To go with my political language commentary about Republicans working for you and Democrats fighting for you, I have been noticing the phrasing “We all know…” in political speeches lately. I think I may be hearing it more from Democrats, but I haven’t looked at that closely. When Republicans use it I just may not notice.
Either way, it makes me nervous. I am very suspicious of what “everyone knows.” People have tried to bury a lot of junk behind that phrase. I am not claiming that every time a politician uses it, s/he is lying, still less that no sentence constructions should ever begin with those words or the equivalent. It just narrows my eyes suspiciously when it’s uttered.