at least one additional option. The two options offered may involve one that is extreme in an attempt to force a choice or outcome. A false dilemma usually arises intentionally, but it can arise accidentally or simply because insufficient thought has been invested in identifying alternatives. A false dilemma is sometimes referred to as black or white thinking.

False Flag (Politics)

A false flag in politics describes an operation designed to deceive in such a way that an action appears to have been carried out by a third person or organization. The intention is to conceal the person or organization behind an act or operation.

Family Values

Refers to the value of marriage defined as between one man and one woman, and the value of life over abortion.

Fancy Farm Annual Picnic

The annual picnic held on the first Saturday in August in Fancy Farm, Kentucky is the official starting point of the fall campaign season in Kentucky. The gathering attracts nearly all state and many national candidates from both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Tradition started in 1931.

Farley File

A log kept by many politicians on people they have met so they can "remember" important details at a future time. Key information such as the names of the person's family, what they do for a living, where and when they met, and the like are recorded for future use. The first person to methodically keep such a log was James A. Farley who was Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign manager.

Fascism

A system of government led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing all criticism and opposition, controlling all commerce and industry, and often emphasizing an aggressive and extreme form of nationalism.

Fear Mongering or Scare Tactics

Fear mongering is the use of scare tactics to influence the actions and opinions of voters. They usually involve a lie or an exaggeration. An example: Republicans intend to take your Social Security away. Another example: The Polar caps are rapidly melting and shorelines will be flooding causing major damage to coastal cities.

Featherbedding

Featherbedding is a practice of many labor unions and government agencies. It involves forcing the hiring of more workers than are needed to perform given tasks, or requiring unnecessary procedures that are pointless and time-consuming merely to employ more people in make-work projects. Examples of featherbedding in the United States include: (1) Requiring railroads to employ firemen on trains that no longer run on coal; (2) Employing elevator operators in government buildings that have automatic elevators; (3) Requiring newspapers to hire typesetters that are no longer needed because of changes in technology; and (4) Hiring dedicated drivers to transport government employees from location to location who do nothing else, spending more than 80% of their paid time waiting for the next trip.  See Make Work.  See Slow Down

Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency established by Congress whose duties are "to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law, including limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of presidential elections."

Federal Funds Rate, Fed Funds Rate

The federal funds rate is the interest rate at which depository institutions, such as commercial banks and credit unions, lend reserve balances to each other overnight, on an uncollaterized basis. Reserve balances are the funds held by financial institutions to maintain their required reserve balances calculated on a daily basis. The federal funds rate is an important economic indicator. See Discount Rate.  See Prime Rate, Prime Lending Rate.  See Federal Reserve System.

Federal Income Taxes

See Progressive Income Taxes. See Flat Tax. See Consumption Tax. See Fair Tax. See The 47%.

Federal Preemption

See Supremacy Clause.

Federal Register

The federal publication that lists all executive orders of the president.

Federal Reserve System

The Federal Reserve System, established in 1913, is the central banking system in the United States. Objectives of the Federal Reserve System include maximizing employment, and establishing both stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates. The Federal Reserve System is responsible for regulating and supervising banks, maintaining confidence and the stability of the financial system, and providing financial services to depository institutions which include commercial banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions. See Central Bank or Reserve Bank.  See Federal Funds Rate, Fed Funds Rate.  See Discount Rate.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is an education and assistance program operated under the Department of Defense to ensure that service members and their eligible family members are aware of their right to vote and have the ability to vote from any location on earth. See Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.

Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a write-in ballot for use by overseas American citizens who have made a timely application but have not received their regular ballot from their state or territory. FWAB is part of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). See Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Federalism (United States)

Federalism in the United States consists of a system of government where power is divided between the federal or national government and the states. In the United States, the United States Constitution delegates certain powers to the federal government, certain powers to both the state and federal governments (concurrent powers), and reserves all other powers to the states and to the people. See States' Rights – Tenth Amendment.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, founded in 1982, is an organization made up of conservatives and libertarians who are seeking to reform the existing legal system to conform with the Constitution of the United States. The Federalist Society “is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be”. There is a lawyers division, a student division, and a faculty division with chapters at over 220 law schools. Membership consists of more than 66,000 legal professionals and 10,000 students. Notable members have included: Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas, Judge Robert Bork, Attorney General Ed Meese, United States Senator Orrin Hatch, Attorney Kenneth Star, and Attorney General John Ashcroft. The organization is headquartered in Washington D.C.

Federation

A federation is a political entity made up of a group or union of partially self-governing states under a central authority or federal government. In a federation, a constitution defines the authority and power of the states or nations and the central authority. Federations tend to have weak central governments. The European Union is an example of a federation.

Feeding at the Public Trough

Refers to both politicians and citizens getting fat by living off of tax dollars. See Public Servant.


Felony

A felony is a serious crime where a conviction will result in incarceration for at least one year in a state or federal prison. Examples of felonies are murder, rape, espionage, disclosing top secret information, embezzlement, robbery, and arson.

Fellow Traveler

A fellow traveler is a person who sympathizes with the beliefs of an organization or participates in its activities, but is not a formal member of the organization. The term was commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s as a pejorative term for those who supported communism without being a "card-carrying member" of a Communist Party. Henry Wallace, who served as Vice President under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was considered to be a fellow traveler by many which is the reason he was dropped from the Democratic ticket.

Fellowship Foundation, The

Each year, The Fellowship Foundation, also known as the International Foundation, organizes the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The Fellowship Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage one another and people throughout the world to carry out the first and Great Commandment “to love God first” and “to love your neighbor as yourself”. This is accomplished by seeking to adhere to the teachings and precepts of Jesus. See National Prayer Breakfast. See God and American History.

Fence Mending

What politicians do when they visit their electoral districts to explain an unpopular vote. The term originated in 1879 when a United States Senator made a trip home that most people considered a political visit. The Senator insisted that he was home “only to repair my fences.”

Ferguson Effect

The Ferguson Effect refers to the severe crime wave that has hit big cities all over America as a result of suggestions by the political left that the police are the biggest threat facing young black males today. Several highly publicized deaths of black men, following their resisting arrest, have led to riots, violent protests, and physical attacks on the police in large cities. Police have responded by being more cautious in making arrests which has emboldened criminals. Crime has escalated out of control in cities such as Baltimore, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Milwaukee, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Professional agitators, exercising their right to free speech, have inflamed the situation.

Fetcher Bill

A fetcher bill is a legislative proposal designed to attract a bribe. It is usually a proposed law that will cause financial harm to a large corporation or an industry that will be highly motivated to kill or modify the proposed legislation. See War on Coal.

Fiat Money

Fiat money is currency that derives its value from law as contrasted to commodity money which is backed by gold and/or silver. It is money declared by a government to be legal tender. The United States dollar is fiat money. At one time, it was commodity money, backed by silver and gold.

Fifteenth Amendment

The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on a citizen’s race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was ratified by the states on February 3, 1870 and adopted on March 30, 1870. The U.S. Senate passed the law 39 to 13. All 39 votes in favor were from Republicans. The U.S. House passed the law 144 to 44. All 144 votes in favor were from Republicans. Not one Democrat voted in favor of the Fifteenth Amendment. See Thirteenth Amendment. See Fourteenth Amendment. See Ku Klux Klan. See Jim Crow Laws. See Solid South.

Fifty First State

Refers to efforts by some on the left to have Puerto Rico added as the 51st state of the United States. Puerto Rico is dominated by the Democratic Party assuring the Democrats of additional electoral votes.

Fifth Amendment Right Against Self Incrimination

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself. When a person invokes his right against self-incrimination, the person pleads the Fifth and jurors are not permitted to take the refusal to testify into consideration when deciding whether a defendant is guilty. In a civil case, jurors may infer liability as a result of a person refusing to testify because said testimony might incriminate the person. When Secretary Hillary Clinton’s IT Person, Bryan Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before Congress about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in connection with government business, he refused to testify 125 times on the grounds that his testimony may tend to incriminate him. See Felony. See Top Secret.

Fight the Good Fight

To fight the good fight is to stand up for one's principles and values, regardless of the outcome. The phrase comes from the second epistle of Paul to Timothy (4:7): "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." What is important is that it is not the fight that is good, but is the good that is worth fighting for.

Figurehead

A figurehead is a person who is called the head of an organization, but has no real power. A person who is at the top of an organization in name only.

Filegate Scandal

Filegate refers to the scandal wherein First Lady Hillary Clinton hired Craig Livingstone who then improperly obtained hundreds of FBI files, including background checks, on former Republican administration employees. Included were high level presidential advisors. The FBI files were then made available to Hillary Clinton. The matter was investigated by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate (then controlled by the Democrats), but no criminal charges were made. Craig Livingston was forced to resign his position but was later re-hired by the Clinton Administration in another position.

Filibuster

An informal term for extended debate or other procedures used to prevent a vote on a bill in the U.S. Senate.  See Cloture Motion.

Filling the Tree

Filling the tree is a parliamentary obstruction used by the majority, in the United States Senate, so that no further amendments can be offered by the opposition. It consists of having the Majority Leader “fill the tree” with extraneous or meaningless amendments to a piece of legislation, thereby blocking amendments by the opposition. The risk of filling the tree is that some Senators may reject the bill if they have not been provided an opportunity to offer amendments.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a private corporation formed in 2007 and the successor to the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD). The organization regulates member brokerage firms, exchange markets, and professionals who sell securities, and protects investors in securities. FINRA is regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Financially Competitive

A term that generally refers to a candidate who has at least 50% as much campaign money as his or her competitors.

First Liberty Institute

First Liberty Institute is a non-profit religious liberty legal defense and advocacy organization established in Plano, Texas in 1997. The organization provides pro bono legal services to people of faith and organizations that are experiencing religious persecution in the United States. First Liberty Institute protects religious liberty for all faiths. It is the largest legal organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. See ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). See American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). See Anti-Defamation League (ADL). See Association of Politically Active Christians. See Christian Coalition of America. See Christians United for Israel. See Conversion Therapy, Reparative Therapy. See Government Approved Christmas Carol List. See Military Religious Freedom Foundation. See War on Christians. See War on Christmas. See God and American History.

Fiscal Policy

In economics and politics, fiscal policy is the use of taxing, spending, and borrowing to influence the economy. The use of fiscal policy is controversial with conservatives and liberals often in disagreement. See Monetary Policy.

Fiscal year

The twelve month period (which does not coincide with the calendar year) used for accounting and budget purposes by the federal government.

Fixer (Politics)

A person who uses influence or makes arrangements for another, especially by improper or unlawful means. See Influence Peddler. See Lobbyist. See Information Broker. See Political Boss. See Political Machine. See Chicago Style Politics. See Power (Politics). See Power Behind the Throne.

Flag Desecration, Flag Burning

In 1984, a liberal Supreme Court of the United States ruled that flag desecration is a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Republicans have unsuccessfully attempted at least seven times to pass a constitutional amendment making the desecration of the American Flag illegal. Each time, a sufficient number of Democrats have voted against protecting the American Flag. Desecration includes burning the flag, spitting on it, urinating or defecating on it, or using it as toilet paper or a doormat. See Treason.  See Symbolic Speech (First Amendment).

Flag Triggers Me, The

According to many on the political left, the presence of the American flag requires a trigger warning so that those who are offended by the American flag are provided a warning before they are exposed to it. See Trigger Warning. See Flag Desecration, Flag Burning.

Flak, Flack (Politics)

In politics, flak refers to loud, intense, and abusive criticism. The term is borrowed from the definition of bursting shells fired by anti-aircraft artillery.

Flake Rate

The flake rate is the percentage of people who volunteer with a political campaign to work, but do not show up. The flake rates measures the amount of enthusiasm and the amount of complacency for a particular candidate.

Flaming Liberal

A flaming liberal is a liberal who is loud, extreme, and uses heated language to fire up his supporters. Flaming liberals tend to be radicals.

Flash Mob (Politics)

In politics, a flash mob is a group of thugs who are summoned by text message or email to assemble quickly usually to perform an act of violence against a person or property. A common example is when thugs assemble to physically attack a person that is wearing a Trump hat or shirt because they don’t believe in free speech except when they are speaking. See Thug.

Flashpoint (Politics)

In politics and international relations, a flashpoint is an area or dispute that has a strong possibility of developing into a war. Examples are: (1) the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria, (2) the border between Israel and Lebanon, (3) the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, (4) Kashmir between India and Pakistan, and (5) the border between North Korea and South Korea.

Flat Tax

An income tax where every person is taxed at the same rate. It does not transfer wealth from group to another group.   See Consumption Tax.  See Excise Tax.  See Fair Tax.  See Facts About Taxes and the IRS.

Flyover Country

Flyover country is a pejorative term used by liberals to describe the heartland of America, between the liberal West Coast and liberal East Coast, which includes mostly Red States and the Bible Belt. See Heartland of America.

Fog of War (Politics)

“Fog of War” in politics is a metaphor referring to the uncertainty regarding one’s own capability, an adversary’s capability, and an adversary’s intent during an engagement, operation, or campaign. The fog war can be reduced by collecting information about the opponent.

Follow the Money

A well tested method for finding wrongdoers by following their financial trials.

Food Stamps

Food Stamps is the original, politically incorrect term for what is now referred to as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). See Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. See Social Safety Net.

Foot-in-the-door Technique (Politics)

The Foot-in-the-door Technique (FITD) is a negotiating technique that involves getting a person to agree to a large request by first setting them up by having the other party agree to one or more modest requests. The more the person goes along with the small requests, the more likely he or she will continue and feel obligated to accept the larger request. The person being asked to make the large commitment is likely to act consistently with the previous decisions.

For Want of a Nail (Political Campaigns)

“For Want of a Nail” is an ancient story, with several variations, that applies to every political campaign. It describes a situation in which the failure to anticipate or correct a small problem leads to disaster: For want of a horseshoe nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a horseshoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the message was lost. For want of the message, the battle was lost. For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Forced Zoning Changes

Refers to the strategy of the political left of using federal tax dollars to pressure smaller, high income cities to accept high density subsidized housing projects for low income people, within high income neighborhoods. The object is to increase the number of Democrats in districts that have historically voted Republican with the intention of eliminating safe Republican districts. The strategy is in full force in Texas and Florida because Democrats know that if Texas or Florida go the way of California, the country will be ruled by the Democratic Party.

Force-Feed (Politics)

What most liberal school teachers and college professors do to their students when offering classes in history and political science. They often present revisionist history as a substitute for what really happened because they believe the end justifies the means.  See Historical Revisionism.

Foreign Share of Debt

Refers to the percentage of the national debt held by foreigners. The largest holders of America's national debt include China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Forgotten Man (Politics)

In politics, the forgotten man refers to both men and women who are at the bottom financially. They are people who need help to become self-sufficient. See Social Safety Net. See Section 8 Housing. See Public Housing. See Voting for a Living.

Foundation for a Better Life, The

The Foundation for a Better Life is a non-profit organization founded by Philip Anschutz, a conservative and member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The foundation was established to promote good values such as honesty, hard work, optimism, and helping others. The foundation creates public service campaigns using both television and billboards to communicate its values. It does not accept donations. Its original endowment was $700 million.

Founders

“Founders” is the politically correct term for “founding fathers.” The term founders is preferred by the political left because it does not bring attention to the fact that the people who founded the United States of America were all men. Every signer of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution was a man. See Founding Fathers.

Founding Fathers

The Founding Fathers are the leaders who led the American Revolution against England and founded the United States. They include the 40 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the 56 men who signed the United States Constitution in 1787. Most of the founders were attorneys, merchants, and farmers. Nearly all were Christians.  See Founding Fathers.

Fourteenth Amendment

The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution overruled the Dred Scott decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that held that people descended from African slaves could not be citizens of the United States. It also provided many other important rights such as due process of law and equal protection under the law. The U.S. Senate passed the law 33 to 11. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 120 to 32 in favor. Not a single Democrat voted in favor of the Fourteenth Amendment. See Thirteenth Amendment. See Fifteenth Amendment. See Ku Klux Klan. See Jim Crow Laws. See Solid South. See Segregation.

Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate is a reference to the news media, particularly newspapers as a political force.

Fox News, Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel, commonly called Fox News, established in 1996, is a cable and satellite news channel headquartered in New York City with more than 95 million subscribers. Its news programming and opinion and commentary programming operate independently. Its slogan is “Fair and Balanced”. The company has been accused of biased reporting in favor of the Republican Party. Fox News is under continuous attacks from the political left including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, and MSNBC for being opinion journalism and not a news station. They refer to Fox News as Faux News. Fox news has had consistently higher ratings than the top three liberal stations combined for more than ten years. See War on Fox News. See CBS Scandal. See Rathergate-CBS Scandal. See NBC Scandal-Dateline NBC Sandal. See Brian Williams-NBC Scandal. See NBC-Chris Matthew’s Scandal. See CNN Presidential Debate Scandal. See Echo Chamber (Media and Politics). See Fake News. See Media Bias. See News Propaganda.

Framers

The framers are the men who wrote and adopted the United States Constitution.  See Founding Fathers.

Franking Privilege

The ability of members of Congress to mail informational materials to constituents free of charge. The franking privilege gives incumbents a great advantage in getting re-elected.

Fraternal Order of Police

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded in 1915, is a non-partisan, national, fraternal organization made up of more than 330,000 members consisting of full-time law enforcement officers, and over 2,200 local chapters or lodges. Its purpose is to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of the public, through education, legislation, and employee representation. FOP lodges may be either fraternal lodges or trade unions. John Kerry and Hillary Clinton are the only major party presidential candidates who have refused to complete a political questionnaire provided by the FOP.

Free

“Free” is a term used by liberal politicians and political candidates. It means “paid for by the 53% that pay federal income taxes. See Redistribution of Income. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers.

Free Exercise Clause

The part of the First Amendment that forbids the government from interfering in the free exercise of religion.

Free Reproductive Health Services

Free reproductive health services is a code phrase of the political left meaning taxpayer paid abortions on demand, including partial birth abortions. See Code Words.

Free Ride

Refers to a situation where a candidate, who holds an office, runs for a higher offer without giving up the lower office. If he or she is not elected to the higher office, the candidate continues to serve in the lower office. United States Senators who run for President, often get a free ride because their Senate terms are for six years.

Free Soil Party

The Free Soil Party was a political party founded in 1848 and dissolved in 1854 when it merged into the newly formed Republican Party. Its purpose was to oppose slavery arguing that free men on free soil comprised a morally and economically superior system to slavery. Its slogan was “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men.” Famous members of the Free Soil Party were: Salmon P. Chase, Richard Henry Dana Jr., John C. Fremont, Horace Mann, Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf, Whittier, and Asa Walker. See Early History of the Republican Party.

Free Speech Zones

Most liberal college and university campuses now have a “free speech zone”, where students are permitted to express any ideas or positions. These free speech zones mean that effectively, the entire campus is an anti-free speech zone where only approved speech is permitted so as not to offend students by exposing them to conservative ideas and positions. See Safe Zones.

Free Stuff

What the Democrats offer certain voters in order to bribe them into voting for the Democratic Party. Examples include free medical care, free birth control, free abortions, free food stamps, free housing, free cell phones, and more.

Free Trade

Free trade refers to unregulated trade between countries without tariffs, subsidies, or quotas. Free trade can lead to loss of manufacturing jobs by a wealthy trading partner to a partner employing cheap labor which is why many trade unions oppose free trade in favor of protectionism. The argument in favor of free trade is based on comparative advantage: each country should focus on what it can produce at the lowest cost and should trade its products for those it cannot produce economically. See Protectionism.

Freedom from Speech

Freedom from speech is the goal of many liberal college and university students as well as professors who demand safe places that are free of opposing views. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places. See Conservative Free Zones.

Freedom isn't Free

"Freedom isn't Free" is a popular phrase used by conservatives in the United States to express gratitude to the military services for their many sacrifices in defending the United States and our liberty.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (United States)

The Federal Freedom of Information Act is a federal law that requires the disclosure of previously unreleased information or documents controlled by the United States Government. Every state has a Freedom of Information Act that applies to that state.

FreedomWorks

FreedomWorks is a non-profit corporation formed in 2004 in Washington, D.C. FreedomWorks is a conservative and libertarian advocacy group that trains volunteers, and assists in political campaigns. It has more than one million members. The group works closely with the Tea Party movement. Its motto is "Lower Taxes. Less Government. More Freedom."

Frenemy (Politics)

A frenemy is an enemy that pretends to be a friend. The word is a portmanteau of "friend" and "enemy" and has existed since at least 1953. Frenemies of the United States include the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

Friday News Dump

Refers to the fact that bad news is often released late Friday afternoon knowing that it will receive less press coverage than if released at any other time.

Front Burner

Where an issue is placed when it must be given immediate attention.

Front Loading (Politics)

Frontloading refers to the tendency of certain states to select an early primary date in order to have more influence over who gets nominated at the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. See Super Tuesday. See Political Convention.

Front Organization

A front organization is an entity established and controlled by another organization with the intention of making the controlled organization look independent. An example would be a Democratic Party organization establishing an organization (front) called Republicans for Hillary Clinton.

Frugging

The unethical tactic whereby a telephone caller claims to be a political researcher conducting a poll, and often after obtaining wanted information, solicits a campaign contribution. A routine tactic of the Democratic National Committee.

Full Ginsburg

Refers to one person appearing on all five of the major Sunday morning interview shows on the same day: Fox News Sunday, This Week on ABC, Face the Nation on CBS, State of the Union on CNN, and Meet the Press on NBC. The term is named after attorney William Ginsburg who represented Monica Lewinsky in the scandal involving Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Fundamentally Change America

Change the United States to a socialist country from a free market country. A phrase used by the left.  See Socialism.  See Obamacare (ACA).

Fundamental Misjudgment

Refers to Democratic President Obama's statement that it would be a "fundamental misjudgment to require Iran to recognize the right of Israel to exist as part of any nuclear deal with the United States."

Fusion Voting, Electoral Fusion

Fusion voting or electoral fusion is an arrangement where two or more political parties on a ballot list the same candidate, pooling the votes for that candidate. Other names for fusion voting include cross endorsement, multi-party nomination, and ballot freedom. While once common in the United States, it is legal only in California (presidential elections only), Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, and Vermont.


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G7 or Group of 7

The G7 is a group made up of the finance ministers and bank governors of seven major advanced economies consisting of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the European Union is represented. The group represents approximately 47% of the global GDP. The group meets to discuss economic issues. The G7 was originally the G8 and included Russia. As a result of Russia invading and annexing the Crimean Peninsula, which is part of the Ukraine, Russia was expelled from the group.

G-20

The Group of 20 or G-20, formed in 1999, is the name given to the group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors from the twenty largest economies. These include 19 individual countries plus the European Union which is made up of 27 member nations. The G-20 meets regularly to discuss important issues related to the global economy.

Gadfly

A gadfly is a person who upsets the status quo by asking upsetting, annoying, or novel questions. A gadfly is someone who is provocative and a constant source of criticism.

Gadsden Flag

The Gadsden Flag, first flown in 1775, is a historical flag and symbol of American independence. The flag includes a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike with 13 rattles representing the 13 colonies, on a yellow field, above the defiant words, "Don't Tread on Me." The flag was named after General Christopher Gadsden who designed it during the American War of Independence. Today, the Gadsden Flag is associated with the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party.

Gaffe (Politics)

A clumsy social error or misjudgment. Examples are when Senator Joe Biden in referring to candidate Barack Obama said: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy," or when Senator Harry Reid in referring to candidate Barack Obama said Barack Obama will make a good candidate because "he is light skinned and has no Negro dialect unless he wanted one."

Gallery (California)

The balconies of the chambers from which visitors may view proceedings of the Legislature.

Gallup Poll

The Gallup Poll is an opinion poll conducted by Gallup, Inc. which was founded in 1935. The poll measures and tracks the public's attitudes concerning political, social, and economic issues. Gallup Polls predict the winner of presidential elections every four years and have been accurate with only a few exceptions. In 2012, Gallup's final poll had Mitt Romney at 49% and Barack Obama at 48% compared to the final results with Romney receiving 47.2% and Obama 51.1%.

Gaslight Presidency, Gaslighting

The Gaslight Presidency is a phrase first used by the Wall Street Journal to describe President Obama's behavior towards Congress. In the 1944 film Gaslight, a con artist manipulates his new wife psychologically to make her doubt her own sanity in a scheme to steal her inheritance. The word "gaslighting" has become a word used to describe the attempt of the political left to manipulate both Congress and the American People.

Gate

A suffix used since Watergate to provide a label to a possible or actual scandal. Examples are Whitewatergate, Travelgate, Vince Fostergate, Paula Jonesgate, Pardongate, Buddhist Templegate, and Lewinskygate.

Gated Community

A gated community is a residential community to which liberals retreat for safety after they explain why a border wall will not help protect American citizens. See Hypocrisy (Politics).

Gatekeeper (Politics)

A gatekeeper is a person who controls access to a decision maker or person with a high level of authority. The president of the United States will always have a gatekeeper.

Gates Test, The

The Gates Test refers to the following question: If every country had a wall built around it with only one gate, would people be lined up to enter the country or leave the country?

Gender (Politics)

The word gender has historically referred to a grammatical category indicating the sex, or lack of sex, of nouns and pronouns to be used depending upon the sex of a person. The three genders are masculine, feminine, and neuter. He is the masculine pronoun; she is the feminine pronoun; it is the neuter pronoun. People who are conservative use pronouns as indicated above based upon whether the reference is to a person or animal (he or she), or an object (it). Many liberals totally reject the use of the word gender. They prefer the use of the pronouns ze, hir, and hirs. See Gender Identity-Political Correctness. See Ze, Hir, Hirs. See Political Correctness.

Gender Gap (Voting)

The voting gender gap refers to the difference, measured as a percentage, between men and women voters. For example: 60% of women voters may support candidate “A” while only 45% of men support the same candidate.

Gender Identity – Political Correctness

Historically, applications for college admissions have requested the applicant to indicate "male" or "female". In order to comport with political correctness, the President of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, has mandated that applications for admission to any of the ten University of California campuses "accommodate" applicants by providing the following six possible gender choices: (1) Male, (2) Female, (3) Trans Male/Trans Man, (4) Trans Female/Trans Woman, (5) Gender Queer/Gender Non-Conforming, and (6) Different Identity. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, served as United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 under Democratic President Barack Obama.  See Political Correctness.

Gender War

The gender war is often called the war against men. Those engaged in the war insist gender isn’t biologically determined, and that women are no different than men. They insist that women can do anything a man can do in spite of physical differences. They denigrate masculinity in any form and raise their boys accordingly. Many believe men are unnecessary except to procreate. Supporters of the movement are strong supporters of the right to free, unrestricted abortions. Many believe the taxpayers should be required to pay for surgeries for those of all ages, including children, who claim to be transgender.

General Accounting Office

The General Accounting Office audits spending by the Executive Branch, renders legal opinions, and does investigations for Congress.

Generation X

Generation X, is the generation following the Baby Boomers and preceding the Millennials or Generation Y. While there is no officially recognized dates for when this generation starts or ends, the commonly recognized period is birth years starting from the early to mid-1960s and ending in the birth years from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Generation X was the first generation to be widely exposed to computers and the internet in their schools and homes. See Millennials, Generation Y. See Baby Boomers.

Geopolitics

Geopolitics is the study of the effects of geography and economics on international politics and relations. Geopolitical factors have become less important in modern times because of improvements in transportation and communication.

Gerrymandering, Gerrymander

Gerrymandering is the process of establishing electoral district lines in a way that creates a political advantage for the political party in power. The district is known as a gerrymander while the process of creating the district is called gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is often used to create majority-minority districts and to protect incumbents. See Dummymandering. See Majority-minority Districts. See Malapportionment.

Giant Sucking Sound

The “giant sucking sound” was the phrase used by Ross Perot in his 1992 presidential campaign to describe the negative effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which he strongly opposed. He said the loss of jobs to Mexico resulting from the law would create a “giant sucking sound”.

Gift Tax

A gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth while a person is living. See Inheritance Tax.

Give me Generation

Refers to the young supporters of the political left who support raising taxes on “the rich” so they can have “free” college tuition, “free” medical care, “free” abortions, subsidized housing, food stamps, and negative income taxes (subsidies) for those not working. Free means paid by those working and paying taxes.

Glad-handler

A person who is excessively and insincerely friendly in an effort to gain some advantage.

Global Cooling

Global cooling was the concern of many scientists and politicians during the 1970s due to the downward trend of temperatures from the early 1940s to the mid 1970s. The concern peaked in the mid 1970s when temperatures started to trend in the other direction. On January 11, 1970, the Washington Post reported: “Colder Winters Held Dawn of New Ice Age.” In 1975, a National Academy of Sciences report stated, “The average surface air temperature in the northern hemisphere increased from the 1880s until about 1940 and has been decreasing thereafter.” An April 28, 1975 article in Newsweek magazine titled “The Cooling World,” pointed to “ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change. The evidence in support of global cooling has begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. What causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery.” In 1977, Time magazine produced a magazine cover with a photo of a penguin under the headline, “How to Survive the Coming Ice Age.”

Globalism

Globalism refers to the view of the political left for a "world view" rather than an "American view" and is considered anti-American by many Americans, particularly conservatives. Globalism includes military, economic, social, and environmental matters. Globalism should not be confused with "globalization". Globalism is supported by those who seek a "One World Government" and a powerful United Nations. See Globalization.

Globalization

Globalization refers to the process of the nations of the world becoming more interdependent from a market and business standpoint. It is the result of free trade, the free flow of capital, less expensive travel, and better communications. See Globalism.

Globaloney

A foreign policy or global outlook that is unrealistic. Coined by Clare Booth Luce in 1943 to describe the thinking of liberal Vice President Henry Wallace who advocated that building airports all over the world would lead to world peace.

God and American History

God and American History, or God in American History, refers to quotations of the founding fathers and presidents of the United States, as well as historical documents, art, and monuments in the United States that refer to God in the context of the founding of America. See God and American History.

“God Damn America”

These were the words used by Jeremiah Wright, the spiritual leader and pastor of Democratic President Barack Obama for more than twenty years. The phrase was part of a rant condemning American after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.  See Chickens are Coming Home to Roost.

Gold Standard

The Gold Standard is a monetary system in which the economic standard of account is based upon a fixed amount of gold. Most countries abandoned the gold standard during the 1900s; however, most hold substantial gold reserves in the form of gold bullion. The United States was on the gold standard from 1879 to 1933 when Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the United States was no longer utilizing the gold standard.

Gold Star Family

A Gold Star Family is a family who lost a loved one fighting for America in a war. Related terms are Gold Star Mother, Gold Star Father, Gold Star Brother, Gold Star Sister, and Gold Star Wife or Husband. A Gold Star family member is entitled to display a gold star on a service flag as a symbol of their loss. Some states have authorized Gold Star License plates.

Goo-goos, Good Government Groups

Goo-goos or good government groups are groups that support government reform. The term was first used in the 1890s when Tammany Hall dominated New York politics, but it is still used today. Goo-goos are sometimes referred to as good government groups.

Good Offices

Good offices refers to the help that a person or nation can give to another who is trying to achieve something important. It is help from someone with power and authority.

GOPAC

GOPAC is a Republican Political Action Committee or PAC known to be a training organization for Republican candidates for office. It was founded in 1978 in an effort to build a "farm team" of Republican candidates.

Gotcha Journalism, Gotcha Question

Gotcha journalism is a pejorative term used by critics of certain major media companies to describe methods of interviewing designed to entrap interviewees into making damaging statements. Gotcha questions are asked by interviewers that have a hidden agenda. Their intent is to edit their interview in such a way as to show the interviewee in an unfavorable light by making the person appear to be unqualified, immoral, irrational, uncaring, and/or inconsistent. The term gotcha is a contraction of “got you.”

GOTV

Refers to the final phase in a political campaign: Get out the vote. This can be accomplished by absentee ballots, early voting, or election day voting.

Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was formed in 1921 as the General Accounting Office. Its name was changed in 2004. The federal government agency provides financial auditing; performance audits, evaluations, and investigative services for the U.S. Congress and is the top audit institution of the federal government. The GAO is headed by the Comptroller General of the United States which is a non-partisan position appointed by the president, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate for a 15 year non-renewable term. The Comptroller General may not be removed by the president, only by Congress. No Comptroller General has ever been removed.

Government Approved Christmas Carol List

The Government Approved Christmas Carol List refers to the fact that only federal government approved non-religious Christmas carols are now allowed to be sung at VA hospitals in the United States. This means that Jesus has been removed by the United States Government from Christmas celebrations for those Christians who have served their country and are confined to VA hospitals. See War on Christmas. See War on Christians. See New Atheism Movement.

Government Cheese

Government Cheese was once distributed to America’s low income families as part of a welfare program under the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program. Those receiving food stamps also received the processed cheese with generic product labeling once each month. The cheese came from food surplus stockpiled by the government as part of milk price supports. It was the same cheese as delivered to the military.   Today, the term government cheese is often used to refer to all welfare programs.

Government Land

The federal, state, and local governments own most of the land in the United States. Currently, the federal government, alone, owns the following percentages of land in the states where government ownership is the highest: Alaska 81%, Nevada 78.9%, Idaho 60.6%, Utah 60%, Oregon 52.3%, Wyoming 46.5%, California 44.5%, Arizona 42%, New Mexico 33.1%, Colorado 29.8%, Washington State 29.6%, and Montana 29.4%. The federal, state, and local governments have increased their acquisitions substantially from 2008 through 2015.

Government Motors

Government Motors was the name assigned to General Motors (GM) by Republicans and many Independents after the Obama administration prevented the company from reorganizing by means of a standard Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding so that it could intervene on behalf of the labor unions that had contracts and pension plans with GM. By preventing the bankruptcy, the unions were placed ahead of the bondholders. Thus, the unions benefited financially at the expense of the bondholders. Hundreds of millions of dollars went to the labor unions that supported Obama which is exactly the opposite of what would have happened in a standard bankruptcy proceeding. In addition, the federal government was issued stock in GM making it the largest shareholder in the company. The labor unions were also given stock and currently hold a large stake in GM.

The General Motors Foundation, a subsidiary of General Motors, gave the Clinton Foundation $684,455 in new vehicles while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. GM and Uzbekistan entered into a joint-venture agreement that required State Department approval shortly after the gift was made.

Government Party

This is a term that is commonly being used as a synonym for the "Democratic Party" because it is an excellent description of the party. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers. See Voting for a Living. See Competing for Votes.

Government Shutdown (Federal)

A “government shutdown” is the term commonly used to describe the situation where Congress refuses or is unable to pass an appropriations bill. There has never been a real shutdown of the federal government, and under current law, the federal government never completely shuts down where Congress does not pass an appropriations bill for any reason. Crucial services essential for national security and public safety – such as the military, air traffic control, medical care, care of prisoners, emergency and disaster assistance, tax collections, border patrol, production of electrical power, criminal investigations, and law enforcement – as well as mandatory payments such as social security and veteran’s benefits continue as required by law. A lapse in funding has taken place numerous times without any serious consequences. From 1977 to 2014 there have been 17 “government shutdowns”. Politicians sometimes use the fear generated by the thought of a government shutdown to their political advantage.

Governor's Budget (California)

A spending plan for the State presented annually by the Governor in January, for consideration by the Legislature; compiled by the Department of Finance, in conjunction with state department heads.

Graft

A form of political corruption where funds intended for public projects are intentionally misdirected to private interests. See Honest Graft.

Grandfathering

A legal exemption whereby a situation is governed by an old law while a new law applies to all future, similar situations.

Grandstanding

Grandstanding is behavior intended to get attention and approval. It includes giving a speech designed to generate quick applause by including statements that do not necessarily add substance to the speech.

Gravy Train

Refers to a job that pays well and offers good benefits for little effort. Many government jobs are gravy train jobs.   See Featherbedding.  See Make Work.

Grease (Politics)

Another word for cash. Grease refers to the cash needed to smooth the way. In other words, money used to bribe or corrupt. The term was coined in 1881 by Democrat John Thompson who explained to the Ohio Democratic Party Central Committee that “we must have grease to run a campaign”.

Great Emancipator

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and the first Republican President, has been called the “Great Emancipator” because he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that initiated the end of slavery in the United States. He was also Commander in Chief of the United States Army that defeated the Confederate States leading to the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery. In recent years, the political left has attempted to tarnish the reputation of President Lincoln by suggesting that he did not favor freeing the slaves. See Ku Klux Klan, KKK. See Historical Revisionism.

Great Mentioner, The

The great mentioner is the term used to describe the phenomenon whereby a credible unnamed source has mentioned to a journalist that a certain person may be a candidate for a higher office such as the presidency. It is an attempt by a journalist to add credibility to pure speculation. An example would be: A high level, unnamed source in the administration has stated that Mary Doe is likely to announce that she will be a candidate for the United States Senate in California. See Echo Chamber (Media and Politics). See Fake News. See Journalism Sandals. See Media Bias. See Liberal Bias.

Great Seal of the United States, The

The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the federal government and has been in use since 1782. The Great Seal features an American Eagle holding 13 arrows in its left talon, referring to the original 13 states, and an olive branch in its right talon, symbolizing together our strong desire for peace, but readiness for war. In its beak, the eagle holds a scroll with the motto E pluribus unum, Out of Many, One. See E pluribus unum.

Greatest Gun Salesman in America

Former Democratic President Barack Obama is considered by America’s gun manufacturers and retailers to be the greatest gun salesman in American history because during his eight years in office, gun sales skyrocketed to unprecedented levels in all 50 states. Millions of Americans purchased guns for themselves, their children, and even their future grandchildren. Millions feared that they needed to purchase and hide guns from the government while they had an opportunity to do so. See Ammo background checks. See Ammunition Control. See Gun Confiscation. See Gun Grabbing. See Gun Owners of America. See Gun Registration. See Gun Tracking Bracelets. See Gun Violence Restraining Orders. See Gun Violence Taxes. See Gunmageddon. See National Rifle Association (NRA). See Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. See Pro Gun Sayings. See Gun Control Quotations.

Green-Rainbow Party

The Green-Rainbow Party, founded in 2002, is one of four political parties officially existing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. The party has supported Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, David Cobb, and Jill Stein. The party considers climate change to be at a crisis level, supports unrestricted abortions, redistribution of income and wealth, and socialized medicine.

Green Left

The Green Left usually refers to extreme environmentalists, but may refer to Eco-socialism. See Eco-socialism, Eco-socialists. See Environmental Alarmism.

Green Party of the United States

The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) also known as the Greens, is the fourth largest party in the United States and is considered an alternative to the Democratic Party for many liberals who are highly concerned about social justice, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights, the environment, and racism. The party is divided up into a youth wing, a woman’s wing, a Latino wing, a Black wing, and an LGPT wing. The party describes itself as an “eco-socialist” organization and supports the payment of reparations to Black-Americans.

Greenpeace

Greenpeace is an international environmental organization that uses direct action and lobbying to achieve its political agenda. The goal of Greenpeace is to stop global warming, overfishing, deforestation, and all coal burning, natural gas, and nuclear power generating plants. The organization is funded by the far left including the owners of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Greenwash

Greenwash refers to the deceptive public relations used by polluters to falsely create for themselves an environmentally responsible public image. The term was used in connection with the discovery that former Democratic Vice-President Al Gore was travelling all over the country to give high priced speeches about global warming in his private jet, burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel.

Grievance Industry, Race Grievance Industry

The grievance industry is also known as the race grievance industry, the gender grievance industry, the ethnic grievance industry, and more recently, the Muslim grievance industry. In each case, a well organized group of liberal activists gins up phony allegations of exploitation by what is most often white Republicans or conservatives. The result is a call to action calculated to create division and social unrest. Ultimately, it results in a call for money to stop the “exploitation” of their constituency.

Grifter

In politics, a grifter is someone who lines their pockets by collecting money while promising things either they cannot deliver or don't intend to deliver.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

The monetary value of all finished goods and services produced within a nation's borders in a specific period of time, usually annually. GDP is commonly used as an indicator of the economic condition of a nation and to measure a nation's standard of living. GDP does not measure a nation's underground economy. See Gross National Product.

Gross National Product (GNP)

Gross Domestic Product, plus any income earned by residents from overseas investments, less income earned within the domestic economy by overseas residents. See Gross Domestic Product.

Gross Receipts Tax

A gross receipts tax is a business tax calculated on the revenue of a business irrespective of its profitability. Companies that earn a profit after paying a gross receipts tax, pay another tax based upon the income of the company. Companies that make no profit, are still required to pay a gross receipts tax in many jurisdictions. If they are not profitable after paying the gross receipts tax, they face closing the business. Gross receipts taxes are levied by many states including Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The tax is also levied by hundreds of cities across America. Many businesses avoid locating in jurisdictions that have a gross receipts tax.

Groupthink

Describes how a person’s membership or involvement in an organization influences his or her thinking and actions. Refers to the tendency of people within a group to think similarly, to avoid disharmony, and to ignore information or ideas that threaten to disrupt the consensus of the group.

Grown in office

Refers to someone who has been elected based on a set of political positions, but after being elected, changes and supports an opposite set of positions. See Dime Store Democrats.

Guantanamo (Gitmo)

Guantanamo was established as a military prison or detention camp after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Guantanamo is located at the U.S Navel Base on Cuba which the United States has possessed since 1898. The facility was created to hold enemy combatants which are people captured on the battlefield fighting American troops. The Obama Administration promised to close Gitmo before the end of the president’s term of office, releasing most of the prisoners, and sending others to prisons in the United States where each enemy combatant can be provided a criminal defense attorney at taxpayer expense. During the Second World War, enemy combatants were held in military prisons for the duration of the war. They were not provided attorneys.

Gubernatorial Election

The selection of a governor by a state's voters.

Guaranteed Annual Income

A goal of many on the political left. It is a proposal to eliminate the existing system of welfare in favor of a guaranteed minimum income for every adult paid for by the 53% working and paying income taxes.

Gucci Gulch (Politics)

Gucci Gulch is a term used to refer to all lobbyists as a group. It refers to their ability to pay for fashionable clothing and other amenities of life.

Guest Worker Program

A guest worker program allows foreign workers to temporarily reside and work in a host country for a defined period. Once the period of time has expired, the guest workers are required to return to their country. The United States had a guest worker program that worked very well from 1942 to 1964 when it was terminated during the administration of Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Gun Buy-backs

Mandatory gun buy-back laws advocated by the political left are a proposed means of confiscating guns from the citizens of the United States. Such laws would violate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and demonstrate that the underlying goal of “gun control” advocates is gun confiscation. The political left continues to believe and advocate that the United States Supreme Court has incorrectly determined that the Second Amendment guarantees the people, the right to self-defense.

Gun Confiscation

A goal of the political left. Phase I is the mandatory registration of all guns. Countries that have confiscated guns include: Turkey in 1911, the Soviet Union in 1929, and Germany in 1938. See Gun Registration.  See Pro Gun Sayings.  See Gun Control Quotations.

Gun Free Zones

Gun Free Zones are areas where federal or state laws prohibit any person from possessing a gun. This includes areas where a person has reasonable cause to believe they are in a school zone as defined by law. Gun free zone laws have been passed by liberal lawmakers with the intent of making the areas safer. In reality, the areas have become substantially more dangerous because criminals consider the areas "defenseless zones". The fallacy of "Gun Free Zone reasoning" is obvious when you look at what happened at Fort Hood, Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Century Movie Theater in Aurora, and Virginia Tech. Criminals consider these zones to be "Victim Zones" where they can kill more easily and with less risk to themselves.

Gun Grabbing

Gun grabbing refers to the seizure of guns by the government, from gun owners who have been accused of some wrongful act, but have not been convicted of any crime. Gun grabbing takes place when a person makes the claim that he or she has been the victim of domestic violence, or when a person seeks a restraining order claiming that he or she is being harassed. Such accusations are often used by those on the political left in the government as a pretext for confiscating guns, even though the gun owner has not been convicted of any crime. Gun grabbing is common in cities and states where the political left is in control. Where gun grabbing takes place, innocent people rarely get their guns back, but are sometimes offered a token financial settlement to avoid litigation and adverse publicity. Gun grabbing is justified by those who despise the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  See Pro Gun Sayings.  See Gun Control Quotations.

Gun Owners of America

Gun Owners of America is a non-profit national gun rights organization founded in 1975 and headquartered in Springfield, Virginia with more than 300,000 members in all 50 states. Its primary goal is to defend the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The organization points out that U.S. citizen's use guns an average of 6,850 times each day to defend themselves.  See National Rifle Association

Gun Registration

The goal of the political left. Gun registration is the first step to gun confiscation. Once the owners of every gun in America are identified, it is an easy step to confiscate their guns. See Gun Confiscation.

Gun Tracking Bracelets

Gun tracking bracelets are devices that can be placed on a gun owner's wrist that must be worn before a gun can be fired. The Obama justice department has advocated mandatory gun tracking bracelets as a requirement to own a gun. Such a law would require citizens to turn in all guns not electronically tied to a gun tracking bracelet. Anyone who did not comply with the proposed law would be subject to a large fine and mandatory imprisonment.

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

“Gun Violence Restraining Orders” refers to a law signed by liberal Governor Jerry Brown that permits a judge to confiscate the gun of a person who has committed no crime and has made no threat, if a relative, including a divorcing spouse, articulates a fear that the gun owner may commit gun violence. It is the first and only law of its type in the United States. The law is expected to create a firestorm of litigation between gun owners and the state, and between relatives, including married couples, who are separated or obtaining a divorce. The law will be challenged as violating the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Gun Violence Taxes

A strategy of the political left is to impose a “gun violence tax” on the sale of guns and ammunition in the United States. Its purpose it to discourage people with modest incomes from purchasing guns for protection and making them totally dependent on the government. The imposition of “gun violence taxes” is also an attempt to subvert the intention and purpose of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Given that “gun violence taxes” are an attempt to amend our Constitution, such taxes are likely to be held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Gunboat Diplomacy

International policy based upon highly visible displays of naval power. It implies the threat of military force if necessary to obtain a favorable agreement.

Gunmageddon

Gunmageddon is a term commonly used by defenders of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Gunmageddon refers to the political battle to prevent liberals from eliminating the Second Amendment from our Constitution, without a constitutional amendment. The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” See Bill of Rights. See Gun Confiscation. See Gun Free Zones. See Gun Grabbing. See Gun Owners of America. See Gun Registration. See Gun Tracking Bracelets. See National Rifle Association (NRA). See Operation Fast and Furious. See Unconstitutional. See Pro Gun Sayings.  See Gun Control Quotations.

Gypsy Moth Republicans

A term used by some conservative Republicans to describe liberals who are registered Republicans. A pejorative term that refers to Republicans who damage the Republican Party.


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Hairgate Scandal

The Hairgate Scandal refers to the incident surrounding Democratic President Bill Clinton getting a $200 haircut on board Air Force One while the plane was sitting on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport for more than one hour delaying air traffic for thousands of travelers. After the two runways at LAX were shut down, the president's haircut was called "the most expensive haircut in history" by some in the press.

Half-Truth

A half-truth is a deceptive statement that includes some element of the truth, but not the entire truth. They are very common in politics. An example would be: “I have voted for five tax cuts” when the complete truth would be “I have voted for five tax cuts together with ten tax increases”. It has been said that a half-truth is a whole-lie.

Halloween Costume Sensitivity Consultants

Liberal administrators at Wesleyan University and State University of New York have started the trend whereby liberal colleges and universities, as well as many public high schools are bringing Halloween Costume Sensitivity Consultants to campuses in order to instruct the students in political correctness as it relates to Halloween Costumes. According to the political left, costumes incorporating the following are wrong and should be banned: Muslims, Arabs, Israeli Defense Forces, U.S. Military, Guns, Indians, Obama, and American Flags.

Hamilton Boycott

The “Hamilton Boycott” refers to the boycott of New York’s Broadway Theaters, the Hollywood film industry, and many live theater performances across the country, by thousands of conservatives as a result of what took place when Vice-president Elect Mike Pence attended a performance of the Broadway show Hamilton in New York City in November of 2016. Lead by actor Brandon Victor, the cast of the show assembled on stage and directed the following words to the vice-president elect: “We are the diverse America, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights…” Mike Pence was also met with boos from the crowd as he entered the theater. Many conservatives have decided to vote with their dollars and boycott the liberal entertainment industry.

