Return to Common Sense
January 21, 2017
Section: Introduction – Language
“Liberal newspeak isn’t the work of the engineers of the left, but its marketers, who reframe everything in comforting language while teaching you to use the appropriate terms that change the context completely.” Daniel Greenfield.
“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, function, and division of society.” John Adams
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Political correctness is allowing liberals to subvert our society.
- In George Orwell’s “1984” doublespeak was the practice of reversing or distorting words and phrases to achieve an ignoble end.
- Liberals have morphed from reactionary lovers of the good old days into leftists enamored with communism (anti-democracy) and socialism (anti-capitalism).
- Liberals have embraced destroying and discrediting America as a vehicle to rebuild America in their dis-proven economic and governmental image.
- Each Saturday Senate Democrat leaders map message points with congressional Democrat guests booked on Sunday talk shows.
Kate Swift and Casey Miller wrote The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing in 1981.
- The book served as a prototype of political correctness writing.
- The book had two main premises, both of them dubious.
o The first was that sexism and sexual discrimination were embedded in the English language.
o The second was that the language needed to be radically revised in order to change society’s attitudes and make it more inclusive.
Political Correctness is Cultural Marxism.
- Political Correctness seeks to impose a uniformity of thought and behavior and is quite totalitarian in nature.
- Political Correctness is a façade sold as tolerance and a way to heave guilt upon soft consciences.
- Political Correctness is a yoke allowing the words of others to shame us into silence or inaction.
- Political Correctness, like Marxism (economics), uses a single factor (power) to explain history.
- Both Political Correctness and Marxism have a method of analyzing situation (deconstruction) that automatically gives them the answers they want.
- Political Correctness says that all history is determined by power, by which groups hae power over which other groups.
- Both Political Correctness and Marxism take from one to give to another (or keep for themselves).
Liberal euphemisms are used to obfuscate imprecise language.
- Sometimes it is hard to decipher what liberals really mean when they shout out their rhetoric, their snazzy phrases, and meaningless, faux-academic diction.
- Public assistance programs / government programs disguises desire for taxpayer-subsidized entitlement programs / taxpayer-funded appropriation.
- “Social justice” refers to a controversial package of goals including political redistribution of wealth, gay marriage, and a campaign against “institutional racism,” “classism,” “ableism,” and “heterosexism.”
- “Secure livelihoods” and “strong economies” refers to redistribution of wealth.
- The plight of the homeless disguises people who are victims of their own poor choices, with the exception of the mentally incompetent.
- Global warming / global climate change disguises the theory of man-made global climate change.
- Greenhouse gas disguises the attack on carbon dioxide - the essential ingredient for all plant life.
- Equal rights for (fill in the blank) disguises the desire for preferential treatment for (fill in the blank).
- Gun control disguises desire to disarm the law-abiding populace.
- Universal health care disguises the desire for access to affordable health insurance.
The abuse of the word “justice” has become so widespread that you can immediately identify the political slant of any group just by looking for “justice” in their name or literature.
- social justice
- economic justice
- racial justice
- environmental justice
- reproductive justice
- climate justice
- health care justice
- immigrant justice
- food justice
- housing justice
- gender justice
- workplace justice
- farmworker justice
- urban justice
- media justice
- disability justice
- transformative justice
- birthing justice
- prison justice
Clear speaking and clear writing are foundational to clear thinking, although “nuance” masquerades as sophistication while actually introducing obfuscation.
- In many ways. Invariably, "many ways" refers to just one, or maybe a few, possibilities.
- Sort of (and its variant "kind of"). Intended to indicate the speaker's unvoiced depths of intelligence and understanding.
- Experts say. Attempts to impart a sense of fact-based knowledge gained from study and research, whether it exists or not.
- Nuanced. Holy grail of liberals and intellectuals to puff up speaker’s ego providing clarity on a complex topic
- Potential and potentially. Words that distort and attenuate meaning by injecting possibilities.
- Allegation. Charges the commission of some act.
- Phony laughter. Expression of smugness. (This offense does not involve words, but it is closely enough related to warrant mention)
Republican elites (Republicrats) obscure the true meaning of these 10 phrases:
- Something must be done = Better to violate our oath of office and betray our base now rather than risk the wrath of the liberal media later.
- Reagan couldn’t get nominated today = Thank goodness conservatives don’t have a real leader like that nowadays to expose our scam.
- Leadership = Surrender to Democrats and liberal media now before it’s too late.
- We need to focus on jobs = Thank goodness the economy sucks so we have an excuse for standing for nothing.
