The Gump Syndrome..

The GUMP Syndrome, ? According to my Webster’s, “Gump” falls into the same category as “Blog” ..and since Webster has yet to decide if, ..or when he will “legitimize” Gump and or Blog. Not that the earth will stop rotating if he doesn’t legitimize the words, ..but then are they actually words? ..if Webster doesn’t legitimize them? No matter, I’ll simply move on to “syndrome.” What the heck, ..a word is a word is a word, ..

syn·drome. 1. A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, a psychological disorder, or another abnormal condition. 2.a. A complex of symptoms indicating the existence of an undesirable condition or quality. b. A distinctive or characteristic pattern of behavior: Skipping breakfast and buying a cup of coffee on the way to work became a syndrome as the months wore on.

 Wow, talk about a can of worms, but then I suppose one can’t expect too much from Webster’s when dealing with a fictitious character from a movie. My reference to Gump as a syndrome was in an effort to lead into using the phrase created for the movie; “Forest Gump,” “stupid is as stupid does.” It was a great line, at least in my opinion, in a movie that I have personally enjoyed many times. Stupid is as stupid does is a phrase that I have found suitable to use more than once, especially now at this time in history when there is so much confusion and misleading rhetoric bestowed upon us by our present administration and the news media.

 (W.A.M.) rhet·o·ric, 1.a. The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively. b. A treatise or book discussing this art. 2. Skill in using language effectively and persuasively. 3.a. A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject: fiery political rhetoric. b. Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous: His offers of compromise were mere rhetoric. 4. Verbal communication; discourse.

USAGE NOTE: The word rhetoric was once primarily the name of an important branch of philosophy and an art deserving of serious study. In recent years the word has come to be used chiefly in a pejorative sense to refer to inflated language and pomposity. Deprecation of the term may result from a modern linguistic puritanism, which holds that language used in legitimate persuasion should be plain and free of artifice—itself a tendentious rhetorical doctrine, though not often recognized as such. But many writers still prefer to bear in mind the traditional meanings of the word. Thus, according to the newer use of the term, the phrase empty rhetoric, as in The politicians talk about solutions, but they usually offer only empty rhetoric, might be construed as redundant. But in fact only 35 percent of the Usage Panel judged this example to be redundant. Presumably, it can be maintained that rhetoric can be other than empty.

 Elaborate, pretentious, insincere, inflated, redundant, and pomposity, ..all fine adjectives with pretty much the same meaning, I could add, puffy, stuffy, bloated, and grandiose, but it wouldn’t change anything, it would simply add to the confusion, and at least in my opinion, we have had enough rhetoric, confusion and misinformation streaming into our lives without me adding to it. My purpose, if indeed there is a purpose to my effort, it is to shed some light and bring some clarity to what is happening to, “we the people,” by the people, who should be working for the people. However, sadly, at least in my opinion, is not what “we the people” are getting.

 Accordingly, ..when you cast your vote in 2012, ..remember this word; “incumbent,” and cast your vote for someone else.

Crusader Rabbit…

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