Hamilton Electors

Hamilton Electors refers to a scheme by the Democratic Party to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 even though he won the Electoral College vote by a wide margin, winning 30 states with 306 pledged electors out of 538. Only 270 were required. The scheme involved attempting to get pledged electors to break their pledge and vote for another candidate such as Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Argument made was that the purpose of the Electoral College was to protect the American people from an unqualified or dangerous person which they considered Donald Trump to be. Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers, referred to the Electoral College as a constitutional Safeguard, Thus the name “Hamilton Electors”. See Electoral College. See Electors.

Hampshire College Flag Scandal

The Hampshire College Flag Scandal refers to the decision of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts to remove the American Flag from the campus flagpole and to prohibit it indefinitely from being displayed. The decision was made after the flag was repeatedly burned as a protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump. Supporters of the decision believe the United States is a racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT nation. They are attempting to get other colleges and universities to follow their example.

Handlers

Handler is a pejorative term for someone who “handles” the various needs of candidates for public office. The preferred terms are consultants, key aids, strategists, and advisers.

Hanoi Jane

The name Hanoi Jane was earned by liberal actress Jane Fonda after aiding and abetting the enemy, North Vietnam, during the Vietnam War, while Americans were being tortured at the famous “Hanoi Hilton”. Hanoi Jane traveled to North Vietnam several times to assist the Communists with anti-American propaganda which included broadcasts and photographs which can be found on the internet.

Hard money / Soft money

Hard money and soft money are terms used to differentiate between campaign funding that is, and is not, regulated under federal campaign finance laws. Hard money describes donations by individuals and groups made directly to political candidates running for federal office. Such contributions are restricted by law. Soft money refers to donations not regulated by law that can be spent only on civic activities such as voter-registration drives, party-building activities, administrative costs, and activities in support of state and local candidates. "Soft money" contributions, by law, may not be used to directly support a candidate for federal office.

Harm Principle

The Harm Principle is a basic principle of libertarians and the Libertarian Party. The principle holds that the actions of individuals should only be limited to prevent harm to other individuals. The principle was articulated by John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, first published in 1859, where he argued that “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” See Libertarian Party. See Liberty. See Freedom.

Hat in the Ring

Coined by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 when he announced that he was an active candidate for president. He said, "My hat's in the ring. The fight is on…"

Hatch Act

The Hatch Act places restrictions on political activity by employees of the executive branch of the U.S. federal government, District of Columbia government, and state and local employees who work in connection with federally funded programs. Under the act, employees are permitted to contribute to a candidate's campaign, but are restricted from using official authority to influence an election, including soliciting or receiving political contributions and engaging in political activity – including wearing or displaying political promotional materials – while working. Employees covered by the Hatch Act may run for office in a nonpartisan election, such as many school board elections, but are prohibited from running in partisan elections.

Hatched

Hatched means eliminated from political activity as a result of the Hatch Act. See Hatch Act.

Hatchet Job (Politics)

A hatchet job is a fierce and sometimes unfair attack on an opponent carried out by a person commonly referred to as a hatchet man. The attack may be written or spoken or both. See Hatchet Man. See Attack Journalism. See Disinformation. See Race Bating. See Roorback.

Hate Groups

A hate group is a group of people that advocates or practices violence, hatred, or hostility towards members of a race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, or other group such as law enforcement. The purpose of such groups is to promote hostility, animosity, and malice against a particular group or groups. Hate groups include the White Aryan Resistance, American Muslims for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter, and the Ku Klux Klan. See Black Lives Matter. See Black Lives Matter Chants. See Ku Klux Klan. See American Muslims for Palestine. See Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter. See Nation of Islam. See Muslim Public Affairs Council. See Anti-Defamation League (ADL). See Holocaust Denial, Deniers. See IRS Targeting.

He who does not work…

“He who does not work, neither shall he eat” is a quotation from the Bible that is often quoted by conservatives in arguing against welfare benefits that are not tied to a work requirement. Another interpretation is “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Conservatives acknowledge that those who are unable to work should be excluded from the requirement and provided reasonable assistance.

Head of State, Chief of State

The head of state, also commonly called the chief of state, is the person who officially represents a sovereign nation. In some countries, like the United States, the head of state is also the head of government that is elected to head the executive branch. In other countries, such as the United Kingdom, the head of state is a ceremonial figurehead with no real political authority.

Head Start Program

The Head Start Program is a federal program that provides taxpayer paid preschool and childcare services to low income families. Included are breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. The program is designed for children that are three to five years of age. It is paid entirely by the people who pay taxes.

Hearing

A committee meeting convened for the purpose of considering and acting upon or gathering information on a specific subject.

Heartbeat Away from the Presidency

An expression that reminds all of us that the vice president is just a heartbeat away from the presidency and, therefore, the person who holds the office should be selected very carefully. Several times in the history of the United States, the vice president has succeeded to the office of the presidency.

Heartland of America

The Heartland of America refers to the Midwest and Bible Belt, and excludes the West Coast and East Coast of the United States. It refers to the most conservative section of the country.

Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies is a children’s school book published by liberals for children under seven years of age that is now standard reading material in many public schools. Heather is a small child with no daddy and two lesbian mommies. Other required reading is some public schools is Mommy, Mama, and Me and Daddy’s Roommate. See Daddy’s Roomate.

Heckle

To harass a speaker with the intent of silencing him or her. Common techniques are chanting or otherwise making so much noise that an audience cannot learn what the speaker intends to say. This is a favorite technique of the left used extensively at college and university campuses to eliminate certain views and the statement of undisputable facts. The act of heckling is not consistent with a country founded on the right of free speech.

Heckler's Veto

A heckler's veto occurs when a person's right to freedom of speech is restricted or ended by the government in order to preserve the peace in favor of a heckler or hecklers. It typically occurs when there is an immediate threat of violence by the hecklers. Interrupting conservative speakers with hecklers is a common tactic of the political left and is used on college and university campuses all over America. See Conservative Free Zones.

Hegemony

Strong influence or control over another country or a group of people. Dominance over others.

Heir Apparent

The heir apparent is the selected successor of the incumbent who may or may not succeed in being elected to office. President George H.W. Bush was the heir apparent to President Ronald Reagan. Secretary Hillary Clinton was the heir apparent to President Barack Obama.

Higher Law

Higher law refers to the laws of God which are superior to the laws of man.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a euphemism used to describe a politician who claims to be doing something really important, when in reality, he or she is meeting someone in a hotel room. The term was coined after a politician disappeared, later claiming that he was hiking the AppalachianTrail. He was actually spending time with his mistress.

Hillarycare

Hillarycare was a program of socialized medicine proposed by the Clinton Administration and defeated by Congress in 1993. Like Obamacare, it included a large number of false promises.

Hillbilly

Hillbilly is a pejorative term used primarily by liberal elites for people who live in rural, mountain areas, mostly in Appalachia and the Ozarks. Liberals describe people from these areas as uneducated, inbred, poor, religious, violent, and gun owners. Conservatives describe them as Americans.

Hippie Movement

The Hippies were a subculture started in the 1960s. They were a rebellious group, supporting the political left. Hippies advocated the use of illegal drugs, sexual promiscuity, opposition to authority, disrespect of the police and military, and the fundamental change of America into a socialist state. Hippies opposed the war in Vietnam. Some like Jane Fonda actively supported the Communists in North Vietnam while they were killing Americans. See Socialism.

Hispandering

Hispandering is a portmanteau of the words “Hispanic” and pandering. It consists of pandering to Hispanics. An example would be when Hillary Clinton stated that she was in favor of free trade and open borders. Hispandering takes place whenever a politican expresses an insincere interest in an issue of particular importance to Hispanics for self-serving reasons.

Historical Revisionism

Historical revisionism refers to the attempt to re-write or distort history in order to place the revisionists in a better light. Examples are those engaged in Holocaust denial, and those who deny the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman government (now the Republic of Turkey).  See Force-Feed (Politics), See Liberal Creep.

Hit List (Politics)

A list of people and / or projects to be eliminated. The phrase is usually used at a time of transition between administrations.

Hobby Protection Act

The Hobby Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1973, covers imitation political collector’s items that are required to be marked with certain identifying information in an effort to flag them as imitations. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC). See Political Campaign Buttons.

Hobson’s Choice

A Hobson’s Choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered. It is essentially a choice of “take it or leave it”. The phrase originated with Thomas Hobson, a livery stable owner, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse nearest the door or none at all. He wanted to rotate his forty horses that he made available to customers. Henry Ford also offered his original Ford Model T with a Hobson’s Choice: A customer could have any color they wanted as long as it was black. See Morton’s Fork.

Holding Court

To hold court refers to being surrounded by, and commanding the attention of, a group of subordinates, and admirers who listen to every word delivered. The phrase alludes to both royalty and a judge presiding over a court.

Hollywood Values

Hollywood values are characterized by extramarital sex, unrestricted abortion, drug use, lawlessness, violence, and disrespect for Christianity, the military, and marriage.

Holocaust Denial, Deniers

Holocaust denial is the act of denying the genocide of Jews before and during World War II by Hitler and Nazi Germany. Most holocaust deniers claim that the holocaust is a hoax created by Jews to advance Jewish interests at the expense of other people, such as the Palestinian Arabs. Holocaust denial is considered so offensive that it is illegal in some countries.  See Historical Revisionism.  See Holocaust Trivialization.

Holocaust Trivialization

Holocaust trivialization refers to comparing various situations in which people find themselves to the Holocaust in which more than 6 million Jews were exterminated. Making such comparisons to the Holocaust is highly offensive to most Jews because it trivializes what happened.  See Historical Revisionism.

Homelessness as a medical condition

Many on the political left are advocating that homelessness is a medical condition and therefore should be covered by Medicaid. It is reasoned by liberals that if homelessness is a disease, doctors should be able to write prescriptions for the cure: housing paid for through Medicaid. See Voting for a Living. See Makers and Takers. See Redistribution of Income and Wealth. See Compassion. See Socialism. See Legal Plunder. See Free Stuff. See Obamanomics. See Redistribution of Voters.

Homeschooling or Home Education

Homeschooling consists of students receiving their education from a parent or guardian, or an instructor acting under the supervision of a parent or guardian, rather than at a traditional school, such as a public school. In the United States, approximately 3% of students are homeschooled. The most common reasons parents choose home education are: (1) They believe the education provided will be superior; (2) They do not want their children indoctrinated by teachers who are advocates of the political left; (3) They want to include religion in their children's education; and (4) It provides an opportunity for parents to spend more time with their children. The political left objects to homeschooling and has created obstacles to homeschooling whenever possible. Liberals want to see all children in public schools.

Honest Graft

Honest graft is the phrase for taking advantage of the money making opportunities that may arise while holding public office. The phrase was made famous by Tammany Hall Democratic Political Boss George Washington Plunkitt who made millions of dollars through land purchases, which he knew would be needed for political projects. See Tammany Hall. See Graft.

Honey Trap, Honey Trapping (Politics)

In politics, honey trapping is the practice of obtaining evidence to be used against a candidate or public official. Usually, an attractive participant will flirt with a married target, exchange information, and then attempt to set up a date usually at a hotel. The interaction is recorded by another participant and the information gathered is used against the target. Honey trapping services are used in politics, including international politics, and by others.

Honorable Person

An honorable person is someone who believes in telling the truth and doing what is right at all times. An honorable person is someone deserving of respect because they are genuine and not deceitful. Every candidate for office and politician should strive to be considered honorable.

Horatio Alger Association

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a non-profit organization established in 1947 to honor the achievements of Americans who have succeeded in spite of great adversity. The organization grants the annual Horatio Alger Award and grants scholarships based on need. People honored with the award include Roger Ailes, Mary Kay Ash, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Bob Dole, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford, Billy Graham, Phil Gramm, Chuck Hagel, Paul Harvey, Herbert Hoover, Ray Kroc, Clare Luce Booth, H. Ross Perot, Colin Powell, and Oprah Winfrey.

Horse Race

Used as a metaphor for an election campaign, "horse race" is used to describe a close contest and attempts to convey the feeling of excitement that people experience when watching a sporting event.

Hostage Takers

Hostage takers refers to the phrase used by the Obama Administration to describe Republicans who refuse to concede to the demands of the left. The phrase is now a talking point for many Democrats who describe the "hostages" as the American people. Democratic United States Senator Bob Menendez has gone so far as to say "Negotiating with Republicans is almost like negotiating with terrorists."

House (California)

Refers to either the State Senate or the State Assembly in California.

House Negro

House Negro is a pejorative term that is used by people on the political left to describe some Black people who work for Caucasian supervisors. It is intended to compare them to house slaves owned by white slave owners prior to emancipation. The term is usually reserved to describe Black people who are conservatives. See Race Traitor.

House of Representatives (United States)

See Congress (United States).

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is a political lobbying organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 in California and the advancement of taxpayer's rights including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases, and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Howler (Politics)

A howler is an extreme blunder or gaffe that is likely to make someone howl with laughter. See Gaffe (Politics), Political. See Catchphrase (Politics). See Political Humor – Conservatives. See Political Humor – Liberals.

Human Rights

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all people are entitled. The Founding Fathers of the United States proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence in 1776 that all people are "endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…"   See Founding Fathers.  See Declaration of Independence.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts research and advocates on human rights issues. The American founded organization was established in New York City in 1978 and has offices in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and several other cities around the world. HRW opposes violations of basic human rights and advocates for freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and opposes the use of children in the military, torture, and gender discrimination. Its stated mission is to become a voice of justice. See Amnesty International.

Hussein

“Hussein” is the name used by an overwhelming number of Israeli citizens to refer to Barack Obama since President Obama endorsed terminating sanctions against Iran and permitting them to proceed forward in developing the materials needed to produce nuclear bombs. Hussein is the middle name of President Barack Hussein Obama.

Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation is a very high rate of inflation which is accelerating. Hyperinflation destroys the value of the local currency and savings. It discourages savings, encourages the spending of cash before it loses value, and makes barter highly attractive. The United States experienced hyperinflation during the administration of Democratic President Jimmy Carter. See Inflation.

Hyperpluralism

Hyperpluralism exists when competing groups are so numerous and have such varied competing interests that coalitions are difficult to form resulting in gridlock. See Pluralism.

Hyphenated American

Refers to the identification of an American's racial, ethnic, or national heritage. Examples are African-American and Italian-American. Referring to people with the use of a hyphen is discouraged by many Republicans. President Theodore Roosevelt said, "There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. The men who do not become Americans are hyphenated Americans."

Hypocrisy (Politics)

Hypocrisy is the pretense of having a virtuous character or high standards and beliefs that one does not really possess. An example of hypocrisy is when Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took a private jet to a "clean energy" event held in Greenville, North Carolina, instead of a scheduled commercial flight. Another example is arguing that a border wall will not prevent immigrants from entering the United States illegally, while living in a gated community with monitored surveillance cameras. A further example would be arguing that law-abiding citizens should not be able to possess a gun to defend themselves and their family while living in a community that has security guards or other sources of protection. Another example would be arguing against allowing the government to issue school vouchers so parents can choose the best school for their children, while sending your own children to a private school because you can afford the best and you don’t want your child in a public school.

Hypothecated Tax

The hypothecation of a tax is the pledging or dedication of specific tax dollars for a specific expenditure purpose. An example would be utilizing taxes on gasoline for highway and road purposes. See Tax Choice.


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I am not an anti-Semite

Refers to the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama is the only president in American history whose choice of words and behavior in office has obliged him to declare publicly: “I am not an anti-Semite.” The most serious of those actions was his taking the side of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah instead of the side of Israel and the United States Congress in connection with lifting the economic sanctions against Iran and allowing them to produce nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. See Anti-Semite, Anti-Semitism.

I Have a Scream

Refer to the "Dean Scream".

I Want A Lamborghini

“I want a Lamborghini” was the reason given by Planned Parenthood Doctor Deborah Nucatola when discussing the high price of aborted babies’ body parts while she sipped a glass of wine. The entire matter was recorded and is available on YouTube. See: Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts for Profit. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

ICE

See U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Identity Politics

Identity politics involves taking positions, organizing, and sometimes acting based upon the desires and concerns of social groups which are based primarily on race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. Organizing based on identity, is a means for obtaining political power. Identity politics has been widely criticized because it assumes that an entire group has the same needs and interests.

Ideolog

An ideolog is a person who advocates a specific ideology. See Ideology.

Ideology

A set of beliefs or ideas that are shared by the members of a group or that form the basis of a political or economic system. It is a way of looking at things. Conservatives have an ideology, as do liberals and Marxists.

Illegal Alien

See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants. See Kate's Law. See Sanctuary City. See Super Sanctuary Cities.

Immunity

The constitutional protection given to Members of Congress from being served lawsuits or being arrested while on the floor of Congress. Members are also immune from claims of defamation for anything said on the floor of Congress.

Immunity from Prosecution, Legal Immunity

Immunity from prosecution, also referred to as legal immunity, is a legal status, whereby a person is not held liable for a violation of the law in order to obtain the person’s testimony concerning another person’s more significant violation of the law. Legal immunity can be absolute or qualified.

Impeachment (Federal)

The charging of a member of the Executive Branch or the Judiciary, by the U.S. House of Representatives, with a crime that could be grounds for removing the person charged from office. After impeachment, which is similar to an indictment, the U.S. Senate votes whether to convict the person of the charge. If convicted, the person is usually removed from office and may otherwise be punished.

Implied Powers

Implied powers are powers inferred from the express powers that allow Congress to carry out its functions. See Inherent Powers. See Constitution of the United States.

Importing Votes – Importing Voters

Importing votes refers to the strategy of the political left to maintain open borders which invites immigrants to enter the United States illegally. Given the propensity of people who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally to vote illegally for Democrats, the policy of open borders has resulted in effectively importing votes and voters for the Democratic Party. See Free Stuff. See Undocumented Democrats.

Impoundment

Consists of the refusal by the President of the United States to permit a federal agency to spend funds Congress has authorized and appropriated. Impoundment is illegal, but has been implemented from time to time.

In God We Trust

"In God We Trust" was adopted by Congress and signed into law by Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 as the official motto of the United States, replacing the unofficial motto, "E pluribus unum" which is found on the Great Seal of the United States, adopted in 1782. The motto was added to paper currency over the period 1957 to 1966. The political left and atheists have unsuccessfully attempted to eliminate the reference to God every year since 1956. The states of Florida, Indiana, and South Carolina make license plates displaying the motto as an option at no additional cost. See The Great Seal of the United States. See E pluribus unum.

In Government We Trust

In Government We Trust is the response of the extreme political left to the official motto of the United States: In God We Trust. See In God We Trust. See The Great Seal of the United States. See E pluribus unum.

In the Year of our Lord

When the Constitution of the United States was ratified in convention, the final paragraph before the signatures of the founding fathers stated: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven…” “In the Year of our Lord” refers to the birth of Jesus Christ. See God and American History.   See Founding Fathers.

In-Kind Political Contributions

Services provided in lieu of money. Examples are advertising, free office space, printing, furniture rentals, food, and paid utilities.

Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of the President of the United States is a ceremony to mark the start of a new four-year term of a newly elected president of the United States. An inauguration takes place for each new term of a president even if the president has been re-elected to a second term of office. The only requirement of the United States Constitution is that the new president make an oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The inauguration takes place on January 20th at noon when the oath is administered usually by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The only president to use the word “affirm” rather than “swear” has been Democrat Franklin Pierce in 1853. Those who attend are generally former presidents, former vice-presidents, Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers, and other dignitaries. Most importantly, the inauguration ceremony demonstrates to the world the peaceful transition of power from one president and chief executive to another. See Democratic Party Boycott of Republican Inauguration.

Income Inequality

Income inequality is a code phrase used by the political left for redistribution of income. Redistribution of income can be accomplished many ways including, but not limited to the use of the progressive income tax, tax credits, outright programs for welfare and food stamps, and various subsidies. See Voting for a Living.

Incumbent Rule

A rule established by most professional political pollsters that says an incumbent rarely receives a higher percentage of votes in an election than they receive in the polls because most voters who are undecided on the last day tend to vote for the challenger.

Independent Expenditures

Independent expenditures refers to a political campaign communication that expressly advocates for the election or defeat of a specific candidate for office that is not made “in cooperation, consultation, or concert with or at the request or suggestion of a candidate, candidate’s authorized committee, or a political party.” See Federal Election Commission. See Political Action Committee (PAC). See 527 Organization. See Super PAC. 

Independent Voter

An independent voter is a voter who has not affiliated with a political party, although some of those voters vote consistently for candidates of a particular political party. Independent voters usually take the position that they vote for the person and not a  political party. While this may be accurate, it is also accurate to say that most elected officials follow the leadership of their political party.  See Dealignment.

Indexing

Providing automatic increases to compensate for inflation.  See Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968

Native Americans are citizens of their tribal nations as well as the United States. Tribal nations are characterized under U.S. law as “domestic dependent nations”, and thus, Native Americans have a form of dual citizenship. In 1924, citizenship was granted to Native Americans giving them all rights of U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. In 1968, the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed by Congress. The act applies to the Indian tribes in the United States and includes many, but not all, of the guarantees provided under the Bill of Rights. Today, approximately 14% of Native Americans live on reservations.

Indigenous People, Native People

Indigenous people are the first people to inhabit a particular area as opposed to those who arrived afterwards. Every inhabited area on earth has a group that can be called the indigenous people of that area. Indigenous people are sometimes called aboriginal people or native people. See Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Indirect Tax

An indirect tax is a tax where the government forces an intermediary to collect a tax from the taxpayer. A direct tax is a tax collected directly by the government. Examples of indirect taxes are sales taxes, value added taxes (VAT), and excise taxes. These taxes are collected by the intermediary who is required to pay the taxes to the government along with a tax return. Indirect taxes force the intermediaries to pay the cost of accounting for the tax dollars and the preparation of the tax returns. See Value Added Tax (VAT).  See Excise Taxes.

Indoctrination

Indoctrination is the process of teaching someone to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs. The political left, which dominates American high school, college, and university campuses, engages in indoctrination by its teaching staff designed to turn students away from conservatism and God. See Propaganda.

Industrial Workers of the World

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was established in Chicago, Illinois in 1905 at a convention of Marxists, socialists, and anarchists. The IWW promotes the concept of “One Big Union” to represent all workers as a social class. Their goal is to eliminate capitalism and to establish a socialist state. Members have included Helen Keller, James P. Cannon, Noam Chomsky, Eugene V. Debs, Eugene O’Neill, David Dellinger, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Roger Nash Baldwin, Floyd B. Olson, John Reed, and Judi Bari. See Socialism. See Communism. See Marxism. See Earth First.

Inflation (Politics)

Inflation refers to the general rise in the price of goods and services over a period of time. As prices rise, each dollar buys fewer and fewer goods and services. Consequently, inflation reduces the purchasing power of money, including savings. Inflation is measured by the inflation rate which is expressed as an annual percentage rate. Most economists prefer to see a very low rate of inflation. High inflation rates generally result in high interest rates leading to high unemployment rates. Causes of inflation include large increases in the nation's money supply, including the printing of money; deficit spending by government, and large tax increases. See Hyperinflation.

Influence Peddler

An influence peddler is a person who claims to have powerful friends or contacts that he or she can influence for a fee. Influence peddlers are sometimes referred to as five percenters because they can get things done for five-percent of the value of their work. See Lobbyist.

Information Brokers (Politics)

An Information Broker collects and sells information about people who are often candidates for public office, their spouses, their children, their business associates, their business partners, and sometimes their primary financial backers. Information brokers collect information about individuals from various local, state, and federal public records plus and including interviews, change of address records, census records, motor vehicle records, driving records, arrest records, court records, social networking sites, voter registration lists, bank card transaction records, and sometimes web browsing histories. Some information brokers have inspected a target’s home and/or business trash in order to obtain information.

Information Warfare (Politics)

Information warfare in politics is the use and management of information in order to obtain a competitive advantage over an opponent. The information disseminated may be accurate, distorted, or even false. The political left, in the United States, uses its control or influence over most of the major media outlets to conduct "information warfare" against conservatives.

Inherent Powers

Inherent powers are the powers of the national government in foreign affairs that the Supreme Court has declared do not depend on constitutional grants, but rather grow out of the very existence of the national government. See Implied Powers.  See Constitution of the United States.

Initiative

An initiative is a political process that permits citizens to bypass their state legislature by placing proposed statutes and, in some cases, constitutional amendments on the ballot. All states have such a process. The initiative process is different in each state. The process is similar to a referendum, but not identical. See Referendum. See Advisory Referendum.

Innuendo

An innuendo is a hint, insinuation, or intimation about a person that is derogatory or denigrating. An innuendo may be 100% accurate. An example would be telling people that a person made tens of millions of dollars giving speeches to groups that were dependent upon his or her spouse who held a powerful position in government. See Pay to Play. See Clinton Payola Scandal.

Inside the Beltway

Generally refers to matters of importance to government officials, employees, contractors, lobbyists, and the national media. It can also refer to the area inside Interstate 495 that circles Washington D.C.

Insurgency

An insurgency is an organized rebellion against authority or a government, often one’s own government. Insurgents are often called guerrillas, and use unconventional tactics such as bombings, hostage taking, sabotage, and assassinations.

Intellectual Dishonesty

Intellectual dishonesty is lying about or concealing one's own beliefs because it will benefit the dishonest person or make him or her more acceptable to an important person or group, such as voters.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), founded in 1953, is a non-profit educational organization that promotes conservative causes on college and university campuses. It promotes awareness of free market economics, traditional values, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute operates ISI Books which publishes and distributes books on conservative issues. ISI administers the Collegiate Network. See Collegiate Network.

Interested Money

Refers to large political contributions by individuals and organizations in the hope of influencing the outcome of an election, and subsequently, influencing policy or legislation.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the collection arm of the federal government. The IRS has responsibility for collecting income taxes and other federal taxes and is the enforcer of the mandates made part of Obamacare. The IRS has nearly 100,000 employees. See Facts About Taxes. See Fair Tax. See IRS Targeting. See Flat Tax. See War on Christians.

International Foundation

See Fellowship Foundation. See National Prayer Breakfast.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice, established in 1945, is the primary judicial branch or court of the United Nations. It is located in The Hague, Netherlands. The court’s primary function is to settle disputes and to provide advisory opinions. The court consists of 15 judges elected to 9 year terms by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council. Decisions have consistently demonstrated an anti-American, anti-Israel bias.

Internationalism (Politics)

Internationalism refers to the belief that international cooperation for the common good of all nations should take priority over the interests of your own country. Internationalism is advocated by many on the political left. See Leading from Behind. See One World Government. See Obamunism. See Open Border Policy. See Undocumented Democrats.

Interstate Compact

An Interstate Compact is a contractual agreement between two or more states that deals with a regional matter. The contract becomes the law within each of the states. The federal government has the power to nullify such compacts if it infringes on federal law.  See Constitution of the United States.

Inurement

Inurement is a crime involving the use of one’s influence over a non-profit organization for personal gain. See Clinton Foundation. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Payola Scandal.

Investing

A code word used by the Democratic Party and liberals to describe the act of taxing and spending by the government.

Invisible Hand

The term coined by Adam Smith in 1776 which refers to the unintended common good caused by people seeking their own self-interest.

Invisible Primary, Money Primary

The invisible or money primary refers to the period of time between when candidates announce their intention to run for public office and when the primaries take place. It is the time during which candidates focus their attention on raising money in order to demonstrate their political strength.

Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa Caucus is an election event in which registered voters in Iowa meet in precinct caucuses in the 1,681 state precincts to elect delegates to the corresponding conventions in the state’s 99 countries. The county conventions then select delegates to the Congressional District Convention and the State Convention which select the delegates for the presidential nominating conventions. The Iowa Caucus receives massive media attention during presidential election years because it is the first electoral event to be held in the nation. See Precinct.

Iranian Hostage Crisis

The Iranian Hostage Crisis refers to the 444 day period from November 1979 to January 1981, during the administration of Democratic President Jimmy Carter, when Iran seized and held 52 American diplomats and citizens as hostages. The hostages suffered beatings, periods of solitary confinement, multiple threats of execution, and were repeatedly subjected to Russian roulette. After 444 days, the hostages were released on January 20, 1981 within twenty minutes of Republican Ronald Reagan becoming President of the United States.

Iraq Liberation Act

The Iraq Liberation Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 31, 1998. It was passed 360-38 in the U.S. House of Representatives and by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate. The Act declared that it was the policy of the United States to support "regime change" in Iraq. Following passage of the Act, President Clinton authorized a four-day bombing campaign on Iraqi targets in order to destroy the nation's biological and nuclear warfare programs and facilities.  See Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Iron Triangle

Alliances among bureaucrats, interest groups, and congressional committees often formed to promote a common cause. These alliances are sometimes so strong they are referred to as iron triangles. Iron triangles are not of themselves positive or negative. An example would be Congress, defense contractors, and the Department of Defense working together to develop a cost-effective weapons system with which to defend America. Another example would be the Federal Aviation Administration, the commercial aircraft industry, and the airlines working together to create safer air travel.

IRS Targeting

IRS targeting refers to the IRS abuse directed at conservatives, Christians, and Republicans during the Obama Administration from 2009 through 2015. Thousands of individuals, churches, and businesses that used the following words on their tax returns and/or websites were targeted for special audits, investigations, and other actions: 911, Adoption, American, Bible, Christians, Church, Conservatives, Constitution, GOP, Illegal Aliens, Israel, Jesus, Liberty, Life, Traditional Marriage, NRA, Patriotism, Patriots, Pro-Life, Second Amendment, Tea Party, and Unconstitutional.

Islamic Circle of North America Greater Los Angeles

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) has the mission of “obtaining the pleasure of Allah through working for the establishment of Islam in all spheres of life.” Their website has featured Islamist writings by Muslim Brotherhood leader Yousef-al-Qaradawi that endorse Hamas and teach that Muslims are required to support Jihad with money, arms, and men, as required until all their land has been liberated from any aggressor who usurps it. The Islamic Circle of North America Los Angeles is one of many affiliates of the Islamic Circle of North America umbrella organization headquartered in Queens, New York. See Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter. See Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). See Zaytuna College.

Islamic Terrorist

The term “Islamic Terrorist” is a term that does not exist for most Democratic Party leaders because they consider it to be politically incorrect and insulting to Muslims. Republicans use the term to identify terrorists that commit their acts in the name of Islam. Between the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the end of 2016, more than 99% of all terrorist acts in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia were committed by individuals or groups that identified themselves as acting in the name of Islam. These individuals and groups identify themselves as Islamic, but the Democratic Party leadership will not do so.

Islamofascists, Islamofascism

A term used by conservatives and most Republicans to describe the mortal enemies of the United States and Western Civilization who act in the name of Islam. The term has not been used publicly by Democrats.

Islamophobia

Islamophobia is an overall fear, hatred, dislike, or prejudice against Islam or Muslims. Islamophobia is considered un-American by nearly all conservatives and Republicans.

Israel Lobby

The Israel Lobby is a coalition of individuals and groups who seek to influence the foreign policy of the United States in support of Israel. The most visible participant in the Israel Lobby is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The Israel Lobby is made up of many individual Republicans and Republican organizations.

Issue Advertising

Issue advertising is advertising not specifically related to any candidate or elector organization. It is a communication dealing with an issue or public policy.

Issue Advocacy Ads

Issue advocacy ads, also known as issue ads, are ads that bring an important issue before the public, but do not expressly advocate how voters should vote. Issue advocacy ads are exempt from the campaign finance laws as long as they don’t include any of the Eight Magic Words as set forth in the case of Buckley vs. Valeo (1976). See Eight Magic Words.

Issue Framing

Issue framing refers to the careful and planned use of language and/or symbols in public discourse for the purpose of effecting public opinion or the opinion of lawmakers. The news media, consciously or unconsciously, frames all reported news based upon their values and opinions. Framing can be positive or negative.

I've Got a Pen and a Phone

Refers to the threat made by President Barack Obama that he would bypass Congress and the Constitutional process by "signing into law" executive orders, if Congress did not pass immigration legislation that he was advocating. See Constitution of the United States.

Ivy League Schools

Historically, the Ivy League schools have been viewed as some of the most prestigious and highly ranked universities worldwide. Today, they are among the most politically left leaning schools in America. Many conservatives refuse to provide financial support to their children who want to attend one of the eight Ivy League schools which are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.


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J Street

J Street is a non-profit advocacy group supported by the political left, various Muslim groups and George Sorros. The organization, headquartered in Washington D.C., claims to support Israel, but actually supports the unconditional establishment of a Palestinian-Muslim nation on the borders of Israel. J Street fought hard to prevent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from addressing a joint session of Congress regarding the threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons for use against Israel. J Street supports V15 and the OneVoice Movement. See V15. See OneVoice Movement.

Jefferson – Jackson Day (Dinner)

Jefferson-Jackson Day is the primary annual fundraising event held by Democratic Party organizations throughout the United States. It is named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, two slave-owning presidents. The fundraising events and celebrations are usually held in February or March of each year except for states that hold an early caucus or primary. See Lincoln-Reagan Day.

Jewish Federation

A Jewish Federation is a non-profit, human services organization found in most cities in the United States with a significant Jewish population. Its purpose is to raise donations for distribution to affiliated local agencies in order to assist Jews and non-Jews who need financial or other vital assistance. Nearly 50% of Jewish households in America contribute to their local Jewish Federation.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), established in 1989, is dedicated to the preservation of gun rights in the United States. JPFO believes that an armed citizenry is the last line of defense against tyranny by the government. The organization is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and reminds people that in 1938 Germany confiscated all guns from the Jews before murdering more than six million. Their most well known bumper sticker features a photo of Hitler giving a Nazi salute with the caption, “All in favor of Gun Control raise your right hand.” Members are not required to be Jewish.  See National Rifle Association (NRA).  See Pro Gun Sayings.  See Gun Control Quotations.

Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws passed by Southern Democrats during the post-Reconstruction period to enforce racial segregation and restrict the rights of Black Americans.  Many of these laws existed until the 1960's.  See Juan Crow Laws.

Job Creators

Conservatives use the phrase "job creators" when referring to small, medium, and large businesses. Liberals use the phrase to refer to agencies of the federal government that hire people.

Jobsmageddon

Jobsmageddon refers to the massive loss of entry level jobs resulting from large increases in the minimum wage that cannot be supported by private companies. Companies that have been impacted are turning to technology and self-service to reduce the number of their employees where possible. Employers are also hiring fewer full-time employees in favor of part-time employees in order to avoid paying certain employee benefits such as health insurance and vacation benefits.

John Birch Society

The John Birch Society, formed in 1958, is an extreme right-wing political organization that is not supported by the vast majority of conservatives. It is headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin.  The John Birch Society was named after Captain John Birch an American Army intelligence officer and Baptist missionary who was killed by Chinese Communist military forces in China only days after the end of World War II. John Birch assisted many of the crew members who crash-landed or were forced to bail-out over China after the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. John Birch was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Metal by the United States Army for exceptionally meritorious service. See Bircher.

John Q. Public, Joe Citizen

John Q. Public and Joe Citizen are generic names used to denote the “common man” or a randomly selected “man on the street”. Other similar terms are John Q. Citizen, John Q. Taxpayer, Jane Q. Public, Jane Q. Citizen, Jane Q. Taxpayer, and John Doe. The term Tom, Dick and Harry is often used to denote several hypothetical people.

Joint Committee (Congress)

A joint committee is a committee made up of U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives. Joint committees are not common, but are useful in saving time when it is important to get legislation passed quickly.

Joint Resolution (California)

A resolution expressing an opinion about an issue pertaining to the federal government forwarded to Congress for its information. In California, joint resolutions require the approval of both the Assembly and Senate but do not require approval by the Governor.

Joint Session (California)

The Assembly and Senate meeting together, usually in the Assembly chamber. The purpose is to receive special information such as the Governor's State of the State Address.

Journalism Scandals

Journalism scandals include fabrication, omission of information, plagiarism, defamation, altering or staging events, or other activities that violate ethical rules or are illegal. See NBC Scandal – Dateline NBC Scandal. See Brian Williams – NBC Scandal. See Rathergate Scandal – CBS Scandal. See NBC – Chris Matthews Scandal.

Juan Crow Laws

A pejorative term used by the political left to refer to laws that protect the nation’s borders and make it easier to deport illegal aliens. Proposed laws that would prohibit illegal aliens from receiving subsidized Obamacare benefits or other taxpayer paid benefits, are also described by the left as Juan Crow Laws.  See Undocumented Democrats.  See Jim Crow Laws.

Judicial Activism

A theory of judicial interpretation that holds that courts should use their power to change or make laws when the court believes it to be desirable. It ignores the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government. Judicial activism is supported by the political left. See Judicial Restraint. See Separation of Powers.

Judicial Restraint

A theory of judicial interpretation that holds that courts should not strike down laws unless they are clearly constitutional. It recognizes that the right to make laws is held by the legislative branch, not the judicial branch of government. Judicial Restraint is advocated by conservatives. See Judicial Activism. See Separation of Powers.

Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch is a conservative watchdog group founded in 1994. Its mission statement is that it "advocates high standards of ethics and morality in America's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people." The motto of Judicial Watch is "because no one is above the law." The organization uses litigation as its primary tool and its web page includes information on current litigation. Judicial Watch is funded by private grants and contributions.

Juice

Another term for political power.

Juice Bill, Fetcher Bill

A Juice Bill or Fetcher Bill is a bill that is introduced by a member of a legislature designed to squeeze a target through proposed regulation or taxation. The bill is withdrawn when the target makes a contribution to the legislator or to his or her “associate”. It is said that the target is squeezed, or that such bills provide their sponsors with the ability to fetch dollars from targets wanting to avoid greater pain. The term “Milker Bill” is also used to describe what is actually a form of extortion.

Junk Science

Junk science is a pejorative term used to describe certain unscientific reports and conclusions as being false, or unreliable, driven by political, financial, or ideological motives. Junk science is often referred to as fringe science or pseudoscience.

Junket

A pleasure trip taken by government officials at the expense of the taxpayers. Junkets often include travel by non-essential people who are often family members, favored staff members, and large campaign contributors.

Jungle Primary, Nonpartisan Blanket Primary

A jungle primary is a primary election in which all candidates, for an elected office, run in the same primary regardless of their political party. These primaries are also known as Nonpartisan Blanket Primaries and Top Two Primaries. They are not common in the United States.

Junta

A junta is a government controlled by the military or a government compromised of military officers. It is a military dictatorship. After obtaining control of the government, sometimes a military government views itself as having saved the nation from corrupt civilian rule of from civil disorder. Often they view their rule as temporary.

Justice

Justice is the philosophy by which fairness is administered. It involves administering equally, a deserved punishment or reward. The concept is not the same in every culture or nation. See Due Process of Law. See Morality. See Moral Relativism. See Ethics.

Justice at Stake

Justice at Stake is a national, liberal advocacy organization that has as its goal the elimination of elections for judges. The organization, whose primary donor is Democrat George Sores, wants a county where all judges are appointed by the politicians in power.

JV Team

In 2014, President Barack Obama compared the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to a JV team. Since that time, ISIS has increased terrorist acts all over the world which has included bombing attacks, suicide bombings, mass shootings, burning people alive, placing people in vats of acid, beheadings, and crucifixions.


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K Street

The area in Washington, D.C. where most of the lobbyists, attorneys, and advocacy organizations have their offices. The entire industry of lobbyists has become known as K Street.

Kangaroo Ticket

A kangaroo ticket is rare, but exists when a running mate is more attractive than the primary candidate. The word is derived from the kangaroo whose hind legs are stronger that its front legs.

Kates Law

Kates Law was a proposed law that failed to become law due to the lack of support by the Democratic Party including President Barack Obama who threatened to veto it. The proposed law, supported by Republicans was initiated after the death of Kate Steinle who was shot to death in San Fransisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and who had a long criminal record. San Francisco is a Sanctuary City run by far left politicians.  The proposed law simply required a five year mandatory prison sentence for illegal aliens convicted of a felony in the United States after being deported from the United States. The proposed law also known as the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015 was introduced by Republican Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona, and Republican U.S Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. See Sanctuary City.

Keeper

A keeper is a news story that is intentionally held back for use at an advantageous time such as a few days before an election. The effect is to maximize the damage done to a political opponent. This is a favorite technique used by the left which controls most of the newspapers and news outlets in the country.

Keep Them Angry

"Keep them angry, bitter, poor, desperate, and dependent on government" is the strategy of many on the far left. The strategy is applied to those who are poor, particularly those raised by a parent or parents who have been on welfare for all or most of their lives. By making large numbers of people dependent on the government, those on the political left know that those taking taxpayer paid welfare will always vote for the Democratic Party. The strategy is intended to make the Democratic Party the dominant political party forever. It is a strategy that has worked for the Democratic Party, but at the expense of those people being exploited and kept down. See Free Stuff. See Party of Government. See Entitlement.  See Entitlement Mentality.

Keynote Speech, Keynote Address (Politics)

In politics, a keynote speech or address is delivered to set the underlying tone and to summarize the most important message or messages to be delivered at the event. Keynote speeches are given at political conventions by prominent Republicans and Democrats.

Keynesian Economics

An economic theory supported by Democrats and liberals that spending borrowed money will lead to economic prosperity and full employment.

Keynote Speech, Keynote Address (Politics)

In politics, a keynote speech or address is delivered to set the underlying tone and to summarize the most important message or messages to be delivered at the event. Keynote speeches are given at political conventions by prominent Republicans and Democrats.

Kill, To

To kill means to defeat a bill, often in committee.

Killian Documents Scandal

See Rathergate Scandal – CBS Scandal.

Killing Fields

Killing Fields is a term used by conservatives as a substitute for “Gun Free Zones”. A “gun free zone” is an area where the odds increase that a crime involving a shooting will take place. See Gun Free Zones. See Bomb Free Zones.

Kitchen Cabinet

An informal name for the president's closest advisors.

Klanbake Convention

The Klanbake Convention was the 1924 Democratic National Convention for President held from June 24 to July 9, 1924. It took 103 ballots to nominate John W. Davis, a compromise candidate, following a war of attrition between William G. McAdoo, the former Secretary of the Treasury under President Woodrow Wilson, (who was supported by the Ku Klux Klan) and New York Governor Al Smith, a Catholic, who was hated by the KKK. In 1924, the KKK, an extension of the Democratic Party, exercised great control over the party and its candidates. Thus, William G. McAdoo readily accepted the formal endorsement of the Klan. During the long convention, hundreds of KKK-Democratic Party delegates held numerous rallies in New Jersey, across the river from the convention location, burning crosses and inciting violence against Blacks, Catholics, and Jews. The notoriety of the Klanbake Convention, and the violence that followed, resulted in Republican Calvin Coolidge winning the election with 382 electoral votes to 136. The Democrats carried only the Solid South. See Ku Klux Klan. See Solid South.

Kleptocracy

A kleptocracy is a government in which the people in power, called kleptocrats, use their power to exploit the people of the nation in order to increase their personal wealth and political power. Democrat Hillary Clinton was accused of being a kleptocrat during the years she was Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. See Clinton Foundation. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Payola Scandal.

Knowledge Worker (Economics)

In economics, knowledge workers are workers whose main asset is knowledge in a particular field such as law, medicine, engineering, software engineering, architecture, science, accounting, and other professions. Knowledge workers are involved in problem solving which requires both specialized knowledge and creative thinking.

Koreagate

Koreagate was a major political scandal in 1976 involving South Korean agents seeking influence from ten Democratic members of Congress by paying them bribes.

Ku Klux Klan, KKK

The Ku Klux Klan, also known as "the Klan" or KKK, is a political hate group that advocates White Supremacy. The KKK was founded in 1865 after the end of the American Civil War and currently has more than 150 independent chapters and about 8,000 members. The Klan calls itself a Christian organization, but it does not even remotely follow the teachings of Jesus and the Holy Bible. It has been rejected by every Christian denomination in the United States. The political left refers to the KKK as a conservative or right-wing organization notwithstanding the fact that nearly every conservative organization in America has expressly rejected the Klan, and the Klan has rejected nearly everything that Conservatives believe. Famous members of the Ku Klux Klan have included Democratic President Harry S. Truman; Democratic United States Senator from West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd; Democratic Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Roger B. Taney; Democratic Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Edward D. White; Democratic Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Hugo Black; Democratic Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Wynn Craig; U.S. Senator Theodore G. Bildo; Democratic Governor Bibb Graves; and Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, John C. Porter. The KKK or Ku Klux Klan refers to three phases of the Klan, all racist. The first Klan, established in 1865, was a violent effort by white Southern Democrats to fight Reconstruction and the establishment of civil rights laws. It was substantially broken up by 1872 by Republican President Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Army, using the Civil Rights Act of 1871. The second KKK was established in the early 1920s. It denounced Jews, Catholics, and Blacks. By the late 1940s, the Klan had lost much of its influence and membership. The third Klan exists today, but is very small.

Kumbaya

Kumbaya is an old spiritual and campfire song from the late 1920s that is sited or alluded to by conservatives in a satirical or cynical way suggesting false moralizing, hypocrisy, or naively optimistic views of human nature and the world. Republicans have often said, referring to Democrats, that Kumbaya is not an effective foreign policy strategy.


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Labor Force Participation Rate

The Labor Force Participation rate is the percentage of people in the civilian noninstitutional population who either have a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks. Excluded are military personnel, people who are incarcerated, people in nursing homes, and people in mental hospitals. In 2014, the overall labor force participation rate fell to 63.2%, which is a 35 year low. Given a population of more than 310 million, and an unemployment rate of 5.3%, it means that millions of people in the United States had stopped seeking employment.  See Underemployed Worker.  See Underemployment.

Labor Strike

A labor strike or strike is a mass work stoppage organized and enforced by a labor union as a means of obtaining more money or other benefits from a business. Strikes often include other actions by union members such as organizing a boycott of the business or otherwise discouraging or preventing customers from transacting business with the company. The goal is to force more money out of the business and into the pockets of the union and its members. The strategy involves bringing the business to its knees unless it pays. In some instances, unions have forced companies to pay out such large amounts that the business fails or is forced into bankruptcy. The failure and reorganization of General Motors is an example of a company giving in to a labor union and then collapsing.  See Government Motors.  See Boycott.  See Buycott.  See Labor Unions.

Labor Unions

Labor unions in the United States are organizations that are legally recognized as representatives of workers in many industries and government agencies. Today, the most prominent unions represent public sector employees such as city employees, teachers, county employees, and federal agency employees. Many of these employees are also civil service employees who are protected by the government. While the number of public sector employees represented by unions has increased dramatically since 2008, the number of private sector employees represented by unions has been declining since 1954. Labor unions in the United States are closely aligned with the political left and contribute millions of dollars to the Democratic Party each year.  See Labor Strike.

Laffer Curve

In economics, the Laffer Curve is a representation of the relationship between various rates of income taxation and the resulting levels of tax revenue. It illustrates the concept that tax revenue will change in response to changes in tax rates. It postulates that no tax revenue will be raised at the extreme tax rates of 0% and 100% and that a certain rate of taxation will maximize tax revenue. The Laffer Curve is represented by a graph which starts at 0% tax with no tax revenue, rising to a maximum level of tax revenue, and then declining to no tax revenue at the 100% tax rate. The actual shape of the curve is disputed between conservatives and liberals. The importance of the Laffer Curve is that raising tax rates does not necessarily increase tax revenue. Increasing tax rates at some point will actually reduce tax revenues. The concept proved reliable during the Kennedy and Reagan administrations when tax rates were reduced resulting in large increases in tax revenues.

Lame duck

Lame duck refers to an elected official during the time period between the election that chose the official's successor and the date the successor assumes office. Such an individual is in a weakened position politically due to the impending expiration of his or her term.

Latinix

Latinix is a new politically correct term created by the political left to replace the words Latino and Latina. The rationale is that the new term is more inclusive and is non-gender specific. According to many on the left, there are now 58 gender options, not just two. They believe the use of the words Latino and Latina is offensive to the 58 gender options. See Gender Identity – Political Correctness. See Degenderize.

Laus Deo (Praise be to God)

At the very top on the eastern side of the Washington Monument, facing the sun, is inscribed the Latin words “Laus Deo” meaning “Praise be to God”. In 1884, when the monument was completed, it was the tallest structure in the world. At that time, the words could only be seen by God looking down. Today, there is a replica of the capstone on display in Washington D.C., set against a wall, making the words Laus Deo hidden from view. Many believe the National Park Service, run by government employees, intended to rewrite history. See God and American History. See Historical Revisionism.

