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Rhetoric


Language change is Orwellian

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As the overall thrust of right wing political conservatism becomes more and more destructive of the national character, it is fascinating to witness the desperate maneuvering of their playbook of oratory. It would be less apparent if they could learn to vary their dictionary of pejoratives a little. It really is getting a bit boring to be accused of demonizing them whenever one of us liberal pundits suggests that their position on an issue is harmful, ill-conceived, or even sometimes malicious.
Of course we will be critical when you insist that cultural minorities be patient while you slowly become accustomed to their dissimilarity to June Cleaver, and then spend the required time fighting viciously against their human rights. We will be more than mildly critical when it is suggested that the best way to balance the budget is to toss our sick, aged, and economically battered out onto the streets to die of starvation, illness, and cold. They won't just disappear into thin air because they are economically inconvenient, you know. They really are dying on our streets daily and you say do it more.
The worst offense of this peculiar dictionary is the perversion of the word diversity by using it to define bigotry, discrimination and even disenfranchisement. I suspect that the definition for arson is providing warmth.
Conservatism could be a good force for moderating the excesses of the far left. Instead it is destroying our humanity in the name of some utopian economic perfection.
Harold R. Pettus
Everett

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