- A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect.
- An obvious and intentional exaggeration.
- An extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally
Synonyms: exaggeration, hype (informal), overstatement, enlargement, magnification, amplification
Popular liberal hyperbole subjects: Hitler, racist, social security, guns, abortion, voter ????, Hitler (they really like this one), the rich, and a new favorite Egypt’s president Mubarak.
Example 1: The City of Pittsburgh has recently gone through a rash of publicly financed major league sports stadiums much to the dismay of local tax payers. Local officials spent tax dollars even though voters overwhelmingly voted “no” to public funding for sports stadiums. The most recent venue caused the Civic Arena (or Melon Arena as it is called now) to be unnecessary and its fate awaits either the wrecking ball or historic preservation. The back story about the Civic Arena is that when it was built it was placed in a location that was described as a vibrant black community area. In the muse for this story a local politician compared the Arena to genocide,
“This is more a symbol of genocide than a historic icon. Demolish the arena and let the promise begin.”
A like-minded colleague added,
“The hard truth is that the Civic Arena remains a symbol of failed public policy and a continual deterrence to economic viability for the Hill District community. Historic designation and preservation, for many reasons, is not the correct decision. On the contrary, what might be more appropriate at this time is an apology for the historic injustices that were heaped upon the Hill District when it was torn asunder nearly a half-century ago.”
And I thought it was just a building.
Example 2: Leading Democrat lawmakers took to the street to protest proposed cuts in spending for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Like usual, politicians brought along a few affected workers to have them share their plight except in this case the workers were stuffed animals or puppets. Arthur the Aardvark took the stage with lawmakers in an attempt to save his job. Apparently Republicans don’t like puppets and hate children’s programming. There was no explanation of why the event was not attended by the more popular characters Big Bird, Barney, Bert, or Ernie. Perhaps they were away amassing a staggering $1.3 billion in proceeds from the licensing of their images.
Example 3: Much has been written about the furor in Wisconsin over new Governor Scott Walker his Republican legislature’s promise to reign in public employee union power. I did not take very long for leftists/progressives to pull out their favorite comparison of a Republican politician to Adolf Hitler. This was trite ten years ago.
Example 4: I had to use a leftist media schlep as an example of hyperbole. Keith Olberman may be the king, but his insane presentation makes him laughable and thus not worthy, but his blond buddy on MSNBC deserves my derision. Chris Matthews seems to sliding further and further down the hole of irrelevance as he wears his barely disguised crush on Obama on his sleeve. Matthews recently described former Speaker of the House and likely 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as a “mortal enemy to our civilization.” That’s pretty far out there. Let that sink in…Newt Gingrich is a MORTAL ENEMY TO OUR CIVILIZATION! I don’t want him to run for the Republican nomination, but he’s not a mortal enemy. I can only explain Ralph Wiggums-Matthews’ bizarre utterances as a complete loss of his brain-to-mouth filters.
Example 5: There is no doubt that Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that the Obamacare individual mandate is unconstitutional thus making the entire Obamacare legislation unconstitutional has driven the left absolutely nuts (more nuts than their normal nuts). A yale (I know that it should be capitalized, but I am not sure that it is deserved) law professor said that first year law students had a better understanding of the constitution than Judge Vinson and had this to say about Judge Vinson’s decision;
“In 1857, another judge named Roger distorted the Constitution, disregarded precedent, disrespected Congress and proclaimed that the basic platform of one of America’s two major political parties was unconstitutional. The case was Dred Scott vs. Sanford, involving a slave who sued for his freedom because he had lived with his master in places where Congress had banned slavery. In an opinion by Chief Justice Roger Taney, the court not only ruled against Scott, saying that even free blacks were not citizens and therefore had no right to sue; it also declared the Missouri Compromise, which had outlawed slavery in Northern territories, unconstitutional.”
How do black feel about a professor trivializing their struggle to throw off the bonds of slavery by comparing it to a decision on a health care bill? I would have expected some push back, but I guess being a liberal comes first.