Sunday, January 9, 2011

Third Rail?? Fifth Column??

Third Rail:  The phrase third rail is a metaphore in politics to denote an idea or topic that is so "charged" and "untouchable" that any politician or public official who dares to broach the subject would invariably suffer politically.

Example: social security?

Fifth Column:  is a group of people who secretly undermine a larger group such as a nation from within, to help an external enemy.

Example: Blacks in Sudan who sell their own to slavery or kill their own for some cause.

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