Friday, February 3, 2012

Let's Meet Stephanie Strong And Look For Propaganda, Especially Glittering Generalities

I suppose one could look for alliteration too.

Stephanie Strong, the Rapid City businesswoman not the adult film star, is running for Congress.  Cory has covered her website here.  The Right Side Blog touts her candidacy with the following propaganda.
She believes in:
•limited Constitutional government;
•the vigorous defense of our Constitutional rights;
•debt reduction by reducing spending, not raising taxes;
•reduction in government interference in business through excessive regulation;
•a strong military;
•traditional Judeo-Christian values;
•US energy independence.
I use the term propaganda academically not pejoratively.  Every phrase fits the example of a glittering generality.

Glittering generalities are words that have different positive meaning for individual subjects, but are linked to highly valued concepts. When these words are used, they demand approval without thinking, simply because such an important concept is involved.
I think I'm going to have to stock up on some popcorn.  Between Kristi Noem's leather jacket glitz and Stephanie Strong's glitter, this race might be entertaining.  I would rather have substantive, but one takes what one can.

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