Liberal obfuscation or circumlocution is the name given to the tendency of liberals to use excessive words or manipulative phrases in order to distort the truth about controversial issues. Examples of liberal obfuscation include:
- instead of admitting that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer, liberals inject a compound negative and say, "abortion fails to provide the decrease in risk that giving birth provides"
- instead of admitting that Democrats were wrong in opposing the Gulf War, John Kerry stated, "There is not a right or wrong here. There was a correctness in the president's judgment about timing. But that does not mean there was an incorrectness in the judgment other people made about timing. ... Again and again and again in the debate, it was made clear that the vote of the U.S. Senate and the House on the authorization of immediate use of force on Jan. 12 was not a vote as to whether or not force should be used."
- instead of apologizing for making a bad statement that offends people, liberals use others to explain what they really meant. e.g. Her detractors claim what Michelle Obama said was un-American. "for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country". Her defense is for others to say that nothing is wrong here and that her statement has been distorted.
- instead of understanding the basic tenets of the Second Amendment, liberals use their own over-worded definitions in order to support their ideas of gun control.
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(Feel free to add the history of Liberal obfuscation)
- See Talk:liberal denial; note that risk is relative and thus the decrease in breast cancer risk from declining an abortion logically means there is an increase in risk from having an abortion.
- , New Republic, Michelle Obama: Iron Woman, June 30, 2008