Hi America, do you have a second? Because Bill Kristol needs your help most urgently. He is searching for a word that defines the “conservative agenda,” a word that means “to refute making sense” and “to repudiate Mexicans,” a special word meaning both of these things at the same time. “Get a brain, morans” doesn’t quite work, because it is a complete sentence and not a word. Hm. Oh wait what about Sarah Palin’s Shakespearean Couplet, “refudiation”? Yes, that just might be stupid enough!
We need a word that captures and conjoins the meanings of refutation and repudiation. And we need it now. To save the country from the ravages of contemporary liberalism, we have to refute liberal arguments and see liberal politicians repudiated at the polls.
So the conservative agenda is, in a word, refudiation.
Very good, but isn’t conservatism all about preserving the original and obvious intent of all words and collection of words, such as the Articles of Confederation and the other Adobe PDFs Thomas Jefferson once wrote? Why would conservatives want to reinterpret “refutation” and “repudiation”? By definition conservatives are conservative about both of these words.
Billy Kristol explains:
We are conservatives. We ordinarily shun novelties of all kinds, including new words. But desperate times call for desperate measures. The Obama project is one of noxious ideology and wild political overreach. The challenge before conservatives is to beat back both. So say it loud and say it proud: Refudiate liberalism now!
These are desperate times indeed, and that is why you should shoot yourself right now before Barack Obama takes all the guns and ammo.
Or you can stick around and enjoy as bloated diabetics scream, “Refudiate liberalism now!” into your eardrums, each and every day, for the rest of your sad, sad life. [The Weekly Standard]