Much to our chagrin, the world, and especially in the United States, is a perverse and highly manipulative nomenclature, based on some tricky aphorisms, devised and used by the media for quite some time. It is something that not only confuses and distorts, but misinforms and misleads. It is, in fact, a clever form of psychological manipulation to influence socially, with the aim of changing and furthering the interests of the manipulator and collaborators; usually contrary to the interests and well-being of the people. It is widely believed to contain an element of moral disapproval and even ridicule. Some of these harmful aphorisms should generally be taken with a “grain of salt” wherever, whatever, or whenever they’re found:
1. Populist Politician: It is termed with a certain contempt and sarcasm to describe a politician who is interested in or associated, usually with those causes that defend the rights and interests of people, even against those of big money, large companies.
2. Liberal Politician: It is termed with a certain contempt and sarcasm to describe a politician who proposes, supports or promotes social, economic and political reforms, sometimes in conflict with the establishment and major economic interests.
3. Socialist Politician: It is termed contemptuously and scornfully to describe a politician whose main philosophy is economic, social and political justice for the whole society, especially the least privileged, underprivileged and the poorer of the country. He is often depicted with communist leanings.
4. Progressive Politician: It is called with a certain contempt and sarcasm to describe a politician who claims or supports certain goals or agendas, which are not necessarily accepted by the mainstream or traditional institutions, religious groups or conventional social philosophies
5. Conservative Politician: It is called with a certain tone of agreement to describe a politician who asserts or supports the goals or agendas championed by big money, big interests or business, traditional values, certain religious groups or philosophies such as that of the “National Rifle Association”; “right-wing Mackinlerism”, “White supremacist groups” and opposes government spending on social programs such as welfare, food stamps, universal health insurance, etc.
6. Leftist Politician: It is termed with a certain contempt and derogatory tone, to describe a politician who claims or supports agendas that go against mainstream political thought and is associated as a “progressive”, “socialist” or “liberal” politician. Right-wing Politician, are that opposing left-wing ideology.
7. “Trumpist Politician”: This is one of the most recently coined aphorisms that has been increasingly used by the media lately to describe the type of highly unusual philosophy and politics promulgated by Donald Trump, the current president of the United States States. It tends to describe something that is uncertain, far-fetched, illogical, regressive and baseless. Few politicians embrace this philosophy, but they are mainly found in the deep southern states.
These are the main or widely used aphorisms used today by the North American news media in their daily practice in the written press, television and the Internet. They have a profound impact on readers’ perceptions and the corresponding effect on politicians, their parties and programs. In many ways they have contributed greatly to the outcome of the election results and are still contributing. They essentially show two types of users: those who belong to special groups or control interests, and most of them belong to a group of experts who are misinformed, uneducated and have no historical, political and social science education.
Just take these observations carefully when you are ready to go one way or another in terms of political analysis of news and commentary. Don’t take everything for granted, be careful and use common sense. This allows you to make GOOD political decisions.