Law and Order

Law and order, in politics, refers to advocating a strict criminal justice system which includes mandatory sentencing, strict criminal penalties, three strikes laws, and capital punishment for premeditated murder. Supporters believe that law and order policies that deter crime such as mandatory incarceration for long periods is the most effective method for keeping criminals from preying on society. Conservatives favor law and order policies while liberals do not favor such policies. United States Senator Barry Goldwater, President Richard Nixon, and President Ronald Reagan were all strong supporters of law and order.  See Order.

Law of Supply and Demand

The Law of Supply and Demand states that prices in a free market economy will tend to rise or fall based on the relationship between the supply of goods and services and the demand for them. The Law of Supply and Demand is based upon human nature and behavior, is universal, and has never been contradicted. There are four basic laws of supply and demand: (1) If demand increases and supply remains the same, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher price; (2) If demand decreases and supply remains the same, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower price; (3) If demand remains unchanged and supply increases, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower price; and (4) If demand remains unchanged and supply decreases, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher price. The overall results of allowing the Law of Supply and Demand to operate are: (1) more goods and services are produced, (2) more profits for suppliers, and (3) lower prices for buyers. See Market Economy. See Price Controls. See Rent Control. See Communism.

Law of the Jungle

The law of the jungle is an expression that means “every man for himself,” “survival of the fittest,” “anything goes,” “dog eat dog,” “kill or be killed,” or “eat or be eaten.”

Lawfare

The term lawfare is a portmanteau of the words law and warfare. Lawfare is the illegitimate use of domestic or international law to harm an opponent by tying up the opponent’s time and forcing him or her to spend money so they cannot pursue other activities such as running for office. The term has been used to describe the conduct of Israel’s enemies in utilizing the United Nations as an instrument to inflict political and financial harm on the Jewish State of Israel.

Lawful Permanent Resident

A lawful permanent resident in a non-citizen who has permission to make a permanent home in the United States and to be employed here. Permanent residents are given a green card as evidence of their status. Permanent residents may travel freely, but their place of residence must remain in the United States and they must keep their U.S. residence on a permanent basis. Otherwise, it is considered an abandonment of their U.S. residence, and they could lose their right to a green card. A permanent resident who leaves the United States for more than six months risks having the government declare that he or she has abandoned their U.S. residence.

Lay on the Table

Refers to a commonly used parliamentary procedure in Congress where the chair ends debate and asks for a vote.

Leaderless Resistance, Phantom Cell

Leaderless resistance is a resistance strategy in which small groups or cells challenge the government by violent and non-violent means. Such groups lack a central command, but generally communicate with each other. Many small terrorist groups fall into this category. See Lone Wolf.

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute was founded in 1979 by conservative activist Morton C. Blackwell. The organization offers forty types of training seminars and has as its mission to "increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists" and to "identify, train, recruit, and place conservatives in politics, government, and media."

Leadership, Leader

Leadership is a skill which includes the ability to guide or lead an individual, individuals, or an organization toward the accomplishment of a goal or goals. Leaders generally have the following traits: confidence, integrity, competency, compassion for achieving their goals, ambition, the ability to inspire others, respect for others, optimism, the ability to communicate clearly, and the ability to be decisive.

Leading from Behind

"Leading from behind", according to the Obama Administration, is a doctrine based upon their perception that the United States is in decline and must take a back seat approach to international relations. Conservatives consider "leading from behind" to be an oxymoron and the abdication of leadership. Conservatives believe that leadership comes from taking responsibility and being a good example for others to follow.

Leading Question

A leading question is a question that suggests a particular answer or contains the information the examiner is seeking to confirm. An example of a leading question would be: “Isn’t it true that you supported Barack Obama when he ran for President?”

League of American Writers

The League of American Writers was an organization of novelists, journalists, playwrights, poets, and literary critics. It was formed in 1935 by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). A convention of League members declared that capitalism was rapidly crumbling and that the League should help accelerate its destruction and establish a workers government. While the League has been officially dissolved, many of the written materials can be found in libraries and continue to be used in classrooms across America. The following people were members: Lewis Allan, William Alland, Georgia Backus, James Baldwin, Ralph Bates, Cedric Belfrage, William Rose Bene’t, Vera Caspary, and Jerome Davis.

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), is a liberal political action committee that raises money primarily for liberal politicians who support extreme environmental, anti-business regulations and higher taxes. There are more than 30 state organizations. The LCV is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

League of Women Voters (LWV)

The League of Women Voters (LWV), founded in 1920, is a political advocacy organization that calls itself non-partisan, but supports the following: (1) Unrestricted abortion including partial birth abortion, (2) Universal health care, (3) strict gun control, and (4) Amnesty for illegal aliens leading to citizenship and voting rights. The League is against: (1) The death penalty for all crimes, (2) The Citizens United decision of the United States Supreme Court, (3) Any laws requiring identification to vote, and (4) Any suggestion that climate change may be caused in part by factors other than man. The LWV is active in voter registration drives and publishes a voter guide. There are more than 1,000 chapters in all 50 states.

Left Coast

A term that recognizes the fact that the West Coast of the United States reliably votes for the left, especially the coastal counties of Washington, Oregon, and California.

Legal Plunder or Legal Theft

Legal plunder or theft takes place when politicians use taxpayer money to bribe voters with bailouts or benefits for the corrupt and immoral purpose of getting reelected.

Legal Services Corporation

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a taxpayer funded, non-profit corporation established by the U.S. Congress in 1974 with the support of Republican President Richard M. Nixon. LSC seeks to provide equal access to legal services for those unable to afford civil legal assistance. The eleven person board is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The board is required to be bipartisan with no more than six members from the same political party. LSC distributes over 90% of its total funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs located in 813 offices in every congressional district.

Legislative Advocate

A person engaged to present views of a group or organization to legislators, commonly called lobbyists.

Legislative Analyst (California)

The staff director of the Joint Budget Committee. The Legislative Analyst provides a thorough, nonpartisan analysis of the fiscal impact of the Governor's Budget.

Legislative Counsel (California)

The attorney for the California Legislature, elected jointly by both houses. The Legislative Counsel and his or her legal staff are responsible for drafting all bills and amendments, preparing a digest (summary) of each bill, providing legal opinions, and generally representing the Legislature in legal proceedings.

Lemming (Politics)

Political lemmings are people who follow and accept whatever the mainstream media offers the public without questioning it. Political lemmings tend to be people who say they dislike Fox News, but have never watched or listened to the station. Lemmings (the small animals) are known to follow each other without regard to the destination. See Low Information Voters.

Less Crunchy Abortions – Planned Parenthood

Less Crunchy Abortions refers to the goal of Planned Parenthood, as expressed by Planned Parenthood senior executive, Doctor Mary Gattner, on video that the profitable business of harvesting the organs and other body parts from aborted babies required "less crunchy methods" so the organs and other body parts do not get crushed during the abortion, and can therefore be sold for the highest price possible. Dr. Gattner is President of the Medical Directors' Council, the central committee of all 820 Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors. At the end of the video, she smiles and explains that she wants a Lamborghini. Planned Parenthood, established in 1916, performs nearly 1,000 abortions every day and is subsidized by the 53% of the population that pays federal taxes in the United States. Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Julia Brownley all support Planned Parenthood and have received political contributions from the organization.  See planned Parenthood.  See Emilys List.

Letterhead Organization

A letterhead organization is an organization with a small membership that often functions through the issuance of public letters and press releases. The term is sometimes used as a pejorative to stress the small scale and influence of certain groups. Some letterhead organizations have great power. Others have little or no power.

Letters to the Editor

A letter to the editor is a letter sent to a publication about an issue of concern from a reader. On occasion, publications will respond to such letters. Most letters to the editor: (1) Support or oppose a position or action taken by the publication in an editorial published op-ed; (2) Correct a perceived error or misrepresentation; (3) Comment on a current issue being debated or discussed by a government entity; or (4) Comment on a letter to the editor submitted by another reader. Most publications read all letters to the editor, but depending on their size, may publish only a portion of those submitted. Letters to the editor that are routinely rejected include those that: (1) are unreasonably long, (2) include profanity, (3) include libelous statements, (4) include personal attacks on individuals or organizations, or (5) are submitted anonymously. A well-organized letters to the editor campaign, by a group of concerned citizens, can often have a substantial impact on public opinion. Letters to the editor can be an effective way to reach voters of the opposing political party.

LGBT (Politics)

In politics, LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The term has been adopted by nearly everyone in the group and is in common use by liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

Lib (Politics)

“Lib” is the short version of liberal or it can be used to mean liberation as in “women’s liberation or women’s lib”. See Liberal. See Progressive.

Liberal (Politics)

A liberal is a person who favors unrestricted free abortions, and increases in local, state, and federal taxes, government spending, government control, and government power as in Obamacare. The majority of liberals support the Democratic Party. Many are Socialists. See Conservatives vs. Liberals for specifics. See Progressive. See Conservative.

Liberal Creep

Liberal creep is liberal bias that creeps into and distorts a definition, an explanation, a description, or a historical fact. It is an attempt by liberals to rewrite history for the purpose of making them look better and making conservatives look bad. Liberal creep has had success because the vast majority of teachers and college professors are liberals, and liberals own and control most of the large newspapers, publishers, and broadcast media in the United States.  See Historical Revisionism.

Libertarian Republican

A libertarian Republican is a member of the Republican Party who advocates libertarian views while voting as a Republican. Libertarian Republicans vote for Republicans because they understand that voting for Libertarian Party candidates helps the Democratic Party. The Republican Party is divided into factions with between 10% and 12% belonging to the libertarian faction. Members of the faction tend to be the least loyal members of the party. Members of the faction include or have included David Stockman, Dana Rohrabacher, Mark Sanford, Bob Bar, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Barry Goldwater, Stephen Moore, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Miller, Wayne Allyn Root, and Peter Thiel.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party is a political party in the United States which reached its peak in popularity in 1980, receiving approximately 1% of the popular vote. While a small percentage, Libertarian voters can have the effect of determining whether the Republican or Democratic Party wins in close elections. This is due to the fact that a high percentage of Libertarian voters would otherwise vote for Republican candidates while few would vote for Democratic candidates. Libertarians tend to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal. They believe in free market capitalism and the right of homosexuals to get married. Libertarians support open borders, the elimination of most drug laws, and the right of private citizens to own guns. Libertarians are split on the issue of abortion, but are against government funding of abortions.  See History of Close Elections.  See Why Republicans Must Vote.

Liberty Movement

The Liberty Movement is a conservative movement in the United States led by former Congressman Ron Paul. The movement is pro-life, supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman as defined in the Bible. It also supports the strict interpretation of the Constitution of the United States and seeks to maximize liberty for each individual. See Campaign for Liberty.

Liberty’s Teeth

Liberty’s Teeth was the term used by President George Washington to describe the importance of firearms in America. He described firearms to be second in importance to the Constitution of the United States. See Founding Fathers. See List of Founding Fathers. See Gun Control Quotations.

Lieutenant Governor (California)

The President of the California State Senate; designated by the State Constitution to preside over the Senate and cast a vote only in the event of a tie. If the Governor cannot assume his or her duties or is absent from the State, the Lieutenant Governor assumes the role of the Executive for the remainder of the term or during the absence.

Life Dynamics Inc.

Life Dynamics Inc. (LDI) is a pro-life organization founded in 1992 in Denton, Texas. Its motto is: Pro-Life, without compromise, without exception, without apology. LDI focuses on gathering information about abortion facilities across the nation including Planned Parenthood. The organization reminds us that abortion is the number one killer of Black people in America and that every life is precious and must be protected. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Planned Abortionhood. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Like Turkey Voting for Thanksgiving (Politics)

“Like Turkey Voting for Thanksgiving" is a metaphor commonly used in politics to describe a suicidal vote against one’s self interest. It describes a politician with a political death-wish. Although not one Republican voted for Obamacare, if a Republican had voted for Obamacare, it would be an example.

Limousine Liberals

Limousine Liberals are liberals who are hypocrites. They call for the use of mass transit, tiny electric cars, and drastic, mandatory conservation measures while riding in limousines and flying in private jets. They are the same people that oppose school vouchers for the public, but send their children to private schools. See Chardonnay Socialists. See Liberal Hypocrites.

Lincoln Bedroom – Clinton Scandal

The Lincoln Bedroom Scandal refers to the 1995 – 1996 scandal in which President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton collected $5.4 million in political donations in connection with letting paying guests stay in the Lincoln Bedroom which is in the White House. President Lincoln used the room as an office during the Civil War and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in that room on January 1, 1863. See White House. See West Wing. See East Wing. See Clinton Payola Scandal. See Clinton Pay to Play Scandal. See Clinton Foundation.

Lincoln Day – Reagan Day (Dinner)

Lincoln Day, also known as Reagan Day in many areas, is the primary annual fundraising event held by Republican Party organizations throughout the United States. It is named after Republican Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. The fundraising events and celebrations are usually held in February or March except for states that hold an early caucus or primary. See Jefferson-Jackson Day.

Linkage Institutions

Linkage institutions are a vital part of the political process in a democracy. They connect citizens to their representatives in government and consist of the media, advocacy groups, political parties, and elections.

Line Item Veto (California)

See Blue Pencil.

Linkage

Linkage consists of making an agreement on one issue dependent on progress toward another objective, or an agreement on another issue.

LINO

Refers to a liberal in name only. A voter that cannot be relied upon by the Democratic Party because he or she will sometimes vote for a moderate Republican. LINO's are rare.

Listening Tour (Politics)

A listening tour involves a candidate for office or an elected official arranging meetings with groups for the purpose of listening and gathering information. It is the opposite of giving a speech because the political candidate is the audience, not the speaker.  Listening tours are very popular with voters of all political parties.

Literature of 9/11

“Literature of 9/11” is a college class being offered by liberal college and university professors. The course explores the 9/11 attacks from the perspective of radical Islamists. The reading assignments present the terrorists in a sympathetic light and justify their actions as fighting against “an imperialistic American regime.” The first such course was offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Litmus Test

A litmus test refers to asking a key question of a candidate that will clearly indicate his or her overall philosophy and political position. For example, when asking whether partial birth abortion should be legal, if the answer is yes, it is clear that the person is a liberal, not a conservative.

Little Rock Nine

The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine Black students who had enrolled at Little Rock High School in 1957, but were prevented from entering, on the basis of their race, by Democratic Governor Orval Faubus who ordered the Arkansas National Guard to block any black students from entering the school. Upon learning of the situation, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent troops of the 101st Airborn Division of the United States Army to Little Rock to escort the nine students into the school and to pressure order. See Stand in the Door.  See Jim Crow Laws.  See Solid South.

Live Free or Die

Live Free or Die is the official motto of the state of New Hampshire, adopted in 1945. It was first used by General John Stark, a famous general during the American Revolutionary War from New Hampshire, who said “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils”.

Living Document

A “living document” refers to the view of the political left as it relates to the Constitution of the United States. They believe the Constitution can be reinterpreted and updated endlessly by liberal judges without the need to amend the document. They also believe it is unnecessary to consider the views of the founding fathers who created our constitution.  See Constitution of the United States.  See Founding Fathers.  See Judicial Activism.  See Judicial Restraint.

Living Wage or Fair Wage

Living Wage or Fair Wage refers to the philosophy that every employer in the United States should be forced to pay a minimum wage equal to an amount that would keep their employees and family members above the poverty level as established by the federal government from time to time. Activists on the political left, who support the position, are opposed to allowing the free market to establish the value of labor and express no concern about whether businesses can afford to pay wages at the level required. Opponents point out that thousands of small businesses would go out of business if required to pay artificially high wages resulting in thousands of additional people becoming dependent on government. See Minimum Wage. See Inflation.  See Supply and Demand.

Loaded Question

A loaded question is an informal fallacy. It is a question that attempts to limit the reply in a way that serves the questioner’s agenda and contains an unjustified or controversial assumption. The traditional example is “Have you stopped beating your wife.” See Logic.  See Critical Thinking.

Lobbyist (California)

An individual who seeks to influence the outcome of legislation or administrative decisions. The law requires formal registration as a lobbyist if an individual is paid $2,000 or more in any calendar month, or spends one-third or more compensated time in any calendar month, engaging in activities to influence the outcome of legislation or administrative decisions. State employees who lobby for state agencies are not required to formally register but are still subject to the lobbyist gift limits.

Lobbyist Directory (California)

A Directory of Lobbyists, Lobbying Firms, and Lobbyist Employers. Photos and addresses of lobbyists are included with a list of the clients they represent. Employers of lobbyists are listed alphabetically. This directory is available online at the Secretary of State's website.  Most other states have a similar directory.

Localism (Politics and Economics)

Localism is a political philosophy that declares that people in a community should buy from local businesses whenever possible instead of from large chain stores or stores in neighboring communities. It assumes that people will not consider the price of goods and services and that people in neighboring communities will not avoid doing business in other communities that advocate localism. Localism has never been successful in changing the shopping habits of the vast majority of people. See Boycott. See Buycott.

Lock Her Up

Lock her up was a popular chant used by many enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump in 2016 when the name Hillary Clinton was mentioned by candidate for president Donald Trump. The chant was a response to the rational belief that Hillary Clinton had mishandled top secret and other classified materials, accepted millions of dollars from foreign governments, lied under oath before Congress, and obstructed justice. See Clinton Scandals.

Lockbox (Politics)

A metaphor commonly used to mislead voters into believing that tax dollars are being safely set aside for a specific purpose. For example, Al Gore said, "I will put Medicare and Social Security into an iron-clad lockbox and prevent the money from being used for any other purpose." It never happened after he was elected Vice President.  A lock box has never existed for Social Security.

Log Cabin Republicans (LCR)

The Log Cabin Republicans, founded in 1977, is a Republican organization whose membership consists primarily of gays and lesbians. LCR's policy statement is: "We are loyal Republicans. We believe in limited government, strong national defense, free markets, low taxes, personal responsibility, and individual liberty." LCR takes no position on abortion. There are chapters in 26 states.

Logic

Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning. The study of logic as a subject is strongly advocated by conservatives. It includes the study of fallacies or invalid reasoning. See Critical Thinking. See Fallacy.

Logrolling

The trading of votes: I'll vote for your bill if you vote for mine.

Lolita Express

The Lolita Express is the famous private jet owned by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein who is a convicted pedophile. Flight logs revealed that President Bill Clinton took eleven flights with Jeffrey Epstein to his private island called Orgy Island where dozens of under-aged girls were made available as sex slaves. Hillary Clinton has denied knowing anything about the former President’s trips to the island.

Lone Wolf (Terrorism)

A lone wolf terrorist is a terrorist who plans and commits terrorist acts alone, outside of any command structure and without any material assistance from any group. Notwithstanding, the lone wolf is often inspired, motivated, and influenced by the ideology and beliefs of a terrorist group, and therefore, acts in support of that group. See Cell, Clandestine Cell. See Leaderless Resistance.

Long Hot Summer (Politics)

When people say "it's likely to be a long hot summer", it is often a veiled threat that there will be street riots, burning of buildings, looting, and violence, unless some perceived wrong is addressed.

Lost Cause

A cause that has been defeated or whose defeat is inevitable. A cause that has no chance of success.  Most Republicans believe turning California or New York into Republican majority states is a lost cause.

Lottery Winners

The term "lottery winners" is used by the political left, including President Barack Obama, to describe people who are financially successful. The position of the political left is that America's most financially successful people didn't earn their wealth because it was created with the help of the government. Therefore, those who are financially successful should "invest" their wealth by paying more taxes and sharing it with those in need. See You Didn't Build That. See Socialism. See Fundamentally Change America.

Lower House (California)

The Assembly.

Loyalty

Loyalty is devotion and faithfulness to a person, organization, cause, or country by a person. See Patriotism. See Unpatriotic. See Voting Bloc. See Votebank Politics.

Lying by Omission, Exclusionary Detailing

Lying by omission, also referred to as exclusionary detailing, takes place when a material fact is left out in order to create a misconception. It occurs when a person tells most of the truth, but leaves out key facts that completely change the message. Lying by omission also involves failing to correct a misconception.

Lynchgate

Lynchgate refers to the incident in which Democratic Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former Democratic President Bill Clinton for 30 minutes days before the Obama Justice Department, led by Loretta Lynch, decided not to indict Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, for conduct involving the use of Hillary Clinton’s private email and server in connection with State Department business including the disclosure of top secret information, the acceptance of millions of dollars by the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and the acceptance of millions of dollars by President Bill Clinton for “giving speeches” by countries unfriendly to the United States while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and conducting business with those same countries. The meeting took place at the Phoenix Airport after the government aircraft assigned to Democrat Loretta Lynch landed near a private aircraft being used by President Bill Clinton. After an FBI agent was directed to inform everyone that no cell phones or cameras were permitted near the meeting, former President Bill Clinton entered the government plane, and met privately with the Attorney General. An FBI agent leaked the information to the press; otherwise, the meeting would have been kept a secret. Many conservatives believe the conduct of Attorney Loretta Lynch is grounds for her disbarment and impeachment. Bill Clinton was previously disbarred for committing perjury after he was impeached by the United States House of Representatives.


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Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics is the branch of economics dealing with the overall economy rather than individual markets. Macroeconomics deals with total production, total savings, total consumption, interest rates, inflation, economic growth, monetary policy, and fiscal policy.

Madman Theory, Madmen Strategy

The Madman Theory, also referred to as the Madman Strategy, was an important part of President Richard Nixon’s foreign policy and played a significant part in getting the North Vietnamese to sign a peace agreement with South Vietnam. President Nixon and key members of his administration tried to make the leaders of North Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union believe he was irrational, volatile, and obsessed about communism. It was believed that if North Vietnam and their supporters thought President Nixon would do anything to stop them, they would come to the table and negotiate an end to the war his administration had inherited.

Maggie's List

Maggie's List, founded in 2010, is a national women's organization and Federal Political Action Committee dedicated to electing fiscally conservative Republican women at the federal level. There are chapters in 38 of the 50 states. Maggie's List provides training, get out the vote programs, and financial support for Republican women candidates for the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The organization is named after Republican Margaret Chase Smith who became the first women elected to both houses of Congress.

Magnetic Bumper Stickers

Magnetic bumper stickers are like standard stick-on bumper stickers except they are easily removable. Republicans are warned to place only magnetic bumper stickers on their vehicle so they can be removed when the vehicle is not attended. Unfortunately, there is a certain element of society that routinely vandalizes vehicles with conservative or Republican messages.

Mainstream Politics

Mainstream means middle of the road. Not conservative and not liberal.

Main Street

Main Street is the generic name of the main business street in a small typical American town. It refers to a place of traditional, conservative values. "Main Street" represents the interests of Middle America, including small businesses. The term is often used in contrast to "Wall Street" which symbolizes the interests of large corporations and the very wealthy.

Majority – Minority District

A majority-minority district is an electoral district such as a United States congressional district, state senate district, or state assembly district, in which the majority of the voters in the district are ethnic or racial minorities as opposed to non-Hispanic white voters. Such districts are officially determined by the United States Census Bureau every ten years. Many of these districts have been created intentionally in order to assure minorities that they will be represented in Congress and in the various state legislatures. The constitutionality of such affirmative racial gerrymandering has not yet been determined by the Supreme Court of the United States. Hawaii, California, Texas, and New Mexico are majority-minority states. See Discrimination. See Racism. See Congressional Black Caucus.

Majority Vote (California)

A vote of more than half of the legislative body considering a measure. The full Assembly requires a majority vote of 41 and the full Senate requires 21, based on their memberships of 80 and 40, respectively.

Majority Whip (California)

A member of the majority party's leadership team in the Assembly or Senate, responsible for monitoring legislation and securing votes for legislation on the Floor.

Make America Great Again

“Make America Great Again” was the campaign slogan for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The Democratic Party called it a racist slogan and a code term for going back to the days of segregation. Former President Bill Clinton said: “I’m a white southerner. I know exactly what he means by that – I’ll give you what you had 50 years ago and move you back up the social totem pole and give you someone to look down on. Hillary says it’s time we tore the totem pole down.” What Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton did not say is that Bill Clinton used the exact same slogan in both of his campaigns for president. He was filmed at least thirty different times using the same exact words. See Hypocrisy. See Race Baiting. See Race Card.

Make my day (Politics)

“Make my day” is a dare intended to invite an action that will justify a powerful response. It means: Give me an opportunity to crush or destroy you.

Make Work

Make work is an inefficient or useless activity that creates the appearance of being productive. Make work projects are government funded projects designed to create paying jobs for the chronically unemployed and those unemployable in the private sector.  See Featherbedding.

Makers and Takers

The phrase often refers to the fact that the top 1% of earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes, the top 10% of earners pay 73% of all federal income taxes, the top 53% of earners pay 100% of all federal income taxes, and the bottom 47% of earners (or non-earners) pay no federal income taxes, but receive benefits from the government at the expense of the other 53%.

Making Our Own Health Care Decisions

This is a code phrase used by liberals to refer to the unrestricted right to have an abortion, including a partial birth abortion often at taxpayer expense.

Malapportionment, Misapportionment

Malapportionment or misapportionment is the creation of electoral districts with differing ratios of voters to representatives. For example, if one Congressional District has 400,000 voters and another has 500,000 voters, the voters in the former district have more influence per person in Congress. Malapportionment may be deliberate. Malapportionment combined with gerrymandering can give one political party an advantage over the other. See Gerrymandering. See Dummymandering.

Mama Grizzlies

“Mama Grizzlies” is a metaphor coined by Republican Governor Sarah Palin to mean conservative mothers who will protect their young.

Man Caused Disaster

Man caused disaster is a euphemism created by the political left to describe a terrorist act where the government does not want to admit that a terrorist act has occurred. The phrase was first coined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, when she testified before Congress in 2009. See Workplace Violence.

Manchurian Candidate

The term refers to a person who unknowingly has been convinced to act for another's interest. The term originated from the title of the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate. Many conservatives have described President Barack Obama as a Manchurian President or unwitting tool of Iran and Hamas.

Mandate (Politics)

In politics, a mandate is the authority granted by a constituency to a government leader, or political party, to act as its representative. The acceptance of a government having a legitimate mandate to govern, as a result of a fair election, is central to democracy and the republican form of government. Elections resulting in a large winning margin, are commonly said to give a newly elected president, and his or her political party, a mandate from the voters. See Consent of the Governed. See Devine Right of Kings.

Mandatory Federal Spending

Mandatory federal spending consists of entitlements which are paid out by the government regardless of how much tax revenue has been collected. Any shortage of funds is covered by borrowing and adding to the national debt. See Entitlements.

Mandatory Profit Sharing

Mandatory Profit Sharing is a goal of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the political left. Their plan is to force employers with 50 or more employees to "share" a percentage of company profits with all employees, other than owners, after each profitable accounting period. If the company makes no profit, any losses would be borne by the company. The proposed plan has been referred to as "profits we win, losses you lose" by many conservatives.

Manifest Opinion

A manifest opinion is a widely shared and consciously held view such as support for freedom of assembly or freedom of the press.

Manmade Disaster (California)

A manmade disaster is caused by man, usually through government action or inaction, as opposed to a natural disaster such as an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or tsunami. The drought of Southern California is a partial manmade disaster, when you consider that the Los Angeles River, which flows through Los Angeles County, dumps an average of 143,750 gallons of water into the Pacific Ocean every minute. The Los Angeles River website sites this incredible statistic. The Democratic Governor of California, the Democratic Party controlled State Senate, the Democratic Party controlled State Assembly, the Democratic Party controlled Los Angeles City Council, and the Democratic Major of Los Angeles have done nothing in more than ten years of dry weather to utilize the water that continues to dump into the ocean each day. In the meantime, water rates continue to increase, water rationing has caused tens of millions in landscaping damage, and local food costs continue to increase due to the massive increase in water costs.

Mantra (Politics)

A mantra is a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs. The mantras of the Democratic Party are: “We must increase taxes”, “Unrestricted Abortion”, “We need more gun laws”, and “Climate change is a greater threat than terrorism”.

Manufactured Outrage

Manufactured outrage is a falsified, righteous outrage employed by political activists on the left, used to generate support for some cause often involving race.  See Rent a Riot.

Margin of Error

The margin of error, expressed as a percentage, is the amount of sampling error in a survey’s results. It asserts a likelihood, but not a certainty, that survey results are close to the results that one would get if the entire population had been surveyed. The likelihood that a result will fall within the margin of error is also a probability, usually about 95%. The smaller the margin of error, the more reliable are the survey results. A margin of error always applies when less than 100% of the population is surveyed.

Marine Corps University (MCU)

Marine Corps University (MCU) is a group of accredited higher-education schools established in 1989 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Degree programs include: Master of Military Studies degree, Master of Strategic Studies degree, and the Master of Operational Studies degree.

Market Economy or Free Market Economy

A market economy is an economy in which decisions regarding investment, production, and distribution are based upon the Law of Supply and Demand and prices of goods and services are determined by a free market price system. A market economy is the opposite of a planned economy which is another name for socialism. See Law of Supply and Demand. See Price Controls. See Planned Economy.  See Communism.  See Marxism.

Marriage Penalty Tax

The Marriage Penalty refers to the fact that the federal government taxes two married people at a higher level than two unmarried people living together. The Marriage Penalty is a creation of the Democratic Party. Republicans have attempted to repeal it several times without success.

Martial Law

Martial law is the establishment of the highest ranking military officer as the military governor or head of government, removing all power from the previous executive, legislature, and judiciary. Marshall law was imposed on the states of the former Confederate States of America until they accepted numerous conditions such as the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, located in Atlanta, Georgia, includes Martin Luther King’s boyhood home and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was baptized and was a pastor. The site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District. See Black History Month.

Marxism

The economic and political theory and practice developed by the authors of the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The theory holds that free market capitalism will be destroyed and replaced by Socialism, and eventually Communism, through the process of class warfare and a progressive income tax system designed to redistribute wealth. See Progressive Taxes. See Socialism.  See Market Economy.  See Law of Supply and Demand.

Mayor (United States)

The position of mayor varies greatly from city to city. In some cities, the mayor is the highest ranking official in a city government. In other cities, the mayor is also a member of the city council, and the title is more of a ceremonial position than a position with actual authority. See Mayor-council Government. See Council-manager Government. See City Manager.

Mayor-Council Government

The mayor-council government system is one of the two most common forms of local government in the United States adopted by cities. In the mayor-council form of government, the mayor is elected directly by the voters. The power of the mayor varies from city to city. See Council-manager Government. See Mayor.

McCarthyism

The practice of publicizing accusations of disloyalty or subversion with little or no evidence to substantiate the claim.

Means Test

A means test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family has the means to do without the assistance. Historically, means testing has been applied to applicants seeking welfare, including food stamps as well as bankruptcy relief that would allow the applicant to discharge and not pay debts owing. Many Democrats in Congress are now seeking to apply a means test to future Social Security recipients as a way to save the Social Security System which is rapidly failing from a financial standpoint. Their plan is to eliminate or substantially reduce Social Security benefits for those retirees that have other sources of income so that more money can be given to those without other sources of income. Rather than increase Social Security taxes or increase the eligibility age, many Democrats want to redistribute the benefits from those with higher income to those who "have a need." The means testing for Social Security benefits ignores the amount of money a recipient has paid in Social Security taxes.

Means-testing

Basing the receipt of government benefits on the amount of income earned by the recipients. People who earn less receive more than people who earn more. It is a method of transferring wealth from those who are earning money to those who are not earning money or who are earning less.

Measure (California)

Any bill, resolution, or constitutional amendment that is acted upon by the Legislature.

MEchA

MEchA is an anti-American Hispanic student organization that seeks to return California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to Mexico. It has groups on more than 80% of the high school, college, and university campuses in the Southwestern United States. MEchA supports the political left and open borders with Mexico. See Undocumented Democrats. See National Council of La Raza.

Media Bias

Media Bias is advocacy journalism where one-sided arguments substitute for objective reporting. It often consists of the presenter omitting facts that do not support his or her position. While not common, sometimes media bias consists of actual fabrications. See Rathergate. See Liberal Bias. See Brian Williams – NBC News Scandal. See NBC Scandal - Dateline NBC Scandal.  See Sugarcoat.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a joint state and federal government health insurance program for people of all ages whose income and other resources are deemed by the government to be  insufficient to pay for health care. Obamacare greatly expanded the eligibility and funding of Medicaid. In 2015, there were nearly 60 million people that qualified for Medicaid. The cost of the program has skyrocketed since 2010.

Medical Savings Accounts (United States)

Medical savings accounts (MSA) in the United States refers to a medical savings account program in which tax-deferred deposits can be made to pay for future medical expenses. Withdrawals from a MSA are tax-free if used to pay for qualified medical expenses. Medical savings account programs have been supported by conservatives as a means to make people more self-reliant. Such programs have not been supported by liberals who prefer socialized medicine. See Obamunism. See Socialism. See Obamacare. See Hillarycare.

Medicare

Medicare is a federal program that reimburses some expenses for covered medical services for people over 65 years of age, and for certain people considered disabled that are of any age. All hospital charges for covered services are reimbursed under Medicare Part A, and most physician fees for covered services are reimbursed under Medicare Part B for people who have enrolled in Part B and pay for that coverage. Medicare is a program of socialized medicine that accounts for more than 20% of all health care spending in the United States. It also accounts for approximately 16% of the federal budget. The cost of running the program has been increasing far greater than inflation each year since its inception in 1965. The number of Medicare Enrollees can be found on the U.S Debt Clock website along with other valuable information.

Melting Pot

Melting Pot is a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous; becoming a common culture. The term is used to describe the assimilation of immigrants in the United States. Assimilation is currently under attack by some groups in the United States. See Multiculturalism and Assimilation.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps, founded in 1979, is a humanitarian aid agency that operates across the globe providing aid in areas experiencing war, economic collapse, and natural disasters. The organization is based in Portland, Oregon and has a second headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland. During the Syrian Civil War, Mercy Corps has provided food, water, and shelter for millions of refugees. In March 2017, the government of Turkey has ordered it to cease all operations in Turkey, effectively making it impossible for the organization to provide aid to those in need. Many conservatives in the United States and Europe are advocating that Turkey be ejected from NATO. See Armenian Genocide. See Armenian National Institute (ANI). See NATO.

Meritocracy

Meritocracy refers to an organization in which decisions are made based upon objective merit, rather than on friendships, quotas, affirmative action or seniority. Such organizations are concerned with fairness and objectivity.

Mexican Repatriation

The Mexican Repatriation refers to the forced deportation of more than, one million people of Mexican descent primarily by the administration of Democratic President Franklin-D.-Roosevelt during the Great Depression. The mandate was carried out by U.S authorities without due process of law.

Mexifornia

Mexifornia is a portmanteau of "Mexico" and "California". The name was created and is used by many U.S. citizens and Mexicans to describe how California has changed as a result of both illegal immigration and legal immigration from Mexico. The word is used several ways, some positive, some negative.

Michelle Obamagate

Michelle Obamagate refers to the scandal involving Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate. Toni Townes-Whitley, a top executive with CGI Federal, was awarded the contract by the Obama Administration to build the highly defective Obamacare website. There were no competing bids and the final cost of $1.7 billion was more than 2,000 times greater than what a first-class website designer would have charged for a first-class website. The original budget for the website was $93.7 million. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni. The Obama Administration continued to provide CGI with contracts even after the meltdown of the Obamacare website.

Microtargeting

Microtargeting refers to targeting specific groups with a specific political message designed to appeal to that group. An example would be targeting lower income voters with a proposal to increase the capital gains tax and inheritance tax coupled with an increase in the standard deduction.

Middle East Forum

The Middle East Forum (MEF), founded in 1990, is a conservative, foreign policy think tank based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to promote American interests in the Middle East and to protect Western values from Middle Eastern threats. Its goal is to defeat radical Islam, work for Palestinian acceptance of Israel, and develop strategies to contain Iran. NEF Publishes a journal, the Middle East Quarterly.

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball was a 50 million dollar “anti-crime” project endorsed by the Clinton-Gore administration. It was promoted as a means of keeping young people off the streets in major cities, which would result in a reduction of crime. The program was constantly lampooned and was considered racist by many. Most conservatives considered the program to be a method whereby Democratic politicians would be able to distribute $50 million of the tax dollars to supporters who would return the favor with contributions and votes.

Midterm Elections

Midterm elections are the general elections that take place two years after the quadrennial or four year elections for President of the United States. The federal offices that are up for election during the midterm elections are all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and either 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. In addition, some governors, members of state legislatures, and mayors of many cities are elected at the midterm elections. Midterm elections almost always generate lower voter turnout than presidential elections. Historically, the voter turnout for presidential elections has been between 50% and 60%, whereas the voter turnout for midterm elections averages between 38% and 45%. Historically, the president’s party has lost seats in Congress at midterm elections.

Might makes right

Might makes right is an aphorism with at least two meanings. It expresses that a society’s view of right and wrong, and recorded history, is determined by who is in power. It also expresses the thought that history is written by the victors who think they represent what is morally right.

Militant

A militant is someone who is willing to use strong, extreme, and even forceful methods to achieve his or her objectives. See Activist.

Military Law or Justice

Military law is the body of law that applies to members of the armed forces. It is not to be confused with Martial Law which applies to civilians during extreme emergencies.  See Martial Law.

Military Religious Freedom Foundation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is an advocacy group that supports the far political left. While the organization claims their goals are to “ensure that members of the United States Armed Forces receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom”, the organization has the following specific goals: (1) To prohibit Christian Military Chaplains from praying in the name of Jesus, (2) To prohibit chaplains from giving Bibles to members of the military who want a Bible, and (3) Removing the cross from every church located on a United States Military Base. See Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. See War on Christmas. See War on Christians.

Militia

A militia is an armed force of citizen soldiers. George Washington’s army averaged 41% militia during the Revolutionary War. He could not have defeated the British without the militia. One purpose of a militia is to safeguard the country and the people against possible gross abuse of power by the government. The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Millennials, Generation Y

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, is the generation following Generation X. There are no officially recognized dates for when this generation starts or ends, but the common agreement is that it includes the birth years starting from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and ending in the birth years from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Millennials are more likely than the overall population to be liberal, support homosexual marriage, support unrestricted abortion including partial birth abortion, and the legalization of drugs. See Generation X. See Baby Boomers.

Million Concrete Souvenirs, A

A million concrete souvenirs refers to the Berlin Wall after President Ronald Reagan’s speech “Tear Down this Wall” in West Berlin on June 12, 1987. The Famous speech and other pressure placed on the Soviet Union by the Reagan Administration led to the destruction of the wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.  See Famous Speeches.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is the lowest wage that an employer may legally pay their employees. There is a minimum wage established by the federal government and by each of the 50 state governments if they determine to enact a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum. These laws are presented as being in the best interest of employees because they prevent employers from paying less. In reality, employers have the alternative of not hiring at all or using technology to completely eliminate jobs that would otherwise be done by entry level, low skilled workers. Examples include self-service check-out counters in food stores and businesses converting to online sales. These technologies have resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs that would exist, but for increases in the minimum wage. Critics of the minimum wage laws point out that the vast majority of these jobs are being done by students and part-time employees with minimal skills and that minimum wage laws amount to an assault on the free market system. See Living Wage. See Inflation. See Law of Supply and Demand.

Minority Whip (California)

A member of the minority party's leadership team in the Assembly or Senate, responsible for monitoring legislation and securing votes for legislation on the Floor.

Misogyny, Misogynist

These are terms used almost exclusively by the political left to describe the mantra that Republicans and conservatives are engaged in a war on women. A misogynist is a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women and girls which is manifested by hostility, belittling, sexual objectification, and sometimes violence. According to liberals, misogyny can even be practiced by conservative women against other women and even themselves. See Discrimination. See Degenderize. See Hate Groups. See Mantra. See National Organization for Women (NOW). See War on Women. See Ze, Hir, Hirs.

Misplaced Loyalty

Misplaced loyalty refers to loyalty in another person or an organization that is taken advantage of, where the loyal individual is betrayed. Many conservatives believe that many Black, Asian, and Hispanic voters have a misplaced loyalty to the Democratic Party. See Blind Loyalty. See Loyalty. See Voting Bloc. See Votebank Politics. See Free Stuff. See Low Information Voters.

Misspoke (Politics)

Often a euphemism used when a person has lied and got caught. See Snipergate.

Mistakes Were Made

An evasive way of acknowledging an error while intentionally distancing the speaker from responsibility. Made famous by President Bill Clinton during the numerous Clinton scandals.

Moderator

A person entrusted by all sides to help keep a debate or discussion productive and within accepted guidelines.

Mole (Spy)

A mole is a spy who works his or her way into a high position, over a period of time, into a target organization. In politics, the target organization may be a presidential campaign organization, or other campaign organization, where the deception takes place over a long period.

Mollycoddle

To mollycoddle is to be weak and pamper. President Theodore Roosevelt referred to those who opposed the building of battleships and the fortification of the Panama Canal as "the mollycoddle vote, people who are soft physically and morally."  See Munich Analogy.

Moment of Silence in Schools

Many schools in the United States have adopted the policy of allowing students a moment of silence which is a short period in which students can reflect, contemplate, mediate, or pray. The policy is constantly being attacked by the political left, including the filing of lawsuits against schools, on the basis that students may use the time to pray and that prayer should never be permitted in a public school.  See God and American History.  See Secularization of Language.

Monarchy

See Absolute Monarchy. See Constitutional Monarchy. See Commonwealth Realm. See Devine Right of Kings.

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy is the process by which the federal government controls the supply of money and interest rates. The use of monetary policy is controversial with conservatives and liberals often in disagreement. See Fiscal Policy.

Money Blurt (Politics)

Refers to a political strategy whereby a candidate makes a provocative, controversial, and possibly incendiary statement that becomes widely circulated. The statement is intended as a means to raise campaign money from a targeted group of people. See Dialing for Dollars.

Money Blurt (Politics)

The rule states that as certain as water flows downhill, money in politics flows to where the power is located. Both individual and interest groups give campaign contributions to politicians who can deliver what they want. That means that most incumbents get far more than their challengers, committee chairman and legislative leaders get more than rank and file legislators, and the party in power gets more than the party out of power.

Money Bomb, Moneybomb

A money bomb sometimes referred to as a fundraising bomb, refers to an intense, short-term effort to raise funds for a political campaign over the internet. For example: On September 26-27, 2016, candidate for president, Donald Trump raised $18 million over the internet in the 24 hours after his first debate with Hillary Clinton.

Monopoly (Economics)

A market in which a single seller substantially controls the market as the major seller of certain goods or services. An example would be a government owned utility company that serves a specific area or a single airline or railroad that serves a specific route. See Monopsony.  See Cartel.

Monopsony (Economics)

A market in which a single buyer substantially controls the market as the major purchaser of certain goods or services. Examples include the military industry, the prison industry, and the space industry. Large companies such as Walmart, Costco, and Amazon also have monopsony power. See Monopoly.  See Cartel.

Monster Vote, Monster Voters

The monster vote refers to those who are eligible to vote, but who have not voted in the last several elections, who decide to go to the polls because of a certain candidate. Many believe it was the monster vote or monster voters that gave Donald Trump his margin of victory. Most existing political polling models do not account for these potential voters because they are not considered likely voters. See Silent Majority. See Political Apathy, Voter Apathy. See Voter Fatigue. See Political Efficacy. See Poll/Polling.

Moocher Class

The “moocher class” is a term that refers to the people who pay no income taxes and collect every welfare benefit available for as long as possible. These people are not counted by the federal government as unemployed because they are not seeking employment.

Moonbat

A moonbat is a pejorative term used by some on the political right to describe an irrational progressive.  California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has been described as a moonbat for years.

Moral Authority

Moral authority refers to being respected for having knowledge and excellent character. It is also authority based on principals and fundamental truths that are immutable or unchangeable. The Bible is the perfect example of moral authority.

Moral Clarity

Moral Clarity is a phase used by conservatives and made popular by William J. Bennett. Moral Clarity includes the following claims: (1) The war on terrorism is a conflict between good and evil, (2) Traditional American values such as democracy and freedom are universal human rights worth promoting and defending, and (3) Attempts to explain the actions of Anti-Western terrorists as justifiable responses to the actions of the United States or Israel, are a sign of moral weakness at best, and sympathy for the terrorists at worst, and will hamper efforts to defeat them. Liberals tend to oppose the argument for moral clarity as being a dangerous view and tend to believe in the concept of Moral Relativism. See American Exceptionalism. See Blame America First. See Democratic Party Boycott of Israel. See Moral Relativism. See Morality.

Moral Relativism

Moral Relativism holds that what is moral can vary from one society to another or from one group within a society to another. It holds that there is no absolute definition of what is moral. Moral Relativism is absolutely the opposite of what the Bible teaches us and has been adopted by many liberals as a substitute for the Word of God as expressed in the Bible. The Nazis used moral relativism at Nuremburg to justify the persecution of Jews. See Postmodernism.  See Moral Clarity.

Morality

Morality refers to the subject of determining right from wrong, and defining good and evil. See Moral Relativism. See Ethics. See Moral Clarity.

More Free Stuff

“More Free Stuff” is the strategy of the political left. It describes their strategy of bribing low information voters without ambition to vote for the Democratic Party in return for free stuff. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers. See Free. See Redistribution of Income. See Voting for a Living. See Competing for Votes.

Mortgage Bankers Association

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), headquartered in Washington D.C. is a national, non-partisan trade and advocacy organization representing all areas of the real estate financing industry. There are more than 2,300 member companies, in all 50 states, employing thousands of loan originators, underwriters, servicers, and compliance personnel. The MBA has a powerful political action committee called the Mortgage Bankers Association Political Action Committee (MORPAC) which raises money to elect candidates to Congress and state legislatures who are supportive of the industry. The organization generally supports conservative candidates who support policies leading to low interest rates, low inflation, and a balanced federal budget. See Inflation. See Political Action Committee (PAC)-Federal. See National Association of Realtors. See Real Estate Roundtable.

Morton’s Fork

A Morton’s Fork is an argument in which contradictory observations or situations lead to the identical conclusion. It originated with John Morton who argued that citizens who lived modestly were obviously saving money and could therefore afford to pay taxes, and those citizens living extravagantly were obviously wealthy and could therefore afford to pay taxes. See Hobson’s Choice.

Motherhood Statement (Politics)

A motherhood statement is a “feel good” platitude about something worthy that few people would disagree with, without any specific plans for realization. For example, “We need to find a cure for cancer,” or “we need to find better ways to utilize our resources.”

Mothers of the Movement

Mothers of the Movement is a group of Black mothers who supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 and who actively support the organization, Black Lives Matter. Several of the organizers spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. The organization consists primarily of Black Mothers who have lost a son or daughter as a result of being killed by the police or by gang violence. Many of those killed had long criminal histories and were the cause of their own death. See Black Lives Matter. See Ferguson Effect.

Motion (California)

A formal request for action made by a legislator during a committee hearing or Floor Session.

Motion to Reconsider

A parliamentary procedure which, if adopted, reverses an action previously taken and returns the question before the body for another vote.

Moveables (Politics)

Moveables refers to those people that can be convinced to change their vote in a particular election, or their party registration. “Reagan Democrats” are an example of moveables.

Mudslinging

Negative, often personal, usually inaccurate or exaggerated attacks on the opposition.

Muckraker

A writer or reporter involved in investigative journalism that publishes or reports findings about social ills and corruption. The term originated early in the last century. Today, the phrase investigative journalism is more common.

Multiculturalism in the United States

Refers to the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within the United States as opposed to assimilating into the culture of the United States. See Melting Pot and Assimilation.

Munich Analogy

The Munich analogy refers to the appeasement of Nazi Germany by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938 that turned into a disaster leading to World War II. Today, the analogy is used by politicians to describe other acts of appeasement such as the appeasement of Iran by Democratic President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in connection with Iran's program to develop nuclear bombs and a missile system to deliver them.  See Mollycoddle.  See Peace with Honor.

Municipal Bonds

Municipal bonds are bonds issued by a local government or one of their agencies. Issuers include states, counties, cities, redevelopment agencies, special purpose districts, school districts, and airports. Municipal bonds may be general obligations of the issuer or may be secured by specific revenues.

Murder Board

A murder board is a panel that subjects a candidate to challenging questions at a dress rehearsal before a debate or press conference in order to prepare the candidate for the ordeal.

Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter

The Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter is the organization of the Muslim Brotherhood operating in the United States since 1963. The same group that formed the Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter also formed the North American Islamic Trust, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the American Muslim Council. The slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood is "Allah is our objective; the Qur'an is the Constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is our wish." See Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a national Muslim advocacy group headquartered in Los Angeles, California previously called the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California. After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, MPAC leader Salamn Al-Marayati suggested that Israel might have been behind the attacks stating: "If we're going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies." The fact that all 19 of the terrorists were Muslims and members of Al-Qaeda did not alter the statement made by the MPAC leader. Salamn Al-Marayati has been a frequent visitor to the Obama White House and is an advocate for the Muslim Brotherhood. See Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter.


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N-Words

According to the political left, the following list of words and phrases are the new N-Words when used by Conservatives and Republicans and should never be used: (1) Cut taxes, (2) Law and order, (3) Welfare, (4) Food Stamps, (5) State’s rights, (6) Thug, (7) Urban areas, (8) Inner city (9) Gang, and (10) Budget cut. See Culture War. See Dog-Whistle Politics. See Historical Revisionism. See Peer Pressure. See Prohibited Salutations. See Purple Penguins. See Race Card. See State’s Rights. See Ethnic Youth Group.  See Secularization of Language.

NAACP

The NAACP, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was founded in 1909 for the purpose of advancing the rights and economic position of Black citizens in the United States. The first president of the organization was W.E.B. DuBois. Today, the NAACP is effectively an extension of the Democratic Party. See W.E.B. DuBois.

Name Dropping (Politics)

Name dropping is the practice of mentioning important people in conversations or other communications with the intention of impressing others. It is often used as an attempt to create a sense of superiority by implying a connection to people in high positions. Name dropping is considered a negative by many people and under some circumstances could constitute a breach of professional ethics. Name dropping is common among ambitious politicians.

Name Recognition

Name Recognition refers to the number of voters who are aware of a candidate. Historically, candidates with the highest name recognition receive the highest number of votes. It is therefore an important factor which gives incumbents a significant advantage over challengers. Consequently, challengers must spend heavily on advertising in order to win.

Nanny State

Nanny State refers to the view that government policies are unreasonably interfering with personal choice and freedom. See Socialism.

NARAL

NARAL is the National Abortion Rights League and a liberal advocacy group. NARAL rates politicians based upon whether they support taxpayer paid, unrestricted abortions. See Planned Parenthood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions.

Narrative, The (Politics)

The Narrative refers to an explanation or interpretation of events in accordance with a particular theory, ideology, or point of view. The narrative generally leans to the right or left, conservative or liberal.

Nation of Islam

The Nation of Islam (NOI), formed in 1930, is a Black-American religious movement sometimes referred to as the Black Muslims. The number of members is not disclosed, but it is estimated at 40,000 to 50,000. The Southern Poverty Law Counter and other civil rights organizations describe the Nation of Islam as a hate group, anti-Semitic, and believing in black supremacy. The organization has taught that white people are a race of devils created by a scientist and that Black people are the original people. The motto of the NOI is “Justice or Else”. Official languages are English and Arabic. Leaders have included Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan. Muhammed Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, was a member of the NOI for many years. See New Black Panther Party.

National Action Network

The National Action Network is a non-profit organization founded by Democrat Al Sharpton in 1991 in New York City. The organization describes itself as a civil rights organization. It has been involved in a number of scandals including the non-payment of $1.9 million in payroll taxes, interest and penalties. The New York Times reported that its founder, Al Sharpton, and his other for-profit businesses, failed to pay $4.5 million in state and federal taxes. According to the New York Post, several major companies, including Colgate-Palmolive and Anheauser-Busch, have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to National Action Network to prevent boycotts or protests by the organization. Public statements made by Al Sharpton have alienated many Jews and homosexuals from him and his organization.

National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo), established in 1935, is a non-partisan advocacy organization that represents over 2,400 counties in the United States that include more than 80% of the U.S. population. NACo provides training, educational materials, holds seminars and conferences, and other consultation assistance to counties across America. The NACo lobbies congress and the states on various issues of importance to its members. See National League of Cities.

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), founded in 1940, is the leading non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. The organization provides comprehensive information on how to become a United States citizen and other useful information and resources. NALEO holds a national convention each year and publishes a directory of more than 6,100 elected and appointed Latinos who are serving their communities, their states, and the nation.

National Association of Realtors

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), established in 1908, is a large national trade organization for those who work in the real estate industry. NAR also represents America's property owners by working to preserve the free enterprise system and the right to own real property. Members are residential and commercial real estate brokers, real estate salespeople, real estate appraisers, property managers, consultants, mortgage brokers, and others where a state real estate license is required. Members are known as Realtors. The organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, has more than 1.2 million members in all 50 states and several affiliated organizations. NAR is a powerful advocacy group and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. See Political Action Committee (PAC)-Federal. See Real Estate Roundtable. See Mortgage Bankers Association.

National Black Republican Association

The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) is a private non-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida. Its goal is to return black Americans to their Republican Party roots by enlightening them about how Republicans fought for their freedom and civil rights, and are now fighting for their educational and economic advancement. It is the vision of the NBRA that black Americans become power players in the political arena so they can seize control over their own destiny. The NBRA is not affiliated with the Republican Party.

National Center for Science Education

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a non-profit organization established in 1981 for the purpose of promoting the teaching of evolution and climate change in American schools, and eliminating all references to intelligent design or God. The organization is supported by the political left and atheist groups. Their publications include "Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools", "Evolution vs. Creationism", and "Reading Darwin in Arabic". See Secular Progressive. See War on Christians.  See War on Christmas.

National Civic League

The National Civic League, founded in 1894 as the National Municipal League, is a non-profit, non partisan organization that advocates for racial equality and transparency, effectiveness, and openness in local government. The organization is well known for its All-American City Award given to ten communities each year. The National Civic League is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), established in 1975, is a bipartisan, non-governmental, advocacy organization that serves the members of the state legislatures and their staffs in the United States in dealing with federal issues. Each year the presidency of the NCSL alternates between the Republican and Democratic parties. NCSL has offices in Washington D.C. and Denver, Colorado.

National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), also known as La Raza, founded in 1968, is the largest Latino advocacy organization located in the United States. The non-profit organization is headquarted in Washington D.C. and has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Phoenix, and San Antonio. La Raza supports the Democratic Party, a path to citizenship for all illegal immigrants, a moratorium on the deportation of all illegal immigrants, and open borders. See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants. See Undocumented Democrats. See Displaced Foreign Travelers. See Undocumented Democrats. See MEchA.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an agency of the federal government that funds and supports various projects. Since its establishment in 1965, it has made more than 130,000 grants totaling more than $5 billion of taxpayer funds. One of the projects sponsored by the government agency is called "Piss Christ". It depicts a crucifix submerged in a glass container filled with the artist's urine. The NEA is supported by the left which receives nearly all of the funding from the NEA. It has been denounced by nearly all Republicans and conservatives including the Christian Action Network. See War on Christians.

National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, pro-business lobbying organization based in Nashville, Tennessee with offices in Washington D.C. and in all fifty state capitals. NFIB was founded in 1943 and has more than 350,000 members. NFIB has opposed Obamacare and has been a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility.

National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW)

The National Federation of Republican Women, founded in 1938, is a women's political organization with more than 1,700 local clubs in all 50 states. In California, the organization is known as the California Federation of Republican Women. California has more than 200 local clubs.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, is a taxpayer funded research center. As part of a 2016 project, the federal government agency allocated more than $406,000 of our tax dollars to text Latino men encouraging them to exercise. According to the agency, “Mexican-American men report high rates of inactivity and related health conditions.” Apparently, government employees do not consider the action to be racist, an invasion of privacy, and believe the expenditure is a valuable way to spend taxpayer dollars.

National Journalism Center

The National Journalism Center, founded in 1977, offers programs and internships for journalism students to assist them in becoming professional journalists, and to educate them on developing unbiased reporting skills. The organization was founded by conservative journalist, M. Stanton Evans in response to the left leaning media that dominates the nation’s newspapers, magazines, and television. See Accuracy in Media (AIM). See Al Jazeera. See Economical with the Truth. See Fake Political Websites. See False Balance. See Liberal Creep. See Liberal Bias. See Media Bias. See Rathergate. See Schlockumentary. See Sugarcoat.  See Fake News.

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities (NLC), founded in 1926, is a non-partisan advocacy organization representing over 20,000 cities and municipal leagues which include over 65% of the U.S. population. The NLC provides training, educational materials, holds seminars and conferences, and other consultation assistance to cities across America. The NLC lobbies Congress and the states on various issues of importance to its members. See Sister Cities International. See National Association of Counties.

National League of POW/MIA Families

The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia was founded in 1970. Voting membership is comprised solely of the wives, children, parents and other close relatives of Americans who were listed as prisoners of war, missing in action, killed in action/body not recovered and returned, and Vietnam War U.S. POWs. Associate membership is comprised of concerned citizens that do not meet the voting rights requirements. The League’s sole purpose is to obtain the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing and the repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died serving our nation during the Vietnam War. The organization sells POW/MIA Bracelets and POW/MIA Flags.

National Organization for Marriage

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), established in 2007, is a national, non-profit organization that opposes homosexual marriage, and the right of homosexuals to adopt children. NOM is involved in ballot measures, judicial elections, legislative elections, and issue advertising in numerous states. The organization was instrumental in the successful Proposition 8 campaign in California in 2008. That law, overwhelmingly approved by the voters with more than seven million votes, was declared unconstitutional by a liberal U.S. District Court in 2010. See “We don’t want your business.”

National Organization for Women (NOW)

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a liberal, feminist organization that supports free birth control, unlimited abortion rights including partial birth abortion, the right of homosexuals to marry, socialized medicine, and Obamacare.

National People’s Action

The National People’s Action (NPA), founded in 1972 in Chicago, is an alliance of more than thirty left wing community organizations that advocate remaking America into a socialist society. Its stated agenda is “economic and racial justice” which includes greatly higher progressive taxes and the redistribution of income and wealth to those “in need”. NPA is also known for its hostility to Christianity and Israel. NPA is well known for its aggressive tactics which include repeated, massive, angry protests at the personal residences of conservatives, Republicans, and the owners of target businesses. The protests have routinely resulted in the destruction of personal property while trapping the targets inside their home, unable to leave. The organization is funded by George Soros, Bill Maher, Barbara Streisand, Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Harry Belafonte, Jane Goodall, Martin Shean, Meryl Streep, Robert Radford, Stephen King, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, Alex Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Casey Kasem, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mary Tyler Moore, and other supporters of the radical left. NPA currently operates in 17 states and Washington D.C. See Makers and Takers. See Socialism. See Free Stuff. See Fundamentally Change America. See Liberal.

National Prayer Breakfast

The National Prayer Breakfast, previously called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, has been held annually in Washington D.C. on the first Thursday of February since 1953. Every president since Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the yearly event. The event is an opportunity for more than 3,500 guests from more than 100 nations to assemble and build relationships. The National Prayer Breakfast is organized each year by The Fellowship Foundation, a non-profit, Christian organization. See The Fellowship Organization. See God and American History.

National Religious Broadcasters

National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), established in 1944, is a non-partisan advocacy organization that works to protect and promote the needs of religious broadcasters including the protection of their First Amendment Rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. NRB also participates as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) in legal proceedings before the United States Supreme Court. See ACLJ (American Center for Law & Justice).

National Rifle Association (NRA)

The National Rifle Association of America, founded in 1871, is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Its mission is to (1) protect and defend the Constitution of the United States; (2) to promote public safety, law and order, and the national defense; (3) to train members of law enforcement agencies, the armed forces, the militia, and people of good repute in marksmanship and in the safe handling and efficient use of small arms; (4) to foster and promote the shooting sports; and (5) to promote hunter safety. The NRA has more than 5 million members and is one of the most effective lobbying groups in America. The organization endorses candidates, has participated in litigation, and attempts to influence legislation at the national, state, and local levels.  See Assault Weapon.  See Gun Owners of America.  See Founding Fathers.  See Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.  See Pro Gun Sayings.  See Gun Control Quotations.

National Right to Life Committee

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), founded in 1968, is the oldest and largest national pro-life advocacy group in the United States with affiliates in all fifty states and more than 3,000 chapters. The organization works through education and legislation to work against abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. NRLC is based in Washington D.C.  See Planned Parenthood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily's List.

National School Lunch Act

The National School Lunch Act is a federal law that created the National School Lunch Program to provide free or low cost school lunch meals to qualified students. More than 35 million children receive free or low cost lunches every day under the program. See Summer School Service Program.

National Symbols and Icons

National Symbols and Icons are representations of a nation that include a flag, a national anthem, a seal, national colors, national monuments, memorials, a head of state, and sometimes a coat of arms. National symbols of the United States include the White House, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Gettysburg, and the Bald Eagle.

National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU)

The NTEU is a national labor union that represents federal employees of 31 government agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The union endorsed Barack Obama in both of his presidential elections and rarely supports Republican candidates for office. The Political Action Committee run by the NTEU has contributed more than 97% of its total contributions to Democrats totaling more than $82 million.

Nation-building

Nation-building is the creation of a national identity by creating a common culture, language, and history.

National Monuments (United States)

A National Monument, or U.S. National Monument, is a protected area of land owned or controlled by the federal government, created by a proclamation of the President of the United States. National Monuments are managed by the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Forest Service, or the Bureau of Land Management.

Nationalization

Nationalization is the process whereby the government takes private industry or assets from its citizens. It is part of the process of transitioning a free market economy to a socialist state.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month takes place in November of each year in the United States. Since 1990, the month of November provides an enhanced opportunity for Native Americans in the United States to share history, culture, traditions, music, crafts, and overall ways of life with other Americans. See Native Americans (United States).

Native Americans (United States)

Native Americans in the United States are those people whose ancestors were indigenous to the area of the United States before the arrival of the Europeans. Native Americans consist of various tribes, bands, and ethnic groups. Some of these groups survive today as sovereign nations. See Tribal Society in the United States.

NATO

NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is a military alliance formed in 1949 whereby every member agrees to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. The NATO alliance has 28 member nations in both North America and Europe. It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Natural Law, Natures Law

Natural Law or Natures Law refers to the belief that certain rights are endowed by God and not by man. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, written by the founding fathers of the United States, are based upon natural law. See Founding Fathers. See United States Constitution. See Bill of Rights.

Naturalization

Naturalization is a legal action conferring citizenship on an alien.

NBC – Chris Matthews Scandal

The NBC – Chris Matthews Scandal refers to the fact that his wife, Kathleen Matthews, who ran for Congress in Maryland as a Democrat, received political contributions totaling $79,050 from guests after they appeared on Chris Matthew’s television show. NBC took no action against Chris Matthews, making the statement that guests are not booked on the basis of political contributions. The contributions were not returned. See Rathergate – CBS Scandal. See NBC Scandal – Dateline NBC. See Brian Williams – NBC Scandal.

NBC Scandal – Dateline NBC Scandal

Dateline NBC aired an investigative report titled "Waiting to Explode" focusing on trucks manufactured by General Motors. They intended to demonstrate on TV how an accident would cause a fuel tank explosion due to poor design. The problem was they couldn't get a truck to explode after wrecking several GM trucks. NBC solved the problem by rigging a GM truck's fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines that would guarantee a big explosion. The truck exploded upon impact and NBC recorded everything making for a great show, except for one thing: they got caught. GM filed a lawsuit that was promptly settled for an undisclosed amount of money and a public apology. See Fake News.

Negative Income Tax

A negative income tax is a progressive income tax where those earning below a certain level receive income from the government (taxpayers) instead of paying taxes to the government. It is redistribution of income from those earning money. A negative income tax is a method of providing people a guaranteed minimum income.

Negro Project

The 1939 Negro Project was headed by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The project was first discussed at the First World Population Conference that took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1926 and was formally established in 1939 as the “Eugenic Plan for Black America” also known as the “Negro Project”. As a eugenicist, Margaret Sanger espoused racial supremacy and purity particularly of the Aryan race. Margaret Sanger and other eugenicists hoped to “purify” the bloodlines and improve the race by encouraging the fit to reproduce and the unfit to restrict their reproduction. They sought to contain the “inferior” races through segregation, sterilization, birth control, and abortion. Today, the majority of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located in primarily Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Neoconservatives or Neocons

Neoconservatives is a label used in American politics to describe people who present themselves as conservatives, but actually favor big government and deficit spending. Neocons generally back RINOs, or Republicans in name only, and therefore reject many important Republican and conservative principles. Many neoconservatives are "new conservatives" who once considered themselves to be liberals.

Neologism

A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language. A neologism may also be a new usage of an existing word.

Netroots

Netroots is a portmanteau of the terms internet and grassroots. It is a term used to describe political activism organized through blogs and other online media including social networking services on social media.

Never Trump Republicans, Never Trumpers

Never Trump Republicans, also known as Never Trumpers, are prominent Republicans that vowed never to support the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump, for president of the United States in 2016 who ran against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Never Trump Republicans included Senator Kelly Ayotte, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Mike Crapo, Representative Charlie Dent, Senator Jeff Flake, Carly Florina, Representative Joe Heck, Governor Gary Herbert, Hugh Hewitt, former Governor Jon Huntsman, Governor John Kasich, Representative Steve Knight, Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Susan Martinez, Senator John McCain, Senator Lisa Murkowski, former Governor George Pataki, former Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator Rob Portman, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, former Governor Jeb Bush, former Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, former Governor Mitt Romney, and former Representative J.C. Watts.

New American Holiday

Millions of conservatives have declared 1-20-17, a new American holiday to be celebrated each year. The date marks the end of the Obama Administration and the return to traditional American values.

New Atheism Movement

The New Atheism Movement is a social and political movement organized and promoted by the political left and atheists. Historically, atheists have been satisfied to defend their constitutional rights. Advocates of the New Atheism Movement believe religion should not be tolerated, but should be attacked wherever and whenever possible. Their primary target is Christianity. Some well-known atheists include: Andy Rooney, Barney Frank, Billy Joel, Bill Maher, Bruce Lee, Claudia Monet, Diego Rivera, Ernest Hemingway, George Benard Shaw, George Soros, Gore Vidal, Henri Matisse, Howard Stern, Hugh Hefner, James Cameron, Jessie Ventura, John Landis, John Lenon, Lance Armstrong, Larry Flint, Linus Pauling, Margaret Sanger, Mark Zukerberg, Noam Chomsky, Pablo Picasso, Steve Wozniak, Ted Turner, Vincent van Gogh, and Woody Allen.

New Black Panther Party

The New Black Panther Party (NBPP), founded in 1989, is a radical political organization that advocates revolution, the end of capitalism, and the separation of the races. The organization is anti-zionist, antisemitic, and refers to Jews on their website as having bloodsucking policies. The U.S Commission on Civil Rights, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Southern Poverty Law Center consider the New Black Panther Party to be a hate group. Most members of the NBPP are also members of the Nation of Islam. Many are involved with the Muslim Brotherhood U.S Chapter or the Black Lives Matter organization. See Black Lives Matter. See Anti-Defamation League (ADL). See Nation of Islam. See Voter Supression.

New Democrats

New Democrats are the self-proclaimed liberals that have taken over the Democratic Party which was a moderate to slightly left of center party when John F. Kennedy became President of the United States in January 1961. Since the election of President Kennedy, the Democratic Party has moved further to the left with each passing year.

New Protection Racket

The “New Protection Racket” refers to the Democratic Party supported program whereby convicted felons, who have been released from prison, are paid $9,000 per year as long as they do not commit another crime. What this means is that effectively for many felons, they receive $9,000 per year until they are convicted again for a subsequent crime. The taxpayer paid program is operational in Washington D.C. and some areas of northern California.

News Leak

A news leak is the release of information before it is authorized to be released. A news leak may come from the media, the White House, or a government agency.

News Propaganda

News propaganda is a form of propaganda that is presented as credible news without disclosing the source of the information or the motivation behind the release of the information. News propaganda may be spread for political, business, religious, or other reasons. See Propaganda. See Black Propaganda.

Newspeak Dictionary

Newspeak dictionary refers to the fictional language called Newspeak found in George Orwell’s famous book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Many of the invented words, such as thought crime, unperson, and double think have found their way into current usage.

NIMBY

The acronym for "Not in my Back Yard." Refers to the refusal to allow things that are undesirable in one's own community. An example would be when the Kennedy family blocked the construction of wind turbines (that generate clean electricity) within view of Martha's Vineyard because they didn't want their ocean view obstructed.  Another example is liberal support of government built, low-income housing as long as its not near where wealthy Democratic politicians live.

Nixon goes to China

“Nixon goes to China” is the historical reference to President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to the People’s Republic of China. “Nixon goes to China” has become a political metaphor often expressed as “Only Nixon could go to China” or “It took Nixon to go to China.” Given that President Nixon had a reputation for being strongly anti-Communist, he was immune to any significant criticism of being “soft on Communism” by conservatives. President Nixon’s trip to China was of great significance for starting the process of reconciliation with China, leading to trade and economic benefits for both nations.

No-Go Zone

A no-go zone is an area where the government has lost control and is unable to enforce the rule of law. There is effectively no police protection, no fire department protection, and no ambulance service. No-go zones are common in many Liberal European countries.

No Justice. No Peace

“No justice. No Peace”, is a chant and a threat. It means that there will be civil unrest, including riots, unless the protesters making certain demands get what they want. Many of the people on the political left believe the majority of local law enforcement agencies are racist organizations and discriminate against blacks. They demand fewer stops, fewer arrests, and fewer convictions of black people. See Black Lives Matter. See Black Lives Matter Chants. See Race Card. See Hate Group. See Ferguson Effect. See Race Baiting. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination. See Order. See Law and Order. See Civil Unrest, Civil Disorder.

No Labels

No Labels is a political organization formed in 2010 in Washington D.C. Members include Republicans, independents, and Democrats. The organization is dedicated to problem solving. Its motto is: “Stop fighting, start fixing.” Goals include: (1) Balancing the federal budget by 2030, (2) Making American energy secure by 2024, (3) Making Medicare and Social Security solvent for at least 75 years, (4) Creating jobs, and (5) Eliminating waste in government operations. See Bipartisan Vote. See Bury the Hatchet.

No Substitute for Victory

The words used by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur in his address to Congress in 1951 following his being relieved of command by Democratic President Harry Truman. The incident took place only two years after the Communists over-ran the Nationalists on mainland China and then joined North Korea in attacking South Korea.

No Votes for Romney

“No votes for Romney” refers to the fact that in the 2012 presidential election, the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, did not receive even one recorded vote in 59 voting districts in Philadelphia. Barack Obama received 19,605 votes of the 19,605 votes counted. In 37 Chicago precincts, Romney did not receive a recorded single vote. See Chicago-style politics. See Voter Fraud. See Voter Suppression. See Vote Early and Vote Often.

Nobility

Nobility is a social class, normally ranked just below royalty. Membership is usually based on inheritance with members possessing privileges not available to other citizens. There is no such class in the United States. See Oligarchy.

Non-apology Apology

A non-apology apology takes place when the speaker says he or she is sorry not because of what was done or said, but because the so-called offended person is asking for an apology, is expressing offense, or is making a threat. Such apologies usually amount to "I'm sorry that you feel that way," but do not include an admission that what was done or said was wrong or untruthful. Another version would be "I apologize for offending you."

Non-denial Denial

A non-denial denial is not a denial and is not untruthful. It is a statement that is true but used to convey a false impression. The classic example was when President Bill Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The president did not deny that he participated in an act with Monica Lewinsky. Given a narrow definition, he was truthful, but yet deceitful. Another example was when Barack Obama was asked whether the Democrats would raise taxes if he was elected president, and he answered, "I have no intention of increasing taxes." Taxes were increased, but he could claim that he told the truth.

Non-tariff Barrier (NTB)

In international trade, a non-tariff barrier, refers to quotas, restrictions, and unnecessary inspections and/or quarantine periods. In the United States, non-tariff barriers, are often advocated by trade unions in order to restrict or eliminate competition from other countries.

Nonprotected Speech

Nonprotected speech consists of commercial speech, obscenity, libel, and fighting words. Nonprotected speech is defined as not fully protected speech.

Not Now, Not Ever

Not now, not ever refers to the decision of the Democratic Party leadership not to work with the administration of Donald Trump on any basis, and to use a scorched-earth approach to fighting the President at every level. It started with the unprecedented Democratic Party boycott of the inauguration of Republican Donald Trump and the refusal to confirm any of his appointments to cabinet level positions.

November Republicans

Refers to registered Democrats who vote Republican in the general election. They are people who want to tell their friends and relatives that they're liberal Democrats because of social pressure, but who vote Republican because they know what's best for the country.

NPR (National Public Radio)

NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a non-profit media organization funded by the federal government as well as non-government organizations and individuals. NPR has a left leaning bias.

Nuclear Option, Constitutional Option

The nuclear option, also called the constitutional option, is a parliamentary procedure that permits the United States Senate to override a rule and precedent, by 51 votes instead of a supermajority of 60 votes. The process of utilizing the nuclear option involves the presiding officer of the U.S. Senate, generally the Vice-President of the United States, ruling that the matter in question is a constitutional question. The full Senate then votes on that issue. If the full Senate decides by a majority vote that the matter in question is a constitutional question, the issue can then be decided by a majority vote of the U.S. Senate. The name of the procedure is an analogy to the use of nuclear weapons which is the most extreme measure available. See Cloture. See Filibuster.

Nut-cutting Time (Politics)

The term “Nut-cutting time” originally referred to the extraordinary effort needed to remove a stripped or rusted nut from a bolt. In politics, it refers to the need to exert the maximum effort to obtain votes to get a bill passed. It refers to the point when everything has failed to date. The term has taken on a double meaning by some.


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Obama Enemies List

See IRS Targeting. See Obamunism. See Sue and Settle Racket. See You Didn’t Build That. See Race Traitor.

ObamaBomb

The ObamaBomb is the term used by conservatives, to describe the nuclear bomb that the Islamic Republic of Iran will be able to produce given the terms of the agreement between the United States and other nations, and Iran, allowing them to continue to produce material that can be weaponized. Iran has pledged to destroy Israel and denies that the Holocaust ever took place. See Holocaust Denial, Deniers. See Holocaust Trivialization. See Historical Revisionism. See I am not an anti-semite.

Obamacare (ACA)

Obamacare is the commonly accepted name for the law officially known as “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA). While the law was passed in 2010, most of the provisions did not become effective until late in the second term of President Barack Obama for fear of a backlash. Obamacare is free or highly subsidized for people with low incomes. The centerpiece of the law is a provision that mandates private citizens to purchase health insurance plans that meet the criteria of the federal government including coverage for abortions, sex change surgeries including lifetime follow-up care, maternity care, and Viagra for those who want it including sex offenders. The law paid for an additional 16,000 IRS agents to start in order to enforce the mandate, including penalties of 2.5% of a person’s income if they don’t buy a government approved insurance policy. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the ACA has cost the U.S economy 800,000 jobs. Obamacare caused the creation of 23 state health exchange co-ops of which 22 lost money as of the end of 2015. Of the 22 that lost money, 5 were required to go out of business. The federal government has now taken over the 5 and operates the exchanges in those states that chose not to open an exchange. It is expected that the federal government will eventually take over all of the exchanges unless the program is replaced. Liberals hope to create a single payer health care system similar to the system existing in Cuba where all health care is paid for by the government using tax money to pay for it. Not even one Republican voted for Obamacare. See Entitlement Mentality. See Government Party. See Makers and Takers. See Reproductive Health Services. See Single Payer Health System. See Socialism. See Social Justice. See You Can Keep Your Doctor.

Obamamania

Obamamania refers to the fevent enthusiasm demonstrated by many supporters of U.S. Senator Barack Obama during his campaign for President of the United States. Many of his supporters referred to him as the “anointed one”. He received more than 95% of the Black vote.

ObamAmnesty

ObamAmnesty refers to the unconstitutional refusal of the Obama Administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws for political advantage.

Obamanomics

Obamanomics refers to the economic policies and objectives of the Obama Administration including high progressive personal and corporate income taxes, high capital gains taxes, high inheritance taxes, redistribution of wealth, government control of health care, heavy regulation of businesses, and lots of "free stuff" for low earners and no earners. See Reaganomics.

ObamaNet

ObamaNet has become the replacement name for the internet used by people who assume the Democratic Party will be successful in its efforts to control the internet through the Federal Communications Commission. ObamaNet will impose complex rules on the use of the internet, numerous restrictions, and a host of new taxes. The proposal to seize power over the internet has set-off a number of lawsuits that will be litigated for years.

Obamaphone

The term “Obamaphone” refers to the “free” cell phones distributed at taxpayer expense by the Obama Administration to hundreds of thousands of welfare recipients. The phones include 70 minutes of “free” air time every month so unemployed welfare recipients can stay connected to job opportunities.

ObamaScare

ObamaScare became a common pejorative term for Obamacare in 2015 as a result of the massive price increases, huge deductibles, and horror stories documented in connection with the government mandated health insurance program.

Obamunism

Obamunism is a word created by the combination of Obama and Communism to describe President Obama's plan to fundamentally change America to a socialist state. See Socialism.

Obscurantism

Obscurantism is the practice of intentionally preventing the facts of some matter from becoming known. Obscurantism can be the deliberate restriction of facts or the deliberate act of being vague or difficult to understand.

Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of Justice is a crime in which a person attempts to interfere with, impede, influence, destroy evidence, or otherwise obstruct the prosecution of an alleged crime or a judicial proceeding. When a person asserts their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves, they are not obstructing justice. While President Nixon had no advance knowledge of the break-in of Democratic National Committee Headquarters in 1972, known as the Watergate Break-in, he was accused of obstruction of justice for attempting to protect the perpetrators. This led to his resignation in 1974. See Cover-up. See Watergate.

Occupy Wall Street Movement

Occupy Wall Street is a liberal organization dedicated to redistributing wealth in America and establishing a socialist state. Its website states: "The only solution is World Revolution." Supporters and sympathizers include Michael Moore, Roseanne Barr, Ben and Jerry of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and much of Hollywood.

Officers (California)

Members or non-members of the Legislature who are elected by the membership of their respective Houses at the beginning of each session. Assembly Member officers include the Speaker and Speaker pro Tempore. Non-Member Assembly officers include the Chief Clerk and the Sergeant-at-Arms. Senate Member officers include the President pro Tempore; non-Member Senate officers include the Secretary of the Senate and the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Ombudsman

An ombudsman is a "public advocate" appointed by a local, state, or national government, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of citizens. Ombudsman are funded by the government. In the United States, they are rarely effective.

Offshoring Jobs

Offshoring is the practice of exporting jobs to employees in other nations. Offshoring is the result of the high, punitive taxes levied on businesses in the United States, heavy regulations imposed on U.S. companies, and prevailing wage differences.

Old Glory

Old Glory is another name for the flag of the United States. The first flag to be referred to as Old Glory was made in 1824 and had 24 stars.

Old Guard

Old guard is a term used by liberals to describe older, conservative Republicans who are loyal to the party and its principles. See Conservatives vs. Liberals.

Oligarchy

An oligarchy is a form of government where the power to rule rests with a small number of people usually based on wealth, family relationships, nobility, or military control. A plutocracy is one form of an oligarchy. See Plutocracy. See Nobility.

Omnibus Bill

An omnibus bill is a proposed law that includes several unrelated matters.

One America News Network (OANN)

One America News Network (OANN), commonly known as One American News or OAN, is a fast growing, conservative leaning, national and international news network established in 2013 in San Diego, California. OAN is broadcast on DirectTV, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, and numerous regional cable providers. Aside from Fox News, OAN is the only other conservative leaning source of national and world news.

One M&M in a thousand

The phrase “one M&M in a thousand” refers to the argument against admitting refugees into the United States from the Middle East, without reliable background checks and documentation, in order to prevent Radical Islamic Terrorists from entering our country. The question to be asked: If you had a bowl containing 1,000 M&Ms and you knew that only one was poison, would you offer the bowl of candy to your loved ones?

One Party State

See Single Party State. See Solid South.

One Man, One Vote

The legal requirement that state legislatures redraw voting district lines as needed so that all voting districts are equal in population resulting in every voter having equal voting power. For example, if one district in a state had a population of 100,000 and another had 110,000, but each elected one member of the legislature, each person in the district with 100,000 people would have more power than each person in the district with 110,000 people.

One Out of Many

See E pluribus unum. See Great Seal of the United States.

OneVoice Movement

The OneVoice Movement is an organization with offices in New York, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, and Gaza City. The organization receives most of its funding from the political left and those that support the establishment of a Palestinian-Muslim nation on the borders of Israel in what is commonly referred to as the Palestinian Territories. OneVoice is the major financial supporter of V15, also known as V2015, which is dedicated to the defeat of the Likud Party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been vocal in attempting to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons aimed at Israel. Both V15 and OneVoice Movement have received large financial grants from the U.S. State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, which have been approved by the Obama Administration.  They  want to replace the government of Israel with one acceptable to Iran and the Palestinians. See V15. See Democratic Party Boycott of Israel. 

One World Government

One world government is the dream of many on the far left. They advocate eliminating national borders and all nations in favor of one government that has power over the entire world. They advocate the sharing of all world resources, and would eliminate free markets in favor of socialism. Advocates of One World Government are attempting to transfer the sovereign powers of each nation, including the United States, to the United Nations in the hope that the UN will become the One World Government.

Op-ed

An op-ed is an article appearing in various types of publications that expresses the opinion of a named author, usually not affiliated with the publication. “Op-ed” is short for “opposite the editorial page.” The objective normally is to include articles with varying viewpoints.

Open Border Policy

"Open Border Policy" refers to the unwritten policy and strategy of many Democrats in government. The strategy is to permit the border with Mexico to remain open in order to allow unrestricted immigration into the United States. Democrats know that nearly 100% of these immigrants will vote for the Democratic Party, assuring those Democrats in control that they will remain in control for the foreseeable future regardless of the cost to the United States and its citizens. See Undocumented Democrats.

Open Doors USA

Open Doors USA, established in 1955, is a non-denominational mission supporting persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries. The non-profit organization is based in Santa Ana which is in Orange County, California.

Open Letter

An open letter is a letter directed to a specific person, such as the President of the United States, or a United States Senator, that is intended to be read by a large group of people. Open letters are often published in newspapers as letters to the editor. More often the author purchases space in one or more publications in order to obtain a wide audience. Open letters can be an effective way to reach voters of the opposing political party.

Open Society Foundations

Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded in 1993 by George Soros, is a network of organizations that make large financial contributions to the political left and engages in organizing massive and violent protests. OSF supported Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for President. The organizations also support groups that boycott Israel. See Boycott. See Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. See Students for Justice in Palestine.

Open Rule

A procedural rule in the U.S. House of Representatives that permits floor amendments to bills within the overall time allocated to the bill. See Closed Rule.

Operation Choke Point

Operation Choke Point is a program initiated by the Obama Administration's "Department of Justice" (DOJ) whereby the DOJ investigated banks in the United States that provided services to industries that are perfectly legal, but were  not favored by the Obama Administration. Banks were  required to cease providing bank services to certain businesses or face abusive government audits and intimidation. Merchants that have been affected by the DOJ Operation Choke Point policy include: Gun Stores, Gold and Coin Dealers, Sellers of Mailing Lists, Multi-level Marketing Companies, Sellers of Surveillance Cameras, Sellers of Tobacco, Telemarketing Companies, and Payday Lenders. Operation Choke Point is an abuse of power because the targeted businesses are legal businesses simply not favored by the Obama Administration.

Operation Fast and Furious Scandal

Operation Fast and Furious was a 2008-2011 scandal involving the Obama Administration where the government lost track of more than 2,000 weapons that fell into the hands of the Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel. In June of 2012, the United States House of Representatives voted 255 to 67 to make Democratic Attorney General Eric Holder, the first sitting Attorney General in the United States, to be held in contempt of Congress for withholding information from Congress related to its investigation of the Obama Administration scandal.

Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue is a major pro-life Christian activist organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the preborn. The organization has been the target of the political left which is attempting to destroy it. See Civil Disobedience. See Planned Parenthood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily's List.

Operative (Politics)

An operative is a person engaged in a political assignment or skilled work that may involve secrecy or stealth. See Tracker. See Opposition Research.

Opinion Leader

An opinion leader is a person whose opinion can shape the opinions of many other people.  The endorsement of opinion leaders is highly sought after by candidates for political office.

Opinion of the Court

A written explanation of a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, a state supreme court, or an appellate court.

Opposition Research, Oppo Research (Politics)

Opposition research, also known as oppo research, consists of collecting information about a political opponent that can be used to discredit or weaken him or her. Some people call it digging for dirt. Opposition research typically involves utilizing operatives known as trackers to follow the target in order to record their activities. Information collected generally includes legal, biographical, educational, medical, criminal, and financial data. Candidates and office holders who benefit from opposition research often choose to maintain a distance from those gathering the information in order to insure plausible deniability should civil or criminal charges be brought against any of the researchers. Sought after information includes state and federal lawsuits, tax liens, assessment liens, court judgments, notices of default, trustee sale notices, bankruptcy filings, restraining orders, birth records, marriage records, divorce records, interviews with former employers, interviews with former spouses, interviews with former and current neighbors, interviews with former and current employees, interviews with former and current partners, licensing agencies, data from Ancestry.com, phone records, political contributions, college graduation records, military records, sex offender records, social media data, and other hard to find public records. See Tracker. See Operative.

Order

The state of peace and security, maintained by protecting citizens from violence and criminal activity.  See Law and Order.

Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS), founded in 1948, is an organization consisting of the 35 independent nations in North America and South America. Its goal is to promote peace, justice, solidarity, cooperation, free trade, and tourism among the members and their people. The official languages are Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. The organization is headquartered in Washington D.C.

Oriental

For centuries, the Orient has meant the East or the Eastern World which has included China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and other southeastern nations in Asia. In 2009, the State of New York decided that the word was pejorative and decided to remove the word from all official documents. President Barack Obama followed by spending tens of millions of dollars to remove the word from all federal laws and documents. See Historical Revisionism.

Original 13 American Colonies, English Colonies

The Original 13 American Colonies were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. Whereas, the 13 Original American Colonies rebelled and declared independence from Great Britain, 7 British Colonies, in what is today Canada, remained loyal to England. Those 7 English Colonies were Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.

Orwellian

Resembling the society described in George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty Four."

Out of order

Out of order means not being conducted under the adopted parliamentary rules.

Out of the Loop

Another way of avoiding responsibility by stating that the person was not informed of something. Made famous when Vice President Al Gore used the iced tea defense ("I must have been in the restroom and out of the loop") when being questioned by the FBI during FBI investigations of illegal fund raising activities that benefited the Clinton-Gore campaign.

Outcast (Politics)

In politics, an outcast is typically a member of a minority that does not vote for the candidate offered by the Democratic Party. When Blacks and Hispanics register to vote as Republicans, they are often subjected to vote shaming techniques by the political left. Such voters are treated like outcasts or pariahs because they do not conform to what is expected of them by the left. See Vote Shaming. See Ethnic Voting. See Race Traitor. See Social Exclusion or Marginalization. See Vote Bank or Votebank. See Vote or Else Movement. See Votebank Politics. See Voter Turnout. See Voting Block.

Override (California)

An effort to reverse a Governor's veto by a vote of two-thirds of the members of each house. A successful override requires 54 votes in the Assembly and 27 votes in the Senate.


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PAC

See Political Action Committee (PAC) – Federal. See Independent Expenditures. See 527 Organization. See Super PAC.

Pacific Justice Institute

The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), established in 1997, is a conservative legal defense organization based in Sacramento, California. The organization defends religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. It has defended retaining the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the right of parents to homeschool their children.

Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) founded in 1973, is a conservative, non-profit public interest law firm headquarted in Sacramento, California. PLF attorneys file lawsuits and file amicus curiae briefs in support of private property rights and free enterprise. They are advocates for limited government and limited environmental regulations. PLF does not charge for its services. See ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). See American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Pages

Pages are high school students who perform messenger and other duties for Members of Congress.

Paleocons, Paleoconservatives

Paleocons refer to themselves as conservatives, but differ from mainstream conservatives in several ways. Paleocons are generally isolationists when it comes to foreign policy, and generally favor protectionism over “free trade agreements” which are subject to manipulation and cheating by our trading partners. Paleocons favor strict limitations on immigration and oppose any form of affirmative action that favors one race over another. Paleocons make up only a small percentage of conservatives and an even smaller percentage of Republicans. The best known paleoconservative is Pat Buchanan who ran for president in 2000 on the Reform Party ticket. Many Paleoconservatives are members of the Libertarian Party.

Pandering (Politics)

Pandering refers to the manipulative device often used by politicians by which they publicly agree and support the view of a particular group of people in order to secure their votes. In pandering to the group, the views expressed are simply for the purpose of gaining support and do not reflect the politician’s actual position or values. Pandering is always insincere.

Paper Candidate

A paper candidate is a token candidate. See Token Opposition.

Paper Terrorism

Paper terrorism refers to the illegal acts of political and other extremists that involve the recording of false liens and mortgages, filing reports with the IRS falsely accusing their enemies not reporting income, the filing of frivolous lawsuits, and the creation of other documents that lack a factual basis, all for the purpose of harassment. The penalties for being convicted of these crimes are severe. See Dirty Tricks.

Paper Tiger (Politics)

A paper tiger is something that appears threatening, but in reality is nothing to fear. A paper tiger can be a person, organization, or a nation.

Parachute Candidate

A parachute candidate is a pejorative term meaning a carpetbagger. The implication is that the party supporting the candidate is desperate because it has no viable candidate indigenous to the political district. See Carpetbagger.

Pardon

The Constitution of the United States provides that the president “shall have the Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in cases of Impeachment.” Courts have held that the power extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment. See Pardongate.

Pardongate

Pardongate refers to the scandal involving President Bill Clinton issuing 140 pardons and commutations to convicted felons on his last day in office. Congress condemned his action with a vote of 95-2 in the Senate and 311-41 in the House of Representatives. Included in the group were 16 members of the FALN, a terrorist group that detonated 120 bombs in the United States; Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg, members of the Weather Underground who were convicted of weapons and explosives charges; Marc Rich, a major tax cheat who owed the government $48 million, but whose wife made large donations to the Clinton Library and Hillary Clinton's Senate Campaign; Susan MacDougal who had been convicted in connection with the Clinton Whitewater Scandal, but who had refused to testify against the Clintons; Roger Clinton, the president's brother who was convicted and sentenced for serious drug offenses, and many others convicted and sentenced for crimes involving drugs, child pornography, sexual assault, and bank fraud.  See FALN Clinton Scandal.

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings of organizations including legislatures. The term gets its name from its use in the parliamentary system of government. The most commonly used procedural authority in the United States is Robert's Rules of Order. In the United States, people who are knowledgeable in parliamentary procedure are referred to as parliamentarians. There are several organizations that offer certification programs for parliamentarians.

Parliamentary System

A parliamentary system of government is a democratic system in which the executive branch derives its power from, and is accountable to the parliament or legislative branch. Thus, the executive branch and legislative branch are not independent of each other as in a presidential system. See Presidential System.

Participation Trophy

Participation trophies are the creation of the political left. These are trophies awarded to children who simply participate in an activity such as a sport or game. Many liberals are concerned about the self-esteem or self-worth of those children who are not the winners of a competition. They would prefer that there are no winners or losers as there is in real life.

Party Line

The party line refers to the agenda of a political party. Both the Democratic Party and Republican Party have a party line.

Party Line Vote

A party line vote is one in which all or nearly all of the members of a political party vote the same way. See Bipartisan Vote.

Party of Government

The Democratic Party is commonly referred to as the "Party of Government" because the philosophy of Democratic Party leaders is to emphasize the use of the government to respond to every type of challenge we face, as opposed to relying on the free market whenever possible. See Free Stuff.  See Socialism.

Party Platform

A party platform or political party platform is sometimes called a manifesto. It is a list of the values and actions that are supported by a political party or candidate. The individual components of the platform are called “planks”. An example of a political platform would be The 1994 Republican Congressional Contract with America. See Plank.

Passport

A passport is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. See Visa.

Paternalism

Paternalism refers to acting for the good of another person, group, or nation against their will and without their consent. The person acting believes they are in a better position to know what is good for the other person, group, or a state. Paternalism means acting like a father, treating the other as a child. Requiring motorcycle helmets is an example of paternalism. While such a law interferes with the freedom and autonomy of the driver and any riders, the requirement is for their good and the good of society.

Patriot Act

The Patriot Act is a United States law enacted by Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush, in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. The law provides law enforcement officials a greater ability to tap telephones and track internet users. The law is controversial, with many conservatives and liberals being critical of it to the extent that it encroaches on civil liberties.

Patriotism

Patriotism means love or devotion to a person's country and a willingness to defend it against outside aggression. To be patriotic means to be loyal and willing to sacrifice for your country. See Unpatriotic.  See Treason.

Patsy

A patsy is a foolish person who is easily deceived or persuaded. A patsy is a sucker or the object of ridicule. The term was commonly used in the 1950s – 1980s to describe liberals in the United States who made excuses for communists.

Pay as You Earn Student Loans

Pay as you earn student loans was a creation of the Obama Administration and constituted a part of his redistribution of wealth program. Under the program, former college students, are required to repay their student loans from 10% of their “discretionary income”. This means that many taxpayer funded student loans will never be repaid and that others will be repaid over periods often exceeding 40 years. The effect is to provide free college educations to many students while the federal deficit and national debt continues to grow at an alarming rate. See Redistribution of Income. See Socialism. See National Debt.

Pay to Play

Pay to play refers to a form of corruption in which businesses are expected to give campaign contributions in exchange for state, country, and city government contracts. In 2008, the Democratic Governor from Illinois and Barack Obama supporter, Rod Blagojevich, was removed from office and convicted for accepting illegal funds. He is currently serving a prison sentence. In 2009, numerous allegations forced the Democratic Governor from New Mexico, Bill Richardson, to withdraw as President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce. The Obama Justice Department decided not to pursue an indictment, in spite of the evidence against him.

Payroll Tax (FICA)

A tax paid by employers and employees in an equal amount to pay for Social Security and Medicare benefits. It is also known as FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act Tax). Currently, employers and employees each pay 7.65% of the payroll amount. Income taxes and State Disability Insurance Taxes (SDI) are paid in addition to the FICA taxes.

Peace and Freedom Party

The Peace and Freedom Party, founded in 1967, is a nationally recognized political party in the United States that is slightly to the left of the Democratic Party. Its strongest representation is in California, Colorado, and Florida. The Peace and Freedom Party is committed to socialism, feminism, environmentalism, Obamacare, and free unrestricted abortions.

Peace with Honor

The words made famous by British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, upon his return from Nazi Germany in 1938. He said: "My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep." Shortly after his mission of appeasement, Germany started a succession of attacks starting World War II. See Munich Analogy.

Peer Pressure

Peeps is a slang term used primarily by liberals as a substitute for “people” who are friends or followers.

Peeps (Politics)

Peer Pressure is the influence that a peer group exerts to encourage conformity of behavior, attitudes, and actions. Peer pressure is mostly associated with young people. It can be positive, but tends to be mostly negative. Failure to conform can result in ostracism or social rejection. See Sheeple.

Penny Plan, One Cent Solution

The Penny Plan, also known as the One Cent Solution, is a plan offered by many conservatives to balance the federal budget. It consists simply of reducing discretionary spending, except for military spending, one penny out of every dollar spent, for five consecutive years. These cuts, together with average growth of the economy, would eliminate the federal deficit in five years. Liberals oppose the plan, and any alternative plan, that results in overall reduced spending. The only spending cuts currently acceptable to most liberals, is the budget for defense. After eight years in office, the United States military has been reduced by the Obama Administration to pre-1940 levels.  See Budget Cut.  See Tax Cut.

Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers were top secret documents taken from the Department of Defense offices by Democrat Daniel Ellsberg who then released them to the New York Times. Upon receipt, the New York Times immediately published the top secret documents. The documents proved that Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson had systematically lied to both the public and to Congress about the war in Vietnam. The documents also proved to be an embarrassment to the former Kennedy Administration which sent the first U.S. troops to Vietnam.

People for the American Way

People for the American Way (PFAW) is a liberal advocacy group established by Norman Lear in Washington D.C. in 1980. The group opposes the Biblical definition of marriage. It advocates for the right of homosexuals to marry and adopt children. It also advocates for unlimited, taxpayer paid abortion rights, including partial birth abortions. Major goals include establishing socialized medicine and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Planned Abortionhood. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List . See Socialism. See Socialized Medicine.

