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  •  it is NOT that they think coin weight=value (1+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady

    the don't think that the coin should be the weight of its value. they're saying the amount of debt (Obama's Debt!!!) equals that much platinum.

    the message it reinforces to the RW base which it's aimed squarely at is "Obama's Spending" is so huge it would take SOOOO MUCH PLATINUM to equal it.

    so there are a few lies and RW propaganda messaging packed in there.

    -that its Obama's Spending. (its congress' and mostly from past Republican spending on defense & tax cuts)

    -that He and Liberals think they can just shirk "their" debts by minting a coin. (oh those irresponsible tax and spend Democrats!)

    -'spending' when used by Republicans always means 'entitlements' and 'welfare', which means giving money to people who didn't earn it or deserve it, which means screwing you (their base of white resentment) who worked hard to earn it

    -the sinking metaphor is meant to create panic and fear, that our government, and our country, (and YOU angry white guy there looking at this and nodding) are doomed because of the HUGE OBAMA SPENDING!!!!

    for starts...

    so laugh at 'teh stupid' all you want, but its actually very very smart and effective think tank conceived Luntzian propaganda to reinforce the Big Lies...over and over and over...

    no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

    by srfRantz on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:50:39 AM PST

    •  Nice argument but... (1+ / 0-)
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      jayden

      ...the twitter feed doesn't mention debt.  It says,

      The amount of platinum....worth $1T
      I think they meant it literally--their faithful are not proficient metaphors, and they need their humor to be as subtle as a kick in the head.

      I think this botched metaphor will be ridiculed and laughed away like Clint's Empty Chair.  Yeah, the faithful will love it but they'll love anything as long as it's anti-Obama.  

      •  didn't even notice I substituted debt for spending (2+ / 0-)
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        Lily O Lady, white blitz

        in my first sentence.

        doesn't matter though, its still clear what their message is. and its that Obama's spending is a shitload of money whether its platinum or greenbacks.
        and its sinking the country!!!

        which is a lie. but its one they want to believe, and need their base to believe. that's how propaganda works.

        and of course the faithful will love it. that's who its aimed at. no one else. they aren't trying to change minds.

        no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

        by srfRantz on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:52:39 AM PST

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      •  they are not literalists, we are (0+ / 0-)

        as is just about everyone on this thread mocking the literal meaning of the way they constructed the sentence.

        for the intended audience:

        "the amount of platinum needed to mint a coin worth a $trillion dollars would sink the titanic."

        for them is the same as if they'd simply said:

        "the amount of platinum worth a $trillion dollars would sink the titantic."

        they have no use for literal meanings. we all KNOW what they think of reality, logic, reason. not much.

        with them its all symbols and 'moral values'

        the Repubs know this and play to it successfully.

        The main message they're sending with this is that its OBAMA'S SPENDING that is so HUGE that it is sinking the country.

        this meme in infinite variations, but almost always the same key words, has been repeated endlessly by every Repub leader who has appeared in the media for months now and given a sound byte related to the cliff or the debt ceiling:

        "we have to address the country's No. 1 problem NOW (its Obama): THE HUGE GOVERNMENT (Obama's) SPENDING. (its entitlements ((its welfare)))"

        and to repeat, what "they" hear means: SPENDING = WELFARE = GIVING YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO THE BLACKS

        and the subtext to that and the belief that is then ingrained their brains is the really Big Lie, that you've all heard regurgitated from every RWingnut troll that shows up in your or your friends Facebook feeds or from your crazy wingnut relatives who send you those viral emails, and that is that Obama has massively increased Welfare/Spending (he personally created every form of welfare and every person enrolled on it at the moment he was inaugurated!) and that is now 100s of millions!!!

        OBAMA = MOOCHER ENABLER!!!

        this was particularly evident during the schadenfreude period after the election, when virtually every troll post I read said: 'I can't believe that over 50% of the country voted for a guy who gives my money to the lazy moochers. This is not my America'...blah, blah, blah, whine, sob. drink another beer, fondle my assault rifle.

        this is scary shit folks so call me a concern troll all you want, but don't say I didn't warn you.

        sorry for going off but I've been trying to get Kossacks to address the messaging gap for like forever and I get tired of it falling on deaf ears.

        no man is completely worthless, he can always be used as a bad example.

        by srfRantz on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:42:18 AM PST

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