>Most of us will have grown up with clichés and phrases running through our daily conversations. Some of these I think you will be familiar with.
The writing on the wall cliché: telling us something that is about to happen, something that is obvious.
Example: Can’t you see the writing on the wall! You need to get out of that business.
To pull an all-nighter = to study or work all night. Example: We had to pull an all-nighter to get the work finished on time.
Pearls of wisdom = wise words or advice. Example: I’m not really interested in his pearls of wisdom. He lived in a different period.
Too much of a good thing = generally used when saying that’s impossible to be too happy, or lucky. Example: Enjoy it! You can’t have too much of a good thing.
Then there are the political clichés, statements, jargons and ‘trite phrases’ we tend to hear around election time. Ever hear these ones? (He / she can be interchanged)
Recognise any of these?
He’s his own man. He’s a man of vision. He’s a visionary. She has a clear vision for our future. He’s a man of character. He’s a man of integrity. He’s a man of great moral fibre.
He’s a candidate for the people. She will bring dignity to the office.
She’s running a grassroots campaign. She cares about children and families. She’s demonstrated real leadership. He’ll make a difference in people’s lives. She’s good for the country. He knows what the country needs.
He’s running on his record. Her record on the issues is clear. He’s a voter advocate. The voters know what he stands for. The voters can identify with him. She understands the voters.
She connects with the voters. He’s willing to stand up to the bureaucrats. She won’t back down to the special interest groups.
Now remember folks we have an election looming, so sure as eggs are eggs you are going to be bombarded with politicians, sounding their own trumpets, and attacking other candidates as unworthy. They are also going to be elevating themselves and their political party to ‘heights’ never before imagined (ha!)
See how many of these you can recognise on the evening news:
This country has a proud heritage.
I’ve journeyed into the heartland of Australia/America/ Great Britain.
I’ve met with real Americans/ Australians/ English people.
No child will be left behind
We’re one people bound together by a common set of ideas.
Let’s celebrate our diversity.
We still have a lot to do.
We want an end to war.
The real credit goes to the Australian/ British/American people.
The middle-class deserves a tax cut.
It’s time to get tough on crime.
Let’s take back our streets from the criminals.
And then Folks there are the subtle and not so subtle jokes and phrases, where even if you do laugh, it pays to be reminded that ‘Many a true word is spoken in jest’!
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. Mark Twain
You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
A lot of money is tainted – Taint yours and taint mine.
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.– George Bernard Shaw
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.– P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. — Voltaire (1764)
And on that final note all I can say (since 1764) seemingly – not a lot has changed.