Liberwocky: What Liberals Say and What They Really Mean [NOOK Book]


Laid out like a dictionary A-to-Z (much like Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary), Liberwocky takes a close and comedic look at how liberals use and abuse language to manipulate the citizenry and their attitudes. Having forty years of political and media experience, Gold sees through the trickery of today's political rhetoric. And in this book, he exposes their techniques, their verbal twists and devious turns of phrase, in a way that is both provocative and hilarious. Including sections such as: "Truly Stupid ...
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Laid out like a dictionary A-to-Z (much like Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary), Liberwocky takes a close and comedic look at how liberals use and abuse language to manipulate the citizenry and their attitudes. Having forty years of political and media experience, Gold sees through the trickery of today's political rhetoric. And in this book, he exposes their techniques, their verbal twists and devious turns of phrase, in a way that is both provocative and hilarious. Including sections such as: "Truly Stupid Liberal Ideas" (poking fun at the U.N., Peurto Rican statehood, and voting rights for felons) and "The American Liberal's All Time Enemies List" (fifty conservatives liberals love to hate), this book-both mocking and informative-is an enjoyable romp through the language of modern politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418551612
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2004
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,258,518
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Victor Gold is national correspondent for The Washingtonian, covering political affairs and the connection between Washington and Hollywood. He was deputy press secretary to Barry Goldwater in 1964 and press secretary to Vice President Spiro Agnew. He has served as a speechwriter for George Bush, Gerald Ford, and Bob Dole and has operated as campaign guru for clients as varied as "Big Jim" Folsom and Shirley Temple Black. Gold collaborated with George H.W. Bush for what Chris Matthews called "the best political autobiography of the year," Looking Forward (1987), and recently with Lynn Cheney for the political thriller/comedy, The Body Politic (1988, 2000), described by Publishers Weekly as "a satire of the first order." Before that, he wrote P-R as in President (1977), I Don't Need You When I'm Right (1974), and So You Want to Be a Liberal (1969).
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Copyright © 2007 VICTOR GOLD
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-6057-8

Chapter One


AAUP (American Association of University Professors). In the theology of the political Left, the Liberal College of Cardinals. Note also Democratic Leadership Conference (DLC), the Liberal Curia Romana.

activist. A politically-concerned citizen given to the vigorous pursuit of Liberal causes. Not to be confused with extremist, a politically-concerned citizen given to the vigorous pursuit of Conservative causes (e.g., animal-rights activist, gun-rights extremist).

agenda, a.k.a. hidden agenda. As applied by Liberal conspiracy theorists (e.g., Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer), a clandestine plot by a Republican White House to suspend the Constitution, cancel all elections, and establish a government-by-junta. Note also October Surprise.

agrarian reformer. Liberal media characterization of China's Mao Tse-tung (1948) and Fidel Castro (1958) in response to simplistic Rightwing warnings that both were hardline Marxists who would establish dictatorial Communist regimes if they came to power.

alienated. Term used by Peter Jennings to describe Leftwing dissidents who take their grievances to the streets.

angry mob. Term used by Peter Jennings to describe Rightwing dissidents who take their grievances to the streets.

antiquated. Pertaining to that period of American history preceding the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961. Note also archaic, antediluvian, moss-backed.

arch conservative, a.k.a. ultra conservative. As seen by the New York Times, any Conservative nominated to the federal bench by a Republican White House. Perceptive readers will note the absence of any comparable reference to arch- or ultra-Liberals in the Times style manual.



articulate a vision. Campaign trope favored by a generation of Kennedy imitators (e.g., Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, John Edwards). Invariably accompanied by a ten-point program and hundred-page White Paper outlining the candidate's solutions to problems we didn't even know we had.

artistic integrity. Creative Liberal's refusal to truckle to the crass commercial demands of a capitalist marketplace, choosing instead to pursue studies in Italy on a six-figure, tax-free grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Putting the U.N. in the U.S. Prime real estate, an ideal site for a new sports palace for the Yankees or Giants, but nooo-o, the Liberwock Rockefellers, guilt-ridden over their forebears' having left them all that money, had to offer up their feel-good contribution to the cause of World Peace. A grand gesture but guess who's left to pick up the tab half-a-century later?