People of Color

People of color is a term used primarily by people who are not white (Caucasian), to describe themselves. The term is used extensively by the political left. "People of color" is not the same as "colored people" or "colored". These terms are considered racist by many people of color and the political left.

People’s House

Historically, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Capitol building, where the U.S. House of Representatives meets, are referred to as the People’s House. Sometimes, the White House is referred to as “The People’s House”.

Permanent Campaign

Refers to the never ending campaign carried on by many candidates who are elected to office. After being elected, the campaign continues in anticipation of the next election.

Petition (Politics)

A petition is a formal written request, signed by a group of people, appealing to authority with respect to a specific cause. The word is also used as a verb: To make or present a formal request to an authority concerning a specific cause. The Constitution of the United States protects the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances. The right is incorporated within the First Amendment. See Bill of Rights.

Philosophy

Philosophy refers to the basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or a group. For example, conservatives have a philosophy and liberals have a philosophy. Philosophy can also refer to the study of fundamental issues such as human values, truth, and the meaning of life. See Critical Thinking.

Phonebombs

Refers to the dirty campaign trick of bombarding the opposition’s phone lines with phone calls, on election day, so they can’t use them to contact supporters to vote. The technique is illegal.  See Dirty Tricks.

Photo-op

Short for photo opportunity. An event staged specifically for news cameras to help a politician appear on the news or in a newspaper.

Photo Bias – Placement Bias

Photo bias, image bias, or placement is the tactic whereby the media uses flattering photos of who they support and unflattering, and possibly menacing photos of who they don't support. For example, a photo may be taken very early at an event to create the appearance of poor attendance. Photo bias is related to placement bias which involves the placement of photos in a publication. A photo and a story can be placed where it is highly likely or unlikely to be seen depending on who the media supports.

Photomarking

Photomarking is the process by which Congressional lawmakers directly contact federal agencies or departments, that have received appropriations, to obtain money for their favorite causes outside the Congressional appropriations process.

Pigeonholing (Politics)

Pigeonholing refers to setting a congressional bill aside in committee without ever giving it any consideration. It is left to die a certain death.

Pink Hats

Pink hats worn by women of the left are a symbol of disrespect or hatred toward President Donald J. Trump. The women that wear them think they are doing something useful by demonstrating their anger.

Pinko

A term used to describe a person who is sympathetic to communism or socialism, though not necessarily a member of a Communist Party. The word was coined by Time magazine in 1925 when it was a conservative publication. The term Pinko has been used to describe Robert La Follette, Henry Wallace, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama.

Plank (Political)

A plank is any one of the stated values or actions that make up a political party platform. See Party Platform.

Planned Abortionhood

Planned Abortionhood is the name used by thousands of conservatives and Christians for the abortion clinic officially named Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Planned Parenthood. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Planned Economy

A planned economy is an economy in which decisions regarding investment, production, and distribution are made by a central authority established by the government. A planned economy is another word for socialism and is the opposite of a market economy or free market economy. See Price Controls. See Market Economy.  See Socialism.  See Communism.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

Planned Parenthood (referred to as Planned Abortionhood by Conservatives and Christians) contributes millions of dollars each year to Democratic Party lawmakers who support laws that subsidize Planned Parenthood. The CEO of Planned Parenthood is paid more than $500,000 in salary each year. She supports the Democratic Party.  Planned Parenthood is an advocacy organization that lobbies for unrestricted abortions and other liberal causes including socialized medicine. It is the largest provider of abortions in the United States and performs partial birth abortions upon request. The organization refuses to report incidences of child abuse including rape and receives funds from the Obamacare program. The organization was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1921 who was a white supremacist and advocate of eugenics. Her initial interest was in providing low cost abortions in America's black communities which is where most of their abortion clinics are located. Major supporters and contributors have included Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Whole Foods, Baja Fresh, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Sierra Club, Bath and Body Works, United Way, Macy's, American Express, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Bank, The California Wellness Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Plant

A person placed in the opposition's campaign organization.

Platform

A public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party.

Platitude

A platitude is a trite, meaningless statement usually intended to reduce or eliminate an uncomfortable situation and stated as if it was profound. Examples are: "Compromise," "everyone has the right to their opinion," and "everything happens for a reason."

Play the Race Card

Attempting to gain advantage by drawing attention to one's race, or exploiting either racist or anti-racist attitudes by accusing another of racism.  Playing the race card is standard operating procedure for liberals.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance is a pledge of loyalty and devotion to the Flag of the United States which is a symbol of our nation, and to the republic of the United States. Congressional sessions open with the Pledge of Allegiance and it is recited daily at most public and private schools. The pledge: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Pledge of Allegiance Waiver

A Pledge of Allegiance Waiver is a form commonly being offered to parents of students by liberal public school administrators. The form provides liberal parents with the option of designating that their child is to be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or even standing when other students recite it. The Pledge of Allegiance was first written in 1892 and has been recited by children in public schools since about that time.

Pluralism (Politics)

Pluralism is the theory that a multitude of groups, not people as a whole, govern the United States and share power. These organizations influence the making and administration of laws and policy. Proponents of pluralism argue that negotiation and compromise is the best way to achieve the common good since everyone can participate in decision making and the exercise of power. James Madison argued that in order to prevent any one faction from dominating the political system, it was best to allow many competing factions. See Hyperpluralism.  See Separation of Powers.

Plurality

A plurality is one method of determining the winning candidate in an election. A plurality occurs when the votes received by a candidate are greater than those received by an opponent but can be less than a majority of the total vote. For example, if one candidate receives 35 percent of the votes, a second candidate receives 25 percent and a third receives 40 percent, the third candidate could win the election by a plurality of the votes.  A plurality is not necessarily a majority.

Plutocracy

A plutocracy is a form of oligarchy where a nation is ruled by its wealthiest citizens. See Oligarchy.

Pocket Veto

The United States Constitution grants the president ten days to review a measure passed by Congress. If the president has not signed the bill after ten days, it becomes law without his signature. However, if Congress adjourns during the ten day period, the bill does not become law without the president’s signature.

Pocketbook Issues

Issues that directly effect a voter's income, buying power, and savings. See Bread and Butter Issues.

Poisoning the Well

Poisoning the well, or attempting to poison the well, is a propaganda device whereby adverse information about an opponent is provided to an audience, in advance of a presentation, with the intention of discrediting what the targeted person is expected to say. For example: "Ronald Reagan is a conservative Christian. Don't pay attention to him."

Pol

A pol is a slang term for a politician, particularly one that has experience in making political deals by exchanging favors. A political deal maker.

Polarization (Politics)

In politics, polarization refers to the divergence of political positions to ideological extremes. When polarization takes place in a two-party system like the United States, those who have moderate political positions tend to lose power and influence as the middle gets smaller. According to many political polls, the election of Barack Obama as President in 2008 resulted in the United States becoming more polarized than at any time since the American Civil War.

Policy Wonk

A person who has a keen interest in the technical details of public policies. A bookworm.

Politainer

A politainer is a person who is both a politician and an entertainer. It refers to someone whose identity as an entertainer and a politician cannot be separated.

Political Action Committee (PAC) – Federal

A political action committee (PAC) is a type of organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates the funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. At the federal level, an organization becomes a PAC when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election, according to the Federal Election Campaign Act. At some level, an organization becomes a PAC according to the state's election laws.

Political Apathy, Voter Apathy

Political apathy, or voter apathy, is indifference on the part of citizens with regard to elections and political matters. Political apathy is generally the result of a lack of education and understanding about the importance of participating in the democratic process. Political apathy is the primary reason that only 50% to 60% of the eligible voters vote in national and state elections. See A History of Close Elections. See Why Republicans Must Vote. See Voter Fatigue. See Political Efficacy.

Political Bandwagon, The

The Political Bandwagon is an excellent monthly newspaper devoted to collecting political campaign memorabilia. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Political Boss

A political boss is a person that wields great political power usually through a political machine. Political bosses usually do not hold public office themselves, but may. They often have control over, or influence with powerful local and regional newspapers. See Political Machine. See Chicago Style Politics.

Political Buttons

See Political Campaign Buttons.

Political Collectibles, Political Items Collectors

See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Political Campaign Buttons

Political campaign buttons or political buttons became popular in the 1890s and continue to be made for candidates for the office of the presidency as well as for the positions of governor, United States Senator, United States Representative, and most state legislative positions. In addition, many candidates for the position of county supervisor, mayor, city council, and school board distribute political buttons. Lastly, campaign buttons are made to support or criticize various causes. There are more than 10,000 serious collectors of political buttons in the United States. See our glossary of political campaign button terms. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Political Consultants

Political consultants advise political campaigns and campaign managers, and are also known as political strategists. Political consultants must be up to date on all important political issues and the positions of all competitive candidates on the issues. See Campaign Manager.

Political Convention

A political convention is a meeting of delegates of a political party at the state or national level to endorse candidates who are running for public office and to determine the party platform and planks.

Political Death Watch (Primary Campaigns)

“Political death watch” refers to the media and other political observers witnessing and commenting upon the process of a political campaign coming to an end. Before most political campaigns come to an end (prior to a primary election), the candidate’s funds become dangerously low, fund raising becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible, the candidate starts falling in the polls, and political supporters start to abandon the candidate.

Political Dynasty

A political dynasty consists of a succession of rulers from the same family, or a powerful group or family that maintains power for long period of time. For example: The Qing dynasty in China existed from 1644 to 1912. The Ming dynasty in China existed from 1368 to 1644. See Political Family.

Political Efficacy

Political efficacy refers to the faith and trust citizens have in their government and their belief that they can influence political decisions. Political efficacy is sometimes measured in surveys. When citizens have low efficacy, they have little faith in their government and do not believe they can change the direction of the government. See Political Apathy.

Political Endorsements

A political endorsement is a public statement by a person or organization supporting a candidate for office or a ballot proposition. Political endorsements can increase name recognition and credibility when they come from influential and highly respected individuals and organizations. Key endorsements can result in more votes, more campaign contributions, and more volunteers. Political endorsements are often sought from current political office holders, retired political office holders, and newspapers. Receiving an endorsement from someone not respected can cause more harm than good.  See Political Candidate Questionnaire.

Political Family

A political family is a family in which several members are involved in politics. Members may be related by blood or marriage and include both Republicans and Democrats. Political families may exist for several generations. Examples include the Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, Rockefeller, Long, Symington, Lodge, Cabot, Taft, and Daley families.

Political Football

Something, someone, or an issue used by a political opponent to create a political issue when one does not exist.

Political Graveyard (PoliticalGraveyard.com)

The PoliticalGraveyard.com is a website dedicated to providing information about political history and cemeteries where politicians are buried. It is the internet’s most comprehensive source for American political biography, listing over 138,000 politicians both living and dead. It includes federal officials, state office holders, federal and state judges, and mayors.

Political Hack, Hack Pack

A political hack is a “hired gun” who is part of a political party and whose goals are more concerned with winning than anything else. A hack pack is a group of political hacks meeting together.

Political House Party

A political house party is a party held in a private home for the purpose of introducing a candidate to neighbors or selected individuals. While political house parties reach only a small number of voters each time, they can be highly effective in converting voters to support the candidate. The costs of hosting house parties are usually paid by the supporter hosting the party. Political house parties can be very effective where the number of voters is relatively small.

Political Icon

A political icon is a person who is the object of great, uncritical devotion such as Abraham Lincoln or Ronald Reagan.

Political Left

In politics there is a spectrum of political beliefs from left to right or from right to left. The political left is the most liberal position. The political right is the most conservative position. Democrats are to the left. Most Republicans are to the right.

Political Machine

A political machine is a political party organization, headed by a single boss or a small autocratic group, that controls enough votes and money to maintain political control of a city, county, or state. Often they have control over, or influence with powerful local and regional newspapers. See Chicago-Style Politics. See Political Boss.

Political Memorabilia

Political memorabilia refers to political buttons, pins, posters, post cards, brochures, letters, photographs, invitations, pennants, license plate holders, bumper stickers, books, medals, and more. Political memorabilia is collected by many people and organizations interested in local, state, and national politics and history. See Political Campaign Buttons. See American Political Items Collectors (APIC).

Political Party

A political party is an association of people who have similar political views and who want to achieve goals common to its members through the acquisition and use of political power. The two major parties in the United States are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. While there are other small political parties, the United States is considered a two-party system. See Two-Party System. See Democrat Party.

Political Plant or Shill

A political plant is also called a shill or stooge. It is a person who publically helps or gives credibility to a political candidate without disclosing that he or she has a relationship with the candidate or someone closely related to the candidate. A political plant intentionally gives observers the impression that they are enthusiastic independent supporters. The objective of engaging political plants is to use crowd psychology to maximize support and votes. See Bandwaggon Effect.

Political Poll

See Poll/Polling. See Monster Vote, Monster Voters. See Political Apathy, Voter Apathy. See Voter Fatigue. See Political Efficacy. See Silent Majority.

Political Prisoner

Someone imprisoned for holding, expressing, or acting on political beliefs that are not acceptable to the people in power. Countries with large numbers of political prisoners include the Islamic Republic of Iran, North Korea, Cuba, the Republic of Turkey, and the People's Republic of China.

Political Questions – Courts

In the United States, courts have the authority to hear and decide legal questions or issues, but not political questions. Political matters are to be decided by the legislative branches of the federal and state governments. Legal questions are deemed to be justiciable, while political questions are non justiciable.

Political Radicalism, Radicalism

Political Radicalism refers to the attempt by the political left to fundamentally change the nation and its values through revolutionary means. See Rules for Radicals. See Obamunism. See Fundamentally Change America. See Marxism. See Socialism.

Political Right

In politics there is a spectrum of political beliefs from left to right or from right to left. The political left is the most liberal position. The political right is the most conservative position. Democrats are to the left. Republicans are to the right.

Political Socialization

Political socialization is the process by which people develop their political attitudes, values, and beliefs. Generally, political socialization is developed through families, schools, churches, synagogues, and other groups such as charitable organizations and service organizations.

Political Spectrum

A continuum or line of political philosophy ranging from the right to the left.  See Political Left.  See Political Right.

Political Suicide

Political suicide takes place when a political candidate, politician, or party loses widespread support and confidence by the voters by proposing something that is viewed as highly undesirable, or acts in a way that is considered highly undesirable.

Political Theater, Political Theatre

The most common definition of political theater is an action by a politician that is intended to make a point rather than actually accomplishing something meaningful or substantive. Other less common meanings include: (1) theater that comments on political issues, and (2) political protest that is theatrical or sensationalized. Examples of political theater are when those on the left publicity desecrate the American Flag or refuse to stand for the National Anthem. See Flag Desecration, Flag Burning. See Politicize. See Upside Down American Flag. See We Don’t Want Your Business.

Political Vacuum or Power Vacuum

A political vacuum refers to a situation where a political leader has lost control and no one has replaced him or her. The analogy suggests that one or more people will rush in to fill the vacuum. The competition to fill the vacuum can result in a crisis. While the Constitution of the United States addresses what happens upon the death of the president, not all nations have laws dealing with succession.

Politicize

To make something that is not political – political. For example, a lunatic kills someone with a gun. Liberals politicize the matter by turning the crime into a debate about our Second Amendment Constitutional Rights.

Politico

A person who is active in politics as a candidate, office holder, consultant, campaign manager, or volunteer.

Politics

“Politics” refers to the activities that involve influencing the actions and policies of a government or obtaining and maintaining power in a government. It is the practice and theory of influencing other people. Politics is about power and control.

Politics of Envy

The politics of envy is another term for the political technique of engaging in class warfare by dividing the country into haves and have-nots. It is a technique utilized by the political left based upon the strategy of dividing and conquering also known as dividing and ruling. What makes the politics of envy viable is the ability of those in power to redistribute income and assets in a manner that gives liberals the ability to offer free stuff. See Redistribution of Income. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers.  See Class Warfare.

Politics of Personal Destruction

The politics of personal destruction is a far left tactic that involves demonizing the opposition rather than debating the issues. It includes smear tactics, scare tactics, and outright lies in a personal way that often include the target's family. Victims have included Judge Robert Bork, Justice Clarence Thomas, and President Abraham Lincoln.

Poll / Polling

A public opinion poll is created when a polling firm contacts a sample group of randomly selected people and asks a series of questions. If executed properly, the poll's data will reflect the range of opinions and the percentage of the total population that holds them. Public opinion polls provide an idea of what many voters think about various candidates and issues.

Poll Tax

Poll taxes are now illegal in the United States. The 24th Amendment ended the poll tax in January of 1964. When they existed, poll taxes were required to be paid as a prerequisite to registering to vote in many states. Poll tax laws were often enacted to discourage poor people from voting which included many black citizens. In 1914, California was one of the last states to eliminate their poll tax. See Vote or Else Movement.  See Solid South.  See Jim Crow Laws.

Pork Ban

The “pork ban” refers to the executive order of President Barack Obama in 2015 to ban pork from being served in the 122 federal prisons. The ban was demanded by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is headquartered in Washington D.C. The rationale is that the eating of pork by non-Muslims is offensive to Muslims and therefore, must be completely banned. CAIR has supported Hamas and Hezbollah and has been listed as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. See Political Correctness.

Port of Entry (POE)

A port of entry is a place where an alien may be granted permission to enter a country, or where foreign goods may be cleared for entry. It will have people who check passports and visas and inspect luggage and containers to make certain that contraband is not imported. Ports of entry are usually international airports, seaports, and border crossings.

Postmodernism

Postmodernism is a worldview and academic movement characterized by denial of any objective truth. It asserts that "truth" is a social construct and is therefore relative. Followers believe that sexuality is a social construct, not an inborn trait. Consequently, the movement is anti-Christian. It favors atheism and the far left. See Moral Relativism.  See Morality.  See Moral Clarity.

Potomac Fever (Politics)

Potomac fever is the fervor or intense determination to share in the power and prestige of the United States Federal Government in Washington D.C. by being elected or appointed to a government position in the Executive Branch. The primary cause of Potomac Fever is the desire and ability to spend large sums of taxpayer money.

POTUS

POTUS is an acronym for “President of the United States”.

Power (Politics)

In politics, power is the ability to influence or control the behavior of people. Power can be used for good or evil. It is a human trait to seek power. See Power Politics.

Power Base

A politician’s power base is usually, but not always, his home district or state. In political contests, it is critically important for a politician to be able to carry his or her home state, or district. President Barack Obama’s power base was Chicago. United States Senator Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election because he could not carry his home state of Tennessee.

Power Behind the Throne

Refers to an unofficial adviser, or a group of advisors, who have great influence with a powerful politician.

Power Elite

Refers to the claim by some on the left that a powerful group of politicians, exceedingly wealthy citizens, and the military, determine national policy.

Power of the Purse, Purse-Strings

Congress, and in particular, the House of Representatives, is invested with the “power of the purse” which is the ability to tax and spend money for the national government. Likewise, Congress has the power to withhold taxing and spending money when it determines to do so. It is often said that Congress as representatives of the people, should hold the purse-strings.

Power Politics

Power politics is a form and method of international relations in which sovereign nations protect their interests by threatening one another with military, political, or economic aggression. Power politics is based upon the understanding that world resources are limited, and that nations must therefore compete with each other, and consequently, it is to a nation’s advantage to be able to harm other nations. See Power.

Powers that be, The

Refers to the established government or authority. The phrase comes from the Bible.

Power to Tax, Power to Destroy

Chief Justice John Marshall was correct when he wrote that “the power to tax involves the power to destroy”. See Progressive Taxes. See IRS Targeting.

Precinct

A precinct is an election district in a town or city usually containing one polling place. In some areas, precincts are called wards. See Precinct Captain.

Precinct Captain, Precinct Chairman

A Precinct Captain is a person who organizes political party volunteers to distribute information about the party and its candidates, and to get registered voters to the polls on Election Day. See Precinct Official.

Precinct Official

A precinct official works at a polling place on Election Day. Precinct officials verify registrations, issue ballots, assist voters, manage crowds, and otherwise set-up and supervise the voting process. They are paid workers and have no partisan role. See Precinct Caption, Precinct Chairman.

Preferred Position Doctrine

The interpretation of the First Amendment that holds that freedom of speech and expression is so essential to democracy that people should not be punished for what they say, only for what they do.

Prejudice

Prejudice is a feeling or attitude toward a person or group member based exclusively on their membership in a group. It is generally an unfavorable or negative opinion about someone based on their race, color, national origin, accent, religion, age, occupation, economic status, gender, political party, disability, or other physical characteristics. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination. See Racism.

Presidential

Refers to conduct and demeanor befitting a president, particularly the office of President of the United States. Statesmanlike. Diplomatic. Calm. Conservative in speech and appearance.

Presidential Commission

A presidential commission is a group that advises the president on some issue or problem, making recommendations.

Presidential Convention

See Political Convention. See Front Loading (Politics)

Presidential Line of Succession (United States)

The United States presidential line of succession defines who acts as President of the United States upon the incapacity, death, resignation, or removal from office of a sitting president or a president-elect. The succession list is: (1) the Vice President, (2) the Speaker of the House, (3) the President pro tempore of the Senate, (4) the Secretary of State, (5) the Secretary of the Treasury, (6) the Secretary of Defense, (7) the Attorney General, (8) the Secretary of the Interior, (9) the Secretary of Agriculture, and (10) the Secretary of Labor. The succession list continues down the list of cabinet officers. After the events of September 11, 2001, the Presidential line of succession became a topic of national discussion.

Presidential Nominations – Elections

While most Republican presidential candidates are likely to write-off California as lost insofar as presidential elections are concerned, California Republicans still have substantial power in determining who the Republican nominee will be in presidential contests. This is due to the large number of votes allocated to California for primary purposes. Thus, Republicans should work hard to achieve the nomination of Republican candidates that are most likely to win general elections.

Presidential Proclamation

A presidential proclamation is a statement made by the President of the United States on a matter of public policy. Such proclamations do not have the force of law unless authorized by Congress or the Constitution of the United States. Proclamations are used to grant presidential pardons which are authorized by the Constitution. See Pardongate. See Pardon.

Presidential System

A presidential system of government is a democratic system in which the executive branch is independent from the legislative branch. The United States is an example of a presidential system. See Parliamentary System. See Separation of Powers.

President of the Senate (California)

The California State Constitution designates the Lieutenant Governor as President of the Senate, allowing him or her to preside over the Senate and cast a vote only in the event of a 20-20 tie.

President-elect

The President-elect is the title used for an incoming President of the United States during the period between the general election and the inauguration of the president.

President Pro Tempore

The President Pro Tempore becomes the acting president of the United States Senate when the Vice President is unavailable to preside over the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is selected by the Senate and is usually the Senior Senator from the majority party.

Presiding Officer (California)

The Member who presides over a legislative Floor Session. In the Assembly, the presiding officer can be the Speaker, Speaker pro Tempore, or any other Assembly Member appointed by the Speaker. In the Senate, the presiding officer can be the President, the President pro Tempore, or any other Senator appointed by the President pro Tempore.

Press Gaggle

A press gaggle is an informal briefing of the press, by the White House press secretary, that is on the record, but where video recording is not permitted. Such briefings can take place at any time or location, but most often occur immediately before a formal White House briefing that is recorded.

Press Kit

A press kit or media kid it a pre-packaged set of promotional materials for a candidate distributed to the media for promotional purposes. Press kits generally include photos, a biography, a CD, a calendar of events, and a link to the candidate's website.

Press the flesh

Refers to a political candidate meeting people in person and shaking hands with potential voters.

Presumptive Presidential Nominee

A presumptive presidential nominee in the United States is a political candidate for president who, barring any unforeseen circumstances or events, is assured of his or her party’s nomination, but has not yet been formally nominated. Generally, the presumptive nominee has obtained more than 50% of the total delegate commitments via primary elections or state caucuses prior to the nominating convention.

Price Controls

A price control is a law that limits the maximum price that can be charged for a good or service. An example would be rent control which exists in many cities particularly in California, New York, and Massachusetts. Price controls are a means of transferring wealth from those that have it to those that don't. Price controls interfere with the economic law of supply and demand usually resulting in shortages. Sometimes governments impose price controls in order to slow inflation in the short term. See Rent Control. See Law of Supply and Demand. See Market Economy. See Socialism.

Primary

A state-level election in which voters choose a candidate affiliated with a political party to run against a candidate who is affiliated with another political party in a subsequent general election. A primary may be either "open", allowing any registered voter in a state to vote for a candidate to represent a political party, or "closed", allowing only registered voters who belong to a particular political party to vote for a candidate from that party.

Prime Rate, Prime Lending Rate

The prime rate, or the prime rate of interest, is the interest rate at which commercial banks lend to the most creditworthy or prime borrowers. The prime rate is often used as an index in calculating rate changes for adjustable-rate loans, and is used to establish interest rates to less than prime borrowers. For example, a loan may be made at 2% over the bank’s prime rate. While not all banks offer the same prime rate, competition requires most commercial banks to offer rates that do not vary greatly. The prime rate at most large banks in the United States was 3.5% on January 2, 2016. The prime rate rose to 21.5% during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. See Discount Rate.  See Federal Funds Rate.

Printing Money

Printing money refers to the creation of money by the federal government. Increasing the supply of money at a rate faster than the rate of growth of the economy, results in inflation or the devaluation of money including savings. When the government devalues the value of our currency, it allows the government to repay the national debt with devalued dollars. See Inflation.

Private Foundation

A private foundation is a legal entity established by a person or family as a charitable or philanthropic organization. Private foundations do not solicit or accept public donations. An example would be the Adolph Coors Foundation founded in 1975. The foundation has provided grants exceeding $250 million since its establishment.

Private Law

A private law is a law passed that affects one person or a small number of people, but not the public. Private laws are most often passed in connection with immigration matters.

Privatization

Privatization refers to transferring an enterprise, service, or property from government owned and controlled to private ownership. See Socialism.

Pro-Choice

"Pro-choice" is the politically correct phrase for "pro-abortion". While many people who are pro-choice say they don't like abortions, pro-choice means pro-abortion. See Women's Rights.  See Planned Parentfood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions.  See Emily's List.

Producerism

Producerism is an ideology which holds that members of society who are engaged in producing goods and services are of a greater benefit to society than people who have inherited their wealth and who choose not to produce any goods or services. Most advocates of the ideology believe capital gains should not be taxed at a rate lower than the ordinary income tax rate paid by taxpayers on their earned incomes, and that a reasonable inheritance tax should be levied on inheritances above a certain level as a way of reducing the need for higher income taxes on all wage earners.

Professional Left

The professional left consists of people who are paid to agitate and protest in support of liberal positions, and to disrupt the ability of conservatives to speak publicly. A large percentage of those making up the political left are chronically unemployed people, students, teachers, union members, and government employees. See Professional Protesters.

Professional Protesters

“Professional protesters” is a term that refers to supporters of the political left who generally don’t have jobs and are available on a moments notice to join a political protest. The protesters generally support efforts by the political left to supply free stuff to its constituency, or support demonstrations against alleged discrimination. Professional protesters are also utilized to disrupt the ability of conservatives to speak at public events so that their views cannot be heard. It is common for professional protesters to be paid a small sum of money by the organized left in order to maximize the desired effect. See Free Stuff. See Crowds for Rent. See Community Organizing. See Conservative Free Zones. See Heckle. See Keep them Angry. See Long Hot Summer.

Professor Watchlist

Professor Watchlist is a project of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a non-profit organization. The mission of Professor Watchlist is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom. TPUSA fights for free speech including the right of professors to say whatever they wish; however they believe students, parents, and alumni deserve to know the specific incidents and names of professors that advocate a radical agenda and discriminate against conservative students. Professor Watchlist has a website where they document their findings. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places. See Conservative Free Zones.

Profit Motive

The profit motive is based upon the observation that people tend to make rational economic choices. People tend to do what is in their best interest which includes earning money and making a profit. Thus, the motivation of businesses is to make a profit for their owners. The profit motive is a reflection of human nature.

Progressive

A progressive is a liberal who does not want to use the term "liberal" because of the stigma that has developed over that term. In addition, liberals believe the term "progressive" creates a more positive image for their political agenda.  Historically, the term referred to Republicans such as President Theodore Roosevelt.

Progressive Income Taxes

A system of taxation in which higher earners pay more taxes than lower earners, and are also forced to pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. It is a method of redistributing wealth from those earning to those not earning. See Flat Tax. See Consumption Tax.

Prohibited Salutations

City University of New York and other liberal colleges and universities have forbidden the use of the words "Mr.", "Mrs.", and "Ms." in addressing students and faculty. City University of New York intends to eliminate the use of gendered salutations and references in all correspondence and language because the terms may be offensive to some on the political left. City University of New York is the public university system of New York City consisting of 24 institutions with 520,000 students. See Political Correctness.

Project 21

Project 21, founded in 1992, is a conservative public policy group made up primarily of black conservatives. It is also known as the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives. The organization’s positions have been distributed to more than 280 newspapers and other media sources in the United States including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and Fox News.

Propaganda (Politics)

Propaganda is a type of message aimed at influencing the opinions, beliefs, and behavior of people rather than providing objective, impartial information. It is often based upon false or deceptive communications, or incomplete information, and usually appeals to emotions rather than logic. See Indoctrination. See Black Propaganda.

Proposition 187 (California)

Proposition 187, also known as Save our State (SOS), appeared on the ballot in California in 1994. It proposed that illegal aliens would not be eligible for taxpayer paid services such as welfare, health care, and education. California was spending more than $3 billion per year to support illegal immigrants and was facing financial ruin. Athough the measure passed by 59% to 41%, the proposed law was declared unconstitutional by a single liberal federal district judge.  See Self Deportation.

Protection by the Liberal Press

Protection by the liberal press is something that every liberal political candidate or politician can count on. Whenever news is helpful to conservatives or detrimental to liberals, the news will be omitted, sugarcoated, or buried where it is not likely to receive much attention. This is standard operating procedure for CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the San Francisco Examiner and other instruments of the left. Conservatives can expect poor treatment. Any news that is considered detrimental to Republicans or conservatives will find major and continuous news coverage by the left. See Sugarcoat (Politics).

Protectionism

Protectionism refers to protecting workers and businesses in the United States against foreign competition that is often subsidized by foreign movements. Protectionism is generally supported by American labor unions and is the opposite of free trade. See Free Trade.

Protectionism (Economics)

Protectionism is an economic policy that involves enacting tariffs on imported products, restrictive quotas, and government regulations. Its intention is to protect American workers and businesses against foreign competition. The policy of protectionism contrasts with the policy of free trade, which assumes all of the nations involved in trading are operating fairly without government subsidies, currency manipulation, and the use of slave labor.

Protectorate

A protectorate is a dependent territory that has been granted local autonomy and a level of independence by the protector nation. Protectorates are not the same as colonies because they have local rulers. Former protectorates of the United States include: Cuba (1902-1904), Panama Canal Zone (1903-1979) Nicaragua (1912-1933), Liberia (1822-1847), Dominican Republic (1914-1924), and the Philippine Commonwealth (1903-1915).

Protest Vote

A protest vote in an election is a vote cast to demonstrate the voters’ total dissatisfaction with the choices of candidates on the ballot. A protest vote is a valid vote that is counted in the final official vote count. It generally consists of the voter writing in the name of a person who does not appear on the ballot. An example would be a Democrat voting for President Barack Obama in 2016 when the two candidates on the ballot were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. See Write-in Candidates.

Protestant Work Ethic

The Protestant Work Ethic is a belief in and devotion to hard work, efficiency, duty, thrift, self-discipline, and responsibility. Many believe the Protestant Work Ethic is primarily responsible for the development and success of capitalism in the United States.

Provisional Ballot

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is a question about the eligibility of the person to vote. A provisional ballot is provided and cast when: (1) the voter refuses to show a voter ID in those states where required; (2) the voter's ballot has already been recorded; (3) the voter's name does not appear on the electoral roll for the precinct; or (4) the voter's registration contains a misspelled name or incorrect address. Whether a provisional ballot is counted is contingent upon verifying the voter's eligibility.

Proxy Voting

Proxy voting refers to the practice of allowing a United States Senator to cast a vote in committee for an absent Senator with that Senator’s consent.

Psephology

Refers to the scientific and statistical analysis of voting and elections. It is a branch of political science.  See Political Science.

Public Broadcasting

Public broadcasting involves both television and radio. While it's stated mission is "unbiased public service", in reality, government controlled broadcasting nearly always has a strong liberal basis. Public broadcasting includes Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and NPR (National Public Radio).

Public Domain

The public domain has two definitions. It means the land owned and controlled by the state and federal governments, and it also means the condition of not being protected by a patent or copyright and therefore being available to the public for use without charge. The percentage of land in various states that is government owned: Alaska 81%, Nevada 78.9%, Idaho 60.6%, Utah 60%, Oregon 52.3%, Wyoming 46.5%, California 44.5%, Arizona 42%, New Mexico 33.1%, Colorado 29.8%, Washington State 29.6%, and Montana 29.4%.  Many conservatives favor having the federal government auction off much of the land owned by the government and using the funds to pay down the national debt.

Public Housing

Public housing is government owned housing that is made available to households that do not qualify for Section 8 Housing or where Section 8 Housing is not locally available. There are more than 1.4 million households living in public housing in the United States. Some are paying as little as $25.00 per month with the taxpayers paying the balance of their housing costs. Public housing is concentrated heavily in New York City, Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit. There are families in the United States where four generations have lived in public housing. See Section 8 Housing.

Public Insurance Option, Public Option

The Public Insurance Option, also known as the Public Option, refers to the option of the federal government creating a government owned and operated health care system to compete with the private insurance companies. Given that the government can borrow unlimited amounts of money to subsidize such a program, it would be almost certain that the government run program would eventually cause the private health insurance industry to go out of business, leaving Americans with socialized medicine much like what exists in Cuba and what the Soviet Union provided its citizens before its collapse. The Democratic Party supports the creation of a Public Option and given the massive problems with Obamacare, will implement such a program if they gain control over the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House. See Communism. See Free Stuff. See Fundamentally Change America. See Hillarycare. See Nationalization. See Obamunism. See Socialism. See VA Hospital Scandal.

Public Records

Public records are documents or records that are not confidential by law and maintained by the government. Such records are available to the public with some restrictions. Examples include recorded deeds, court judgments, marriage records, business licenses, and death records.

Public Sector Unions

Public sector unions are labor unions that represent government employees such as teachers, postal workers, police, firefighters, prison guards, and air-traffic controllers. The number of members belonging to public sector unions now exceeds the number of members belonging to private sector unions.

Public Servant

A person who holds a government position by election, appointment, or by being hired. By virtue of their position, the public servant is supposed to provide a public service. Most do, but some are simply feeding at the public trough.  See Public Service.

Public Service

A service expected to be provided by a public servant who is elected, appointed, or hired by the government.  See Public Servant.

Pull a Perot

To “Pull a Perot” means to become a spoiler. It occurs when one of two candidates with similar philosophies drops out of a contest for their political party’s nomination and runs as an independent with the effect of splitting the votes between them. This can result in the opposition winning the election. This is exactly what happened when Ross Perot decided to run for President as an independent in 1996 handing the election to then Governor Bill Clinton. President George H.W. Bush received 37.5% of the vote, Ross Perot received 18.9% of the vote, and Governor Bill Clinton won and became President with only 43% of the vote. Most political experts believe the overwhelming majority of people who voted for Ross Perot would have voted for President H.W. Bush making him an easy winner. See Reform Party (RPUSA).

Pundit (Politics)

A pundit is a source of opinion, usually expressed in the mass media, on a subject on which he or she is knowledgeable or considered an expert. Pundits often offer opinions on politics and military matters. An example of a pundit would be Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

Puppet Government, Puppet State

A puppet government or puppet state is a state that represents itself as being independent but is in fact totally dependent upon an outside power. Member states of the Soviet Union were puppet states until the communist government collapsed. Manchukuo was a puppet state in Manchuria controlled by Japan from 1932 to 1945. Vichy France was a puppet government controlled by Nazi Germany from 1942 to 1945.

Purge, Purge Night (Politics)

While the term has a historical meaning, the political left, terrorists, and anarchists have more recently used the term to describe organized rioting, looting, shootings, and the burning of buildings and other property in order to cause chaos and major changes, including who is in power and the forced redistribution of wealth. Targets of the organizers include the police, business owners, building owners, conservatives, Jews, and Christians.

Purple Penguins

A new term of the left intended to replace the use of "boys and girls" because "boys and girls" may offend a child who is transgender. Other words and phrases that are no longer used by some liberal teachers are: "you guys," and "ladies and gentlemen." It is also unacceptable to many liberal teachers to separate children by their gender, which means children are being required to share restrooms and play sports such as touch football together. There is now a "b-word" and a "g-word" that cannot be used in many public school classrooms.  See Political Corectness.

Purple State (Politics)

A purple state is a state where the Republican Party vote and the Democratic Party vote is closely divided. Purple states tend to be swing states or battleground states that can go either way. See Red States. See Blue States. See Swing States.

Push Cards, Palm Cards

A small, easy access, campaign message given to potential voters. They are designed to be small enough to be placed in a person’s pocket, wallet, or purse. They are intended to help supporters convey the message of the candidate by making key information readily accessible. They are also referred to as palm cards because they fit into a person’s hand.

Push Polls

Push Polls are an unethical campaign method in which a person or organization attempts to influence the opinion of voters in the guise of conducting a political poll. In a push poll, a voter is contacted, usually by telephone, and a leading and suggestive question is asked that tends to "push" the person towards adopting a desired position. An example: "Would you vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had been treated for mental issues?" The person designing the question knows John McCain has never been treated for mental problems, but suggests otherwise, thus pushing the voter away from Senator John McCain.

Pyrrhic Victory

A pyrrhic victory is a victory that comes at such a high cost that it's questionable if it was worth the cost of achieving it.


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Quasi-Legislative (California)

The term applied to the action or discretion of public administrative officers or agencies to make law, primarily through rulemaking.

Quisling (Politics)

A traitor who serves as the puppet of an enemy, or who collaborates with the enemy of his nation. See Trojan Horse.

Quoted Out of Context, I was

A defensive statement that a person's words have been quoted in such a way as to distort the original meaning.

Quoting out of Context, Quote Mining

Quoting out of context often referred to as “contextomy” or “quote mining” is an informal fallacy or false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to materially distort its intended meaning. Quoting out of context is almost always intentional, but it can be accidental. In politics, it generally involves quoting an opponent out of context in order to misrepresent his or his position on an issue in order to make it easier to refute. It may also involve quoting an authority on a particular issue, or a famous person, out of context, in order to misrepresent the person as supporting or not supporting a particular position.


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Race Baiting

Race baiting refers to groundless accusations of racism in an attempt to discredit an opponent. See Race Card.

Race Card

Playing the Race Card refers to accusing someone of being a racist so that they are compelled to defend themselves. It is a favorite technique of Democratic politicians to accuse Republicans of racism. See Race Baiting.

Race Grievance Industry, Race Hustlers

The Race Grievance Industry consists of the political activists on the left who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of black people before the public. Most of the people engaged in the race grievance industry do not want black people to be without grievances because they do not want to lose their source of income and political power. For those engaged, every problem encountered by black people is due to racial discrimination that can only be solved by their organization, which happens to need more money. People engaged in the race grievance industry are known as race hustlers. They make it their business to always show up when there is a problem involving a black person. See Affirmative Action. See Racism. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination.

Race Hustlers

See Race Grievance Industry, Race Hustlers. See Affirmative Action. See Discrimination. See Reverse Discrimination. See Racism.

Race Traitor

Race traitor is a pejorative term that refers to a person who is perceived to support attitudes and positions thought by some people to be unsupportive of his own race. The term is often used by the left to describe Black people who support conservative positions. See House Negro.

Racial Profiling

Racial profiling is the use of a person's race or ethnicity, by law enforcement, as a key factor in determining whether to stop, search, or arrest a person. Racial profiling is considered a standard tool of law enforcement in nearly all parts of the world, but is considered politically incorrect by liberals in the United States and is now illegal in America. Most liberals believe racial profiling is a form of discrimination. Liberals and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) take the position that a 75 year old Caucasian grandmother is just as likely to be a terrorist as a bearded, Arabic speaking man who is under 30 years of age. See American Civil Liberties Union.

Racial Quotas

Racial quotas are a form of affirmative action whereby decisions are made on the basis of race or color.  See Affirmative Action.

Racial Segregation

See Segregation, Racial Segregation (United States).

Racism

Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. See Congressional Black Caucus. See Discrimination.  See Race Traitor.

Radical

A radical is a person who advocates through or complete political reform. Members of the Democratic Party who call themselves “progressives” are radicals. See Obamunism. See One World Government. See Progressive. See Socialism. See Social Justice.

Radical Brownies

The Radical Brownies is a radical alternative organization to the Brownies which is a level of the Girl Scouts of the USA for girls ages seven through nine. Radical Brownies was created by the political left which does not support the mission of the Girl Scouts and the Brownies. The mission of the Radical Brownies is to empower young girls in "making the world a more radical place." The girls wear berets to express solidarity with the New Black Panther Party and the Communist Revolutionary Che Guevara. Merit badges can be earned for participating in protests and learning about "social justice." Many conservatives take the position that the organizers are involved in child exploitation. See New Black Panther Party.

Radical Republicans

The Radical Republicans were a powerful faction within the newly formed Republican Party existing from 1854, before the Civil War, to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. They were opposed by moderate Republicans including Abraham Lincoln and by the pro-slavery Democratic Party.

Rainmaker (Politics)

A rainmaker in politics is an influential person who can bring money, endorsements, and advertising to a political campaign at little or no cost to the campaign.  Many rainmakers are the owners and publishers of influential publications and websites.

Rally Point

A rising demonstration of public approval of the president that follows a national crisis as Americans “rally around the flag and the president.” The September 11, 2001 attack by terrorists was an example. Another example was the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941.

Ranked Ballot

A ranked ballot is a ballot where the voter ranks his or her choices in order of preference. For example, the voter's first choice would be marked with 1, the second choice would be marked 2, and so on.

Ranking Member

Refers to the senior committee member from the minority party.

Rat – F_ _ King

Disrupting the opposition by legal and illegal means. See Dirty Tricks.

Rathergate Scandal – CBS Scandal

Rathergate refers to the scandal involving CBS News anchor and partisan Democrat, Dan Rather presenting four highly derogatory documents placing Republican George W. Bush in a bad light only days before the 2004 presidential election. Rather failed to authenticate the documents which were determined to be obvious forgeries. CBS, which supports liberal candidates, was forced to terminate the employment of Dan Rather for failing to follow standard news investigating procedures and embarrassing the company.

Reactionary

A pejorative term used by the political left, including socialists and communists, to refer to a conservative who wants to strictly follow our Constitution.

Read My Lips

Read my lips means pay very close attention and make no mistake about what I’m about to say. Made famous by George H.W. Bush who made this statement at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again, and I’ll say to them: ‘Read my lips. No new taxes’.”

Reagan Democrats

Reagan Democrats are Democrats who left the Democratic Party in large numbers to vote for Ronald Reagan for President in 1980 and 1984. The same people voted for George H. W. Bush in 1988, George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Donald Trump in 2016. Many Reagan Democrats are blue-collar working people who feel abandoned by the Democratic Party and blame it for the massive loss of high paying jobs to foreign countries. President Ronald Reagan was a Democrat before he decided to support U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater who ran for president as a Republican in 1964. See Reagan Doctrine. See Reaganomics.

Reagan Doctrine

The Reagan Doctrine was an aggressive foreign policy of President Ronald Reagan designed to undermine the power, influence, and expansion of the Soviet Union, causing it to retreat and collapse, which occurred in 1989. President Reagan rejected the policies of containment and détente in favor of his policies that ended the Cold War until its resumption many years later during the Obama presidency. President Reagan considered the Soviet Union to be an evil empire and a threat to liberty. See Strategic Defense Initiative. See Reaganomics.

Reaganomics

Reaganomics refers to the economic policies promoted by President Ronald Regan during his two terms as president. The four goals of President Reagan's free market economic policies were to reduce the growth of government spending, reduce government regulations that inhibit economic growth, reduce federal income taxes and capital gains taxes, and to constrain the money supply in order to reduce inflation. Prior to the Reagan Administration, the U.S. economy under Democratic President Jimmy Carter, experienced high unemployment, unprecedentedly high interest rates, and out of control inflation. The combination was referred to as stagflation. Reaganomics, which is the application of free market principles, resulted in sustained economic growth, higher levels of employment, lower interest rates, and less inflation. See What Would Reagan Do?

Real Estate Roundtable

The Real Estate Roundtable (RER) is a powerful, national non-profit public policy and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington D.C. The RER represents the interests of property owners and those professionals engaged in the real estate industry. Sixty-six percent of its members are from public and privately owned real estate enterprises, 20% are from the financial services sector, 3% are from the asset management sector, and 11% are representatives of real estate trade associations. Membership is by invitation only and the names of members is kept confidential. See National Association of Realtors. See Mortgage Bankers Association.

Realigning Election, Political Realignments

Realigning elections, often referred to as political realignments, are elections where a new coalition comes to power, replacing the old coalition, resulting in a new power structure that generally lasts for decades. Political realignments may take place suddenly or can take place over several elections. An example of a realigning election would be the election of Republican President Ronald Reagan over Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1986. President Reagan won 44 of the 50 states and 489 electoral votes to President Carter’s 49. The election marked the beginning of the Reagan Era.

Realpolitik

Realpolitik refers to politics based on practical objectives instead of what is ideal. The view acknowledges reality and involves a pragmatic, no-nonsense view and disregard for what is unrealistic. An example was President Richard Nixon's negotiations with the People's Republic of China, despite his opposition to communism and the prior doctrine of containment.

Reapportionment

Redistricting each State for elections; completed every ten years following the national census.

Rebel

A rebel is a participant in a rebellion, such as the secession of the eleven Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. Johnny Reb or Johnny Rebel was the national personification of the Southern States or Confederacy during the Civil War. See Rebellion.

Rebellion

A rebellion is an act of violence or open resistance, including war, against an established government or authority. It is not the same as a revolt which seeks to overthrow and destroy that power. The secession of the eleven Confederate States from 1861 to 1865 is an example of a rebellion. See Rebel.

Recall

A recall is a procedure that permits citizens to remove and replace a public official before the end of his or her term of office. Recalls start with a petition and end with a vote of the people. They are not common. A high profile example of a recall was the recall of California Democratic Governor Gray Davis and his replacement with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003. Davis was criticized as being incompetent, for misusing state funds, for accepting dubious campaign funds, and for the sinking state economy.

Recall Election

A recall election is a procedure whereby voters can remove an elected official from office by means of a special election. Recall elections are initiated when a legally sufficient number of registered voters sign a petition demanding that an election be held.

Recess Appointment

A recess appointment is an appointment of a senior official by the President of the United States while the United States Senate is in recess. The Constitution of the United States requires the confirmation by the U.S. Senate of most senior level officials except when the Senate is in recess. Most presidents take advantage of the law.

Recount Fund

A recount fund is a special fund created to pay for the legal costs of a vote recount when an election result is in dispute. There are no legal contribution limits and contributions are not required to be disclosed. Following the disputed 2000 presidential election, both candidates established fund raising committees and recount funds.

Red Herring

Something that draws attention away from the central issue in an argument or discussion. Red herrings are generally irrelevant and emotionally charged ways to divert attention. In the study of logic, a red herring is a fallacious argument that is irrelevant. Red herrings are debating strategies used when logic will not work. An example: I know he is a welfare cheat, but look at how difficult his life has been. See Logic. See Fallacy.

Red Line

To “cross the red line” is a phrase used by nearly all nations to mean a figurative point of no return, or a line in the sand beyond which some type of action, usually military action, will be taken.

Red State

A Red State refers to a U.S. state where the majority of voters usually support Republican candidates and causes.

Red Tape

Unnecessary paperwork and/or procedures required by the government, often demanded by labor unions to create more work and jobs.

Redeployment

Redeployment is a euphemism created by the Democratic Party for withdrawing troops from a war-zone. See Cut and Run. See Stay the Course.

Redistribution of Income and Wealth

Redistribution of income and wealth refers to the transfer of income and wealth from some people to others by means of welfare, taxation, negative taxation, and confiscation. Redistribution of income and wealth is favored by the Democratic Party because it favors their supporters. See Universal Health Care. See Socialism. See Compassion. See Legal Plunder. See Obamanomics. See Progressive Taxes. See Free Stuff.

