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LP, meet Orwell

April 06, 2011 | 1 Minute Read

[Libertarians say Paul Ryan is worse than Bill Clinton Libertarian Party](http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarians-say-paul-ryan-is-worse-than-bill-clinton).

I don’t like mixing politics with writing on this blog–there are far too many places for that–but sometimes, there is really no avoiding it.

I will admit that I’m a libertarian. I’m not what they call a “big-L” libertarian, in that I’m not a member of the Libertarian Party, though I was once and still receive their email newsletter. It’s intriguing to hear what the party officials are complaining about, for sometimes they give you really interesting angles. The title of the above press release should be interesting in and of itself.

But the real meat of this entry is down a few paragraphs [emphasis mine]:

“Another unfortunate but predictable thing about Paul Ryan’s budget is that it continues to mollycoddle the Pentagon. Paul Ryan is the Military-Industrial Complex’s best friend. He apparently can’t find one penny to cut from Obama’s bloated levels of military spending. Only a big-government Republican could come up with language like ‘reinvesting $100 billion in higher military priorities.’


What sort of _word choice was _that? Heck, I’m a wordsmith and even I had to look up what that meant. And what does it mean? Coddle, essentially, which then makes me ask the question: Why the heck didn’t you just say CODDLE?

I don’t think I really need to expound on why this is a silly word choice. I mean really…