THE PROGRESSIVE EUPHEMISM MACHINE

Progressives are expert at misbranding and using euphemisms to shape the terms of a debate. Let’s start with abortion.

Abortion ends a life and buries a potential that will never be realized.

As the character Bill Munn, played by Clint Eastwood in the movie Unforgiven, said, “It’s a hell of a thing killing a man. You take away everything he’s got and everything he’s ever gonna have.”

Given this unarguable reality, the lefty spin machine has given us: “reproductive rights,” “choice,” “reproductive health care,” and “women’s health care.” Notice what’s missing? No mention of the death of a human being and what could have been. Why? Because women vote, and fetuses don’t.

Renewable energy” and “green energy” are outright falsehoods. There is no such thing as renewable energy. Energy always has a source, be it natural gas or solar cells. Both require a manufacturing process that relies on fossil fuels and consumes resources that are mined or drilled. Taken as a whole, there’s nothing green or renewable about either of them.

Whoever coined the phrase “environmental justice” should be charged with assault on the English language. Justice is a human concept. People who are wronged seek justice. The environment can’t seek justice because it isn’t human. Progressives claim to speak for the environment. If so, I want the progressive who claims he heard the environment ask for justice removed from office for mental health reasons.

This leads us quite neatly to healthcare. Progressives have branded their Venezuelan-style takeover of healthcare as the innocuous-sounding “Single-Payer,” “Universal Healthcare,” or the very utopian “Medicare for All”. It’s properly called nationalization, which is defined as “transfer from private to state ownership or control.”

Describing criminal border-jumpers as “Undocumented Immigrants” belongs in the euphemism hall of fame. Immigrants are people who are here legally. If they’re undocumented, they are illegal. If they’re illegal, they are most accurately called aliens. Alien means “not of this place.” An individual who violates immigration law to get here or stay here is an illegal alien.

The terms “weapon of war” and “assault weapon” is an attempt to brand every firearm as “military” and therefore too dangerous for public use. This argument is easily skewered. A single-shot revolutionary war musket was an assault weapon and obviously a weapon of war. Progressives will always mount an argument, no matter how silly.

Progressives hijacked the term “liberal.” Up until the 1930’s, liberals were people who believed in individual rights, limited government and economic freedom, which sounds like – you guessed it – conservatives. Now, “liberals” believe in group rights, centrally planned economies and big government.

Democratic Socialism” is an oxymoron, using two contradictory terms. There is nothing democratic about socialism, which always requires extensive government control. It is elected tyranny.

Progressives control almost every part of culture, entertainment and news media. That’s how they get away with mangling the language. We can push back by, for example, calling “undocumented immigrants” by the correct term, illegal aliens. Doing this in our own lives makes it harder for progressives to frame the issues, and makes it easier to hold them accountable for the real damage that their policies do.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph.D.

STONE ROGER

To those on Facebook giddy with Roger Stone’s arrest:

Roger Stone was arrested in the predawn hours by 25-plus heavily armed FBI agents. There is nothing statists love more than a show of force by big government against their political enemies.

What a shocking lack of compassion and proportion. Stone’s life and that of his family are probably ruined. The message, don’t work for the Trump 2020 campaign or this can happen to you.

I know you’ll justify Stone’s arrest. Anything is permissible to get Trump. Laverenty Beria said, “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

Meanwhile, we still have no border barrier. Recently, the US Border Patrol seized 705 pounds of cocaine at the US-Mexico border. How many lives would that coke have ruined? And how much more cocaine and other drugs are even now poring across our border? In a US DOJ study in 2014, 17% of drug trafficking offenses and a staggering 33% of federal sentences were meted out to illegals. But never mind that, and the thousands murdered by illegal aliens in our country. Do the Snoopy dance over the arrest of that grave threat to our republic, 66-year -old gadfly Roger Stone. Last question: Who will play Robespierre and Madam Defarge in your grotesque little drama?

I wrote this (above) and posted it on Facebook in response to several posts about Roger Stone’s arrest. They were vicious and gleeful, happy the FBI stuck a gun in his face and led him off in handcuffs. Indifferent that his deaf wife was upstairs while heavily armed federal agents were raiding her home in the predawn hours. She couldn’t hear the agents’ shouted orders. The potential for a tragic accident was off the charts. The bilious comments could be summed up thusly: Stone was associated with Trump-GET EM! Now we’re one step closer to Trump-GET EM! In the rarefied air of Washington DC politics, Stone is a nobody. I’ve seen him on TV. The man is a goofy and shameless self-promoter. If I see him on the tube, I immediately switch channels. Watching Stone is time that I can’t ever get back in my life. Who could take this guy seriously?

The brutal posts reflect a growing mob mentality, whether they’re disrupting town halls or interrupting conservative speakers. It is angry, devoid of reason, and more importantly, absent empathy – a dangerous turn, and all over political differences. By their silence, their political leadership encourages it. I made the French Revolution reference because that mob-driven event descended into murderous depravity. The philosophical underpinnings of the French Revolution are the same as those underlying Naziism, Communism and yes, Progressivism. If you’re a conservative, remember what you are conserving: no less than the ideals of the American Revolution and that document that is the theology of our nation, the Declaration of Independence.

Don’t let the statists (Progressives) arrogance, meanness and bully tactics get you down. Remember what Churchill said after the battle of Dunkirk, “We shall never surrender.”

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.