Redistribution of Voters

Refers to the strategy of the political left of using federal tax dollars to pressure smaller, high income cities to accept high density subsidized housing projects for low income people, within high income neighborhoods. The object is to increase the number of Democrats in districts that have historically voted Republican with the intention of eliminating safe Republican districts. The strategy is in full force in Texas because Democrats know that if Texas goes the way of California, the country will be ruled by the Democratic Party.

Referendum

A referendum refers to a measure that appears on a ballot. There are generally two common types of referenda; the legislative referendum, whereby a state legislature refers a measure to the voters for their decision, and the popular referendum which is a measure that is placed on the ballot as a result of a voter petition drive. The popular referendum is similar to the initiative in that both are begun with petitions, but they are not identical. Legislative referendums are common in all fifty states. Advisory referendums are rarely used by state legislatures. See Initiative. See Advisory Referendum.

Reform Party (RPUSA)

The Reform Party of the United States of America, commonly called the Reform Party, was founded in 1995 by H. Ross Perot. His intent was to create an alternative to the Democratic and Republican parties. The party was an extension of Perot's efforts in the 1992 presidential election, where running as an independent, he received 18.9% of the vote. His entry into the presidential race resulted in Bill Clinton becoming president instead of the incumbent, George H. W. Bush. Other candidates of the Reform Party have included Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader, and Jesse Ventura. See Pull a Perot.

Refugee

A refugee is a person who flees for safety or refuge to another country in order to escape persecution, political, upheaval, or war. See Asylum.

Regionalism (Politics)

In politics, regionalism is a political ideology that has its focus on the interests of a particular region such as a group of states or a group of nations. The goal of regionalists is to increase the political, economic, and sometimes, the military power and influence of a region.

Regulation (California)

A rule made by a state agency to carry out a legislative or administrative mandate. Regulations must meet specified standards for adoption. A legally adopted regulation has the force of law.

Regulatory Taking

A regulatory taking takes place when the government limits the use of private property to such an extent that its value is substantially reduced or destroyed. It is an effective taking of the property even though the government doesn't take title to the property.

Renegade

A renegade is a person who betrays a friend, an organization, a principle, or country. See Benedict Arnold. See Turncoat. See traitor. See Treason.

Rent a Crowd

See Crowds for Rent (Politics)

Renter Majority City

A renter majority city is a city in which more than 50% of the residents are renters as opposed to owners of their own homes. Renter majority cities are the most likely cities to enact rent control ordinances and suffer from the resulting deterioration of the rental housing stock. Nationwide, approximately 37% of American cities are renter majority cities and nearly 50% have over 45% renters. Renter majority cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. California has the greatest number of renter majority cities of any state.

Repeal

A method by which a legislative act is revoked or annulled.

Representative Democracy

A “representative democracy” is another term for a republic.

Reproductive Health Services

Reproductive health services is a code phrase of the political left meaning abortion services. See Code Words. See Free Reproductive Health Services.

Republican

Assuming a person has reached the age where he or she can vote, a Republican is simply a person who is registered to vote in the Republican Party. If a person has not yet reached voting age, he or she can identify with the Republican Party by supporting it and by accepting its overall philosophy. See Young Republicans. See College Republicans. See Teenage Republicans.

Republican National Committee (RNC)

The RNC is a political committee of the Republican Party of the United States. Its responsibilities include developing the Republican political platform, coordinating fundraising operations, and helping to determine election strategies. It also organizes and runs the Republican National Convention every four years. Each state has a similar organization.

Republican National Hispanic Assembly

The Republican National Hispanic Assembly is a national membership organization committed to bridging the GOP and the Hispanic Community. The mission of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly is to build a membership organization to foster the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic Community; provide Hispanic Americans with a forum to play an influential role in local, state, and national party activities; increase the number of Hispanic Republican elected officials; and create and maintain a network of Hispanic Republican leaders. Members are non-Hispanic as well as Hispanic U.S. Citizens and legal residents.

Republican Party

The Republican Party, commonly referred to as the Grand Old Party or GOP, is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other party being the Democratic Party. The Republican Party was founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President of the United States. The political platform of the GOP is generally conservative as compared to the political platform of the Democratic Party, which is generally liberal. See What Republicans Believe. See Early History of the GOP. See Famous Republicans. See GOP Presidents. See Democratic Party.

Republican Party Historical Society

The Republican Party Historical Society, founded in 2009, is a non-profit, national, membership organization that records the history of the Republican Party, its people, and its principles. It is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Republican Study Committee

The Republican Study Committee (RSC), established in 1973, is a Republican caucus established for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda. The group is dedicated to a strong national defense, the preservation of family values, the protection of property rights, lower taxes, and the elimination of unnecessary regulations on business.

Republicrat

A portmanteau of the words "Republican" and "Democrat". The term is commonly used by Libertarians.  See Libertarian Party.

Reserved Powers

Reserved powers are constitutional powers that belong solely to the individual states.  See Constitution of the United States.

Resolution (California)

An opinion expressed by one or both houses which does not have the force of law. Concurrent and joint resolutions are voted on by both houses but do not require the Governor's signature.

Reuters

Reuters, founded in 1851, is an international news agency headquartered in London, England. It employs thousands of journalists and transmits news in several languages including English, French, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic. The global head of news said, “We know that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist.” Reuters has been widely criticized for anti-Israeli bias which has included cropping photos in such a way as to remove knives from photos of Arab Palestinian activists. See Reutersgate.

Reutersgate

Reutersgate refers to the fact that Reuters international news agency admitted to digitally manipulating up to 920 photos over a period of more than ten years for the purpose of making Israel look bad and their Arab neighbors look good. Reuters blamed one of its freelance photographers for the scandal and terminated his employment after ten years. Many of the enhanced Reuters photos found their way into other publications. See Reuters.

Reverse Discrimination

Reverse discrimination is discrimination aimed at whites. It is justified because of historical discrimination against minorities by whites. See Discrimination. See Racism. See Affirmative Action.

Ridicule (Politics)

The use of ridicule is a favorite weapon of the political left aimed primarily at conservative Christians and conservatives who are Black, Asian, or Hispanic. Ridicule is the act of making fun of someone or something in a cruel or harsh way. Ridicule often consists of comments made by people who are laughing at someone or something. See Tolerance.

Right to Die – Assisted Suicide

The Right to Die refers to Assisted Suicide, sometimes by a physician. It involves “knowingly and intentionally” providing a person with the knowledge or means, or both required to commit suicide. It should not be confused with euthanasia in which a physician administers the means of death, usually the lethal injection of a drug. Assisted suicide is permitted in only a few states. The political left is actively trying to make assisted suicide lawful in every state. See Conservatives vs. Liberals.

Right to Life

A moral principle based upon the belief that a human being, regardless of age or condition, has the right to live and should not be unjustly killed by another human being. The belief that God, who creates life, is the only one who should determine when a life should end.

Right to Work

Right to Work laws are statutes that prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that force employees to be members of a union and to pay dues to the union. Right to Work laws exist in less than 50% of the 50 U.S. States. Consequently, in most states a person is forced to join a union in order to obtain employment. See Closed Shop.

Ripple Effect (Economics)

The ripple effect refers to the repercussions of an event or situation experienced far beyond its immediate location. It occurs when an event causes one thing to happen after the other. For example: A factory is closed and moved to China. One thousand people lose good paying jobs. It is likely that some of the workers will experience the following: Inability to pay their mortgage. Inability to pay their rent. Inability to spend money in restaurants. Inability to make car payments. Inability to send money to a son or daughter in college. Inability to buy new clothes. Inability to make charitable contributions. This is the ripple effect.

Rising Tide Lifts all Boats

Refers to the fact that an overall prosperous economy benefits the people at the lowest end of the income spectrum as well as people in the middle, and at the top.

Reverse Discrimination

Reverse discrimination is discrimination aimed at whites. It is justified because of historical discrimination against minorities by whites. See Discrimination. See Racism. See Affirmative Action.

Road to 270

Refers to the 270 electoral college votes needed to be elected president and the path to achieve victory.

Robbing our Children

"Robbing our Children" is a phrase commonly used by conservatives to describe the effect of deficit spending and the accumulation of a massive federal debt. The borrowing of money, or debt creation, allows the current generation to spend money on government provided benefits that it cannot afford. When such borrowing takes place, the interest on the debt will be paid by our children and grandchildren, robbing them of their incomes, so that today's generation can receive benefits, for which we as a society cannot afford.  See U.S. Debt Clock.

Roberts Care

“Roberts Care” is a substitute term used for Obamacare by many conservatives who blame Chief Justice John Roberts for his tortured interpretation of the “Affordable Care Act” (also known as Obamacare) that resulted in the law being declared constitutional. But for Chief Justice Roberts, Obamacare would have been declared unconstitutional. Prior to his confirmation, Chief Justice Roberts was thought to be a conservative, who would not use the judiciary to create laws.  See Obamacare.

Robocall (Politics)

A robocall is a phone call that uses a computer autodialer to deliver a pre-recorded political message. Robocalls are illegal or restricted in some states.

Robson Rotation

The Robson Rotation is a method used to eliminate any influence of the “donkey vote.” To eliminate any vote advantage, the Robson Rotation method requires ballots to be printed in equal sized batches, with each batch having a different candidate’s name appearing at prescribed locations. While the Robson Rotation method does not eliminate or reduce donkey voting, it spreads the effect equally to all of the candidates making the outcome more fair. See Donkey Voters.

Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote, established in 1990, is a left of center organization whose mission is to engage and build the political power of young people. The organization supports the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, unrestricted free abortions, socialized medicine, strict gun control, and the right of homosexuals to adopt children. Supporters of Rock the Vote include Miley Cyrus, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Donny Osmond.

Roll Call

A newspaper published in Washington, D.C. that reports news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill, as well as political coverage of congressional elections across the nation.

Roorback

A false or slanderous story used for political advantage. See Dirty Tricks.

Rose Garden Campaign

When an incumbent politician uses the trappings of office, such as the White House or Rose Garden, to project an image of power for the purpose of getting reelected.

Rubber Rooms for Teachers

Rubber rooms for teachers refers to the fact many states, such as New York, are paying millions of dollars each year in teacher’s salaries for teachers that do nothing except show up and wait for an assignment. In some cases, there is an excessive number of teachers. In other cases, there are teachers that cannot be fired due to union rules, but authorities believe they are unfit to teach or be in contact with students. Unassigned teachers collect their normal salaries watching television each day in an office paid by the taxpayers known as a rubber room. The City of New York alone, reported paying $22 million in one year for teachers who spent their time in rubber rooms. Some teachers have collected salaries of more than $75,000 per year and have spent several years not working.

Rule of Four

The Rule of Four is a rule established by the Supreme Court of the United States that determines what cases the court will hear. If four of the nine judges vote to hear a case, the entire court will hear it.

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, not men. In the United States, the rule of law means that every citizen is subject to the law, including the police, judges, legislators, governors, and the president. Every person is equal under the law.

Rules for Radicals

“Rules for Radicals” is a book published in 1971 by Saul Alinsky. The book is a guide for community organizers to use in uniting the “have-nots” in order for them to gain money and power at the expense of those who have income and property. The book was used as a guide by Democrat Hillary Clinton and Democrat Barack Obama who was a community organizer and disciple before he became a United States Senator and later President. The book is dedicated to Lucifer. See ACORN. See Divide and Conquer. See Entitlement Mentality. See Free Stuff. See Keep them Angry.

Running Against Washington

Running for office as a political outsider; not a professional politician.

Rural Area

A rural area is a geographical area outside a town or city. In the United States, 84% of the population lives in suburban and urban areas which occupy only about 10% of the nation’s land area. Rural areas make up the other 90%. The rural areas are overwhelmingly Republican areas. See Electoral College.

Russian Reset Button

The “Russian Reset Button” refers to the poorly executed, embarrassing event when Secretary of State, Democrat Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with an incorrectly translated “reset button” that turned out to be taken from a hotel in Geneva. The plan was to give Foreign Minister Lavrov a gift-wrapped button emblazoned with the words “reset button” in Russian, to symbolize the “improved relationship” between the Obama Administration and Russia. It turns out that the button caused confusion among the Russians because the words on the button meant “overcharge,” not “reset”. The button was presented only weeks before the Russians invaded Ukraine and expanded their military base and operations in Syria, only a short distance from Israel.

Rust Belt

The Rust Belt is a large region in the United States that has experienced a massive loss of good paying jobs, urban decay, and a shrinking population due to the demise of the industrial sector as large factories and manufacturing facilities have either closed or have relocated to places like Mexico, China, and Vietnam. The Rust Belt starts in New York and then extends west through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, southern Michigan, northern Illinois, northern Missouri, eastern Iowa, and southern Wisconsin. A sample of the cities affected include Akron, Buffalo, Canton, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, Flint, Gary, Pittsburgh, South Bend, St. Louis, Toledo, and Youngstown. Much of the reason for the decline in the Rust Belt areas from 1990 through 2016 has been high taxes, excessive regulations, and harmful trade agreements with other countries.


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Sabre Rattling, Saber Rattling

Going through the motions of appearing fierce or threatening for the purpose of intimidating an opponent or enemy. It often involves an ostentatious display of military power such as moving an aircraft carrier off the coast of another nation.

Sacred Cow

Any government program that is beyond attack is a sacred cow. Examples are Social Security and Medicare.

Safe Seat

A safe seat refers to a seat in a legislative body that is considered fully secured by a political party because of the makeup of the electorate in the political district. Both Republicans and Democrats have safe seats in every state.

Safe Spaces, Safe Places

Safe Spaces or Safe Places on college and university campuses are areas set aside for students who do not want to be exposed to contrary opinions or expressions of free speech by people with whom they disagree. Safe Spaces or Safe Places are also known on campuses as “Conservative Free Zones.” See Conservative Free Zones.

Salami Tactics

One slice at a time; gradually. The technique being used by socialists who want to fundamentally change America.

Sampling Error

The margin of error in a public opinion poll.

San Francisco Values

San Francisco Values is a pejorative term that includes liberal values such as free birth control, unlimited abortion rights including partial birth abortion, the right of homosexuals to adopt children, decriminalization of most illegal drugs, sanctuary cities, and open borders.  See Sanctuary Cities.

Sanctuary City

A sanctuary city is an American city governed by liberals who have established policies that protect illegal immigrants by not allowing local police to inquire about a person's immigration status and by refusing to cooperate with federal authorities in connection with immigration matters, including violations of federal law. Thus, sanctuary cities attract illegal aliens because they know they will not face deportation if they commit a crime. Sanctuary policies are a clear violation of federal law. While there are more than 300 sanctuary cities in the United States, following is a list of some of the larger cities that refuse to follow federal immigration laws: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Denver, New Haven, Miami, Cambridge, Baltimore, St. Paul, Reno, Camden, Trenton, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Portland, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Washington D.C., Seattle, Madison, Provo, Salt Lake City, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Sanctuary cities tend to have the highest level of crimes in America. See Kates Law.  See Undocumented Democrats.

Sandbag

To sandbag someone is to strike them from behind or to downplay one's strength or ability in order to deceive someone.

Sandernistas

Sandernistas is a pejorative term for supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont who describes himself as a democratic-socialist. The term is a play on the word Sandinistas who are members of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, a socialist political party in Nicaragua, that advocates for the overthrow of capitalism. Bernie Sanders ran for President of the United States in the Democratic primary election of 2016 losing to Hillary Clinton in a close race.

Schlockumentary

Schlockumentary is a portmanteau of the Yiddish word "schlock" meaning junk, and the word "documentary". A schlockumentary is a film created by the political left using junk science, unscientific research methods, and biased editing to create propaganda for their political agenda. Michael Moore is a master at creating schlockumentaries.

School Meal Programs

School Meal Programs refer to the free and low cost meals provided under the National School Lunch Act and the Summer Food Service Program.

SCOTUS

SCOTUS is an acronym for “Supreme Court of the United States”.

Search Warrant

A writ issued by a judge that authorizes the police, or other law enforcement officials, to search a particular place or person, specifying the place to be searched and the objects to be seized. Search warrants are required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution before a search can be conducted.  See Bill of Rights.

Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit gun rights organization, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, that supports the Second Amendment. SAF was founded in 1974 and has more than 680,000 members located across the nation. The organization publishes a magazine and other educational materials and sponsors lawsuits when required to protect our constitutional rights. See National Rifle Association (NRA). See Gun Owners of America. See Gun Registration. See Gun Confiscation. See Gunmageddon. See Gun Tracking Bracelets. See Pro Gun Sayings. See Gun Control Quotations.

Secret Service, U.S. Secret Service

The United States Secret Service (USSS), more commonly referred to as the Secret Service was formed in 1865. It has two areas of responsibility: (1) The Protection of current and former national leaders and their families including presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, visiting heads of the state, and foreign embassies, and (2) The investigation and prevention of certain financial crimes such as counterfeiting U.S. currency and U.S. treasury securities, money laundering, and advance fee fraud. The Secret Service became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Prior to that, it was part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The USSS is headquartered in Washington D.C. and has 138 field offices.

Section 8 Housing

Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937 authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of more than 5.5 million low income welfare recipients. Under the program, most households pay only 30% of their adjusted income for housing with the taxpayers paying the balance. Adjusted income is a household’s total income less various deductions for dependents under 18 years of age, disabled persons, and medical expenses. After factoring in all allowable deductions, many households pay only 10% to 20% of their total household income for rent with the balance being paid by the taxpayers. After 2008, the number of people receiving Section 8 welfare benefits skyrocketed. There are now families in the United States where four generations have received taxpayer subsidized housing. See Public Housing. See Entitlement.  See Entitlement Mentality.

Secular Coalition for America

The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) is an advocacy group representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other irreligious people. The organization has chapters in all 50 states. Member organizations include the American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance of America, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Recovering from Religion. The organization publishes a scorecard for members of Congress. The SCA wants to remove God from America. See Secular Progressive.

Secular Progressive

A secular progressive is a liberal who wants to eliminate any reference to God from schools and other government property, as well as any activity in which the government has a role. See National Center for Science Education. The Secular-Progressive movement is a far left political movement based upon moral relativism, multiculturalism, political correctness, racial quotas, and atheism. See Secular Coalition for America. See Secularization.  See Moral Relativism.  See Morality.

Secularization

Secularization is the transformation of a society that has religious values to a society that is godless.  See God and American History.  See the Secularization of Language in the United States.

Secularization of Language

The secularization of language refers to the attempt and goal of the political left to eliminate words and phrases that have a Christian or other religious origin with a secularized vocabulary. See Secularization of Language. See God and American History. See Secular Coalition for America. See Secularization.

Segregation, Racial Segregation (United States)

Racial segregation refers to the separation or segregation of facilities, services, housing, transportation, and opportunities, including education and employment. Laws permitting or requiring the separation of whites and blacks in the United States were upheld by the United States Supreme Court in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson under the doctrine of “separate but equal”. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court overturned Plessy v. Ferguson in the case of Brown v. Board of Education declaring separate facilities are inherently unequal and that segregation violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. See Fourteenth Amendment. See Ku Klux Klan. See Jim Crow Laws. See Solid South.

Self-deportation

Self-deportation refers to an approach to dealing with illegal aliens in the United States. The approach involves discouraging illegal immigrants from staying in the United States by denying them certain benefits that attract them and keep them here. Examples would include eliminating (1) in-state, reduced cost college tuition; (2) free medical care; (3) free public education; (4) free school lunches; and other free or subsidized services paid by the taxpayers. See Proposition 187 (California).  See Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants.  See Undocumented Democrats.

Self-sufficiency

Self-sufficiency is the state of not requiring trade, or any support from another nation, in order to survive. A nation that is totally self-sufficient is called an autarky. See Autarky.

Sellout

To betray or compromise someone.

Senate (United States)

See Congress (United States).

Senate Manual

The document that contains the Senate’s standing rules that apply to the United States Senate. It is usually updated once each year.

Senatorial Courtesy

Senatorial courtesy is an unwritten custom in the United States whereby the President of the United States consults with the senior U.S. Senator of his political party in a given state before nominating a person to a federal vacancy within that Senator's state. It is commonly observed in connection with the appointment of federal district court judges, federal marshals, and U.S. attorneys.

Senior Administration Official

A title used by the press to indicate the general identity of the source of information without identifying the specific person. The use is highly subjective and therefore somewhat meaningless.  It is intended to protect sources.  See Shield Law.

Sensible Gun Legislation

The term used by the left to describe the registration of all guns leading to the confiscation of all guns in America.

Sensitivity Training

Sensitivity training is a highly controversial creation of liberals. It is a form of training intended to make people more aware of their own prejudices and sensitive to others. See Diversity Training. See Discrimination. See Racism.

Separation of Church and State

"Separation of Church and State" is a phrase used continuously by the left to refer to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Notwithstanding the repetition of the words, "Separation of Church and State" is not mentioned anywhere in the U.S. Constitution, including any of the Amendments. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Separation of Powers (United States)

The Separation of Powers refers to the division of government powers into the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch, with each branch having checks and balances. Checks and balances allow each branch to limit the powers of the other branches based upon the Constitution of the United States. See Presidential System. See Judicial Activism.  See Judicial Restraint. See Pluralism (Politics).  See Founding Fathers.

Sequestration

Sequestration means employing mandatory, automatic, uniform, spending cuts to all budget items with defined exceptions.  Sequestration is a last resort when Congress is deadlocked.

Sergeant-at-Arms (California)

Staff responsible for maintaining order and providing security for legislators. The Chief Sergeant-at-Arms in each House is elected by a majority of the Members of that House at the beginning of every legislative session.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

The SEIU is a politically powerful labor union with more than two million members, of which about 40% are government employees. The union supports the political left and is closely aligned with the Democratic Party. The president of the union, Andy Stern, is an advocate for a socialist state and has told members that he expects each one to devote five working days each year to political action. That means supporting the Democratic Party.

Session (California)

The period during which the legislature meets. The California legislative session is biennial – it occurs over a two-year period.

Shakespeare in the Park Scandal

The Shakespeare in the Park Scandal refers to the theatrical program in New York in 2017 that staged a production where a President Donald J. Trump character is violently stabbed to death on stage. The production has been defended by the mainstream media and nearly all liberal Democratic politicians. American Express and Bank of America are major sponsors of the theater that produced the play.

Shared Responsibility Payment

"Shared Responsibility Payment" is a phrase created by Obamacare. It refers to tax penalties levied on both individuals and employers under defined circumstances. The penalties started off relatively low and then escalated dramatically after President Obama's term as president ended.

Sheeple

Sheeple is both a pejorative term and a portmanteau made up from the words "sheep" and "people". It is used to describe people who are easily persuaded and follow the crowd. Students and young people are the most likely people to fall into herd behavior and become sheeples due to peer pressure. See Peer Pressure.

Shield Law

A law guaranteeing news reporters and journalists the right to protect the anonymity of their news sources.  See Senior Administration Official.

Shift and Shaft

Refers to lowering or reducing taxes at the federal level while shifting the tax burden to the state or local level. A favorite trick pulled by many politicians.

Shining City on a Hill

A phrase used by President Ronald Reagan and others to describe the ideal or shining example that government should attempt to attain. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus tells his followers during the Sermon on the Mount, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."

Short List

A short list is a list of people being seriously considered for a position.

Shovel-ready projects

Refers to large building construction and infrastructure projects where the planning and engineering have advanced to the stage where work may be started immediately upon funding. President Obama used the term to describe projects that would immediately create millions of good paying jobs if Congress would pass his 2009 stimulus funding legislation. After the legislation was passed and billions of tax dollars spent, Obama said "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." Later he said, "There is no such thing as shovel-ready projects."

Show Election, Sham Election

A show election, also known as a sham election, is one held without any significant political choice. They are held by dictators who want to feign the appearance of public legitimacy. Often the voter turnout is near 100% and the person in power receives more than 95% of the votes.

Show Trials

Trials held in totalitarian societies that are a travesty of justice and a mockery of a fair trial. A trial in which the defendant is certain to be convicted, whether guilty or innocent. The trial is simply a pretext to disposing of the person either by death or imprisonment. A show trial is intended to be a warning to others. Show trials have been routinely arranged by Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and Kim Jong Un. See Cult of Personality.

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club, founded in 1892, is a non-profit, liberal advocacy organization with over two million members. The Sierra Club advocates closing down the coal industry and reducing oil exploration and drilling in the United States. It also opposes the use of nuclear energy. The reduction of global warming is their first priority. They are strong supporters of the political left.

Sign Wars – Political Sign Wars

Refers to the competition between or among political candidates to have the highest number of political signs within an area demonstrating support for the candidate. Signs placed on private property such as front lawns are believed to be the most valuable in demonstrating support and creating peer pressure.

Silent Majority

The “silent majority” is a term popularized by Republican President Richard M. Nixon to refer to the millions of Americans who make up the majority, who do not express their opinions publicly. Many pundits believe that it was the silent majority that elected Republican President Donald J. Trump because he won in 2016 in spite of nearly every major poll predicting that he would lose to Hillary Clinton. See Pundit.

Silver Lining

A silver lining is a benefit that is not obvious and sometimes comes amid a disappointment.

Sine Die

Sine die is Latin for “without delay”. When a legislative body, court, or meeting adjourns sine die, it adjourns indefinitely without establishing a day on which to appear or assemble again.

Single-Party State

A single party state, also referred to as a one-party state or one-party system, is a state in which only one political party has the right to form the government. Most single-party states outlaw opposition parties. Current single-party states include the People’s Republic of China, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Cuba, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. See Communism. See Communist Manifesto, See Marxism. See Better Red than Dead.

Single Payer Health System

A single payer health system exists when the government pays for all health care and totally controls all health care decisions. A single payer system is the next phase to be implemented if the Obamacare supporters are successful. Under a single payer health care system, all doctors, nurses, and other health care providers become government employees and members of a labor union. All hospitals would be taken over by the government. Single payer systems have failed in most of the Communist nations and exist only in North Korea and Cuba. See Socialism.  See Communism.

Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International (SCI), established in 1956, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to create and strengthen relations between communities in the United States and those in other nations. More than 2,100 communities in over 140 countries have established sister city relationships with communities in the United States. The program, created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower was designed as a means for cultural exchange and a way to develop communications and friendly relationships among the people of the world. The program has been very successful in educating thousands of people about democracy and capitalism. Sister Cities International was once affiliated with the National League of Cities. See National League of Cities.

Situation Room – White House

The White House Situation Room is a 5,525 square foot intelligence management center and meeting room in the basement of the West Wing of the White House. The Situation Room is equipped with secure, advanced communications equipment that allows the President to maintain uninterrupted command and control of all U.S forces. The Situation Room is run by the National Security Council and is organized around five Watch Teams that constantly monitor domestic and international events. The Watch Teams work 24/7/365.

Six Year Itch

Refers to the historical fact that in the election held in the sixth year of a president's tenure, the party in the White House nearly always loses a substantial number of House and Senate seats.

Sixteenth Amendment

The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution permits Congress to levy an income tax on individuals. Prior to the ratification of the amendment in 1913, the federal income tax had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1913, when the law went into effect, the top bracket was 7% on all income over $500,000 (Nearly $12 Million in today’s dollars) and the lowest tax bracket was 1% which was levied on people earning the equivalent of $100,000 today. In 1913, the tax form including instructions consisted of 4 pages. Today they total 181 pages.

Slacktivism

Slacktivism is both a pejorative term and a portmanteau combining the word "slacker" and "activism". The word refers to "feel-good" activities in support of an issue or cause that has no real impact other than showing support. Examples include wearing a ribbon or bracelet, signing a petition, or joining an online discussion group.  Slacktivism is a favorite activity of liberal politicians.

Slogan

A slogan is a brief message that defines an issue or idea that tends to inspire. Good slogans rhyme or have rhythm or alliteration to make them easy to remember. Examples are: "Had Enough?", "We Want Wilkie", "I Like Ike", "In Your Heart, You Known He's Right", "Believe in America.", and "Make America Great Again".

Slaughterhouse (Politics)

Slaughterhouse is a derogatory term sometimes used by Christians and conservatives to refer to abortion facilities that perform partial birth abortions. Partial birth abortions involve pulling the unborn baby partially outside the birth canal with forceps and then inserting a sharp tube into the baby's neck, allowing the brain tissue to be suctioned out. By leaving the baby partially inside the birth canal, the baby is not "legally born" which means it is not a person according to current law. Since the baby is not a person according to the law, murder charges do not apply. Partial birth abortions are performed when the pregnancy has reached 7, 8, or even 9 months. See Planned Parenthood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions.  See Emily's List.

Slippery Slope Argument (Politics)

A slippery slope argument is an argument that a particular result will probably, or must inevitably, follow from a given decision or situation. The argument asserts that one small step is likely to lead to a chain of events resulting in a significant negative effect. The argument suggests that once started in a particular direction, a reversal will be difficult or impossible and that unintended consequences will follow. A slippery slope argument can be a fallacious argument or a perfectly valid argument. See Camel's Nose.

Slow Down

A slow down refers to an organized labor action whereby employers do not walk off the job, but rather sabotage their employer by slowing down all work. The purpose is to cripple the employer unless concessions are granted to the employees and/or a labor union.  See Featherbedding.  See Make Work.

Small Town Values

Small Town Values are conservative values such as hard work, self-reliance, traditional marriage, respect for the police, humility, being thrifty, and living by the golden rule.  See Morality.  See Moral Authority.  See Moral Clarity.

SNAP

SNAP is the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which is the new politically correct name for what was previously known as the Food Stamp Program. From late 2007 to late 2014, the number of families receiving assistance nearly doubled, in great part to a relaxation of the eligibility requirements.  See Welfare State. See Entitlements.  See Entitlement Mentality.

Snark

Snark is a rude, abusive, highly critical, and sarcastic speech or writing. It is a form of condescending invective intended to offend or hurt. The word is a portmanteau combing the words “snide” and “remark”. Snark is directed toward a specific person, not a group.

Snipergate

Snipergate refers to the scandal involving Hillary Clinton's lie about having to "run across a tarmac in Bosnia in order to avoid sniper fire." After an investigation, which included video evidence, Hillary Clinton withdrew her statement and admitted, "So I misspoke." She was actually met at the airport where she was handed a bouquet of flowers.  See Misspoke.  See Fake News.

Snowflake, Special Snowflake Syndrome (Politics)

The terms “snowflake” and “special snowflake syndrome” are derived from the fact that every snowflake is unique. Special snowflake syndrome, in politics, refers to a person who believes he or she is unique and superior to everyone else, thus entitled to special privileges or exemption from having to obey the law. People, including politicians, who exhibit special snowflake syndrome have no sense of humility and usually have contempt for others. They are consumed by pride in themselves.

Social Contract

A voluntary agreement among people to establish and secure their rights and welfare by creating a government and abiding by its laws.

Social Darwinism

Social Darwinism is the application of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, based upon the survival of the fittest, to society. In a society in which Social Darwinism exists, those who are strong and the most fit are allowed to prosper at the expense of those who are weak. Hitler is an example of someone who believed in Social Darwinism.

Social Exclusion or Marginalization

Social exclusion or marginalization is a technique used by the left. It is directed primarily at Black Republicans, Jewish Republicans, and Gay Republicans. Social exclusion or marginalization is the process of making the targets feel alienated, ostracized, or separated from the larger group in order to put pressure on them to change their beliefs, behavior, and actions. If you are a vocal Black Republican, Jewish Republican, or Gay Republican, you understand exactly how the technique works.

Social Justice

Social justice is a favorite phrase of the political left which describes the redistribution of wealth from those who work and have wealth to those who don't work and don't have wealth. Social justice is just another way of saying socialism. It is what is behind Obamacare and the progressive income tax. See Socialism.  See Redistribution of Income and Wealth.

Social Justice Warrior (SJW)

Social justice warrior (SJW) is a term of disparagement when used by conservatives. It describes a person who advocates the views of the political left including multiculturalism, feminism, socialism, an identity politics. Social justice warriors tend to be opposed to everything advocated by conservatives and Christians. See Social Justice. See Socialism. See War on Christmas. See War on Christians. See War on Fox News.

Social Media

Social Media are computer technologies that permit the creation and sharing of information by means of virtual communities and networks. Popular social media websites include Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Weibo, and Wechat. Social media permits political candidates and office holders to bypass the conventional media which has been accused of liberal bias including the creation of fake news.

Social Promotion

Social promotion is the practice of promoting school children to the next grade, to keep them with their classmates, regardless of whether they are capable of performing at the next level. Many opponents of social promotion argue that it cheats students of an education and can hide poor teacher performance. Liberals tend to argue that social promotion is necessary in order to avoid emotional harm to children. See Charter Schools.

Social Safety Net

“Social Safety Net” is the term used to describe the many taxpayer paid services provided by the federal and state governments which prevent people from falling into poverty beyond a certain level. These benefits include unemployment compensation, disability income, food stamps, temporary assistance for needy families, Section 8 housing, public housing, homeless shelters, subsidized transportation, free school lunch programs, free child care programs, subsidized health care, and more.

Social Security

A government program whereby retired people are paid money from funds collected by the government from those people who are working and paying taxes. Under the program, no person receives the funds he or she paid to the government. None of the funds collected are invested. Funds collected are immediately passed through to retired persons. There is no trust fund except in name only.  See Social Security Trust Fund.

Social Security Trust Fund

The Social Security Trust Fund is the government account from which Social Security Benefits are paid. It is not a trust fund; it is only called a trust fund in order to create a favorable image with the citizens of the United States. If it was a trust fund, every worker that has contributed to Social Security over the years, would have an account balance showing the amount of their invested funds. Instead, no funds are invested. Every dollar paid out to a current recipient is collected from someone paying into the system today. The account receives money from today’s workers and pays it out to today’s recipients. There are no funds invested comparable to how private person funds operate. A private pension fund could never do what the government does. It would be illegal and would result in long prison terms for the people running the operation. It would be called a Ponzi scheme if a private pension fund operated the way the Social Security System is operated.

Socialism

Socialism is an economic and political system based on central planning and government ownership of the means of production including most or all real estate. Socialism is concerned with equality of income rather than individual achievement. It values workers by the amount of time they work instead of the value they produce. Socialism makes people dependent on the state for everything including food, health care, housing, education, and retirement. Socialism ignores human nature and the value of incentives in creating a prosperous economy. The Soviet Union had a socialist economic system before it collapsed. Today, only North Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam have socialist economies. China is in the process of transitioning to a free market system. The best known Socialist party of the 1930s and 1940s was the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party).

Socialist Party of America

See Socialist Party USA (SPUSA). See Socialism.

Socialist Party of California (SPCA)

The Socialist Party of California, founded in 1973, is the state chapter of the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA). It operates with local groups in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Francisco. See Socialist Party USA. See Socialism.

Socialist Party USA (SPUSA)

The Socialist Party USA, founded in 1901 as the Socialist Party of America, is a small but growing political party in the United States. The SPUSA is headquartered in New York and has state chartered organizations in California, New Jersey, Michigan, and New York. In addition, it has eighteen chartered organizations located throughout the country. The SPUSA opposes the free market system, supports Hamas over Israel, and thinks Obamacare did not go far enough in taking over the American health care system. See Socialist Party of California. See Socialism.

Socialist Scholars Conference, Left Forum

The Socialist Scholars Conference is the former, but commonly used name for the Left Forum which was sponsored by the City University of New York’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America in 1983. The organization, consisting of communists and socialists, has created a national forum for expressing their views of what they want America to look like in the future, and how their views can be implemented. The organization meets on a regular schedule and holds annual conferences. Prior to becoming President, Barack Obama was an active participant in the organization. Panelists at conferences held by the organization have included Tariq Ali, Michael Moore, Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, United States Senator Bernie Sanders, Al Sharpton, and Noam Chomsky.

Socialized Medicine

Socialized medicine refers to a government controlled health care system in which every resident has a right to health care paid for by the 53% who pay federal income taxes. See Hillarycare. See Obamacare (ACA). See Single Payer Health System. See Socialism. See You Can Keep Your Doctor. See The 47%. See Tyranny of the Majority.

Societal Collapse

Refers to the fall or disintegration of a society such as that of the Roman Empire.

Sock Puppet

A sock puppet is an identity created online for purposes of deception. The false identity may praise, attract, or defend a person or organization. It may also argue one side of an issue in a deliberately offensive or irrational manner in order to sway opinion to the other side. See Astroturfing.

Solicitor General of the United States

The Solicitor General of the United States is the second highest ranking official in the United States Department of Justice and the person appointed to represent the Executive Branch of the federal government before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Solicitor General also files amicus curiae briefs in cases where the federal government has a significant interest in a legal matter. Every state has a Solicitor General that represents his or her state in the same way.

Solid South – Southern Democrats

The Solid South was a voting bloc of states that overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party from 1877 to 1964. The powerful voting bloc controlled nearly all local, state, and federal offices and was based upon perpetuating racial segregation. It had sufficient power to nearly guarantee that Southern Democrats would be elected to office. See Tantamount to Election. See Safe Seat.  See Jim Crow Laws.  See Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

Solyndra Scandal, Obama Solyndra Scandal

The Solyndra scandal, also known as the Obama Solyndra Scandal, refers to a $535 million dollar loss suffered by the 53% of those working Americans who pay federal taxes. In 2010, the Department of Energy was pressured by the Obama Administration into making an unsecured $535,000,000 loan to Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer, from the proceeds of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill. Solyndra was owned and operated by a group of Democrats who made substantial contributions to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and were expected to contribute to his 2012 campaign. After the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011, an investigation conducted by the FBI determined that the company was insolvent at the time the loan was made. The loan enabled the shareholders to avoid personal losses and gave management the opportunity to pay preferred vendors. More than 1,100 employees lost their jobs as a result of mismanagement. See Crony Capitalism.

Something for Nothing

Something for nothing is the allure of socialism for those people with an entitlement mentality. See Entitlement Mentality. See Free Stuff. See Makers and Takers. See Legal Plunder. See Party of Government. See Socialism. See The 47%. See Tyranny of the Majority. See Voting for a Living.

Sophomore Surge (Politics)

In politics, sophomore surge refers to the increase in the votes congressional candidates usually get the first time they run for reelection. More than 90 percent of incumbent members of the House of Representatives are reelected. The percentage is slightly less for U.S. Senators.

Sore-Loser Laws

A sore-loser law is a law that prevents a loser in a primary election from running as an independent in the general election. In most states, these laws do not apply to presidential candidates but most states accomplish the same goal by having simultaneous registration dates for both the primary and general election. The only states that currently do not have either a sore-loser law or simultaneous registration periods are New York, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont.

Southern Accent Reduction Courses

Southern Accent Reduction Courses are a creation of the political left and consist of courses intended to reduce or eliminate southern accents. Many liberals believe people with southern accents sound ignorant and are likely to be identified as Christians and racist. See Discrimination.

Southern Manifesto

The Southern Manifesto, formally called the Declaration of Constitutional Principles was a document created in 1956 in the U.S. Congress, in opposition to racial integration of public places such as restaurants, hotels, and schools. The manifesto was signed by 99 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The signers opposed the decision of the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education and were committed to segregation. Key supporters included John Sparkman, William Fulbright, Richard Russell, Russell B. Long, John Stennis, Harry F. Byrd, and Wright Patman. See Solid South. See White Man's Party. See Ku Klux Klan. See Democratic Party. See Racism. See Discrimination.

Sovereign Default, Sovereign Debt Crisis

A sovereign default is the failure or refusal of a government to pay back its debt in full. If potential buyers of debt instruments believe a government may default on its debt, they may demand a high rate of interest and possibly collateral as a condition of lending to the government. If this occurs, a sovereign debt crisis results. See Currency Collapse.

Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign immunity is the doctrine that the government is immune to lawsuits unless it gives its consent by means of a legislative act. Sovereign immunity is an extension of old English law that "the king can do no wrong."

Sovereign Immunity (United States)

Sovereign immunity refers to the fact that the federal, state, tribal, and local governments in the United States cannot be sued by a person unless the government has specifically waived its immunity and has consented to be sued for the type of claim being made.

Sovereignty

Sovereignty refers to the supreme power of a nation or state to govern itself within its borders without interference from outside its borders.

Soviet Style Health Care System

A Soviet Style Health Care System is a common pejorative term used to describe both Obamacare and Hillarycare. See Obamacare (ACA). See Three Biggest Lies Ever Told (Politics). See Hillarycare.

Spaces of Color

Spaces of color are safe spaces or places on liberal college and university campuses that are reserved only for students who classify themselves as people of color. They are segregated where all white people are excluded. See Safe Spaces, Safe Places. See Conservative Free Zones. See Racism. See People of Color.

Speaker (Politics)

Speaker is the title usually given to the presiding officer or chair of a deliberative assembly such as a legislative body. The Speaker’s role is to moderate debate, make rulings or procedures, and announce the results of votes. The title originated in the English Parliament in 1377. See Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. See Chair.

Speaker (California)

The highest ranking officer of the Assembly; usually elected by the Assembly Members at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. The Speaker or his or her designee presides over Floor Sessions. The Speaker's powers and duties are established in the Assembly Rules.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, commonly called the Speaker of the House, or the Speaker, serves as the presiding officer or Chair of the United States House of Representatives. Duties of the Speaker include recognizing members to speak on the House floor, making rulings concerning procedures, maintaining order and decorum, appointing members to committees, designating chairpersons of committees, determining which bills are assigned to each committee, and much more. The Speaker is the second in the U.S. presidential line of succession after the Vice President, but no Speaker has ever acted as President. The United Sates Constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to select their Speaker who is elected by a roll call vote on the first day of every new Congress. Customarily, each political party nominates one or more candidates and members then vote until one candidate receives a majority of all votes cast. The Speaker is not required to be a Member of Congress, although all Speakers to date have been members.

Speaker pro Tempore

The Speaker pro Tempore is appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He or she is an officer of the House who presides over Floor Sessions in the absence of the Speaker. As the presiding officer, the Speaker pro Tempore guides the Members through the daily business of the House, responds to parliamentary inquiries, and issues rulings on points of order when necessary.

Speakers’ Bureau

A speakers’ bureau is an organization that provides speakers for clients needing a specific type of speaker, or a speaker knowledgeable about a particular subject. There are political speakers, motivational speakers, celebrity speakers, and many others. A speakers’ bureau will have a database of speakers and often collects a fee for providing each speaker. Many Republican and Democratic organizations act as free speakers bureaus by providing free speakers to various organizations.

Special Prosecutor

A special prosecutor, or special counsel, is an independent attorney from outside the government appointed by either an attorney general or by the United States Congress to investigate and possibly prosecute a government official for misconduct while in office. Special prosecutors are appointed because of actual or perceived conflicts of interest. See Conflict of Interest.

Special-purpose District

A special purpose district is an independent government entity that is separate from general purpose local governments such as cities and counties, and also school districts. Special-purpose districts serve limited areas and are governed by boards that use public funds to accomplish legislatively assigned functions. These districts may include: parks, irrigation, stadiums, airports, utilities, libraries, ports, fire protection, mass transit, parking facilities, and highways.

Speechwriter, Wordsmith (Politics)

A speechwriter or wordsmith is a person that writes speeches for politicians after determining what positions, points, messages or themes the speaker wants to convey. Speechwriters must accept anonymity because they are not generally acknowledged or given credit until possibly a far distant date. Speechwriters for President John F. Kennedy included Arthur M. Schlesinger, Theodore “Ted” Sorenson, and Richard N. Goodwin. Speechwriters for President Richard M. Nixon included Pat Buchanan, Ken Khachigian, William Safire, and Ben Stein. Speechwriters for President Jimmy Carter included Chris Matthews and James Fallows. Speechwriters for President Ronald Reagan included Peggy Noonan and Ken Khachigian. Speechwriters for President George H.W. Bush included Peggy Noonan and Tony Snow. Speechwriters for President George W. Bush included Michael Gerson and Marc Thiessen.

Spend and Spend, Tax and Tax, Elect and Elect

A Democratic Party philosophy that focuses on the vote-getting potential of federal projects and free stuff for certain groups. It started with Harry Hopkins, a top assistant to Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt who in 1938 said, "We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect."

Spending Cuts (Democratic Definition)

Spending cuts take place when proposed large increases in spending are reduced to smaller increases in spending. For example: A budget item is proposed by the Democrats to be increased by 20%. Congress approves a 10% increase. Democrats take the position that Republicans are responsible for a 50% reduction in expenditures. See Spending Cuts (Republican Definition).

Spending Cuts (Republican Definition)

Spending cuts mean actual reductions in spending for a particular item in the budget. See Spending Cuts (Democratic Definition).

Spiral of Silence, Fear of Isolation

The Spiral of Silence is a widely respected political science and mass communication theory which states that many people have a fear of isolation which results from the belief that a significant social group, or society as a whole, will isolate, neglect, and possibly exclude them as a result of their expressed opinions. The fear of isolation thus leads to people remaining silent instead of voicing their opinions. Young people are particularly affected by the fear of isolation and tend to conform. Unfortunately, many people feel more comfortable by agreeing with opinions they know are wrong instead of telling others their own thoughts and ideas. In addition, many people are constantly attempting to determine which opinions and behaviors are popular so they can conform their expressed opinions accordingly. See Silent Majority. See Poll/Polling. See Propaganda (Politics). See Protection by the Liberal Press. See Sampling Error.

Spitzergate Scandal

Spitzergate refers to the scandal surrounding the former Democratic Governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer, who resigned his position as governor amid threats of impeachment by both Democratic and Republican legislators. Spitzer admitted to spending tens of thousands of dollars on prostitutes over several years while serving as attorney general and later as governor.

Splinter Party

A splinter party is a third party formed when a faction from one of the major political parties breaks off and forms its own political party.

Split Ticket

A split ticket is when a citizen votes for candidates from different political parties in the same election. See Straight Ticket.

Sponsor

The legislator, private individual, or group who developed a piece of legislation and advocates its passage.

Spouse and Spouse

"Spouse and Spouse" refers to the agenda of the political left to replace the words "husband and wife" in all marriage ceremonies with the mandatory language: "Spouse and Spouse." This would include marriages between a man and a woman. Requiring the use of the politically correct language would be required for a marriage to be legally effective if the left is successful. See Purple Penguins. See San Francisco Values. See Politically Correct.

Stagflation

Stagflation is a condition of slow or no economic growth, with high unemployment, high interest rates, and a high rate of inflation. The phrase was coined during the presidency of Jimmy Carter when stagflation was severe. Inflation reached 12% per year while the prime lending rate to the most qualified borrowers reached 21.5%. The condition was unprecedented. In 1980, Governor Ronald Reagan carried 44 states and 489 electoral votes while President Carter carried 6 states and only 49 electoral votes.

Stand by Your Ad

The “Stand by Your Ad” provision of the McCain – Feingold Act requires candidates in the United States, for federal political offices, as well as interest groups and political parties supporting or opposing a candidate, to include in political advertisements on radio and television, a statement by the candidate that he or she approves the advertisement. The purpose of the provision was to make it difficult for a candidate to distance himself or herself from inaccurate attack ads. The law does not apply to internet advertising.

Stand in the Door (Politics)

To “stand in the door” or to “stand in the schoolhouse door” means to be committed to stopping something. The phrase is derived from the symbolic attempt of former Democratic Governor George Wallace when in 1963 he temporarily blocked the entry of two black students by standing in the doorway of what had been an all white school. Before the cameras, Governor Wallace stated “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” See Little Rock Nine. See Jim Crow Laws.

Standardized Tests

A standardized test is a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, objective, standard manner. It exists when all test takers take exactly the same test avoiding a situation where some tests are easier and others more difficult. Standardized tests allow for a fair, objective comparison. Standardized tests have been given in schools throughout the United States since the early 1800’s. In recent years, the political left has objected to standardized testing as being racist because some minority groups tend to consistently score lower than Caucasian and Asian test takers. They argue that no testing is preferable to requiring tests or in the alternative, certain minorities should be automatically scored higher because they have historically suffered from discrimination.

StandWithUs

StandWithUs is an international, non-profit Israel education organization, formed in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California. StandWithUs believes that education is the road to peace and is dedicated to educating people of all ages about Israel, and combating extremism and anti-Semitism. Through print materials, speakers, programs, conferences, missions to Israel, campaigns, social media and internet sources, they ensure that the story of Israel’s achievements and challenges is told in middle schools, high schools, on college campuses, and in communities around the world. Topics include Iran’s nuclear threat; the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions Movement, and Israel’s Holy sites. See Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS). See Christians United for Israel.

