Words, Then and Now



As a former Soviet citizen, Oleg is used to words being misused and is appalled at the Sovietization of American political discourse. Below is his list of misused terms

Bailout
Then: Ejecting from a failing aircraft before it crashes
Now: Injecting money into a crony too-big-to-fail bank before it crashes

Crony
Then: Someone a pal would share a drink with
Now: Someone a pol will share taxpayer money with

Freedom
Then: You do what you want
Now: You do what we want

Poverty
Then: A lack of the basic necessities of life
Now: A lack of the newest iPhone

Racism
Then: Resentment of one's skin color
Now: Resentment of one's political views

Tax
Then: A means of funding the services provided by the government
Now: A means provided to the government to screw you if you don't buy health insurance

Journalism:
Then: All the news that's fit to print
Now: All the news that fits our narrative, we print

Evolution
Then: A scientific theory explaining the development of complex creatures from simpler ones
Now: A journalistic theory explaining the development of simplistic legal opinions from supposedly complex supreme court justices

Investment
Then: A person risking some of his own money in hopes of a positive return
Now: A politician risking a lot of the public's money which he's positive won't be returned

Environmentalism:
Then: A movement seeking to preserve the earth for future generations
Now: A movement seeking to kill off future generations to preserve the earth

Mortgage
Then: A loan made to a mature, responsible person for the purpose of purchasing a house
Now: A loan made to an immature, irresponsible person for the purpose of making politicians feel good

Ambition
Then: Spending billions to build a rocket to take men to the moon and break rocks
Now: Spending billions to build a train to take men from Bakersfield to Fresno which will never break ground

Woman
Then: A human with female sex organs and sexual characteristics
Now: A human with female sex organs and sexual characteristics who votes Democrat

Wedding
Then: An occasion to celebrate with gifts to the new bride and groom
Now: An occasion to celebrate with a donation to Barack Obama

Change
Then: "Change back from your dollar," an ad campaign for selling hamburgers
Now: "Change you can believe in," an ad campaign for selling a meathead

Clown
Then: Symbolic head of McDonalds
Now: Actual head of the US

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