We’ve always known that politicians are expert distractors, especially relevant lately when we have cover ups on everything from Benghazi to the IRS scandal. You know – move along folks, nothing to see over here.
And so it goes with language.
Words are important and they mean something, but we see them constantly twisted and maimed to nefarious ends: “Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act” – who doesn’t want patients to be protected and have affordable health care? “Discern” and “evolve” – used to tell you that you are a dolt and not early as thoughtful or wise as the person who muttered these words in terms of how they reached a decision. “Man-caused disaster” – the PC police-approved term for terrorism.
The rhetoric is reaching a new zenith as politicians scare people into action or agreement – linguistic manipulation in action, used as a devious means of control. The speaker/author knows that his view is unpopular but wants to sneak the ideology in anyway.
And so it goes with your children as you find yourself de-programming them as they come home from school to tell you that the US is an evil polluter poisoning the world or that anyone who believes that guns should be legal is the equivalent of a child murderer (only two of the many examples of the programming which happened to our kids in the public school system).
It’s up to us as parents to make sure we speak the language of fiscal and moral responsibility to our children. Demand that your school board be held responsible for the curriculum, and get noisy on the latest propaganda program – Common Core (doesn’t that just sound like such an innocent name?), a progressive move to change America through the indoctrination of our children.
The Manchurian Candidate was years ahead of itself.