And now we are doing it too! I hear Randi Rhodes use it everyday, as well as others.
People, please use the words correctly. I know, it’s a minor issue, but like Lakoff says, it’s about framing. And it’s got to be our framing, not the Radical Right’s.
Here’s the definition of democrat, according to Merriam Webster:
Main Entry: dem·o·crat
1 a : an adherent of democracy b : one who practices social equality
2 capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the U.S.
Here’s the definition of democratic:
Main Entry: dem·o·crat·ic
1 : of, relating to, or favoring democracy
2 often capitalized : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S. evolving in the early 19th century from the anti-federalists and the Democratic-Republican party and associated in modern times with policies of broad social reform and internationalism
3 : relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people
And please note entry #4:
4 : favoring social equality : not snobbish
We can’t help it if Republican is both a noun and an adjective. Too damn bad.
Main Entry: 1re·pub·li·can
1 : one that favors or supports a republican form of government
2 capitalized a : a member of a political party advocating republicanism b : a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the U.S.
Main Entry: 2republican
1 a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a republic b : favoring, supporting, or advocating a republic c : belonging or appropriate to one living in or supporting a republic