It was an old trick of the Soviet communists to redefine words and meanings in light of political ideology. Orwell described it well in “1984” and “Animal Farm.” Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, in his creative editing of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, was also a master of the art.

Now Joe Biden has decided that a “bipartisan” bill means no overt Republican congressional support, where bills actually happen, but support from unnamed Republicans in the hinterlands. Strangely, those mysterious Republicans haven’t said a word about supporting Biden. But Democrats are keen to fool the American people and claim they have. Here’s the latest ridiculous Democrat lines on the subject. Bipartisan, according to them, is everything but actually bipartisan.

“If you looked up ‘bipartisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would say support from Republicans and Democrats,” said senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn. “It doesn’t say the Republicans have to be in Congress.” It does when the support is for a bill in Congress.

Biden senior adviser Mike Donilon says “bipartisan” is “an agenda that unifies the country and appeals across the political spectrum. I think it’s a pretty good definition to say you’re pursuing an agenda that will unite the country, that will bring Democrats and Republicans together across the country. Presumably, if you have an agenda that is broadly popular with Democrats and Republicans across the country, then you should have elected representatives reflecting that.” Notice, neither named any Republican in their alleged bipartisan list. Why? Because those Republicans don’t exist in any discernible number.

Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel remarked, “What’s become crystal clear is that Biden has redefined bipartisan…it isn’t how many Republicans I’ve got,” but “about how many Republican voters or mayors and governors can I get to support my stuff. And Washington is slow to catch up to the Biden definition.” And who are all those Republicans? Rahm doesn’t say.

Biden himself chimes in. “When I wrote it, everybody said I had no bipartisan support. We’re overwhelming bipartisan support with Republican – registered Republican voters. And ask around. If you live in a town with a Republican mayor, a Republican county executive, or a Republican governor, ask them how many would rather get rid of the plan. Ask them if it helped them at all. I hope Republicans in Congress will join this effort.” Uh huh. Again, just vague references to mythical Republicans. Not one name. And they’re trying to do the same thing with the word “infrastructure.” Ted Cruz is on it.

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“Abortion is infrastructure. Gun control is infrastructure. Forced unionization is infrastructure. Whatever the Left wants is infrastructure. You know what’s not? Roads & bridges,” Cruz tweeted.

Even uberleftist Keith Olbermann said that while he agrees that the goals Gillibrand listed are vital, they are not infrastructure. “[W]hen you drain a word of it’s meaning, you damage its impact, your cause, and the value of language,” Olbermann said. Give credit where credit is due. Olbermann is right.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 13, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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