American Politics

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Due to the economic strife the American public knows all too well what a recession is. It is economic hardship that has led to the loss of thousands of jobs and businesses. This economic hardship has led to many people losing their homes, cars and other valuables. Why is it that when the Obama administration talks about the recession they refer to it as “The Bank Stabilization Plan.” (Stewart) Something that has caused the total meltdown of the American Economy being referred to as “The Bank Stabilization Plan” (Stewart) seems outright ludicrous. Even if they are in the process of fixing the problem, the government insists on using modest language to confuse the public into believing that the issue is not a huge problem; Just a minor inconvenience that is in the process of being “stabilized.” In his essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell says that a “mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing” (515). Politicians are always attempting to make the problems they have created seem like trivial or easily fixed when in fact they are intricate and intense, through the use of “pretentious diction” (516) and “meaningless words” (517). The quote says a lot about political writing when Orwell’s essay was written in 1946 and we are now in the year 2010 and “pretentious diction and meaningless words,” (516,517) as Orwell describes them, are still being used. Through careful analysis of recent important speeches, I have found that “pretentious diction and meaningless words” (Orwell) are still commonly used to mislead the public into believing that things are in the public’s best interest, when they clearly are ... ... middle of paper ... ...government is telling us that they are fixing it and have it under control when in fact they truly do not? They are handing out money they do not have and putting the country into trillions of dollars of dept; that is not a solution. I agree with Orwell a million percent when he states that a “mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence” (515) shapes the way that the government reports new findings and important information. Work Cited Mariner, Joanne. “Obama’s New Euphemism.” FindLaw’s Writ | Legal Commentary. 30 June June 2009. Web. 08 November 2010. Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language” Occasions for Writing: Evidence, Idea, Essay. Ed. Robert DiYanni and Pat C. Hoy II, Boston, MA 2008. 514 - 522 Stewart, Jon. “New Euphemisms- Obama Re-branding” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 31 March 2009. Video Clip. 08 November 2010.
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