In today’s highly charged political landscape, the effective use of rhetorical devices can be an incredible weapon against the other side.
Consider how the Left has used the label “racist” and “nazi” for years to describe anyone to the right of Lindsey Graham. It may have taken a while, but that lost its edge when, well, Leftists started calling everyone to the right of Lindsey Graham a racist. That and the fact that reasonable people started figuring out that wanting to bring law & order and job opportunities to the inner cities isn’t exactly the same as actually lynching and subjugating black people.
Most recently, they tried to pin the moniker “fake news” on conservative websites and publications only to see President Trump turn around and fire the label right back at the likes of the New York Times and CNN. Now, if you want to rankle the establishment media, just call them “fake news” and watch them squirm.
The right, of course, have their own original rhetorical devices. Consider the label “snowflake.” Used for years by conservatives to describe college students so afraid of having their delicate sentimentalities offended that they’d rather cringe in their safe spaces, or plug their ears and shout “death to fascism,” than allow someone with an opposing view to speak freely, the term has gained a wider audience, er, victim group in the wake hysterical liberal reaction to November’s stunning election results and the presidency of Donald Trump.
Let’s face it, it’s fun, and effective rhetoric, to call liberals “snowflakes.”
But now, knowing they can’t run from the label (because it’s too accurate), there seems to be a movement among lefties to embrace it and turn it into something that benefits them, and to be fair it’s a pretty nice try.
Liberal blogger Julie Ruth puts it this way: “Winter is here, and we must be the snow. Our blizzard is just getting started. Resist. We must blind the administration that has just begun to advance their hateful rhetoric with our fury. Make no mistake, this movement has snowballed, but it will take each and every snowflake to make a nor’easter.”
Apparently, this combination of “Game of Thrones” and “snowflakes” is supposed to inspire liberals to band their snowflake selves together into an “avalanche” that will oust the evil conservatives from power in 2018.
— ⚘🕊Christine Is Grateful 😷🇺🇸🐶🐱🐱🌷 (@christineyhsd) February 24, 2017
— Bisexual Brunette (@BisexBrunette) February 22, 2017
"snowflakes" are nothing to trifle with. 👇 pic.twitter.com/jbOAsoZJtO
— Buddy Stone (@buddystone) March 12, 2017
— PC, Collector of snowflake tears (@PositivelyCurvy) February 28, 2017
believing in equity, kindness and compassion makes me a snowflake? Well then Winter is coming #winteriscoming
— Janis Drake (@DramaQueen00611) March 19, 2017
— Kirsten (@kirstenducky) March 12, 2017
Nice try snowflakes… nice try. Time will tell if it works. But for now… America belongs to us.
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