George Orwell famously proposed the clever device whereby it becomes possible to control what people think by employing "wordspeak." Wordspeak is the art of using words to conceal the true meaning of sentences and paragraphs so as to deceive the reader/hearer in believing that something else is being intended. Circumlocution is a form of wordspeak, but that term does not capture the insidious nature of wordspeak.
During this election cycle we are being treated daily to examples of wordspeak. Of particular note is the current daily employment of wordspeak by Barack Hussein Obama and operatives of the Democrat Party to influence the undecided voter. Obama is a skilled orator. He has a brilliant mind which has been well educated at Harvard University. When he is speaking from a prepared text using a teleprompter he can be spellbinding. When he is speaking extemporaneously he sometimes stutters and speaks in a halting manner.
Regardless of his speech style, Obama has mastered the art of wordspeak.
And these are the right words, used to craft a message to Christian voters in terms Christians find familiar and comforting.
The tactic works.
Obviously, evangelicals are a major target of Vandersplice, her Matthew 25 Network PAC, and the various organizational efforts of her mentor, Rev. Jim Wallis. They aren't the only ones, though. Catholics - 47 million (according to Time Magazine) of whom could vote in US elections - tend to be "conservative" about abortion and homosexuality but "liberal" about issues of governance and social welfare. How to tap into that potential, liberal lode?
Obama, trained by Alinskyian organizers, also understands the power of language and the need to use it persuasively. At one of Jim Wallis' Call to Renewal conferences (June 28, 2006), Obama delivered the keynote address. He said, "….the discomfort of some progressives with any hint of religion has often prevented us from effectively addressing issues in moral terms. Some of the problem here is rhetorical - if we scrub language of all religious content, we forfeit the imagery and terminology through which millions of Americans understand both their personal morality and social justice. Imagine Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address without reference to 'the judgments of the Lord.' Or King's I Have a Dream speech without references to 'all of God's children.' Their summoning of a higher truth helped inspire what had seemed impossible, and move the nation to embrace a common destiny."