Monday, November 5, 2012
ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISMDOWN WITH ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM!
Pledge of Allegiance image http://rexcurry.net/francis%20bellamy.jpg
"Antidisestablishmentarianism" is a handy word to denounce government growth. The word has an obscure historic origin (referring to the disestablisment of the Irish Church), although its more general statist sentiment is clear and makes it fun for any discussion of politics and liberty.
Everyone, especially every anti-establishment type, should resurrect the long word. For example, libertarians often exclaim -
Fight antidisestablishmentarianism !
Other enjoyable options are "Stop antidisestablishmentarianism!" or "Oppose antidisestablishmentarianism!" or “The government is full of socialists and their antidisestablismentarianism makes me retch.” Similar quips are infinite to denounce the USA's growing police state and the worship of government by the ritualistic cult of the omnipotent state. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg and see the Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BssWWZ3XEe4
The dictionary definition of "Antidisestablishmentarianism" is: opposition to the disestablishment of a church or religious body; specifically, strong opposition to the disestablishment of a State Church, as was manifested in Ireland in 1869, when Gladstone disestablished the Irish Church (Protestant) to which all the people, including Roman Catholics, had been compelled to pay tithes.
With 28 letters, "Antidisestablishmentarianism" is usually the longest word in common large dictionaries.
Searches of the web and newsgroups reveal that the web site RexCurry.Net is the only site that results from a search for "fight antidisestablishmentarianism" and "stop antidisestablishmentarianism" and almost for "oppose antidisestablishmentarianism."
For more articles on etymology see http://rexcurry.net/wordsmain.html
The military salute was the origin of the Nazi salute. The original Pledge of Allegiance to the USA's flag was the military salute, which was then extended outward to point at the flag, in the classic stiff-armed fashion that was adopted later by German socialists under Hitler. http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html