Item: The Washington Times, February 4, 2004:


The Bush administration's new budget includes a $1.2 billion, thirty-year loan to renovate the aging United Nations headquarters and build a new annex, although U.N. officials expressed disappointment that Washington will charge interest on the loan.


bad judgment, a.k.a. bad decision. That which a Liberal politician says he exercised when caught accepting bribes, driving automobiles off piers, or engaging in sex with a young intern. Usually followed by a televised mea culpa in which he appears before voters in Armani-designed sackcloth to ask their forgiveness and understanding for having lost his moral compass. Note also judgmental, the refusal of a benighted constituency to forgive and understand.

balanced budget. Traditional Conservative obsession (discredited by John Maynard Keynes) re problems posed by government expenditures exceeding receipts. Oddly, though organizations like the Washington Post-Newsweek Corporation and the New York Times ardently support Keynes' enlightened view in government operations, they fail to see its merit in terms of their own business operations.

benign neglect. Term coined by Liberal U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to denote the quadrennial interest of Democratic presidential candidates in the plight of the inner-city disadvantaged. See also ghetto-walking.


"But the fact is that I was not being careful. And that led to three violations. That's what I wanted to share with you today and share the personal pain of it and ask you to hear it, consider it, and reach your own judgments."


bias. Warped, prejudicial slant on news coverage taken by Rightwing television reporters and radio talk-show hosts. In terms of mainstream reportage, nonexistent.

big government. Political entity whose "day" was officially declared "over" by Liberwock President Bill Clinton in his State of the Union message, January 1995. Nights are another matter.

bilingual education. By current U.S. educational standards, semi-literacy in two languages.

Brahmin, a.k.a. Eastern-bred elitist. In media coverage of presidential politics, label applied exclusively to George H.W. Bush, who was born in Massachusetts, attended Yale, joined Skull and Bones, and ran as a Republican; as distinguished from John Forbes Kerry, a Man of the People who was born in Massachusetts, attended Yale, joined Skull and Bones, and runs as a Democrat.

LIBERWOCKY "I told her that at the end of the show I'd look into the camera and say, 'From the Right, I'm Robert Novak,' then she'd say, 'From the Left, I'm Margaret Carlson,' and she said, 'Oh, I can't say that! I'm middle-of-the-road.' What planet are these people living on?" -CNN COMMENTATOR ROBERT NOVAK ON HIS EXPERIENCE BRIEFING TIME MAGAZINE COLUMNIST/CLINTON APOLOGIST MARGARET CARLSON FOR AN APPEARANCE ON CROSSFIRE.


Q. How many Liberals does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Fifty. One to change it, forty-nine to do the paperwork.

building bridges of understanding. Trade concessions to Communist China. Not to be confused with constructive exchange, i.e., foreign aid payoffs for Third World votes at the U.N.

bureaucrat. Your tax dollars inaction.


"What do you do at the Department of Interior?"

"I get off at four-thirty."



Excerpted from LIBERWOCKY by VICTOR GOLD Copyright © 2007 by VICTOR GOLD. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Through the Liberal Looking Glass....................1
The Liberwock's Dictionary....................9
Appendix 1: Interview with the Liberwock....................167
Appendix 2: Dear Dr. Liberwock....................173
Appendix 3: Hillary Clinton's (Secret) Diary....................181
Appendix 4: Six Liberal Myths....................193
Appendix 5: Reflections of an Ex-Liberwock....................207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Very fun glossary

    As a Republican, I found this glossary of 'liberal-speak' fun to read. It is also very true. I was listening to National Public Radio this morning, and the journalists (one from the ACLU) were talking about the Christian Right and its influence on politics. One reporter referred to the new Republican majorities in many state houses as 'a takeover of the legislature by the Republicans'. Of course, if the Democrats had won majorities, they would not refer to it as a 'takeover'. They would call it 'the new majority', and they would talk about how this new majority now has a 'mandate for change'. Later in the show, another liberal journalist called a Republican an 'ideologue'. It is funny, I have never heard a liberal call a Democrat an 'ideologue'. The book is fun, in that you really see how liberals have one set of terms for themselves, and others reserved for the Right. Now armed with 'Liberwocky', I have a fun time seeing through the veil of liberal rhetoric much better, and it is fun to now spot the terms when listening to liberals speak.

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