The war on rhetoric

Slate
by John Dickerson

01/06/09

Jonathan Martin of Politico reports that Joe Biden declared ‘we’re at war,’ when talking about the current economic crisis with a group of congressional leaders yesterday. Biden’s spokeswoman said that the vice president-elect was making the case that passing the stimulus bill will require members of Congress to join in the same spirit of cooperation that reigned just after the 9/11 attacks. Politicians are fond of comparing things that aren’t war to war. It’s both an abuse of language and a rhetorical trick. We hear about war, and we think whatever bold actions this politician is asking us to take must be worth it because, well, it’s war. But a lot of the things presidents have declared war on are still with us...

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