by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Hillary Clinton has a funny way of stating her positions on Twitter.
Namely, she has a tendency to spell out “Period” at the end of various declarations.
Generally a language technique more fit for the movies than the campaign trail, it’s used to tell listeners that no further discussion of a topic is welcome. The speaker has decided that the issue has long been settled and there is only one correct way of interpreting it.
Needless to say, spelling out “period” is an arrogant, condescending and insufferable way of discussing important matters. Anyone who adopts the style comes across as an overbearing kindergarten teacher lecturing her students on the importance of washing their hands.
But, surprisingly enough, it’s a communication style perfectly suited for Clinton’s campaign. Hillary is trying to fend off assumptions that she’s not sufficiently progressive, so she’s adopting a tone that’s 100 percent typical of the modern-day leftist.
If you read any left-leaning publication, you’ll learn how views that differ from the liberal orthodoxy are not simply wrong — they are immorally wrong.