About 30 years ago, Post-Modern and De-construction took over the world. There was post-modern architecture (photo left), art, history, politics, and criticism. Dance stabbed at post-modern too with interesting if meager results. De-construction, invented by a French-Algerian philosopher, Jacques Derrida, shook up academe. Young job-seeking PhDs knew being “fer or agin” could determine a hire. Read Derridah if you dare. "[Writing] thus enlarged and radicalized, no longer issues from a logos. Further, it inaugurates the destruction, not the demolition but the de-sedimentation, the de-construction, of all the significations that have their source in that of the logos." Logos means: word, speech, opinion, account, reason, expectation, if that helps.
There were fascinating post-modern writers, Michel Foucault in particular, yet to me, the sum total added up to: Words can mean anything you want them to mean You can interpret anything to mean anything, Ergo: Nothing means anything.
Yet de-construction has re-arisen, like a zombie, from a grave.
Ron Paul: How do you pay for a tax cut? I think that’s the wrong principal because when you give people their money back, it’s their money, you don’t have to pay for it
Michele Bachmann: The Affordable Health Care Act has opened the door for public dollars to be used to terminate pregnancies.
Herman Cain: America wants a leader, not a reader.
Newt Gingrich: You’re totally poor, you’re in a school that’s failing with a teacher that’s failing. ... These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school.
Rick Santorum: ... We have vaccines in schools to prevent communicable diseases...this disease [cervical cancer] is spread through sexual contact.. Unless 11 year old girls in the state of Texas are encouraged to participate in that activity, this is not something that the government should be doing.
John Huntsman: A whole lot of companies can afford to have lobbyists and lawyers on Capitol Hill. Let's recognize the reality that they're all paying 35%. We need to lower that to 25%.
Rick Perry: It’s three agencies of government that are gone when I get there, Education, Commerce, and...uh.... um... er...?
Mitt Romney: We’re going to let the lawyers sort out what to do and what he didn’t need to do, but certainly what you want to do is to have the agreement of all the people in leadership of our government, as well as our friends around the world.
Is that clear?