Thursday, April 29, 2021

Controlling the Words, Controlling the Mind

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Last week the Biden administration ordered the US immigration agencies to change how they talk about immigrants---The terms "illegal alien" and "assimilation" are out---replaced by "undocumented noncitizen" and "integration."

Last night President Biden found new ways to tell the nation he is in the process of spending an additional $1.8 trillion of taxpayer money to "remake America," with his "American Families Plan" while using new words to, in the words of George Orwell, "defend the indefensible."

Be informed, not misled.

Last week the Biden administration ordered US immigration to change how they talk about immigrants. They know that "undocumented non-citizen" means something different than "illegal alien," and "integration" means something different than "assimilation."

The progressives don't really care what the tens of thousands of illegal aliens crossing our open borders are called, and they don't really care that they don't assimilate into our American culture.

What they do care about is getting conservatives off their back so they can fundamentally "remake" America.

Remaking this great country was a mantra of Obama--- it has become the guiding light for Biden, and those giving him direction.

It has been said, "He who defines the terms, wins the argument."

Think about all the words that have been redefined over the last couple of decades to "win the argument."

"Assault" Rifle, Undocumented Migrant instead of illegal alien, Common Sense Gun Safety Measures, instead of  "Gun control," "Investment" rather than "government spending," "women's healthcare" instead of "abortion," "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of  religion," "equity" rather than "equality"---and last night, "infrastructure" instead of "socialism."

Infrastructure used to mean roads, bridges, power grids, and water supplies. Not any more. 

We ordinary Americans believe that our government has some responsibility for roads, bridges, power grids, and water supplies, so of course, we support upgrading our infrastructure.


Infrastructure now means "human infrastructure," which wraps all the socialist ideas from Marx to LBJ to Obama/Biden under the broad, multi-trillion-dollar plan that we thought would fix our broken bridges.

Not going to happen, any more than the coronavirus trillions went to the coronavirus issues.

NPR is celebrating the deceptive manipulation of the English language for political purposes.

NPR reports that under President Trump, ICE spread fear and confusion in immigrant communities, but the Biden policy of changing the words "brings peace and confidence."

We should have seen this coming.

George Orwell is probably best known for his dystopian classic "1984" and the communism allegory "Animal Farm."

However, Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language," written in 1946, provided an almost eerie foreshadowing of what is going on in our country today---most visibly in politics.

The Daily Caller notes that "the words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic and justice, each have several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another."

In his essay, Orwell talks about how writers and politicians rely on "vague descriptions and cliched idioms" to control what the reader or hearer ultimately believes.

He says the politician's words are either "stale of imagery or lack precision."

In political writing, Orwell observes, 

"As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed; prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house."

And he notes that politicians fear the political backlash that would result if they used more direct and honest language, so they must craft terms and language in "defense of the indefensible."

Thankfully, most Republicans in the Senate aren't buying Biden's "infrastructure bill"---and it may be a bridge too far for even some Democrats in the Senate where it will hopefully die.

But the monstrous so-called "Infrastructure Bill" is actually less important than the lie that it is in any real way, in fact, an "infrastructure bill". The argument the Republicans should focus on is the insidious attempt to manipulate our language and voters by deceptively calling this thing an infrastructure bill in the first place.


It has been said, "If it were not for double standards, so-called progressives would have no standards."

Orwell also said this: "In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Proverbs 10:9: "He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known."

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.