Antidisestablishmentarianism

25
FEB
2016
OneSharpeGuy's picture

Way back in the 4th grade, I learned that antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest word in the English language. The longest word in the English language, 29 characters, 12 syllables [an-tee-dis-uh-stab-lish-muhn-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm], a mouthful. Although the word has always been defined, it only represented to me, a pedantic sesquipedalian word that one could haphazardly use to bring levity to a conversation otherwise bloated with unnecessary verbiage.

Then, in January of 2016, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Human Rights Campaign officially endorsed Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. In response, in an interview with Rachel Maddow, Bernie Sanders said

I would love to have the endorsement of every progressive organization in America. We’re very proud to have received recently the endorsement of MoveOn.org. We’ve received the endorsement of Democracy for America. These are grassroots organizations representing millions of workers.

What we are doing in this campaign, it just blows my mind every day because I see it clearly, we’re taking on not only Wall Street and economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment.
 
So, I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund and Planned Parenthood. But, you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.

In response, the progressive media went ape shit.  Bernie called Planned Parenthood establishment! How dare he. Establishment has hence become the new dirty word, the new political insult.  Simultaneously, every supporter behind every candidate has suddenly found the need to announce how much they (and their candidate) are against the establishment,  allowing me to label them collectively as disestablishmentarians, and here's where it gets cute:  I think this constant dismissal of the loosely defined establishment is useless and just plain silly, hence I am therefore, in effect, an antidisestablishmentarian, so just so I can officially use the longest word in the English Language to describe myself, my philosophy is therefore, fore the sake of this post, antidisestablishmentarianism.

Thank you Bernie Sanders for bringing the English language full circle for me.