Is drill baby drill an aphorism?
Yes, one definition of Aphorism is "a statement of principle"
making "drill baby drill" used in the 2008 Republican Campaign an
aphorism. An aphorism is an original thought, spoken or written in
a laconic (concise) and memorable form. (Wiki)
"Drill baby drill" is an oil field term stating the order of business in the oil industry, "drill first then ask questions later" is a good parallel expressing the 'Manifest Destiny" that oil companies lobby in Washington.
It is easy then to see how it became a slogan during the 2008 Republican Campaign.
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What tool do you use if you want to drill holes into concrete block walls but have no source of power?
Since the term "aphorism" was first used by Hippocrates to mean a short pithy proposition relating to health and disease, the term "old wives' tale" seems an appropriate antonym, since it is a concise false statement often relating to medicine. Other terms that could serve as antonyms of the word "aphorism" in a more general sense are "urban legend" or "myth."