The Word Cup, Round 3: Non-Presidential Slogans
On Wednesday, we revealed the four presidential slogans that still survive in our little contest (vote
if you haven't already). And today, it's the four non-presidential slogans that continue their march.
First, from Group C vs. Group G:
- Black Lives Matter (51.5%) defeats Make Love, Not War (48.5%)
- We Shall Overcome (81.4%) defeats #MeToo (18.6%)
Two different generations' slogans crafted in service of Black equality will thus duel it out.
And then, from Group A vs. Group E:
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! (92.2%) defeats Better Dead than Red (7.8%)
- Remember the Alamo! (52.6%) defeats Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever (47.4%)
Here, we'll have two slogans that predate the Civil War. And it wouldn't be too terribly wrong to say that one
matchup here will be about Black liberty, and one will be about white liberty.
A few reader comments on these matchups:
- S.D.R. in Raleigh, NC: "Make Love, Not War" defeats "Black Lives Matter"—I hope that
if the question of which of these slogans has been more impactful comes up in another decade or so, it will be difficult
to pick. But now, in the year 2023, MLNW is the clear winner.
"We Shall Overcome" defeats "#MeToo"—I almost just cut-and-pasted what I wrote above to use again here. But
"#MeToo" is unusual in that it encouraged women to share their stories and thus had a major role in creating a movement,
whereas most slogans simply helped to galvanize a movement that already existed. So it clearly has had significant
impact. That said, it's up against a slogan that played a role in getting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 passed, so WSO wins out.
- D.S. in Palo Alto, CA: In response to J.Z. in St. Paul, we uber-techies, especially those
involved in telephony, correctly refer to the # symbol not as "pound" but as an "octothorp," or perhaps "octothorpe."
With that, #MeToo, taken in its entirety, has no particular connotations one way or another.
- F.L. in Denton, TX: Looking at some of the leaders: "We Shall Overcome," "Votes for
Women," "#MeToo," "Black Lives Matter."
Ages ago (~'80), I took a sociology course. It was pointed out (by Max Weber?) that revolution does not come when things
are at their worst, but when there is a scent that change is possible.
- A.B. in Wendel, NC: I graduated high school in Texas, and so, though I suspect I am in a
minority here, I had to vote for "Remember The Alamo!" That, and being, for much of my life in the minority and the
underdog, I also had to vote for "Remember The Alamo!"
- G.M. in Laurence Harbor, NJ: I'm not that familiar with any of the four in Groups A and E
other than "Better Dead Then Red." I have an unusual connection with this slogan. I was in high school in the waning
years of the Cold War. I did, as my junior year history term paper, a piece damning the John Birch Society. Part of the
research was obtained from materials that I could pick up from the local John Birch Society storefront down the street
from my father's store. Unfortunately, I learned after turning the term paper that the operator of the John Birch
Society storefront was the husband of the very same history teacher to whom I submitted my report. Thus it was no
surprise that without any spelling errors and without any written comment by the teacher I got a "D-"
- J.G. in Olympia, WA: Some commenters wrote in that "Segregaton Today, Segregation
Tomorrow, Segregation Forever" only had a minimal impact and therefore shouldn't have been the leader in this group. I'd
beg to differ. Yes, the slogan did not accomplish what it set out to do, but it is the fundamental building block of
the modern Republican party. Without that nativist vote going to the Republicans, they wouldn't have dominated the
Presidential election for the next few decades. They wouldn't have had the white resentment surge that occurred when
they lost the presidency that they thought was theirs and that began with Newt Gingrich, followed through to the tea
party, gained strength with MAGA, and is in full display now with the MAGA children running roughshod over the
Republican party. We don't have a traditional conservative party anymore, we have a populist authoritarian party and a
Centrist-Leftist alliance and it is a direct continuation of the political power of those that "Segregation Now,
Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever" spoke to and inflamed.
is the ballot for this round. And, of course, we continue to welcome
Also, you still have one more day to
for the Greatest Political Blunders competition, which commences next week. (Z)
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