Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Nov 17 19:05:00 UTC 2011

I didn't know that meaning of "liberal," but even so, I read it to just mean "left-leaning." Do they mean that even when the Republicans gain the White House, the government will continue to be authoritarian or state-socialist?

The Republicans do the same sorts of things, the best example I can think of being the gerrymandering in Texas a decade ago to ensure perpetual Republican rule.

Also, what verb goes with "tactics"? "Take" seems to work, along the lines of "take measures." The OED is silent on the matter.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Nov 17, 2011, at 10:38 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> Old news to many, but here's an unusually clear-cut ex. of the orig.
> tendentious use of "liberal" to mean "authoritarian; state-socialist":
> 2011 _Edward H. Hamilton Bookseller Co. Bargain Books_  (Oct. 28)
> [catalogue] 8: The authors identify and discuss more than twenty
> tactics taken [sic] by the Obama administration to restructure the
> country and ensure perpetual liberal rule...such as changing voting
> laws, politicizing the census, destroying talk radio, and seeking to
> make millions of illegal aliens into voting citizens.

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