I had my first haircut yesterday, out on the deck, with Jeff and Jan supervising Steve. I was told I was starting to look "scruffy." I took it as a compliment, as having no hair for six months, I did not think scruffiness was a possibility for me. A 1/4 inch offering of fluff is now a gift to the birds. I still have another 1/4 inch of fluff, and then, I'll be back to more normal hair, but when you only have an inch to work with, you can't cut off too much. It is odd, because at first it seemed to be doubling overnight, and it probably was. Doubling little is easy, but now, it is a bit slower, and yet, as I say, I was scruffy, and now, I am again quite "neat." I love my first haircut.
The New Yorker has a wonderful cartoon this week. Two politcians are leaving the steps of the Capitol building with these words, "Of course, it would be a different story entirely if we could extract crude oil from stem cells."
There is also an extremely important comment in "The Talk of the Town." Bush it seems has shortened the word Democratic to Democrat. It seems like a small change, but listen to Bush's words. "Nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November." "The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat."
According to the article, "a Google search for "Democratic Party" yields around forty million hits. "Democrat Party" fetches fewer than two million."
It is a way to slur, deride, and express contempt, to insinuate the party is no longer Democratic. We know the Republicans win with their use of language. George Lakoff speaks eloquently on this.
My brother has long said that if G.W. was called by his rightful name, "Junior," he would not have been elected president. They gave him a strong-sounding handle, but let's call baby George what he is. George Junior, and let's spit on his crib. Oh, that is not nice, but I do struggle with equinimity as regards Junior. Perhaps, calling him by his true name will help me out. Bush is a Junior, and it is time for all of us to look firmly at who he is, and how the Repubs - ooh, I like that - those who return to the pub - use language.
For me, now, it is the "Repub Party," with Junior as a wasted guest.
I continue with the article.
It seems the use of "Democrat Party" began partly with Newt Gingrich, "the nominal author of the notorious 1990 memo "Language: A Key Mechanism of Control," and his Contract with America pollster, Frank Luntz, the Johnny Appleseed of such linguistic innovations as "death tax" for estate tax and "personal accounts" for Social Security privatization. Luntz, who road-tested the adjectival use of "Democrat" with a focus group in 2001, has concluded that the only people who really dislike it are highly partisan adherants of the - how you say? - Democratic Party. "Those two letters actually do matter," Luntz said the other day. He added that he recently finished writing a book - it's entitled "Words That Work" - and has been diligently going through the galley proofs taking out the hundreds of "ics" that his copy editor, one of those partisan Dems, had stuck in."
We have to stay alert. It is the Democratic Party, and George is a Junior Bush. Don't forget it. Words count!! Words matter!! "In the beginning was the word." Listen to the sound, and vibrate. It is why "naming" is so important. Feel proudly your own roots, and speak deeply of your crown. There will be no rudeness of intent, purpose, or tone.
The "Repub Party" is going where it deserves, sloshing like warm beer, absorbed in the sawdust, lining their ground.