October 19, 2010

Understanding Political Terminology (Part II)

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Here are some more terms and terminology to help you get up to speed for your next political discussion. ACLU is an acronym for the American Civil Liberties Union which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan litigation and lobbying organization that defends freedom of expression, privacy, due process, and equal protection on behalf of anyone, no matter how unpopular the issue.Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) is the term referring to a state-of-mind that affects some liberals who blame President George W. Bush for virtually every ill in the world.Depression refers to a prolonged and very severe financial recession as well as the economic crisis which began around the time of the stock market crash in October 1929 and continued through the 1930s.Eugenics focuses on improving the human gene pool by discouraging procreation by persons with undesirable traits.Greenhouse Gases are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation. Environmentalists believe that fossil fuels have increased the levels of one of these gases carbon dioxide and there is much controversy if this is a natural occurrence in nature or man-made.Junk Science is a term used to describe false or misleading research that is offered as real science, but was not obtained using accepted scientific methods. The term “junk science” is often applied to deceptive environmental and health studies.MSM is an acronym formainstream media which refers to the major television networks, radio shows, and newspapers.PETA is an acronym for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and as a group they support animal “rights” by protesting medical testing on animals and the use of animals to make clothing, cosmetics, or other consumables (including food).Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is a term coined by Hillary Rodham-Clinton to describe the accusations of, and the investigations into, President Bill Clinton’s alleged misconduct and alleged illegal activities during his Presidency.

October 15, 2010

Understanding Political Terminology (Part I)

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I’m not sure about you, but I learn best by reading definitions of words that I’ve heard bandied about so I will better understand them the next time Ihear them whether it be on the evening news or during a cocktail conversation where politics are being discussed. For that purpose I’ve compiled a list of some terms that you may have heard but not understood. Stay on the lookout for future lists as we all get politically smart together! American Independent party is a political party whose most famous presidential candidate was Alabama governor George Wallace; mainly known for opposing racial desegregation.Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) applied portions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the handicapped, resulting in lawsuits and institutional expenditures to increase access for the disabled and currently stands effective.Bull-Moose party was a short-lived political party that served as a vehicle for Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 campaign for president.Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an expansive federal law that prevented racial discrimination by any private business receiving federal money or engaging in commerce with an interstate component.Dual federalism is a federal system in which national powers and state powers are sharply differentiated.Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bill was an unsuccessful law, passed in 1985, that was supposed to eliminate the federal government’s large deficits.Jim Crow Laws are Southern statutes passed around the turn of the twentieth century setting up a rigid racial-caste system.National Security Council is a large foreign policy council responsible for advising the president on foreign policy.Political Action Committees (PACs) are interest groups that (more…)