We keep allowing the left to define the conversation. They take words and change the meaning. It is a reflection of the concept of “New Speak”. Part of this is to confuse any opposition. Part is simply to lie while appearing to tell the truth. A good example would be the choice of “pro-choice” for people who believe it is acceptable to kill your baby before it is born. It is New Speak because they are against choice in anything that goes against their agenda.
What caught my attention was a paragraph in Live Not by Lies, by Rod Dreher. He was comparing attitudes and thinking in early 20th century Europe with today’s America. In the process he wrote the following,
“Arendt’s judgment of the postwar elites who recklessly thumbed their noses at respectability could easily apply to those of our own day who shove aside liberal principles like fair play, race neutrality, free speech, and free association as obstacles to equality.” p. 33He is referring to Hannah Arendt and a book she wrote in 1951 called The Origins of Totalitarianism. What struck me was the definition of “liberal principles” that he is assuming. I don’t know about you but these are values I associate with conservative thinking today. The modern liberal is out to destroy all of these values.
I have heard before that the classic liberal of the past has a lot in common with the conservatives of today. This would back up that declaration. I wonder if we could begin to reclaim some of the words that have been stolen from us by the creeping scourge of the Proregressives*. Every day it gets harder. Now you can get in trouble for saying “he” or “him”. Keep in mind that they are just beginning.
*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc. Synonym for swamp dwellers)
Dreher, Rod. Live Not by Lies. New York: Sentinel, 2020.
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