Obama Administration and their “wordsmithing”

Posted on: August 30, 2011

Doug Powers had an excellent article about how the word “US Government” is being replaced by the Obama Administration to “Federal Family.”  As Mr. Powers said from “the good hands people” to “like a good neighbor” the administration is playing with poll tested words to make all of us think that help from the U.S. Government is a good thing.

Remember what Ronald Reagan said about the most terrifying words he had heard was “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

The Administration must have been very nervous when hurricane Irene was bearing down on the east coast. They wanted to make sure that Irene was no Katrina and that, in fact, the president and his aides would be seen in compassionate command of the situation.

As Mr. Powers wrote, “That’s when they decided to introduce the most condescending euphemism for the national government in its long history of condescending euphemizing – ‘federal family.’ This new phrase was supposed to make anxious East Coasters feel the love of a caring federal government — tender squeeze from the Department of Homeland Security, a gentle embrace from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The phrase was a centrally distributed talking point, appearing in op-eds, press releases and statements from across the administration. So keep in mind that even if the storm is a category 1, you can expect a caring category 5 embrace from your federal family”

Doesn’t this remind you of propaganda from socialistic country? The only family I need is my immediate family and not the “federal
family.”  Just thinking about it scares the heck out of me!

November 2012 can’t come fast enough for me.

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