I think this kinda proves my point. It was obvious to you and me, but not to those who would twist it. Unfortunately, it's time to make our points crystal-clear, and not just to ourselves but to those who are jumping up and down for the opportunity to disaffirm what we're trying to say.
It was something she said within the context of a discussion about economic issues, and it was obvious what she meant.
Unfortunately, these days, we have to think about these things and all start learning to become great communicators. IMHO, the problem with "us" is that we think we're so rational, no rational person could possibly ever get us wrong. And maybe that's true, but the people who are hearing us are not all rational, and they love playing this game. So if a person can't be persuasive, maybe he or she shouldn't go there.
Personally, I don't like seeing anyone's right to communication muzzled. But I think it's time to be really, really smart about it, and like possibilities said, start stating the case in a way no one can miss and which makes the assholes back down. Being "rational" and polite and clumsy doesn't cut it. And frankly, I'm glad for Jon, because he's not afraid to say, "Don't talk unless you see the other guy coming."