I’ve talked before about the (unfortunately) tried and true left wing tactic of word games, and how they redefine words down to where they don’t mean anything. Like racism, which now means “anytime a white conservative disagrees with a black liberal.” And when they’re not redefining words, they are changing them altogether. Example: they don’t want you to use “pro-abortion” when describing them. They want you to use the term “pro-choice” (or, well they used to – more on that here), because they claim they are not “pro-abortion” but instead “pro-a woman’s right to choose” (cough cough). And when talking about abortion itself, they never want to focus on the unborn child and the gruesome procedures used to take its life, but instead have successfully shifted the debate to being one about “women’s health.”
I said all that not to digress, but to lead up to an article pointed out to me by one of the “good” liberals out there who nevertheless has tired of the word games as well. He provided me this link to an article written by a “progressive” who believes 2013 should be the year certain terms are “retired” — because they don’t help advance the liberal “message.” The one below particularly stood out to me, but I hope you’ll read the whole thing.
3. Felon. Activists around the country are doing inspiring work to create a more fair, effective, and equitable criminal justice system. To speed that work along, we should stop using the word “felon,” which reduces the identity of people convicted of crimes to the worst thing they’ve ever done. Worse still is “felon disenfranchisement” (banning people with felony convictions from voting), which combines a negative word with an arcane one that means nothing to many people who might otherwise care about the issue. Instead of opposing “felon disenfranchisement,” for example, we should uphold the “voting rights” of “people with felony convictions,” “people emerging from prison,” or “people who’ve paid their debt to society.” Let’s also drop “ex-offender.” And, while we’re at it, let’s stop using the word “criminal” as a noun too, for the same reasons.
Wow. Incredible. And disgusting.
This is the militant left wing activist mindset in a nutshell, and we all need to be aware of it and be prepared to counter it. ALWAYS listen to what they say, and how they say it, and be prepared to counter it effectively. The definition of words and terms and how they are used are key in persuading or dissuading people from a particular idea or belief. Phrasing is everything, and if we’re going to bring more people over to “our side” we need to push back on their redefining tactics as often as possible.