#UnderstandingLiberals: Exhibit A on typical left wing word games

Posted by: ST on January 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Spin Blvd and Truth AveI’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.

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  1. Nate says:

    I stumbled over an article quite a while ago (and I’ll be dogged if I can remember where I read it) that said (I’m paraphrasing here, of course) that we’ve ‘softened’ our language to the point where it’s halfway to meaningless.

    The writer included words like ‘abortion’, ‘fornication’, ‘bastard’, and others (most of them were taken from the Bible, believe it or not), and if memory serves, his point was that ‘harsh’ words like that had more of an effect against the actions they labeled than the ‘soft’ language we use now. Your point about ‘choice’ follows along with that concept.

    Turn language into clay and you can make anything you want of it.

  2. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less.”–Lewis Carroll from “Through the Looking-Glass”

  3. Great White Rat says:

    But you’ll recall they had no trouble, just a few short months ago, with using the term ‘felon’ for Romney.

  4. Post modern deconstruction of our culture is an academic discipline brought here from post-war France. Critical Theory intentionally devalues every foundation of Western Civilization and was developed by Marxists in the USA at the Frankfurt School at Columbia University NYC. Saul Alinsky has codified and popularized tactics which change political debate into a leveraging of power. Noam Chomsky’s original claim to fame is as a superstar linguist and his rhetoric shapes many arguments.

    All of the above and more have woven a Gordian Knot which will kill America as we know it unless we can find the sword sharp enough to cut it in a single blow. We cannot unravel or untie it, we must find a way to destroy it wholesale. And quickly, because it may already be too late.

  5. Kate says:

    That sharp instrument is probably the Sword of Truth..which is the Word of God. That said, it will be welded by no other than Jesus, when he comes for that final battle to deal with the elements of evil in the world (which in today’s culture we can’t even mention….the devil himself).

    We should not fear this at all if we believe, this is the turning away. This is the darkening of hearts that is to come. God himself will give them a powerful illusion and they who do not believe will be under it’s seal. It’s a scary vision for those lost and who do not believe.

    Read Revelation. Read your Bible…those who do not believe and scoff at this are warned.

  6. Carlos says:

    @Kate: To those not touched and aided by the Spirit, the Bible is simply a bunch of nonsensical words that have little-to-no meaning in our “modern” society (which just happens to have the same hubris as such societies as Sodom and ancient Egypt). The words will mean nothing to them.

    That’s not to say they shouldn’t read it, it’s just that most hearts are hardened, like Pharoah’s heart, against God.