Star Wars

Star Wars was a pejorative term coined by liberals to describe the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) of the Reagan Administration. SDI was the missile defense program begun in 1983 to defend the United States against enemy short range, medium range, and intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Democratic Party criticized the program and refused to support it, calling it foolish, destabilizing and impossible to achieve. It is now a fully functional key element to the defense of the United States. See Reagan Doctrine. See Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). See Evil Empire.

Starbucks Boycott

The Starbucks Boycott refers to the organized boycott of Starbucks by thousands of Christians and conservatives after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz stated at a shareholders meeting: “Anyone who supports traditional marriage: we don’t want your business.” He then told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage, as described in the Bible, to sell his shares and invest in some other company. See We Don’t Want Your Business. See National Organization for Marriage.

State Central Committee

A state central committee is a committee made up of representatives from a political party’s county organizations.

State Debt Clocks

State Debt Clocks exist for all fifty states and are linked from the U.S. Debt Clock. Each state debt clock shows the debt increasing in real time along with other valuable information including the population of the state, the number of unemployed, the number of food stamp recipients, and the amount of debt per state citizen. Some of the most out-of-control states are California, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington State, and Rhode Island. See U.S Debt Clock. See Debt Limit. See Debt Per Citizen. See Debt Per Taxpayer. See Tax Freedom Day. See Debt Spiral – United States. See Balanced Budget. See Spending Cuts Democratic Definition.

State of the Union Address

A constitutionally mandated message, given by the President to Congress, in which the president sets forth plans for the coming year and discusses the condition of the nation.

State Policy Network (SPN)

State Policy Network is a non-profit corporation formed in 1992 in Arlington, Virginia. SPN functions as an umbrella organization for a group of conservative and libertarian think tanks that focus on state level issues.

States' Rights – Tenth Amendment

States' Rights refer to the rights of the States and to the people as defined by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It reads as follows: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Republicans and conservatives believe strongly in the strict interpretation of the Constitution, including the Tenth Amendment, which is clear in its meaning. Liberals have constantly attempted to erode the plain meaning of the Constitution, including the Tenth Amendment, in order to pass legislation that conforms to their political agenda. See Federalism.

Stateless Nation

A stateless nation refers to a large ethnic or national minority that does not have their own state and is not the majority population in any nation. The term implies that the minority group should have its own state. Stateless nations are referred to as fourth world nations. Some of the stateless groups have had their own state in the past, and others have always been stateless. Whether a particular group is a stateless group is a matter of opinion and dispute. Groups that call themselves stateless nations include the Tibetan People and the Kurds.

Statesman

A statesman is a person perceived to be above partisanship, who shows great wisdom and skills in handling the affairs of government. A statesman places the long term interests of his or her country above politics. A statesman is a leader who is respected by politicians who are members of both major political parties.  See Founding Fathers.

Statism

The idea that the rights of a nation are supreme to the rights of individuals who make up the nation.

Stay the Course

A phrase made popular by presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. It means to pursue a worthy goal regardless of criticism or obstacles. See Cut and Run.

Steering Committee

A steering committee is an assignment committee. It appoints members to standing committees.

Stereotype

A stereotype is a preconceived generalization especially about a group of people whereby a defined set of characteristics is attributed to the group. These generalizations may be positive or negative, kind or unkind. Stereotypes exist for races, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, and other groups. Nearly all people object to being stereotyped.

Stemwinder

A stemwinder is a rousing political speech that motivates listeners to take immediate action.

Storm in a Tea Cup, Tempest in a Teapot

A storm in a tea cup describes a situation where a person expresses great concern over a small matter. It is where a small event has been exaggerated far out of proportion. The term originated in England.

Straight Arrow

Someone who is a model citizen; honest.

Straight Ticket

A straight ticket is when a citizen votes for every candidate of the same political party. See Split Ticket.

Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)

The SDI was proposed by President Ronal Reagan in 1983 to use ground-based and space-based missiles to protect the United States from attack by ballistic missiles. After being mocked by Democrats in Congress and told that his "Star Wars" system was foolish and would never work, the law was passed and the system was successfully implemented. The initiative focused on actual missile defense rather than the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction. The success of the initiative was a major factor in the destabilization and dissolution of the Soviet Union. See Evil Empire. See Reagan Doctrine.

Strategic Patience

Strategic Patience was the policy of the Obama Administration during the eight years from January 2009 to January 2017. It was applied to critical issues involving the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Federation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and others. The policy was to “wait and see” or the take no significant action. See Leading from Behind.

Stonewall Democrats

Stonewall Democrats is a name used by numerous Democratic Party Clubs made up primarily of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) members and their active supporters. There are Stonewall Democrats clubs in nearly every state and on many college and university campuses. The number of clubs nationally exceeds one-hundred. A major goal of the Stonewall Democrats is to lift the ban on gay men who desire to donate blood and to make it easier for gay men to adopt children.

Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit intended to censor, silence, and intimidate critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Plaintiffs in such cases never admit to the court that their intent is to censor, silence, or intimidate. These suits take various forms including suits for defamation. Courts do not favor these types of lawsuits.

Straw Poll

A straw poll is an unofficial vote intended to indicate who is the most popular candidate or the most popular opinion on a certain matter as of the date of the vote. A well known straw poll is the Texas Straw Poll. The Iowa Straw Poll, also known as the Ames Straw Poll, is no longer held.

Students for Concealed Carry

Students for Concealed Carry is a non-profit organization with nearly 50,000 members on college campuses across America. The group advocates allowing citizens with concealed carry permits to carry handguns on campuses for self-defense and defense of others. Members point out that many lives have been lost on campuses because law enforcement officers did not arrive on time to stop terrorists from killing dozens of students and teachers. Liberals advocate making all schools gun free zones. See Gun Free Zones. See Bomb Free Zones.

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

The SDS was a radical student activist organization formed in the 1960s known for its opposition to U.S. involvement in Vietnam and support for the North Vietnamese communist government. In 1969, the organization split into several factions, the most well-known being the Weathermen or the Weather Underground which employed terrorist tactics including bombing government buildings such as the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and several commercial banks. Democrat Tom Hayden, a former member of the California State Senate and his wife, Jane Fonda (Hanoi Jane), were active in the SDS. Bill Ayers, who helped launch the political career of Barack Obama, was active in the Weather Underground.

Students for Justice in Palestine

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is an anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian college student organization in the United States with more than eighty chapters at American universities and colleges. It is considered an anti-Semitic hate group by most conservatives. It supports Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood which are considered terrorist organizations by nearly all conservatives and Republicans. SJP displays the same colors as the Palestinian Authority.

Studies Have Shown

A phrase that is commonly used in politics when no study is available to cite. For example: "Studies have shown that gun control reduces crime." Actually, the opposite is true making no study available to support such an argument.

Stump

To go out and make campaign speeches.

Subconscious Racism – Microaggressions

University of California President and Democrat Janet Napolitano has created a series of seminars intended to end what the political left now considers evidence of subconscious racism. The seminars are intended to control or change speech. The following statements are now considered racist by the left: (1) "America is a land of opportunity," (2) "America is a melting pot," (3) "I believe the most qualified person should get the job," (4) Telling someone, "you speak English very well," (5) "Everyone in America can succeed if you work hard," (6) Saying, "you people," (7) "Affirmative action is a form of discrimination," (8) "We are all human beings," (9) "There is only one race – the human race," and (10) Asking someone, "where were you born?" The political left considers such statements to be "microaggressions" which they consider forms of discrimination. They contend that microaggressions cause health problems including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and substance abuse.  See Political Correctness.

Subtextual Messages

A subtextual message is any content in written or spoken material that is not announced explicity by the author, but is implicit or is understood by those exposed to the message. An example would be when candidate Barack Obama called for fundamental change, he meant, and it was understood by many of his supporters to mean the creation of a socialist society in America.

Subversion, Subversive

Subversion is an attempt to transform the social order and its structures of power, authority, and hierarchy. It refers to a process by which the values and principles of a government system in place are contradicted, reversed, or destroyed. Subversives are the people who engage in subversion. See Agent of Influence. See Fundamentally Change America. See Obamunism. See One World Government. See Sanctuary City. See Treason. See Voter ID Laws.

Sue and Settle Racket

The "Sue and Settle Racket" or scam is a strategy of the political left that involves the joint effort of a government regulatory agency such as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), an advocacy group, and a law firm controlled by liberals. First, a progressive advocacy group sues the regulatory agency in federal court utilizing the services of a friendly law firm that requires no upfront payment. Next, the agency and advocacy group meet secretly to create new regulations. Typically, the government agrees to do whatever the activists want. Then, they all go into federal court seeking a consent decree making the agreement the law of the land. Law firms on both sides get paid by the government as part of the deal. The Sue and Settle Racket avoids congressional hearings and the otherwise required public comment period. There is no opportunity for anyone outside the group to know anything until it is too late. Thousands of anti-business regulations have been created using "Sue and Settle" during the Obama Administration. See EPA Power Grab.

Suffrage

Suffrage means the right to vote for elected officials.

Sugarcoat (Politics)

To sugarcoat something is to make something that is distasteful appear more pleasant or acceptable. Sugarcoating is engaged in by the liberal press and television to improve the appearance of liberal political candidates and politicians. See Protection by the Liberal Press. See Media Bias.

Summer Food Service Program

During the school year, more than 35 million children receive free or low cost lunches under the National School Lunch Act. The Summer Food Service Program also provides children with free or low cost lunches during the summer months when school is not in session. See National School Lunch Act.

Sunset Date (California)

A date included in a measure which causes the act to "sunset," or become ineffective, after a certain date.  See Sunset Law.

Sunset Law

A law that includes a provision that terminates funding authorized by the law on a specific date. Consequently, a new authorization must be voted upon to continue funding.  See Sunset Date (California).

Sunshine Laws

These are laws that require the conduct of specific items of business to be conducted before the public.

Super PAC

Super PACs, officially known as "independent-expenditure only committees", may not make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties, but may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns. Unlike standard PACs, they can raise funds from individuals, corporations, unions, and other groups without any legal limit on donation size.

Super Legislature

Refers to the Supreme Court of the United States acting like a super legislature by creating new laws from the bench. While acting as a super legislature is not the function of the Supreme Court, liberal justices have usurped congressional authority by creating new laws whenever they have the opportunity.  See Judicial Activism.  See Judicial Restraint.

Super Sanctuary Cities

A “Super Sanctuary City” is a city in the United States that is controlled by the political left that goes beyond being a sanctuary city. Super sanctuary cities do not simply protect illegal aliens by refusing to enforce immigration laws and obstructing federal officers. They actually use taxpayer dollars to provide the legal defense of illegal immigrants facing deportation. The first cities in America to become super sanctuary cities are Sacramento, California; San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; Newark, New Jersey; New York City, New York; and Los Angeles, California. See Alien. See Gates Test, See Sanctuary City. See Kate’s Law. See Undocumented Democrats, Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants. See Displaced Foreign Travelers.

Super Tuesday

Widespread use of the phrase "Super Tuesday" dates from 1988, when a group of Southern states banded together to hold the first large and effective regional group of primaries in order to boost the importance of Southern states in the presidential nomination process and lessen the impact of early votes in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. Today, there may be several groups of state primaries in various regions falling on one or more Tuesdays. These groupings are important because the weight of such a large, simultaneous vote tends to make or break would-be presidential nominees because so many convention delegates are selected at once.

Superdelegate

A superdelegate is a delegate to the Republican or Democratic National Convention that is seated automatically based on their status as a current or former party official.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new politically correct term for what was previously known as the Food Stamp Program. Today, food stamps are no longer provided to welfare recipients. Instead, welfare recipients receive a specialized debit card that allows them to “pay” for food and other approved items without the stigma attached to handing checkers actual food stamps that can be seen by others nearby. After 2008, the number of welfare recipients eligible for SNAP benefits skyrocketed. There are now more than 50 million Americans receiving SNAP assistance. See Social Safety Net.  See Food Stamps.

Supply-side Economics

Advocates of supply-side economics argue that economic growth and employment opportunities can be created by reducing taxes, reducing overly burdensome regulations, and eliminating any unnecessary barriers to people and companies wanting to make investments and expand their businesses. Liberals like to refer to supply-side-economics as "trickle-down economics." See Supply and Demand.  See Market Economy or Free Market Economy.

Supremacism

Supremacism is the belief that a particular race, religion, ethnicity, gender, social class, culture, or nation is superior to all others. Racism is a form of supremacism.

Supremacy Clause

The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the United States establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to the Constitution, and treaties made under authority of the Constitution, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that all state courts are bound by the supreme law, and that in cases where state and federal laws conflict, federal laws take priority. The constitutional principle derived from the Supremacy Clause is federal preemption.

Surplus (Federal Government)

The amount by which federal tax revenues exceeds federal expenditures. Surpluses have been extremely rare in the United States since the 1920s. See Deficit. See National Debt.

Surveillance (Politics)

Surveillance is the monitoring of the activities and behavior of people from a distance or by means of electronic equipment in order to gather useful information about them. Some surveillance activities are perfectly legal; others are illegal.

Survivalism – Survivalists

Survivalism is a growing movement of individuals and groups who are actively preparing for major emergencies and possible disruptions in social order. Survivalists generally acquire and store food, water, medical supplies, weapons, and other equipment and supplies that may be needed in a major emergency. The goal of survivalists is to become self-sufficient to the extent possible.  Survivalists tend to be primarily conservatives and Mormons.

Suspended Campaign

A suspended campaign exists when a candidate drops out of a political race, but retains his or her delegates to a scheduled political convention and continues to raise money to pay campaign debts. When a candidate suspends his or her campaign it is nearly always with the intent of not returning to an active campaign. Candidates who drop out of a race, as opposed to suspending their campaign, forfeit their delegates and are limited to how they can raise funds. Federal law does not define the term.

Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of disbelief refers to a willingness to suspend one's critical facilities and believe the unbelievable. It involves the sacrifice of realism and logic. For example: "I believe President Barack Obama is not a socialist." The phrase was coined in 1817.

Swatting

Swatting has become a common, illegal act used by some members of the political left against those who support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. In those states where it’s legal to openly carry a gun, members of the political left are routinely making 911 emergency calls to report that “someone is making threats with a gun, brandishing a gun,” or some other false statement that results in a swat team being called out to arrest the citizen who is exercising his or her constitutional right.

Swiftboating

A pejorative term used by the left to describe an untrue political attack. The term came from the name of the organization "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" because of their highly publicized campaign against presidential candidate Senator John Kerry in 2004. 

Symbolic Speech (First Amendment)

Symbolic speech is a legal term used to describe an act that intentionally conveys a message or statement to those viewing it. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that symbolic speech is protected under the First Amendment. According to the Supreme Court, the following acts are protected as symbolic speech: Burning the American Flag, Spitting on the American Flag, Spitting on the American Flag, Burning a draft card, and wearing a jacket in a courthouse displaying the words “Fuck the Draft.”  See Flag Desecration, Flag Burning.  See Treason.

Systemic Risk (Economics)

In economics, systemic risk is the risk of collapse of an entire financial or economic system, as opposed to the risk associated with individual entities that can be contained without harming the entire system. Systemic risk is created by interlinkages and interdependencies in a market or economic system where failure of a single large entity, or group of entities, causes a cascading failure which takes down an entire market or economy. There are two primary assessments for measuring systemic risk, the “too big to fail” test and the “too interconnected to fail” test. Systemic risk is highly associated with a “bank run” which creates a cascading effect on other banks that are owed money by the first bank in trouble.


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Table a Bill

To table a bill means to adopt a motion to set it aside indefinitely. Whether or not the bill is dead depends on whether the legislative body adopts a motion taking the bill off the table for reconsideration.

Taftian Theory

The Taftian Theory holds that the President of the United States is limited by the specific grants of executive power set forth in the Constitution of the United States.

Take Care Clause

The “take care clause” is the clause in the Constitution of the United States that requires presidents to take care that the laws are faithfully executed, even if the president disagrees with certain laws.

Talking Point

A talking point is a short statement designed to support a position or an issue. The purpose of talking points is to present a view or to respond to an anticipated question. The goal of talking points is to make certain everyone on one side of an issue is saying the same thing. Every campaign will create talking points for the candidate, the campaign manager, staff, and campaign volunteers.  See What Republicans Believe.

Tammany Hall

Tammany Hall was a powerful political club in New York City that was the Democratic Party political machine for more than 150 years until political corruption led to its downfall. It was run by William M. Tweed, also known as "Boss" Tweed, until he was convicted of stealing funds estimated at nearly $200 million.

Tantamount to Election

Tantamount to election is a phrase that describes a situation in which one political party dominates a voting district to the point that winning the party’s nomination for a race assures the candidate that he or she will be elected in the general election. The phrase originated when the Democratic Party could rely on the “Solid South” during the period between 1877 and 1964. See Solid South. See Safe Seat.  See Jim Crow Laws.

Tariff (Tax)

A tariff is a tax on imports or exports. A tariff may be imposed to raise tax revenue, to help shape trade policy, or to protect domestic industries from foreign competition. Tariffs can make domestic industries less efficient since they are not required to compete with foreign companies. Tariffs can also lead to trade wars as other nations retaliate with their own tariffs on imported goods.  See Excise Tax.

Tax Choice

Tax choice is a concept that would permit individual taxpayers to allocate a portion of their income taxes to specific spending. The concept works best for state or local income taxes as opposed to federal income taxes because federal taxes must be available for national defense. See Hypothecated Tax.

Tax Cut

According to the Democratic Party, a tax cut takes place when a tax increase is reduced below what the Democrats want. For example, if Democrats seek a 10% tax increase and taxes are actually increased 7% because of Republican opposition, Democrats claim that taxes have been decreased by 30%. See Budget Cut. See Mandatory Federal Spending. See Spend and Spend. See N-Words.

Tax Eaters vs. Tax Payers

“Tax Eaters vs. Tax Payers” refers to two groups. Tax Eaters are the 47% who pay no federal income taxes and Tax Payers refer to the 53% that pay 100% of the federal income taxes. In fact, the top 1% of earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes and the top 10% of earners pay 73% of all federal income taxes. Tax Eaters are people who do not work. See Makers and Takers. See The 47%. See The One Percent. See Tyranny of the Majority. See Voting for a Living. See Progressive Taxes. See Welfare Queen. See Welfare King.

Tax Evasion

Tax evasion is paying less tax than a person is obligated to pay. Sales taxes are much more difficult to evade than income taxes. See Fair Tax. See Excise Taxes.

Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day is the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has earned sufficient income to pay the taxes collected. The day on the calendar provides citizens with a means to measure how much of their time and work is needed to pay their taxes. In the United States, Tax Freedom Day is calculated annually by the Tax Foundation. Tax Freedom Day in the United States usually falls in early April. This means that it takes until that date for working citizens to effectively earn their first dollar. See Progressive Income Tax. See Makers and Takers. See Tyranny of the Majority. See Voting for a Living.  See The 47%.  See The One Percent.  See Facts About Taxes and the IRS.

Tax Revenue Per Citizen

The average amount of tax revenue collected by the federal government for each U.S. Citizen can be found on the U.S. Debt Clock. The average federal tax currently is excess of $10,370 for each man, woman, and child in America. State and local taxes must be added to determine the total average taxes paid. See Tax Revenue Per Taxpayer.  See Tax Freedom Day.

Tax Revenue Per Taxpayer

The average amount of tax revenue collected by the federal government for each taxpayer that is a U.S. Citizen can be found on the U.S. Debt Clock. The average federal tax is currently in excess of $28,243 for each taxpayer. A married couple would double the amount. State and local taxes must be added to determine the total average taxes paid. See Tax Revenue Per Citizen.

Taxation as Slavery

Taxation as Slavery refers to the belief and position that unnecessary and unconstitutional taxes result in a society that is not free because taxpayers are forced to work to enrich the government, government workers, and those receiving government paid benefits, rather than themselves and their families. See Tax Freedom Day.  See Facts About Taxes and the IRS.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a concept advocated by Republicans and conservatives as a way of limiting the growth of taxes and government at the state and local levels. It holds that total tax revenue should be tied to inflation and population increases unless larger increases are approved by a vote of the people. Democrats and liberals oppose the Taxpayer Bill of Rights because they do not want tax increases to be limited to the growth of the population and inflation. See Tax Freedom Day.

Taxpayer Checkoff System

The taxpayer checkoff system is a process whereby U.S. taxpayers can choose to contribute $3.00 of their annual federal income tax payment to a public fund for financing presidential elections. To contribute, taxpayers check a box on their federal tax return that they want to participate. Making the contribution does not directly raise or lower an individual’s taxes; it deposits $3.00 of their tax payment into the presidential campaign fund instead of the general fund which is shorted by $3.00.

Teenage Republicans (TARs)

Teenage Republicans (TARs), founded in 1960, is a youth organization that is an official auxiliary to the Republican Party. There are TARs clubs in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.  See Teenage Republicans.

Telephone Tapping

Telephone tapping, also referred to a wiretapping, is the covert monitoring of telephone and internet conversations by a third party. See Covert Listening Device, Bug. See Honey Trap, Honey Trapping. See Eavesdropping.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is the federal welfare program that replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. The taxpayer paid program consist of cash payments for a maximum period of five years, help with child care, vocational training, GED courses, and classes in basic English. Applicants pay nothing.

Term Limits (California)

The Term Limits Imitative, Proposition 140, was passed by the voters in 1990. It limited Assembly Members to three two-year terms and State Senators and statewide Constitutional officers to two four-year terms.

Term Limits

Term limits restrict the number of years an officeholder may serve in a particular office. There is a term limit for the U.S. president who may serve no more than two consecutive terms, or eight years total. There are no term limits for those who serve in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. Many state and local offices are subject to terms limits.

Terminate the Republican Party

Terminate the Republican Party is one of several anti-Republican groups made up of those on the far left. One of its supporters, James T. Hodgkinson, a former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, opened fire on Republican congressional members in June of 2017 seriously injuring four people including U.S. Representative Steve Scalise. The Republicans were practicing on the field in preparation for participating in a baseball game to raise funds for charity. The attack on Republican members of Congress started a debate on whether members of Congress should be permitted to carry guns with nearly all with Republicans in favor and nearly all Democrats against.

Territories of the United States

Territories of the United States are areas overseen by the U.S. government, but which do not have sovereignty like the 50 states. Historically, some territories of the United States have become U.S. states, some have acquired independence, and some remain territories. Currently, there are 16 Territories of the United States of which only 5 are permanently inhabited. They are Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Territory

A territory is an area of land that is under the jurisdiction or control of a government authority.

Textbook Ban

Refers to the fact that the Portland, Oregon Public Schools Board has voted to ban any textbooks or materials that suggest climate change can be caused by factors other than people. Other school boards dominated by Democrats are expected to follow the lead of Portland. The decision has caused homeschooling to increase dramatically. It has also forced many conservatives to remove their children from the public schools in order to avoid exposing them to indoctrination by the political left.

That Printer of Udell’s

That Printer of Udell’s is a famous book. After reading the work of fiction at age 11, Ronald Reagan (later as President of the United States) stated that “the book provided a lasting impact on his life, shaping his moral sense and political philosophy”. The former president regarded the book as having the “greatest influence on his life of any book he has ever read”.

The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is an ancient proverb and foreign policy doctrine that is used to confront a powerful common enemy. The alliance of the United States, England, and the Soviet Union was created to defeat the common enemies of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

The 47%

The 47% refers to the 47% of people who pay no federal income taxes. One hundred percent of all federal income taxes are paid by 53% of the people. The top 1% of earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes. The top 10% of earners pay 73% of all federal income taxes. See the One Percent. See Tyranny of the Majority. See Voting for a living. See Progressive Taxes. See Tax Freedom Day.

The Hill

Refers to Capitol Hill which is a neighborhood in Washington D.C. approximately two miles square and densely populated.

The meaning of “is”

This refers to the famous statement made by President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinski sex scandal where he responded to a question about a previous statement made that “there is no sexual relationship between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski.” President Clinton said, “it depends what the meaning of the word “is” is. If “is” means “is and never was” that’s one thing. If it means “there is none,” that was a completely true statement.” The State Bar of Arkansas disbarred President Clinton for lying under oath.

The One Percent

The One Percent is a phrase used by the political left to symbolize the most financially successful group of people in the United States. These are the people that earn the most money, pay taxes at the highest tax rates, and pay the most in taxes. Currently, the top 1% of earners pay 40% of all federal income taxes. The top 10% of earners pay 73% of all federal income taxes. The top 53% of earners pay 100% of all federal income taxes. The bottom 47% of earners pay no federal income taxes. See Progressive Taxes. See Tyranny of the Majority. See Voting for a living. See the 47%.  See Tax Freedom Day.

The Speech – A Time For Choosing

“The Speech” refers to the famous speech delivered by Ronald Reagan on October 27, 1964 officially called “A Time For Choosing.” The speech was given on behalf of Republican presidential candidate, United States Senator Barry Goldwater just days before the 1964 presidential election. The speech ignited the conservative movement and launched the political career of President Ronald Reagan. See Famous Speeches.

Theoconservative

A term used to describe a conservative who is heavily influenced by his or her religious beliefs.

Theory of Deterrence

The theory of deterrence holds that creating overwhelming military strength will convince other nations not to attack. Republicans and conservatives are advocates of deterrence.

Theocracy

A theocracy is a government lead by religious leaders who claim divine guidance. The Islamic Republic of Iran is an example of a theocracy.

Thin Blue Line, The

The Thin Blue Line refers to law enforcement and symbolizes the relationship of law enforcement as the protectors of the people from criminals. The idea behind the symbol is that law enforcement (the thin blue line) is what stands between criminals and the rest of society. The display of a Thin Blue Line Flag has become popular among law enforcement personnel and those that support and appreciate them.

Think Tank

A think tank is an organization that performs research and acts as an advocate. Most are private, non-profit corporations created for the purpose of solving problems. Some think tanks are conservative organizations such as the well-known Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. Others are libertarian, liberal, or non-partisan.

Third House

Refers to Lobbyists.

Third Party

A third party refers to any party in the United States other than the Republican Party or Democratic Party. The most successful third party since 1912 has been the Independent Party. In 1992, H. Ross Perot ran for president against Governor Bill Clinton and President George H. W. Bush. Ross Perot received 18.9% of the vote, Governor Bill Clinton received 43% of the vote, and President George H. W. Bush received 37.5% of the vote. Most political pollsters believe that had Ross Perot not been in the presidential race, President George H. W. Bush would have been re-elected by a substantial margin. See Splinter Party.

Third Rail of Politics

The third rail of politics refers to something that is untouchable by any politician such as Social Security or Medicare.

Thirteenth Amendment

The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment when a person has been convicted of a crime by a jury. The 13th Amendment was passed by the U.S. Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 31, 1865. It was ratified by three-quarters of the states on December 6, 1855 and was formally adopted on December 18, 1865. The Senate passed the law by a vote of 38 to 6 with only two Democrats voting in favor. The House of Representatives voted 119 to 56 in favor. Of the 119 in favor, only 16 were Democrats. See Fourteenth Amendment. See Fifteenth Amendment. See Ku Klux Klan. See Jim Crow Laws. See Solid South.

Third World Countries

Originally, the phrase referred to countries not aligned with the United States or the Soviet Block. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the term was used to refer to underdeveloped, poor countries.

Throw Under the Bus

To "throw someone under the bus" is a phrase that means to sacrifice a friend or ally for selfish reasons. It is often used in connection with politicians distancing themselves from suddenly unpopular or controversial people with whom the politician had a previously close relationship. Examples would be Barack Obama throwing Jeremiah Wright under the bus after a twenty year relationship as his pastor, or Barack Obama throwing Bill Ayers, a member of the Weather Underground, under the bus after Ayers helped Barack Obama get his first campaign for president off the ground.  See Church of G-d America.  See Chickens are Coming Home to Roost.  See God Damn America.

Thousand Points of Light

A phrase used by President George H. W. Bush, in his 1988 acceptance speech, in referring to America's clubs and volunteer organizations who do so much to make America better and stronger. President Bush compared such organizations to "a brilliant diversity spread like the stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." Later, a private, non-profit organization called the Points of Light Foundation was created to promote private, non-governmental solutions to social problems.

Thought-Terminating Cliché

A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase used to end a discussion or debate. They are often used to hide the fact that the person using it cannot mount an effective argument or effectively address a counter-argument. A thought-terminating cliché is a fallacy of relevance because there is no connection between the premise and conclusion. Examples: "My body, my choice", "we will have to agree to disagree", "when you get to be my age…", "it works in theory, but not in practice", and "that's just wrong".

Three Biggest Lies Ever Told (Politics)

The three biggest lies ever told, in politics, concern the well publicized promises made numerous times by President Obama about Obamacare namely: (1) If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, (2) If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, and (3) Your cost of health insurance will be reduced by at least $2,500 per year. All were big lies. See Obamacare. See Drinking the Kool-Aid. See Morality. See Social Justice. See Socialism. See You Can Keep Your Doctor.

Three-Fifths Compromise

During the constitutional convention in 1787, the southern states insisted on maintaining slavery, but also wanted the slaves to be counted in determining the number of seats the southern states would have in the House of Representatives. The southern states wanted to maximize their representation in congress so they could protect their right to maintain slavery which they knew most people in the north opposed. The northern states did not want slaves to be counted in determining congressional representation, because they opposed slavery and wanted to abolish it as soon as possible. The three-fifths compromise was reached giving the southern states credit for their slave population only to the extent of three-fifths of that population. The compromise gave the southern states less political power than they would have had if every slave had been fully counted in determining the number of congressional representatives each southern state would receive. The compromise was not about race. It was about status and the distribution of political power. Free blacks in the north, were treated exactly the same as whites.

Three Votes in the United Nations

Three votes in the United Nations refers to the fact that Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to allow the Soviet Union to have three votes in the United Nations, while every other nation, including the United States, would have one vote. The concession was made at the Yalta Conference in 1945 at the time that President Roosevelt also agreed that the Soviet Union could continue its occupation of Eastern Europe including Albania, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and Hungary. See United Nations.

Thrift

The traditional, conservative definition is the “careful use of money so that it is not wasted”. The liberal definition is “an excuse offered by Republicans to deny services to the poor”. See Political Correctness.

Thug

A thug is a violent person who commits criminal acts. Thugs can be found among every race. See Flash Mob (Politics).

Titanic Tuesday (Politics)

Titanic Tuesday is another name for Super Tuesday. It is commonly referred to as the day candidates either sink or swim. See Super Tuesday.

Titular Leader, Titular Head of Political Party

The titular leader of a political party is the most recently defeated presidential candidate. He or she is a leader in name only and seldom has any real power unless it appears likely that he or she is likely to run for president again. The world titular means holding the title.

Token Opposition, Paper Candidate

A token opposition is a nominal opposition that is offered in spite of overwhelming odds against winning the election in a particular district. For example, a Republican running for office in a district where the voter registration is 95% Democrat, would be offering a token opposition. The objective of running would not be to win, but to educate the opposition voters as to the truth of the Republican positions on the issues. By running a candidate, the opposition voters get exposure to Republican ideas and positions directly from a Republican instead of receiving a distorted message about Republicans from a Democrat. Since voters sometimes move from one district to another, and often influence other voters, educating voters that are in safe districts for the opposition is not without long-term value.

Tolerance, Toleration

Toleration is the practice of allowing or permitting something that a person or government disapproves. It exists where a person or government endures something out of respect. The most common example is where people of a dominant religion, such as Christianity in the United States, tolerate all other religions even though Christians do not accept the other religions. Another example would be Israel, which is a Jewish State that tolerates Christians, Muslims, and all other religions. People who are tolerant, condemn the oppression or persecution of others even when they disagree with them.

Top Secret

Top Secret is the highest level of classified information. Disclosure of such information would cause “exceptionally grave damage to national security.” See Classified Information.

Too Big to Fail

The “too big to fail” economic theory asserts that some financial institutions and other large corporations, such as commercial banks, investment banks, and insurance companies, are so large and interconnected that their failure would be disastrous to the overall economy, and therefore, must be supported by the federal government when they face the real possibility of failure. Some members of Congress support the concept of having the federal government provide financial support to such institutions during an economic crisis. Other members of Congress believe that financial institutions and other large corporations that are “too large to fail” are simply “too large” and should be broken up into smaller companies. It has been pointed out that large companies reap the profits of their taking risks when all goes well, but taxpayers can be forced to pay for poor decisions when the company is “too big to fail”. Some of the financial institutions commonly considered too big to fail include: Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo. See Government Motors

Tort Reform

Tort reform refers to changes in the law designed to reduce the ability of victims to collect monetary damages when they are seriously injured. The laws are intended to protect insurance companies and those who cause injuries to people as a result of their negligent, reckless, or intentional bad behavior. Tort reform is supported by liberal trial lawyers, the insurance industry, and those engaged in dangerous activities where serious injuries to people are likely to occur.

Town Hall meeting

A town hall meeting is an informal gathering of an officeholder or candidate for office with a group of people, often local, in which the audience directly questions the officeholder or candidate.

Tracker (Politics)

A tracker is a political operative who trails candidates for office in search of potentially embarrassing footage and quotations.

Tracking survey

A type of public-opinion poll that allows candidates to follow or "track" voters' opinions over the course of a campaign is called a tracking survey. For the initial survey, the pollster interviews the same number of voters on three consecutive nights. For example, 300 voters a night for a total sample of 900 people. On the fourth night, the pollster interviews 300 more voters, adds their responses to the poll data, and drops the responses from the first night. Continuing in this way, the sample moves along at a constant 900 responses drawn from the previous three nights. Over time, the campaign can analyze the data from the entire survey and observe the effect of certain events on voters' attitudes.

Tradecraft

Tradecraft refers to the techniques, methods, and technologies used for gathering intelligence and keeping it secret. See Eavesdropping. See Honey Trap, Honey Trapping. See False Flag. See Surveillance.

Traditional Family

A traditional family consists of a mother, father, and most of the time, children. Traditional families have been the foundation of successful societies since Adam and Eve. Conservatives believe it is ideal for children to grow up in a traditional family. The political left disagrees and believes that homosexual couples offer the same ideal conditions that traditional families offer children.

Traditional Values Coalition

The Traditional Values Coalition, (TVC) established in 1984, is a non-profit, conservative Christian organization that represents more than 44,000 Churches across the nation. The primary values advocated are: (1) Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that the Lord has given us a rule book by which to live, (2) The right to life, (3) Opposition to pornography, (4) Opposition to addictive drugs, (5) Traditional marriage consisting of one man and one women, (6) Free enterprise, and (7) Secure borders. Many on the political left consider the TVC to be a hate group because its members follow the teachings of the Bible.

Tragedy of the Commons (Economics)

The “tragedy of the commons” refers to the creation of a problem in which every individual attempts to reap the greatest benefit from a given shared resource. As the demand for the resource overwhelms the supply, every individual who consumes a unit from the resource, harms the other users. In this context, “the commons” is defined as any shared and unregulated resource such as the ocean, rivers, grazing land, and underground water that may be subject to overuse.

Traitor

A traitor is someone who betrays a friend, an organization, a principle, or country. See Benedict Arnold. See Turncoat. See Renegade. See Treason.

Treason

Treason is the crime of betraying the United States by an American citizen. The crime of treason is giving "aid and comfort" to enemies either on United States soil or foreign soil, an act that is punishable by death according to the U.S. Code. In the United States, the crime of treason has been committed by a citizen when he or she levies war against the United States or gives aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere to an enemy of the United States.  See Patriotic.  See Unpatriotic.  See Flag Desecration.  See Symbolic Speech.

Treasury Securities (United States)

United States Treasury securities are government instruments issues by the United States Department of the Treasury to finance the national debt of the United States. They are usually referred to as Treasuries. There are four types of marketable treasury securities: Treasury Bills, Treasury Bonds, Treasury Notes, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. See National Debt. See Budget Deficit.

Treaty

A treaty is an agreement entered into by nations. In the United States, treaties require advice and consent by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. See I've Got a Pen and a Phone. See Diplomacy.  See Executive Order.

Tree Hugger

Tree hugger is a slang term for an extreme, left-wing, environmentalist. See Environmental Alarmism.

Triangulation

Triangulation is often called the "third way." It is the act of a political candidate or office holder, presenting his or her views as being both above and between the right and left ends of the political spectrum.

Tribal Sovereignty in the United States

Tribal Sovereignty in the United States is the inherent authority of indigenous tribes, such as the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, to govern themselves within the borders of the United States. Indian tribes do not have the authority to print currency or conduct foreign affairs, but may establish their own law enforcement departments and courts.

Trigger-happy

A term used to describe a person who is inclined to react violently at the slightest provocation regardless of the consequences. Trigger-happy people are often mentally unstable.

Trigger Warning

“Trigger Warning” is a term created by liberals. It is a stated warning that the content of a text, video or article may upset or offend some people, especially those who have previously experienced something related. If a trigger warning was created for this political glossary, it might be: “Caution – This political glossary contains definitions that may upset liberals because it has the tendency to make them re-think their philosophy and way of thinking.”

Trilateral Commission

The Trilateral Commission, established by David Rockefeller in 1973, is a powerful, non-governmental, non-partisan, membership discussion group and think tank with more than 400 members from North America, Japan, and Europe. There are three headquarters located in Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Paris. Its stated goal is to foster closer relationships among its members. Members may not currently hold a public office. Many on the political right believe the Trilateral Commission is attempting to encroach on national sovereignty. Members from the United States have included Madeleine Albright, Michael Bloomberg, Harold Brown, Carla Hills, Jon Huntsmen, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Paul Volker, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Warren Christopher, Alan Greenspan, Lee Aspin, Colin Powell, Lloyd Benson, Henry Cisneros, Donna Shalala, William Scranton, Sandra Day O’Connor, Steven Breyer, Ruth Ginsburg, Diane Feinstein, Christopher Dodd, Howard Berman, and Albert Shanker. See Bohemian Grove. See Council on Foreign Relations. See One World Government. See Sovereignty.

Trilateral Countries

Refers to the United States, Western Europe, Canada, and Japan.

Trivial Objections

The use of trivial objections is an informal logical fallacy where irrelevant and often frivolous objections are made in order to divert attention away from the central issue that is being discussed. While such objections may be valid, they fail to address the primary argument. Trivial objections are a type of red herring. See Red Herring. See Logic. See Fallacy.

Trojan Horse

In politics and in war, a Trojan Horse is someone or something intended to defeat or subvert from within by deceptive means. The ideal for an enemy is to place one of its own in a high level position within the government it wants to destroy. See Fifth Column.

Trojan Horse Convention Delegates

Trojan horse convention delegates are delegates who are bound to vote for one candidate on the first ballot, but are selected for the convention with the knowledge that they plan to vote for another candidate on the second ballot if no one gets a majority on the first ballot.

Trolling (Politics)

See Internet Trolling (Politics).

Trust but Verify

This was a phrase used often by Republican President Ronald Reagan who used it when discussing relations with the Soviet Union during his two terms as president. It means that while a source of information appears to be reliable, one should verify that such information is accurate or trustworthy. See What Would Reagan Do? See Strategic Defense Initiative.

Truth

Truth means in accordance with fact or reality, as opposed to opinion. The truth is not subjective; it is objective. Christians know that the truth is contained in the Bible.

Turkey Farm (Politics)

Refers to a government agency or department filled with political appointees that do little or nothing except collect inflated salaries at the expense of the taxpayers of America. See Gravy Train. See Featherbedding. See Feeding at the Public Trough.

Turn-key Campaign Organization

A turn-key campaign organization is a political campaign organization that is prepared to commence a pre-planned campaign for a candidate, immediately. Turn-key campaigns, which are off-the-shelf campaigns, are far less expensive than custom designed campaigns, but may be slightly less effective in some instances. The advantage to a candidate utilizing a turn-key campaign organization is that it saves money that can be used for advertising, and it allows the campaign to get started earlier.

Turncoat

A turncoat is a person who deserts one party or cause in order to join an opposing one. A traitor. See Benedict Arnold. See Traitor. See Renegade. See Treason.

Turning Point USA

Turning Point USA (TPUSA), founded in 2012, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “identify, educate, train, and organize” students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. The staff of Turning Point USA travels to college and university campuses in all fifty states to identify young conservatives, connect them with local chapters and resources, advertise conservative values, and engage in face to face and peer to peer conversations about the pressing issues facing our country. A major project of Turning Point is the Professor Watchlist. See Professor Watchlist. See College Republicans.

Two-level Game Theory

The reality that in order to obtain international agreements, a nation’s diplomats must deal (at one level) with the other nation’s negotiators and (at the second level) with their own nation’s government.

Two-Party System

The two party system exists in the United States as a fact. It is not based upon any limits established by law but has developed in the U.S. over time. The two main parties are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The two party system has been a blessing in America and is one of our great strengths because it tends to force both parties to nominate relatively moderate candidates if they expect to win. When the Democrats nominated far left presidential candidate U.S. Senator George McGovern in 1972, President Nixon carried 49 of the 50 states.  See Founding Fathers.

Two War Doctrine

Since the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the declaration of war by Nazi Germany against America in 1941, it has been the policy and objective of the United States to be prepared to fight two major wars simultaneously. This has been a central premise of American strategy designed to keep Americans safe. The doctrine was abandoned by the Obama Administration which cut military spending to the point of reducing America's armed forces to the 1940 level.

Tyranny of the Majority

Exists when the majority violates the rights of the minority. For example: when 51% of voters who pay 10% of federal income taxes force the other 49% to pay 90% of the federal income taxes.


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U-S-A!

“U-S-A”, “U-S-A” is a common chant using the initials of the United States of America in supporting American sports teams. It originated at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Liberal school administrators at many schools have started prohibiting the use of the chant declaring that it is racist because members of some teams may have players who are Hispanic or from another culture.

Über Presidency

Refers to the Obama Presidency. Über is a German word or prefix that refers to "superiority" as in "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles" meaning Germany, Germany above everything. The phrase is commonly used to describe the Obama Administration's violation of the Separation of Powers as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and his unconstitutional usurpation of power. See I have a Pen and a Phone. See Separation of Powers.

Ugly American

Ugly American is a pejorative term that refers to the perception of Americans by some people in other countries as being loud, selfish, and arrogant. The term is has been used to describe tourists and members of sports teams.

Ugly Season (Politics)

Refers to the time of year when candidates for major offices are campaigning. Negative ads get ugly and comments about other candidates get ugly.

UN Watch

UN Watch, founded in 1993, is a Geneva based non-governmental organization whose stated purpose is "to monitor the performance of the United Nations" as measured by its own charter. It is active at the United Nations in combating anti-Semitism and anti-Israel treatment by the UN. The organization was critical of the United Nation's selection of Cuba, Mexico, China, Morocco, Algeria, Russia, and Saudi Arabia to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Unalienable Rights

These are rights given by God at birth, not by man or any government. Consequently, no government can take these rights away. The concept is uniquely American as expressed in the American Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Unborn Child

This term does not exist in the vocabulary of liberals. Liberals refer to an unborn child as a mass of tissue, a blob of cells, a clump of cells,  or a fetus. While a "fetus" is an acknowledged scientific term, it is an unborn child. See Pro-choice. See Women's Rights.  See Planned Parenthood.  See Less Crunchy Abortions.  See Emily's List.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is a federal law that recognizes a child in utero as a legal victim, if he or she is injured or killed during the commission of any of over 60 listed crimes of violence, except abortion. It became law in 2004. See Abortion. See Planned Parenthood.

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam is the national personification of the United States government that came into common usage during the War of 1812. Note that the initials of Uncle Sam are U.S.

Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom is the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uncle Tom was a slave who was very subservient because of his race and status as a slave. The term Uncle Tom is now used primarily by liberals as a pejorative term to describe any black person who is a conservative. The novel was credited for raising the awareness of how cruel slaves were treated and for helping Republican presidential candidate Abe Lincoln get elected in 1860. When President Lincoln met the author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was also a Republican, the president said: So you’re the little women who wrote the book that made this great war! See Racism. See Race Traitor. See House Negro.

Unconstitutional (United States)

Unconstitutional refers to a law or act that is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and is therefore both unenforceable and illegal. It is the Supreme Court of the United States that ultimately determines whether a law, act, or lower court decision is constitutional or unconstitutional. See Constitutional.

Undercover Journalism, Undercover Journalist

An undercover journalist is a journalist where the reporter infiltrates an organization by pretending to be friendly to the group and then reporting his or her findings. An example of undercover journalism was when David Daleiden released several videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies. See Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). See Less Crunchy Abortions. See Emily’s List.

Undercover Voters

An undercover voter is a secret voter or person who will not publicly state that they are supporting a particular candidate. People become undercover voters in order to avoid peer pressure and because the candidate of their choice has said something, or stands for something, that is controversial. Many supporters of United States Senator Barry Goldwater, when he ran for president in 1964, were undercover voters. Many supporters of Donald Trump were undercover voters.

Underemployed Worker

Underemployed refers to being employed only part-time when the worker desires full-time employment, or when a worker is employed at a low-paying job for which he or she is overqualified. Underemployment is a major cause of hardship and poverty. Underemployment causes a real distortion in the unemployment statistics published by the federal government because underemployed workers are counted as being employed. See Discouraged Worker.  See Underemployment.

Underemployment

Underemployment refers to a situation where an individual is employed, and counted as employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but their employment situation is insufficient in a material way for the worker. Examples would include a person accepting a low paying temporary job for which they are over qualified because they cannot find a better job. Another example would include a person accepting a part-time job because they cannot find a full-time job. Obamacare has resulted in tens of thousands of employers offering 29 hour per week jobs in order to avoid their being subjected to the terms mandated by Obamacare.  See Unemployed Worker.  See Discouraged Worker.  See Labor Force Participation Rate.

Undocumented Aliens or Immigrants

Undocumented aliens or immigrants are people who have entered the United States illegally. By definition, they are people who have violated the laws of the United States. They are law breakers making them illegal aliens or immigrants. Political correctness does not change that fact that every "undocumented alien" in this country has violated the law.  Most people find it shocking that the estimated people in the United States who are not here legally exceed the total populations of the following 12 states: Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Idaho. See Displaced Foreign Travelers.  See Undocumented Democrats. 

Undocumented Democrats

“Undocumented Democrats” is a term used by many conservatives in place of illegal aliens or undocumented workers. The term conveys the fact that nearly 100% of all illegal aliens in the United States would vote for Democratic Party candidates if given the opportunity. See Displaced Foreign Travelers. 

Unfunded Liabilities (United States)

Unfunded liabilities are liabilities of the United States where no money has been set aside in savings to pay the obligations of the government. Consequently, the government (taxpayers) must pay for the obligations out of current income or by borrowing money. The largest unfunded liabilities of the U.S. government are Social Security, Medicare Parts A, B, and D, the Federal Debt, Federal Employee Benefits, and Veterans Benefits. The total unfunded liabilities for the United States is increasing constantly at an accelerated pace. As of December 2016, U.S. unfunded liabilities exceeded $104,414,000,000,000. (This is not a typo), or $873,000 per taxpayer. The total and sources of unfunded liabilities, for which the taxpayers of America have an obligation, can be found on the U.S Debt Clock. See Debt Spiral. See Doubled the Debt. See Mandatory Federal Spending. See Printing Money. See Robbing our Children. See Social Security. See Social Security Trust Fund. See The One Percent. See U.S. Debt Clock Website. See Voting for a Living.

Unfunded Mandates

Programs that the Federal government requires States to implement without Federal funding. Unfunded mandates cause states to borrow money or raise taxes.

Unemployment Benefits

In the United States, unemployment benefits generally pay eligible people between 40% and 50% of their previous pay for a period of up to 99 weeks. Recipients need only work for one day to qualify for benefits. The benefits are paid for by a tax on employers. The number of unemployed can be found on the U.S Debt Clock website along with other valuable information.

United Daughters of the Confederacy

The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), founded in 1894, is a non-profit, lineage-based organization made up of female descendants of Confederate veterans. The stated objectives of the organization are historical, benevolent, educational, memorial, and patriotic. Goals include honoring the memory of those who served and fell in the service of the Confederacy, protecting and preserving historic places, and passing on the truthful history of the Civil War. Membership is approximately 18,000. UDC is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederate States of America.

United States Census

The United States Census is a population census that counts all people living in residential structures in the United States. Included are citizens, non-citizen legal residents, non-citizen illegal residents, and non-citizen long-term visitors. There were 308,745,538 people living in the United States on April 1, 2010 which was the date of the last published census. See United States Census Bureau. See Demography. The estimated population of the United States can be found on the U.S Debt Clock website along with other valuable information.