- Team player = Somebody who cares more about being liked, getting their ego stroked, advancing their own ambitions, and/or getting a seat at our very wobbly table more than taking a stand.
- Big Tent = Marginalize conservatives to avoid exposing the fact we’re actually embarrassed by the Republican Party platform.
- Democrats weren’t going to budge = We either don’t care about your moral convictions or don’t share them. Either way, thank the God we constantly patronize with our contrived talking points we’ve still got the Democrats around to shift the blame to when we just really want to go home, or living up to our campaign promises to shrink government and defund Planned Parenthood is just too dang hard.
- Incrementalism = Giving the Democrats 80% of what they want and then bragging half a loaf is better than none.
- Bi-partisan = There’s just enough pork in this unconstitutional crap sandwich to justify voting for it.
- Coalesce = Unite now to lose to Democrats even sooner.
Even common phrases have morphed into unintelligible bafflegab.
- Alcoholics are called Anti-sobriety Activists.
- Bum is called a Displaced individual.
- Insane People are called Selectively Perceptive.
- Drug Addicts are called Chemically Challenged.
- Hunger is called Very Low Food Security.
- Old People are called Gerontologically Advanced.
- People want to keep money they’ve earned is called Greedy.
- Crooks are called Morally or Ethically Challenged Individuals.
- Objective, fact-based evaluation of climate data is called Climate Change Denier.
- Federal Spending is called Savings.
- Overexpansion of the Money Supply has been called Global Savings Glut.
- Economic Stimulus stimulates the government by pork spending.
- Voter fraud avoidance is called Voter Suppression.
- Community Organizer is a government paid outside agitator.
- Advocacy Journalism is agenda driven indoctrination of unsuspecting consumer.
Congress has embraced Orwellian Newspeak to name legislation to hide its true intent.
- H.R. 3567 or "The Respect for Marriage Act" repeals the federal Defense of Marriage Act , states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- The "Employee Free Choice Act" (H.R. 800) replaces the existing secret ballot elections for union membership with a system in which workers must publicly sign union cards; in effect, no free choice.
- The "Internet Freedom Preservation Act" expands Internet regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the exact opposite of Internet freedom.
- The "American Clean Energy and Security Act" raises energy prices while subsidizing unproven energy sources and taxing reliable energy sources to force costlier energy options on the public.
- "America's Healthy Future Act" is in essence government-controlled socialized medicine, harming the health of Americans, exacting heavy costs and restricting freedom of choice.
Euphemisms have become a big part of the Obama administration’s approach to the war on terror:
- “Outliers” is their kinder, gentler term for “rogue states”
- “Al-Qaeda core” are the al-Qaeda terrorists who survived the Bush presidency, then regrouped and multiplied under the Obama presidency.
- “Overseas contingency operations” is the Obama administration’s Orwellian term for ”the global war on terror.”
- “Man-caused disaster” is the Obama-speak for “terrorist attack.”
- “Workplace violence” is how the Obama administration describes Islamic terrorist attacks that take place at work.
- Violent extremism is how the Obama administration prefers to describe Islamic terrorism or jihadism because it gives them an opportunity to lump in the KKK, IRA, and Nazi skinhead groups who all together commit about 1% (or less) of terrorism.
- “Kinetic military action” is how the Obama administration says “war” without upsetting anti-war groups.
- “Leading from behind” is Obama’s “CYA” approach to foreign policy, which translates into, “we’ll wait until it’s too late to be effective, and when pressured, take some modest steps, but don’t blame us when the excrement hits the fan.” (Because it will.)
- “Strategic patience” is related to Obama’s “leading from behind” philosophy; used in place of “dithering,” or “kicking the can down the road for the next president.”
- “Freedom Fighter” target civilians vs. targeting military.
- “Aggressive interrogation” is a means to disguise torture.
- Redeployment vs. exit strategy (“cut and run” vs. strategic redeployment).
Transference is a political tactic used to project personal shortcoming as opponent weakness.
- Accusation of Republican voter disenfranchisement vs. Democrat convictions on voter intimidation.
- Republican across the board tax cuts vs. Democrat charges of tax cuts for the rich.
- Republican welfare reform vs. Democrat charges of targeting the poor.
Accurate and descriptive terminologies are required for understanding.
- Spin control is recasting the truth to sound better than it is.
- Hyperbole and demagoguery exaggerate and confuse understanding.
Reject political correctness and doublespeak.
Restore original objective meaning to euphemisms and code words.
“Conservapedia” conservative alternative to Wikipedia at www.conservapedia.com .
Lake Superior State University has compiled Banished Word Lists 1995 (www.lssu.edu/banished/).
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