The left’s war on words rears its ugly head again, this time in Arizona where a common sense law has just been passed that will actually make being in the United States illegally…illegal for the nearly half-a-million who choose to reside in Arizona. As the great state of Arizona challenges the notion that dealing with illegal immigration is solely a federal responsibility, this could turn into the ultimate battle between states rights and an overbearing and inept federal bureaucracy. (Besides, it is still ultimately the feds responsibility – AZ law enforcement simply turns these criminals over to the feds when they are apprehended)
While there are more troubling aspects to this controversy (such as the president of the United States looking into the legality of such a law when he should be first looking into where the executive branch of the federal government gets to challenge state laws), what jumped out at me is the careful use of language by supporters of illegal immigration and the ever-impartial press.
Statement after statement by activists and radicals refers to this law as an attack on immigrants or immigration. The key missing ingredient to their complaint is the word, “illegal”. As in, “illegal immigrant” or “illegal immigration”.
This of course is deliberate and an attempt to present their position as mainstream while padding the demonization of their opponents, allowing more legitimate voices to weigh in on their side. I only hope we don’t mistakenly deport Al Sharpton.
This type of language game is pathetic and destructive, even self-destructive. It attempts to blur the line between legal immigrant and illegal immigrant and is in no way confined to this most recent debate. Most Americans (duh!) are opposed to illegal immigration which puts pro-illegal immigration activists in the fringe.
Blurring the lines is a tactic that seems so counterproductive, it’s almost the byproduct of insanity but surely the byproduct of insincerity. These arguments often dismiss the obvious and the reasonable in a desperate attempt to inject an alternative view of obvious and reasonable.
Conservatives criticize and attack radical and Jihadist Islam, specific veins of Islam, the millions who are content with using Islam as a weapon to kill or convert infidels. The Left counters those attacks by criticizing those arguments as attacks on all Muslims. What is more damaging to mainstream Islam? Or, arguments that focus on the bad apples or arguments that link the good people with the bad by saying that any criticism of the bad is a criticism of all?
Omissions are more prevalent when the left and the mainstream media are trying to advance a cause. The scandals rocking the Catholic Church (and to a lesser extent, the Boy Scouts of America) are described as sexual abuse scandals but are never identified for what they really are, simply by omitting the word “homosexual” from the description. There is a virtual nonexistence regarding male-on-female (or female-on-male) abuse stories reported which makes it quite evident that there is a trend of male-on-male abuse in these institutions and that these institutions have a point about prohibiting open and known homosexuals from positions of power and influence.
Abortion is an easy one. Abortion essentially represents the only time we discuss babies in the womb without actually using the term “baby”…that is if you are advocating the killing of babies in the womb. No one asks an expectant mother, “When is your fetus due?” or “How long have you been carrying your wad of tissue?” Yet, when it comes to terminating a pregnancy, advocates are deliberate in their attempt to desensitize the issue by applying more scientific terminology where it otherwise would not be acceptable.
Even the Obama Administration is conducting a war on language in order to soften their agenda. Our homeland security and overseas military operations are no longer a ‘war-on-terror’ in response to ‘Islamic extremism’. What is it now? Who knows. Apparently, that pesky fight with forces that have killed thousands of Americans over the years has been resolved.
Food stamps are no longer referred to as…food stamps. Instead, we have the “SNAP” program, renamed just in time to double the amount of money the federal government spends on feeding Americans and just in time for their ‘snappy’ ad campaign to try and entice college students to enroll in food-welfare, er, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs. These are the games we have to play if we want tax payers to feed even more than 13% of the population.
The word game is played to the point that Americans have become accustomed to the realization that Democrats never actually mean what they say. Democrats suggest that by hearing or reading their words verbatim, conservatives are taking those words out of context. The alternative is that Democrats have a very weak grasp of the English language and the concept that words actually have meaning and the choice of words does matter.
When John Kerry joked that those who don’t complete their education wind up in Iraq, his words indicated that he was talking about US soldiers but his explanation was that he was in fact talking about the President of the United States. Oops. When a congressman declares that he doesn’t “worry about the Constitution on this” he in fact does worry about the Constitution and once you use your Red Rider decoder ring to translate his words, he is actually saying that the health care legislation he was referring to is constitutional. When Michelle Obama states that she is proud of her country for the first time, that obviously means she’s been proud all along. When President Obama states that we the world’s military superpower, “whether we like it or not”, we are instructed to re-craft his entire statement in a myriad of ways until it can be deciphered into something less offensive to most Americans. When Joe Biden says…well, anything…we just chuckle and move on…
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is taken out of context for things that Tina Fey said. George W. Bush is also slammed for saying things he never said.
Just so we’re all on the same page – conservatives/Republicans are criticized for things they don’t say; leftwing Democrats can’t be criticized for anything they do say until it is first processed through a context-grinder.
Going through the records, it’s apparent that Democrats have never said anything regrettable, embarrassing, un-American or wrong.
Which explains why they are so loved and revered by the American people…