United States Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau (USCB) is the federal agency responsible for producing reliable data about the American people and the economy. Its primary mission is to conduct the U.S. Census every ten years, which is the basis for allocating the 435 voting seats of the United States House of Representatives. The USCB is part of the United States Department of Commerce. Its director is appointed by the President of the United States. See Demograpy. See United States Census.

United States Congress

See Congress. (United States).

United States Constitution

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. It sets forth the national frame of our government and was ratified on June 21, 1788. It has been amended twenty-seven times. The first ten amendments are known collectively as the Bill of Rights. The United States Constitution, also referred to as the Constitution of the United States, replaced the Articles of Confederation, which was ratified in 1781. The original document is located in the National Archives in Washington D.C. See Bill of Rights.

United States Foreign Service

The United States Foreign Service, created in 1924, is a part of the United States Department of State. It is made up of professionals that carry out the foreign policy of the United States and assist U.S. citizens abroad. The General Manager is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. A Foreign Service officer is a commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service.

United States House of Representatives

See Congress (United States).

United States of America

"United States of America" is the official name of our nation as stated in the document: "Constitution for the United States of America." The term "United States of America" is also used in the Bill of Rights and in the Declaration of Independence. The shorter term "United States" is also used for convenience.

United States Secret Service

See Secret Service, U.S. Secret Service.

United States Senate

See Congress (United States).

United we stand, divided we fall

United we stand, divided we fall is a phrase used to inspire unity and cooperation. Sometimes the phrase is shortened to “United we stand”. The origin of the phrase is the Bible, Mark 3:25, in which Jesus states “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”. Before he was elected president, and led the Union to victory over the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech in which he said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all states, old as well new – North as well as South.”

Unmask, Unmasking (Politics)

To unmask is to expose a secret.

Universal Health Care

Universal Health Care refers to a national system of health care where every person is guaranteed health care services regardless of their ability or willingness to pay for those benefits. Universal health care relies on a socialist plan whereby taxes are paid by the 53% highest earners working in order to provide benefits for those who are either unable to pay for health care benefits, or unwilling to do so. Universal health care is one of many methods to transfer income and wealth from those who produce income and wealth to those who don’t. See Compassion. See Legal Plunder. See Obamanomics. See Progressive Taxes. See Redistribution of Income and Wealth. See Socialism.  See The One Percent.  See The 47%.

Unpatriotic

The opposite of being patriotic. It means being disloyal to your nation and demonstrating a lack of love for your country. President Obama publically called President George W. Bush unpatriotic and irresponsible for allowing the national debt to increase from $5 trillion to $9 trillion despite the costs associated with the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Yet, after only eight  years in office, under the Obama Administration, the national debt more than doubled to nearly $20 trillion. He considers himself to be a patriot. See Patriotism.

Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier

America’s unsinkable aircraft carrier refers to Israel which is the only reliable ally the United States has in the Middle East. The interests of both nations are nearly identical on most important foreign policy issues. In the event of a war, or a major crisis involving the United States, Israel can be relied upon to be used as an airbase, that unlike an aircraft carrier, cannot be sunk by our enemies.

Up or Down Vote

An Up or Down vote is a vote where there is no opportunity to amend the bill being voted upon. Legislators must vote yes or no.

Upper House (California)

The State Senate.

Uprising, Riot

An uprising is a term used by liberals to describe what others would call a riot. It is a state of extreme disorder by a large number of people that involves the destruction of private and public property, the setting of fires, and the looting of stores. It often involves violence against people including law enforcement.

Upside Down American Flag

In accordance with the United States Flag Code: the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. Most people who have served in the military service of our nation recognize this signal.  Flying the flag upside down for any other purpose is a sign of disrespect.  See Unpatriotic.

Uraniumgate

Refers to the scandal in which the State Department headed by Democrat Hillary Clinton approved the sale of more than 20% of America’s uranium production capacity to Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency by Uranium One. While the deal was being made, Uranium One made four “donations” to the Clinton Foundation totaling $2.5 million and just before the deal was signed, former Democratic President Bill Clinton was invited to Moscow and paid $500,000 for one speech. Bill Clinton was paid nearly $48 million in “speaking fees” while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

Urban Decay

Urban decay is the process whereby a previously well run and functioning city falls into decay resulting in depopulation, high unemployment, abandoned buildings, and falling real estate values. The primary causes of urban decay are high taxes, high crime, rent control laws, and the overall inhospitable environment for businesses created in large part by local governments. Cities experiencing urban decay include Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Detroit, Oakland, Cleveland, New York City, and many others. Urban decay tends to accelerate white flight which tends to accelerate urban decay, creating a downward economic spiral. See White Flight. See N-Words.

Urgency Clause (California)

Language in a bill which states the bill will take effect immediately upon enactment. A Floor vote on the urgency clause must precede a vote on the bill. A two-thirds vote is required for adoption of the clause and for passage of the bill.

Urgency Measure (California)

A bill affecting the public peace, health, or safety and requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. An urgency bill becomes effective immediately upon enactment.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce or United States Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest advocacy groups in the United States. It supports American business interests and is generally a conservative organization on most, but not all issues. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce focuses its attention on national issues at the level of the federal government. The organization is not affiliated with the federal or any state government.

U.S. Debt Clock – Real Time

The U.S. Debt Clock website calculates the increasing total National Debt, the National Debt per citizen, the National Debt per taxpayer, the number of food stamp recipients, the number of government employees, the number of people not in the labor force, the number of foreclosures, the number of bankruptcies, individual State Debt Clocks, and the other vitally important statistics in real time. The U.S. Debt Clock – Real Time is both informative and frightening. Every citizen should refer to it weekly as a reminder of where America is heading. See U.S. Debt Clock. See Currency Collapse. See Debt Spiral. See Free Stuff. See Keynesian Economics. See Makers and Takers. See National Debt. See Tyranny of the Majority.

U.S. Debt Clock Website

The U.S. Debt Clock website is an excellent, informative website that provides much more information than the constantly increasing national debt. It is important  that Republicans, Democrats, and independents, visit the website at least once each month in order to monitor the condition of the American economy. In addition to the rapidly increasing national debt, the U.S. Debt Clock website provides up to the minute figures on the amount of the national debt per citizen and per family, the average amount of savings per family, the number of people who are unemployed in the country, the number of people who receive food stamps, the number of people who are not in the labor force, the number of manufacturing jobs in the country, and much more. Watching the national debt increasing before your eyes will be both educational and shocking. See U.S. Debt Clock. See National Debt. See Debt Spiral – United States.

User Fee

Another name for a tax. The term is generally used in connection with government agencies and toll roads.

Useful Idiot

A useful idiot is a person who supports a viewpoint but who is held in contempt by promoters of that viewpoint. The phrase was coined by Vladimir Lenin to describe the American left which was supportive of the Soviet Union for decades.


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V15

V15, also referred to as V2015, is a political organization operating in Israel, led by Jeremy Bird, President Obama's former campaign National Field Director, and four other top Obama campaign leaders. The organization is funded by "OneVoice Movement" which is a related organization dedicated to the defeat of the Likud Party in Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian-Muslim nation in what is commonly referred to as the Palestinian Territories on the borders of Israel. Most of its funding comes from the political left in the United States and from numerous Muslim organizations. The defeat of Likud, a secular center-right party, means the defeat of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons intended to destroy Israel. See OneVoice Movement. See Democratic Party Boycott of Israel. See J Street.

VA Hospital Scandal

The VA Hospital scandal refers to the major scandal first reported in April of 2014. The scandal involved the resignation of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, who was appointed to office by Democratic President Barack Obama in 2009. The office of the Inspector General learned that more than 50 veterans died while waiting for medical care and that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting months for immediately needed care, or never received medical care. It was also discovered that government employees had created fake waiting lists in order to make it appear that veterans were being served. As of the end of 2016, only eight employees had been removed from their positions at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Valence Issues

Valence issues are those in which the public is substantially united where candidates for office adopt similar positions.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

A value added tax is a consumption tax where the tax is calculated on the market value added to a product or material at each stage of its manufacture or distribution. From the viewpoint of the buyer, it is a tax on the purchase price much like a sales tax. See Consumption Tax. See Indirect Tax. See Excise Tax.  See Fair Tax.  See Flat Tax.

Values Voters Summit

The Values Voters Summit is an annual political conference held each year in Washington D.C. for conservative activists, political candidates, and elected officials. The first conference was held in 2006. There are approximately 2,000 participants each year and an average of 35 to 40 organizations involved. The organization now conducts a presidential straw poll. United States Senator Ted Cruz from Texas won the presidential straw polls in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Vanishing Marginals

Refers to the trend whereby the number of unsafe, competitive Congressional districts is declining.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

The "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" is a Democratic Party conspiracy theory made well known by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998 in defense of her husband who was involved in numerous financial and sex scandals. Since that time, the left has used the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" as the reason why Republicans criticize the left.

Veepstakes

Veepstakes is a combination of the words “veep” which is short for vice president and “sweepstakes”. The term was first used in the 1952 presidential election. Veepstakes describes the process in which candidates for President of the United States select their running mates. Once the Republican Party and Democratic Party select their nominees for President of the United States, each nominee selects their running mate who will become Vice President if the ticket is elected.

Veganarchism

Veganarchism, also known as vegan anarchism is a radical political philosophy that combines anarchism and veganism. Followers are an extreme left group dedicated to destroying capitalism and the U.S. government. They reject the Bible and believe there should be no distinction between humans and animals. Advocates of the political philosophy have engaged in boycotts, vandalism, and even terrorist conduct.

Vermont Progressive Party

The Vermont Progressive Party, founded in 1999, is a progressive – socialist political party active only in Vermont. The party holds several seats in the state legislature of Vermont and was instrumental in helping get Bernie Sanders elected Mayor of Burlington, to the U.S House of Representatives, and United States Senate representing Vermont. The party was also a major backer of his bid for the presidency. The platform of the party calls for a single-payer socialist health care system, the elimination of all nuclear power in the United States, a more progressive tax structure with higher tax rates on those earning above average income, voting rights for felons, ending the war on drugs, eliminating standardized tests in schools based on the proposition that such tests are racist, making preemptive military strikes illegal, providing “free” college for all students, and providing an expedited process for illegal aliens to become full citizens with voting rights.

Vet, Vetting, Online Vetting

To vet someone or something is to make a careful and critical examination. It is the process of making an exhaustive background check before making a decision. Political candidates are usually thoroughly vetted. Online vetting, also known as cyber-vetting refers to examining a person’s online presence or internet reputation on social networking services and websites.

Veterans

Veterans are men and women who have served, but are not serving, on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, or who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. People who served in the National Guard or Reserves are classified as veterans only if they were called or ordered to active duty, not counting the 4-10 months for initial training or yearly summer camps. See Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) established in 1899, is a federally chartered corporation, whose goals are to “speed rehabilitation of the nation’s disabled and needy veterans, assist veteran’s widows and orphans and the dependents of needy or disabled veterans, and to promote Americanism by means of education in patriotism and by constructive service to communities”. Membership in the VFW is limited to any active or honorably discharged officer or enlisted person who is a citizen of the United States and “who has served in the armed forces in any foreign war, insurrection, or expedition”. The VFW has more than 1.35 million members. See Veterans. See Patriot.

Veto (California)

The formal action of the Governor disapproving a measure by returning it to its House of origin. The Governor's veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote in each House. The Governor can also exercise a line-item veto, where the amount of an appropriation is reduced or eliminated, while the rest of the bill is approved. A line-item veto may also be overridden by a two-thirds vote in each House.

Veto (Presidential)

The power that allows the president to refuse approval of a piece of legislation. Congress can accept the veto or attempt to override the veto by a 2/3 majority of those present and voting in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Veto Override

A vote by each house of a legislature to overcome an executive veto of a bill so that it becomes law.

Victim Mentality

Victim mentality is a learned personality trait in which a person regards himself or herself as a victim of others, and thinks, speaks and acts as if it was true. Victim mentality, to a great extent, is the result of propaganda spread by the political left to groups who are both uneducated and poor. It is a tool in the arsenal of class warfare that involves making would be victims believe: (1) they have been harmed by the rich, employers, and Republicans; (2) they are not responsible for their situation; (3) they have no obligation to improve their situation; (4) they have been subjected to an unjust system that has violated their rights; and (5) they deserve to be helped by the government (the taxpayers). See Class Warfare. See Propaganda. See Free Stuff. See Party of Government. See Low Information Voters.

Vigilante, Vigilante Justice, Vigilante Committee

A vigilante is a person, group, or organization acting in pursuit of self-perceived justice without legal authority. Vigilante “justice” is commonly rationalized because the criminal justice system, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, state prosecutors, and other law enforcement, refuse to enforce the law or inadequately enforce the law. People who allegedly escape prosecution or punishment are sometimes the target of vigilantes. Acting as a vigilante is illegal and can result in prosecution and imprisonment. See Sanctuary City. See Justice. See Due Process of Law. See Morality.

Visa

A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is permitted to enter, leave, or stay for a specific period of time in a country. The endorsement is made by an authorized representative of a country upon a passport issued by another country, permitting the passport holder entry into or transit through the country making the endorsement. See Passport.

Vision America

Vision America is a conservative Christian organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to inform, encourage, and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to their communities, states, and nation. Vision America produces a voter's guide, provides speakers, and recommends books.

Voice of Reason

The “voice of reason” is a phrase used to describe someone who can be counted on to use reason and logic to make decisions instead of emotions, passion, or perceived needs. Conservatives tend to be a voice of reason.

Vote Bank or Votebank

A vote bank is a loyal voting bloc that consistently backs a certain candidate or political party. Vote banks are often created as the result of an expectation of real or imagined benefits received at the expense of others. See Voting Bloc. See Free Stuff. See Party of Government.

Vote Early and Vote Often

A phrase used to describe the long history of politics in Chicago and the state of Illinois which has been dominated by the Democratic Party for more than 75 years. See Chicago-Style Politics. See Graft.

Vote or Else Movement

The Vote or Else Movement is the creation of the Obama Administration and the political left. The goal of the movement is to force people to their polling place and requiring them to cast a ballot or pay a significant fine which is another tax. Liberals understand that the vast majority of people who do not currently vote are supporters of the political left and would vote for Democratic Party candidates if they were forced to vote. By making voting mandatory through the use of fines, Democrats believe they would assure themselves of total, long term control of the government. To the extent that some people pay a fine for not voting, Democrats believe they still win because tax revenues and the size of government will be increased. The Vote or Else Movement ignores the fact that some people don't vote as a way of expressing their disapproval of candidates. In addition, it ignores the fact that freedom means you don't have to vote if you choose not to vote. See Poll Tax.

Vote Shaming

Vote Shaming has three parts to it and is nearly always the act of those on the political left who are attempting to maximize the vote in predominantly minority communities consisting of Black residents and Hispanics. The first part involves placing extreme pressure on those who are registered as Democrats to vote, including the attempt to shame them into voting if necessary. The second part involves placing extreme pressure on those not registered to vote to register as Democrats. If necessary, this group will be shamed into registering as Democrats. The third part involves the effort to shame those minority citizens who are registered as Republicans to change their registration or not vote at all. The object is make the targeted citizens feel like outcasts if they are minorities and don’t vote for the Democratic Party. See Outcast. See Ethnic Voting. See Race Traitor. See Social Exclusion or Marginalization. See Vote or Else Movement. See Votebank Politics. See Voter Turnout. See Voting Bloc. See Low Information Voters.

Vote Trading

Vote trading is the practice of voting for or against something, at another’s request, in exchange for him or her voting for or against something at your request. Vote trading takes place in legislative bodies such as Congress or state legislatures. Vote trading is considered unethical and immoral by many, but it is not illegal. See Congress.

Votebank Politics

Votebank politics is the practice of creating and maintaining vote banks through class warfare or other divisive means. It encourages voters to vote on the basis of narrow issues or considerations such as ethnicity, race, or the ability to get free stuff. See Voting Block. See Vote Bank. See Free Stuff. See Vote Sharing.

Voter Caging, Caging Lists

Voter caging is defined as challenging the registration status of people by calling into question the legality of permitting them to vote. It generally involves sending direct mail to the addresses of registered voters and then compiling a list of addressees from which the mail has been returned undelivered. The list is then utilized to challenge the registration of those voters on the basis that they do not legally reside at the registered addresses. The process of challenging varies from state to state but is usually required to be commenced prior to the election in question.

Voter Fatigue

Voter fatigue is a form of voter apathy. It is generally the result of having to vote too often. See Voter Apathy. See Political Apathy.

Voter ID Laws

Voter ID Laws exist in nearly every nation on this earth except for the United States. In the U.S. each state determines whether to require voters to identify themselves before they are permitted to vote. The obvious objective of such laws is to minimize the possibility that people who are not eligible to vote (such as illegal aliens and felons) do not cast votes. While most states in the U.S. have passed Voter ID Laws, some states have not because the Democratic Party has objected to such laws. These states have the highest incidence of reported voter fraud and have the highest percentage of registered Democrats.

Voter Suppression

Voter suppression is an illegal strategy to influence the outcome of an election by preventing or discouraging people from exercising their right to vote. An example was when the New Black Panther Party intimidated Caucasian voters with racial slurs and police-style batons during the 2008 presidential election in cities all over the country.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout is the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot in an election. It can be calculated based on the total number of eligible voters, or calculated for each of the political parties represented by a candidate in an election. Voter turnout is the key to winning elections.

Voter’s Remorse

Voter’s Remorse refers to the ability of voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to change their vote in presidential elections if they have voted and change their mind before a designated deadline. While few people exercise their right to change their vote, there are times when last minute information about candidates becomes available, that would cause some voters to reconsider their voting decision. The presidential race of 2016 was such a year.

Voting Bloc

A voting bloc is a group of voters that is highly motivated by specific concerns or some other factor, resulting in their voting together in elections. In 2008 and 2012, nearly 97% of Black voters voted for Barack Obama. These voters are an example of a voting bloc. See Vote Bank. See Free Stuff.

Voting by Omission

Voting by omission refers to not voting, and therefore, allowing those who do vote to elect the politicians that will govern our nation. Voting by omission often takes place when a registered voter is disappointed that his or her favored primary candidate did not win the primary, and the registered voter decides not to vote for the party’s nominee. Voting by omission takes place when the people deciding not to vote, help elect the other party’s candidate. When many conservatives decided to withhold voting for Senator John McCain, the nation got President Barack Obama. When conservatives decided to withhold voting for Governor Mitt Romney, the nation got President Barack Obama. See Why Republicans Must Vote. See A History of Close Elections.

Voting for a Living

Voting for a Living refers to the fact that a large percentage of voters no longer work for a living, but they do vote for a living. They don't produce income, goods or services, but they do vote to give themselves money at the expense of the taxpayers who do work for a living. Today, many citizens fear what will happen to the country when those who vote for a living outnumber those who work for a living. Will America collapse into a socialist state when the takers outnumber the makers?  See The 47%.  See The One Percent.

Voting with Your Feet (Politics)

Voting with your feet, or foot voting, means to leave a political party and register to vote with a different political party. Voting with your feet sends a strong political message to the former political party, as well as the newly joined political party.


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W.E.B. DuBois

William Edward Burghardt was a civil rights activist, sociologist, and the first President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He joined the Communist Party and moved to Africa after one of his visits to the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize. See NAACP.

Waco Siege

The Waco Siege refers to the 1993 seige of the compound belonging to the Branch Davidians, a religious group that originated as an offshoot from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The reason for the siege was suspected weapons violations. During the 51 day siege, 82 members of the church were killed and 4 members of the ATF. The compound burned down as a result of a tear gas attack and the 11 adult survivors were arrested. The siege involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); The Texas Army National Guard; and the Alabama National Guard. The Waco Seige and the following Ruby Ridge siege have been cited as the motivations behind the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Waffle

When a person waffles, he or she changes positions, sometimes more than once, or refuses to make a firm commitment. To vacillate or flip-flop. An example would be when Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry said, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

Wall Street

Wall Street is a .7 mile long street running eight blocks between Broadway and South Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York. Wall Street is home to the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ, the world’s two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization. It is the center of the largest and most economically powerful Financial District in the world.

War Chest (Politics)

Funds collected far in advance of a political campaign for re-election or election to office. War chests are also intended to discourage otherwise viable candidates from a primary or general election challenge.

War on Christians

The War on Christians refers to the efforts being made primarily by atheists and liberals to remove all references to God and the Bible from government property and government sponsored activities and events. See God and American History. See War on Christmas.

War on Christmas

The War on Christmas refers to the efforts being made primarily by atheists and liberals to remove the word "Christmas" from the government, the media, all advertising, and all public areas including shopping malls. The War on Christmas is part of the overall Culture War and is often referred to as the War on Christ. See War on Christians.  See Secularization of Language.

War on Coal

The War on Coal refers to the goal of the political left to destroy the coal industry in the United States by means of extreme regulations and heavy taxes. President Barack Obama stated repeatedly that his plans would bankrupt the American coal industry. The United States generates approximately one third of its electricity from coal burning facilities and that number is rapidly falling. Before the election of Barack Obama, it was about 50%. Much of the coal production in the United States is exported to other countries that desperately need coal to produce low cost electricity. Thousands of high paying jobs have been destroyed in Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Montana, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah, Ohio and Arizona. Many of the displaced workers have dropped out of the job market. Others have found lower paying jobs and part-time jobs. Peabody Energy, founded in 1883 and headquartered in St. Louis Missouri, the largest coal mining company in the world, employing thousands of people, was forced into bankruptcy in 2016 because of severe regulations and taxes. Arch Coal, the second largest producer of coal, behind Peabody Energy, was forced into bankruptcy in 2016. Alpha Natural Resources, a large multi-state producer of coal, was forced into bankruptcy in 2015. All three companies have been major exporters of coal to countries needing a low cost energy source for producing electricity.

War on Coal

The War on Coal refers to the goal of the political left to destroy the coal industry in the United States by means of extreme regulations and heavy taxes. President Barack Obama stated repeatedly that his plans would bankrupt the American coal industry. The United States generates approximately one third of its electricity from coal burning facilities and that number is rapidly falling. Before the election of Barack Obama, it was about 50%. Much of the coal production in the United States is exported to other countries that desperately need coal to produce low cost electricity. Thousands of high paying jobs have been destroyed in Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Montana, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah, Ohio and Arizona. Many of the displaced workers have dropped out of the job market. Others have found lower paying jobs and part-time jobs. Peabody Energy, founded in 1883 and headquartered in St. Louis Missouri, the largest coal mining company in the world, employing thousands of people, was forced into bankruptcy in 2016 because of severe regulations and taxes. Arch Coal, the second largest producer of coal, behind Peabody Energy, was forced into bankruptcy in 2016. Alpha Natural Resources, a large multi-state producer of coal, was forced into bankruptcy in 2015. All three companies have been major exporters of coal to countries needing a low cost energy source for producing electricity.

War on Fossil Fuels

The war on fossil fuels refers to the efforts of liberal Democrats to destroy the coal industry and to obstruct the drilling for oil and natural gas in the United States on both private and public land. The war on fossil fuels was pursued very aggressively by the Obama Administration resulting in the bankruptcy of many private companies. See War on Coal.

War on Fox News

The War on Fox News refers to the constant verbal attacks on Fox News by the political left, including the Obama Administration. The mantra from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBC, PBS, NPR, and MSNBC is that Fox News is opinion journalism and not a news station. They refer to Fox News and Faux News. Fox News has had consistently higher ratings than the top three liberal stations combined for more than ten years. If you are a liberal, you should try viewing Fox News for a few days and make up your own mind.

War on Poverty

The War on Poverty refers to the legislation introduced by Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964 that was officially called the Economic Opportunity Act. As part of President Johnson’s Great Society program, the legislation created numerous large federal bureaucracies employing thousands to administer numerous newly created federal welfare programs. While doing some good, the War on Poverty created massive federal deficits, a large increase in the national debt, and did very little to reduce overall poverty in the United States. The programs that were created resulted in many Black Americans abandoning the Republican Party in favor of the Democratic Party. President Johnson’s famous quotation sums up his intention: “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” See Redistribution of Income and Wealth. See Legal Plunder. See Free Stuff. See Compassion. See Foodstamps.

War on Terror

A phrase first used by President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. It refers to the decision of the Bush Administration to use all means at the U.S. Government's disposal to destroy the terrorists. The phrase was dropped by the Obama Administration which has substituted the term Overseas Contingency Operation.

War on Women

The "Republican War on Women" is the mantra of the Democratic Party to describe Republicans who do not support taxpayer paid birth control, taxpayer paid abortions on demand, and the harvesting and sale of the body parts of late term aborted babies by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics. The term is also used by Democrats to describe Republicans who believe in the definition of marriage as described in the Holy Bible.

War Powers Resolution

The War Powers Resolution is a federal law intended to limit the power of the President of the United States to commit the United States to a military conflict without the consent of the Congress. The law requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and prohibits armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war. The War Powers Resolution was violated by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1999 when he continued the bombing of Kosovo after the expiration of the 60 day period.

War Room (Politics)

In politics, the war room is the central command post for directing all campaign activities. It is generally the location where the candidate's strategists, media advisers, campaign manager, and campaign consultants meet and confer.

Ward (Politics)

A ward is a division or district within a city. They are generally created for administrative or political purposes. The term is not used the same in every state, but most commonly refers to an electoral subdivision within a city or town. Wards are commonly numbered rather than named.

Washington Cartel

“Washington Cartel” is a term coined by United States Senator Ted Cruz to refer to a combination of political groups for common action. It usually includes both Democrats and Republicans working together to accomplish a common goal. A Washington Cartel most commonly involves powerful office holders, well-connected lobbyists, and the media elite profiting from big government at the expense of ordinary Americans and small businesses.

Washington Legal Foundation

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF), founded in 1977, is a conservative, non-profit public interest law firm located on Embassy Row in Washington D.C. The goal of the WLF is “to defend and promote the principles of freedom and justice”. The WLF is both pro-business and an advocate for free markets. The organization files lawsuits, intervenes in court cases, and files amicus briefs. It also holds regular conferences, media briefings, and engages in educational advertising campaigns. The WLF publishes “In All Fairness” in the national edition of the New York Times which presents the organization’s opinions on various issues. The Washington Legal Foundation regularly partners with various think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. See Advocacy Group.

Washington Monument Strategy

A tactic first employed by the National Park Service to threaten the closure of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial when the U.S. Congress proposed significant reductions in spending. The government agency knew that closing important services would maximize the pressure on Congress to restore spending to higher levels. President Barack Obama used the tactic when he closed the White House to student and public tours in response to Congress reducing expenditures that were being made with borrowed money.

Watchdog Journalism

Journalism that attempts to hold government officials and agencies accountable for their actions or inactions.

Water Carrier (Politics)

In politics, a water carrier is a derisive term for someone who provides assistance or affirmation to a political candidate or politician.

Watergate

Watergate refers to the scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon in 1974. It began when five members of the Committee for the Re-Election of the President broke into offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex seeking to find documents that would be valuable to the presidential campaign including documents relating to the Chappaquiddick cover up. While the president had no prior knowledge of the break-in, he made the grave error of participating in the attempted cover up of the embarrassing and illegal act. By impulsively agreeing to participate in the attempted cover up, he committed the crime of "obstruction of justice" which is an impeachable offense. Facing certain impeachment by the Democratic Party controlled House of Representatives and likely conviction in the Democratic Party controlled U.S. Senate, the president resigned from office making Vice President Gerald Ford, President. Between the time of the break-in and the incident becoming public, the 1972 presidential election was held. President Nixon was re-elected with 60.7% of the vote to U.S. Senator George McGovern's 37.5%. The president carried 49 of the 50 states. The outcome of the election was never in doubt. See Chappaquiddick Incident.

Watermelon (Politics)

A derogatory term for a person who claims to be an environmentalist, but is really a socialist. They are green on the outside and red on the inside.

Wave Election

A wave election takes place when one of the two major political parties in the United States makes major gains in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. While no precise definition exists, most political pundits consider a gain of more than 20 seats to be the result of a wave election.

We are the President, Co-Presidents

Refers to the famous quotation of Hillary Clinton when she was First Lady, suggesting that she was the co-president.

“We don’t want your business”

“We don’t want your business” refers to the statement made by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at an annual shareholders meeting: “Anyone who supports traditional marriage: we don’t want your business.” He then told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage, as described in the Bible, to sell his shares and invest in some other company. Shortly thereafter, Starbucks eliminated their Christmas decorated coffee cups. The National Organization for Marriage and other conservative and Christian groups are boycotting Starbucks. Starbucks is a major supporter of Planned Parenthood.  See National Organization for Marriage. See Planned Parenthood.

Wealth Effect, Housing Wealth Effect

The wealth effect refers to the change in spending by individuals and businesses that accompanies changes in perceived or actual wealth. Spending is generally increased when people are actually more wealthy or when they perceive themselves to be more wealthy. For example, when home values increase or stock prices increase, people and businesses spend more. Likewise, when home values decrease or stock values decrease, people and businesses spend less. The wealth effect is said to be positive or negative.

Wealth Tax, Net Worth Tax

A wealth tax, or net worth tax, is a tax applied to a person’s wealth that remains after they have paid federal income taxes, state income taxes, employment taxes, business taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes, license taxes, gasoline taxes, inheritance taxes, property taxes, school taxes, utility use taxes, automobile registration taxes, and any other federal, state, and local taxes that may apply to the taxpayer. Wealth taxes are the government’s final opportunity to take a percentage of what may remain from a person who succeeds in building a net worth after paying all of the other taxes that he or she is required to pay. See Facts About Taxes and the IRS. See Progressive Taxes. See Redistribution of Income and Wealth. See Legal Plunder. See Flat Tax. See Fair Tax (Sales Tax). See The 47%. See The One Percent. See Voting for a Living. See Tyranny of the Majority.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons that can cause mass casualties in a single use. An example was when Saddam Hussein of Iraq used poison gas to kill thousands of his own citizens.  See Iraq Liberation Act.

Weasel Words

Words that are ambiguous or that contradict. An example would be "with all due respect", or addressing someone as "my friend", when they are not a friend.

Weather Underground

See Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Wedge Issue

An issue that divides a constituency. For example, strong Republican support of Israel and criticism of Hamas creates a wedge between many Jewish voters and the Democratic Party because the Democratic Party has been soft on criticizing Hamas and highly critical of Israel.

Welfare for Weed

Refers to the decision by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services in 2014 that "Benefit Cards", previously referred to as Food Stamps, can be used by welfare recipients to purchase marijuana instead of food. See Food Stamps.

Welfare King

A pejorative term used to refer to men who receive excessive welfare payments through fraud and manipulation, paid by the taxpayers. See Welfare Queen.

Welfare Queen

A pejorative term used to refer to women who receive excessive welfare payments through fraud and manipulation, paid by the taxpayers.  See Welfare King.

Welfare State

A welfare state is a country that provides extensive benefits to its citizens at taxpayer expense. These benefits include retirement income, health care, food stamps, and unemployment compensation. Welfare states almost always start out as wealthy nations such as the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Not all welfare states are socialistic and not all socialist countries are welfare states. They are two separate concepts. See Socialism.

We’re outta here

“We’re outta here” refers to the message sent by Aetna to Obamacare in 2017 that it is exiting from the exchanges. Aetna joined Humana, United Health Care, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield who have left Obamacare, while other insurers have demanded huge premium increases as a condition of staying. See Obamacare (ACA). See ObamaScare. See Obamunism. See Hillarycare. See Free Stuff.

West Valley Republican Club

The West Valley Republican Club (WVRC) is a non-profit, GOP membership organization in California established in 1996. WVRC helps GOP supporters start clubs anywhere in the United States.

West Wing

The West Wing refers to the West Wing of the White House also known as the Executive Office Building. The West Wing contains the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room, the Situation Room, and the Roosevelt Room. The West Wing consists of three levels and includes offices for the White House Chief of Staff, the Counselor to the President, the Senior Advisor to the President, the White House Press Secretary, and their support staffs. The office of the Vice President is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building which is next to the White House.

What would Reagan do?

"What would Reagan do" is a popular phrase used by Republicans who believe President Ronald Reagan was an exemplary model for Republicans and conservatives to follow. See Reagan Doctrine. See Trust, but Verify.

Whispering Campaign, Whisper Campaign

A whispering campaign is a method of campaigning using rumors, innuendos, and similar tactics to create false impressions about an opposing political candidate while not being detected spreading them. Whispering campaigns often use flyers, letters, and emails. See Dirty Tricks.

Whistle-Blowing

Making a public disclosure of violations of the law, gross mismanagement, abuse of authority, a gross waste of taxpayer funds, or a significant danger to public health or safety, by the government.

White Guilt

White Guilt is a form of collective guilt felt by many liberals in response to historical discrimination against Blacks. It is often exemplified by liberals by: (1) advocating the redistribution of tax dollars to lower income people through various means, (2) advocating reverse discrimination programs called affirmation action, (3) rationalizing illegal conduct when committed by people who are Black, (4) promoting the philosophy of victim mentality, (5) advocating the payment of reparations, and (6) embracing Black culture. See Redistribution of Income and Wealth. See Affirmative Action. See Compassion. See Competing for Votes. See Racial Quotas. See Subconscious Racism – Micro aggressions. See Victim Mentality.

White House Furniture Scandal

The White House Furniture Scandal refers to the fact that after leaving the White House and taking a substantial amount of furniture, President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were pressured to pay $86,000 for some of the items taken, and returned other items of furniture to the government valued at $28,000.

White House Chief of Staff

The White House Chief of Staff is appointed by the President of the United States without Senate confirmation. It is an unofficial position that historically has been the highest ranking position among the White House staff. Duties traditionally include managing the president’s schedule, determining who will meet with the president, negotiating with Congress, and managing the White House staff. The White House Chief of Staff is often referred to as the gatekeeper or the power behind the throne. See Power Behind the Throne.

White Man’s Party

After the Civil War ended in 1865, the Democratic Party identified itself as the White Man’s Party and demonized the Republican Party as being “Negro dominated”. By the end of the century, the phrase was no longer being used. See Southern Manifesto. See Ku Klux Klan. See Democratic Party. See Racism. See Solid South. See Klanbake Convention.

White Paper

A white paper is a concise report that informs its readers about a complex issue and presents the position of the issuer, often a nation, about its position on the issue. The most famous white paper was the White Paper of 1939 issued by the British Government in response to the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt instigated by Nazi Germany. At that time, the British Government controlled the area called Palestine. The white paper limited Jewish immigration from Nazi controlled Europe, prohibited Arabs from selling land to Jews, and promised that a Jewish state would be allowed only if approved by the Arab majority.

White Primary

Refers to the primaries held historically in one-party areas controlled by white Southern Democrats where the Democratic primary candidate that won was assured of being elected in the general election. See Ku Klux Klan.

White Sympathizers

White Sympathizers is a pejorative term used by many liberals, especially Black liberals, to describe Blacks who are conservative. See Ethnic Voting. See House Negro. See Race Traitor. See Peer Pressure.

Whitelash

Whitelash is a new term coined by the political left to describe why Donald Trump was elected President in 2016. According to liberals, he was elected by white people reacting to the increasing percentages of Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims in the United States and the falling percentage of White people. See Backlash.

Whitewater Billing Records Gate

Refers to the discovery of the Rose Law Firm's billing records in connection with Hillary Clinton's "legal work" relating to the Clinton Whitewater Scandal. The records were found in the private living area of the Clinton Whitehouse years after they were first subpoenaed by federal investigators.

Whitewater Scandal

The Whitewater Scandal was a real estate scandal that involved Democratic Governor Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and their partners James MacDougal and Susan MacDougal. The MacDougals were convicted of felonies and both ended up in prison. James MacDougal died in prison while Susan MacDougal received a full presidential pardon from President Bill Clinton only hours before he left the presidency. In total, 15 individuals were convicted of various federal charges. Attorney Vince Foster, a former law partner of Hillary Clinton, who handled Whitewater legal matters, and later joined the White House staff, committed suicide.

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks, established in 2006, is an international organization that publishes secret information from anonymous sources. The organization has released numerous significant documents that have become front-page news items. Wikileaks describes itself as “an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking”. WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization supported financially by volunteers and donations. Its more than sixty defense attorneys work pro bono most of the time. In 2016, WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails sent and received by seven top officials of the Democratic Party clearly indicating support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and hostility toward Bernie Sanders. In one email, Democratic Party head Debbi Wasserman Schultz described Sanders’ representatives as “damn liars”. Other emails show plans by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to destroy Bernie Sanders and to portray him as an atheist, when they knew he was Jewish. The negative publicity was so great that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign along with other top leaders of the DNC.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that has a left leaning bias. The two co-founders are atheists who do not hide their views. See Conservapedia.

Wingnut or Wing-Nut

Refers to a person who holds extreme, and often irrational, political views. It is a term used often by liberals to describe both moderate and conservative Republicans.

Winner Take All

Describes an electoral system in which the person with the most votes wins everything (and everyone else loses). Most of the states have winner take all election systems for determining electoral votes.

Witch Hunt (Politics)

In politics, a witch hunt is a politically motivated, often vindictive, investigation that feeds on public fears. The origin of the term cones frown 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, where innocent women accused of engaging in witchcraft were drowned or burned at the stake.

WMD

WMD means weapons of mass destruction. They may be chemical, biological, or nuclear. Before he was deposed, Saddam Hussein used poison gas to kill more than 5,000 Iraqi kurds in just one attack.

Womens Rights (United States)

Womens rights are the rights and entitlements claimed by women. In the United States, womens rights refer primarily to equal pay for equal work, and the right to taxpayer paid birth control and abortions. See Pro-Choice. See Unborn Child.

Wonk

A person who excessively studies an issue or topic. Someone who makes it a point to know every detail about a particular matter. See Policy Wonk.

Workfare

Refers to requiring work as a condition to receiving welfare payments from the government as opposed to unconditional welfare payments. The word was coined by Republican President Richard Nixon.

Working America

Working America is the national political organizing affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The organization acts as a political campaign organization for liberal candidates, registering voters in low income neighborhoods, encouraging voter turn-out, and advocating the positions of the political left which include socialized medicine and prohibiting the right to work without being a member of a labor union. Working America has more than 3.3 million members in all 50 states.

Working Families Party

The Working Families Party, founded in 1998, is a progressive political party with chapters in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and South Carolina. The party’s primary goals are to increase the minimum wage, increase taxes on the wealthy, forgive student debts, create more public sector jobs, and increase the number of paid days off for employees. Where the Working Families Party is not on the ballot, it solicits write-in votes. The Working Families Party believes it is more effective than the Democratic Party.

Workplace Violence (Politics)

Workplace violence or workforce violence is a euphemism created by the political left to describe a terrorist attack that takes place within an employment setting where the government refuses to acknowledge that a terrorist act has taken place. The term was coined by the Obama Administration to describe the mass murder that took place at Ford Hood, Texas when Nidal Malik Hassan shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others after shouting "Allahu Akbar" which is an Arabic phrase meaning "God is great". Hassan was a practicing Muslim who referred to himself as a "Soldier of Allah". The Obama Administration refused to call the massive killing spree a terrorist attack, choosing to describe it as a simple case of workplace violence. See Man Caused Disaster.

World View

A person's world view is a framework of ideas, beliefs, values, and attitudes about a wide range of subjects. People tend to have world views about God, morals, economics, and politics. Conservatives and liberals tend to have very different world views on most subjects.

Wrecking Amendments, Poison Pill Amendments

A wrecking amendment, also known as a poison pill amendment, is an amendment to a bill made by a legislator, in bad faith, who disagrees with the bill and who seeks to destroy it by adding something that changes its intent or makes it useless, rather than voting against it. Sponsors of wrecking amendments do not vote for the bills after they are amended.

Writ of Mandamus

A judicial order directing a government official to perform a duty of his or her office.

Write-in Campaigns, Write-in Candidates

A write-in campaign is a political campaign for a candidate who is not listed as a choice on the printed ballot. Consequently, a voter must write-in the candidate’s name in order for a vote to be counted for the write-in candidate. Write-in candidates rarely win elections but it does happen. More commonly, a write-in campaign tends to draw more votes from one listed candidate than another, having the effect of helping one candidate win the election. See A History of Close Elections. See Why Republicans Must Vote.


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Xenophobia (Politics)

Xenophobia is the unreasonable and unjustified fear or dislike of foreigners or immigrants.


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Yellow Dog Democrat

Yellow dog Democrats are absolute party loyalists who will never consider voting for a Republican or a Republican proposal. The term originated in 1928 when many Democrats refused to support Democrat Al Smith for president. In response, other Democrats popularized the line "I'd vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic ticket."

Yellow Journalism, Yellow Press

Yellow journalism uses sensationalism, exaggerations, fear, and faked interviews to generate ratings or to sell newspapers. It is a pejorative term used to describe unethical and unprofessional media companies. See Clickbait.

Yes-man (Politics)

A yes-man is a weak person who always agrees with their political leader or political party in order to win approval. Their opinion is worthless.

Yield the Floor

To yield the floor means that when a member of Congress, who is recognized to speak, allows another to take his or her time, he or she has completed his or her statements and terminates his or her recognition.

You Can Keep Your Doctor

“If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor” was one of the biggest lies ever told in connection with getting Obamacare passed. President Obama stated on national television 37 different times that under Obamacare, “If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor.” “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep Your Health Plan.” It turned out that millions of people could not keep their doctor or their health plan.  See Obamacare.

You Didn't Build That

"You didn't build that" is a phrase taken from a speech delivered by President Obama who believes success in business is not attributed to one person, but to society as a whole. Consequently, wealthy, successful people should be taxed heavily so the government can redistribute their wealth to lower income people who deserve a fair share. It is now an expression used by socialists who want to fundamentally change or transform America. See Socialism.

You Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Obama, summed up the philosophy of the left by saying: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. In short, take political advantage whenever there is a crisis by seizing power or control."

Young America’s Foundation

Young America’s Foundation is a conservative youth organization that owns Rancho del Cielo in Santa Barbara County, California. The ranch, previously owned by President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, was used as the Western White House for eight years. The organization’s mission is to educate students about conservative principles through conferences, seminars, and campus lectures.

Young Republicans (YRs)

Young Republicans (YRs) is an organization of Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40. The official national organization is the Young Republicans National Federation. The official state organization is the California Young Republican National Federation.

Your Standard Redneck

Your standard redneck is how former President Bill Clinton characterized Trump supporters in 2016. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, characterized Trump supporters as deplorables who were irredeemable. See Basket of Deplorables.

You're Either with Us or Against Us

The phrase "you're either with us or against us" is intended to force someone or a nation to declare a position. Generally, the consequence of not joining the side of the declarant is to become an enemy of the declarant. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."


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Zaytuna College

Zaytuna College, founded in 1996 by its primary instructor, Hamza Yusuf, teaches that: “America is a country that has little to be proud of in its past and less to be proud of in its present. I am a citizen of this country not by choice, but by birth. I reside in this country not by choice, but by conviction in attempting to spread the message of Islam in this country. I became a Muslim in part because I did not believe in the false gods of this society whether we call them Jesus or democracy or the Bill of Rights.” He also teaches that “Judaism is a most racist religion”. Zaytuna College offers only two majors: Islamic Law and Theology, and Arabic Language. The college is located in Berkeley, California. The organization does not disclose the sources of its funding. See Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Chapter. See Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). See Islamic Circle of North America Los Angeles.

Ze, Hir, Hirs

At many liberal colleges and universities, including Cornell University, liberal professors are discouraging the use of the pronouns “she,” “her,” “he,” “his,” “they,” “their,” and “them.” Instead, students are encouraged to utilize the new, preferred gender pronouns, that apply to all people. These are “ze,” “hir,” and “hirs.”

Zero Based Budgeting

Zero based budgeting is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. It is commonly used by private businesses and almost never used by state and federal agencies. The failure to utilize the common sense method is one of the reasons why government spending continues to increase by large amounts every year. See Deficit. See National Debt.

Zero Sum Mentality, Zero Sum Games

Zero sum mentality is the mentality of liberals when dealing with economic matters. Liberals act as though economics was a zero sum game; that is for every winner there is a loser, or for every gain there is a loss. Conservatives know that strong economic growth can result in everyone being a winner, or everyone experiencing a gain. It is not required that someone lose something for another to prosper. Zero sum mentality can result in policies that punish people who are high earners or who have a high net worth because liberals believe it is necessary to take from those who have in order to help those they favor.

Zionist Entity

Zionist entity is a term used by some Muslims and Arabs in the United States and around the world as a substitute for the State of Israel. The term is used as a means of expressing a desire or intention to destroy Israel and its Jewish population. The term is used constantly by Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the Palestinian National Authority. It is used regularly by Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen.

Zippergate

Zippergate refers to the numerous scandals involving Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Wiley, and Democratic President Bill Clinton. See Bimbo Eruption.


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52, The

The 52 refers to the 52 Democratic Members of Congress who broke tradition and refused to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth president of the United States on January 20, 2017. See Democratic Party Boycott of the Republican Inauguration. See Inauguration of President.

72 Times

Refers to the 72 times that vice presidential candidate, Democrat Tim Kaine, interrupted vice presidential candidate, Republican Mike Pence during the 90 minute, 2016 televised debate for Vice President. It was a new record for interrupting an opponent during the opponent’s time to respond to questions asked by the moderator.

95 Percent, The

The 95% refers to the 95% of Black voters who voted for Barack Obama for President. See Vote Bank. See Votebank Politics. See Ethic Voting. See Race Traitor.

527 Organization or 527 Group

A 527 organization is a tax-exempt group created to influence the nomination, election, defeat or appointment of candidates to local, state, or federal public offices. Nearly all PACs and Super PACs are 527 organizations. There are currently no limits on contributions to 527 organizations and no restrictions on who may contribute. Most importantly, 527 organizations may not expressly advocate for or against a specific candidate or coordinate with any candidate’s campaign. 527 organizations typically spend their funds on issue advocacy and voter mobilization. Examples of 527 groups include: Republican Governor’s Association, Republican State Leadership Committee, Citizens United, College Republican National Committee, American Crossroads, and Go PAC. See PAC. See Super PAC.

537 Votes, The

In the 2000 presidential election, 537 votes was the margin in Florida that made George W. Bush President over Al Gore. “The 537 votes” is a reminder that every vote counts. That year, George W. Bush received 2,912,790 votes in Florida while Al Gore received 2,912,253 votes. See A History of Close Elections. See Why Republicans Must Vote.

911 Bill

The 911 Bill refers to the legislation passed by Congress in 2016 over President Barack Obama’s veto that allows 911 victim’s families to sue the Saudi Arabian government over its alleged support for the terrorists who carried out the attacks. The bill was strongly supported by Republicans and many Democrats over the very strong objection of Democratic President Barack Obama and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists that participated in the attacks on America were from Saudi Arabia. The terrorist organization al-Qaeda, lead by Osama bin Laden, who was also from Saudi Arabia, took credit for the attacks. Previously classified information about the attacks was released early in 2016, resulting in the proposed legislation. President Obama cited the fact that the government of Saudi Arabia vehemently objected to the law and he believed such a law would be detrimental to U.S national security.

1000 Percent

1000 percent is a phrase made famous by the Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern in 1972 when it became public that his running mate, Thomas Eagleton, had been hospitalized and received electroshock therapy three times for extreme depression and mental illness. When Senator McGovern was asked if he was going to stand behind his selection, he stated that he was "100 percent behind Tom Eagleton, and had no intention of dropping him from the ticket." Shortly, thereafter, McGovern dropped Tom Eagleton from the ticket and stated that he was 1000 percent behind his new running mate, Sargent Shriver. The phrase, which is still in common use, refers to highly enthusiastic support.

1,030 Seats, The

The 1,030 seats refers to the total number of seats in Congress, the fifty state legislatures, and governors lost by Democrats during the eight years of the Obama Administration. Some call the massive, unprecedented loss of seats, Obama’s Legacy.

$2,500, Save

Save $2,500 Per Year refers to one of the three biggest lies told by President Barack Obama about Obamacare. Before Obamacare was passed by the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, President Obama promised the American voters numerous times on national television, that families would save at least $2,500 every year once Obamacare was passed by Congress. In fact, there were no savings and the cost of health care coverage increased dramatically. To make things even worse, deductibles increased to the point where many people had no coverage except in the event of a catastrophic illness or injury. Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. See Obamacare (ACA). See Three Biggest Lies Ever Told. See Socialism. See You Can Keep Your Doctor. See Drinking the Kool-Aid.


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