Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Czars by definition

  1. also tsar or tzar   (zär, tsär) KEY   A male monarch or emperor, especially one of the emperors who ruled Russia until the revolution of 1917.
  2. A person having great power; an autocrat: "the square-jawed, ruddy complacency of Jack Farrell, the czar of the Fifteenth Street police station" (Ernest Hemingway).
  3. Informal An appointed official having special powers to regulate or supervise an activity: a racetrack czar; an energy czar. 

Russian tsar', from Old Russian tssar, emperor, king, from Old Church Slavonic tssar, from Gothic kaisar, from Greek, from Latin Caesar, emperor ; see caesar

czardom (Noun)
Usage Note:
The word czar can also be spelled tsar. Czar is the most common form in American usage and the one nearly always employed in the extended senses "any tyrant" or informally, "one in authority." But tsar is preferred by most scholars of Slavic studies as a more accurate transliteration of the Russian and is often found in scholarly writing with reference to one of the Russian emperors.

Ok. I think the third one has been added kinda recently methinks, but you get the picture. I'm sure you've gone over it, but lets get down to Brass Tacks here.

First, reread the above definition, and then look at this list.

  1. Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke
  2. AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley
  3. Auto recovery Czar: Ed Montgomery
  4. Border Czar: Alan Bersin
  5. California Water Czar: David J. Hayes
  6. Car Czar: Ron Bloom
  7. Central Region Czar: Dennis Ross
  8. Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal
  9. Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske
  10. Economic Czar: Paul Volcker
  11. Energy and Environment Czar: Carol Brower
  12. Faith-Based Czar: Joshua DuBois
  13. Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis
  14. Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones – Resigned
  15. Guantanamo Closure Czar: Daniel Fried
  16. Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle
  17. Information Czar: Vivek Kundra
  18. International Climate Czar: Todd Stern
  19. Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair
  20. Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell
  21. Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg
  22. Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein
  23. Science Czar: John Holdren
  24. Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney
  25. Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration
  26. TARP Czar: Herb Allison
  27. Terrorism Czar: John Brennan
  28. Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra
  29. Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion Jr.
  30. Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter
  31. WMD Policy Czar: Gary Samore

Minus Jones, we now have 30 Kings. That's right, Kings, here in America. Answerable to the POTUS only. Now, it's my understanding that kings, by historic definition, do not play nice with their subjects. We're inferior, you see, since we are the unwashed masses.

Now, switch words with me.. instead of, say, Great Lakes Czar, say King of Great Lakes. Manipulate the language (hey, why not, they've been manipulating it for years). King of Domestic Violence. King of Terrorism. King of Health. King of Information.

The euphemism is not lost on me, nor the irony.

Funny things, words and language. We've been manipulating them for eons, yet when stuff slips through the cracks, it slips in a big way. I'm surprised no one has noticed it quite the way I have. Maybe they have, who knows, but no one is talking about it.

You use a word enough, and it looses its meaning, its substance. Sure, the meaning isn't really lost, but it becomes a shadow, a hologram of what it actually is. We take for granted the words that we use, and are used against us, as nothing more than that: words. But words are more powerful than most people realize, because memes and manipulations reach out to our sub-selves and touch lightly upon the things we think about. Do it over and over again, it becomes not a meme, but propaganda, skillfully and stealthily  implemented into your noggin to create thoughts you've never thought, and take actions you've never taken.

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