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“Code words”

by Greg Krehbiel on 19 January 2013

A Christian friend took offense at the cover of Newsweek, which uses the headline “The Second Coming” over a picture of Obama.


The phrase, of course, refers to the idea in Christian theology that Jesus will come again. Applying that phrase to Obama’s second term could be considered blasphemy — especially in view of all the Messianic language the press has regularly used about Obama.

It could also be considered a clever play on words.

What I find amusing about this is that the left is always complaining about “code words.” Colin Powell channeled his inner leftist on Meet the Press recently when he said that calling Obama “lazy” is racist.

A leftist can turn any criticism of Obama into racism. Once you admit to this nonsense about “code words” you can say that anything means anything.

So the left is going to have to make up its mind. If criticisms of Obama are racist because they use “code words,” then the use of Messianic language about Obama shows that they worship the guy.

How about this instead — how about we get some perspective and stop trying to read secret meanings into what people say?

-- 2013-01-19  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 6

  1. pentamom pentamom
    19 January 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I agree with you — perspective is good.

    But strictly speaking, “The Second Coming” is more of a blatant allusion than a “code word” in the way that words like “lazy” or “incompetent” are code words. Lazy and incompetent are words that accurately describe a certain set of people without a lot of connotation behind them (unless you’re assuming code word usage.) The phrase “The Second Coming” is an allusion to a very specific thing with all kinds of connotations.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    19 January 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    You’re right, there is an a fortiori argument here. If “code words” mean anything, then “the second coming” certainly means something.

  3. Derek
    19 January 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    The left worships him – no doubt.

  4. Robin R.
    20 January 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    The hard left doesn’t worship him. Just listen to Noam Chomski and Bill Maher if you want to hear leftist criticisms of him.

  5. pentamom pentamom
    20 January 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    You’re right, Robin. The garden-variety left is enamored of him because of what he says. The hard left, because they have a deeper ideological commitment, looks at his actual record. It’s not conservative by any means, but it is a betrayal of much of what his supporters desire, and what he claims to support.

  6. Robin R.
    20 January 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    Of course the typical narrative on the hard left is that anyone who rises up to be president does so through the power structure of the military-industrial complex and is thereby groomed only to serve that power structure. I do not identify myself by any means as left, but I am inclined to think that there is some truth in that narrative.