Whoever controls the language controls the debate. Whoever controls the debate controls the laws. Whoever controls the laws controls the people.
Defining and redefining words are important to move along new social, cultural, and political trends for the purpose of empowerment. Liberals have a long history of picking the right words to make pig slop look like a masterpiece. In fact, a liberal “artist” can slop some dung on a painting or piss in a jar and command large sums of money because it’s art, and no liberal wants to be found disagreeing with the intelligentsia on the matter.
Lewis Carroll had some insights:
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,'” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t — till I tell you . . . . When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”
It couldn’t be said any better. None of the following designations actually define the ideology behind the names: Gay Rights, Pro-Choice, Progressives, Affordable Care Act, Social Security, Dreamers.
So when we hear that some liberals (another word that does not mean what it originally meant) want to pass legislation that would outlaw “hate speech,” we know that we are headed for treacherous territory where the goal is control.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has called attempts to define “hate speech” a “dangerous trend.”
“I have never in my life seen a successful effort to define hate speech that does not interfere with rights of free expression. It is a worthy effort, but my prediction is that it either leads to the conclusion government cannot do it, or that they will do it and that will infringe on First Amendment rights.
“Governments are trying to also make changes to hate speech law and debating the issue in Canada, at the United Nations, and even right now in Israel. It is a worldwide trend, but it is a really dangerous trend.”
Consider that any time a policy of President Obama’s is opposed, it’s because of racism. This is no exaggeration. It’s such a common accusation that it’s become a joke. But it’s not a joke for liberals. The only way they can maintain political power is through redefinition.
Just holding an opinion and speaking out against same-sex anything can get a person fired or fined.
Look what happened to the CEO of Mozilla because he donated to Proposition 8. Then there are the brothers who lost their show on the HGTV Network because of their views on homosexuality and abortion. “Twin brothers Jason and David Benham were scheduled to appear on ‘Flip It Forward,’ a renovation show that was set to feature them helping families make improvements to their homes. But when some left-leaning media outlets began digging into their backgrounds and personal perspectives, everything changed.”
Hate speech legislation could very well be used to prosecute the Benham brothers for their outspoken views.
“A newspaper editor in Iowa has been fired for opining on his personal blog that the Queen James Bible is an attempt by homosexuals ‘to make their sinful nature “right with God.”’”
These are private companies. But once the government gets involved, punitive action of the worst kind is inevitable, especially since the hate-crimes monitors will be the ones to write the regulations.
One person’s hate speech is another person’s freedom to speak. The last thing any of us should ever want is to allow the State to define what they contend is proper speech and what isn’t.
“While Dershowitz believes there is greater freedom of speech today, he noted people tend to be more easily offended and more likely to call for a solution for that offense, which can set a dangerous precedent.
“‘There is an “-ism” for everything — racism, sexism, fatism — and once you give in to one -ism, every other -ism comes back and asks to be treated the same, too. It can be dangerous to satisfy people’s sensitivities.’”
And once the door is open, it can never be shut.
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Contributed by Gary DeMar of Godfather Politics.