If there is one thing you can reliably count on Leftists to do, it is to debase language.
Their exploits in this arena are the stuff of legends.
They’ve convinced roughly half the country that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is somehow ambiguously worded enough to permit not only all manner of “infringements” such as licensing and regulations, but even mass gun confiscation.
Marriage no longer has anything to do with families, nor does it infer any meaningful commitment, it’s just another government program to be inflated away like paper money in an African democracy.
They are in the process of severing the connection between sex and gender in the popular consciousness.
Rape no longer has anything to do with forcible penetration, rape is supposedly woven into the very fabric of our culture.
Riot and protest are now roughly interchangeable terms, depending on what the motivations for the action are. As Jared Howe aptly put it “Their violence is speech, our speech is violence.”
“White Supremacy” is now so all encompassing a term that it has been rendered useless as anything other than pejorative.
The word “Freeedom” no longer carries any connotation of the unrestrained exercise of individual will, but is rather a question of who can afford what, and who will make up the difference when some desirable product or service is out of one’s reach.
“War” in the traditional military context, is something only Republicans engage in, when Democrats embark on identical adventures, they are peacekeeping.
From “global cooling” to “global warming” to the more durable “climate change” – the Left has managed to politicize the weather, and by a surprisingly intricate dot connecting exercise, indecipherable to the average Joe, have managed to frame this once uncontroversial subject of small talk into a racially charged bidding war of other people’s money which, after a 7 hour long auction aired recently on CNN, now stands at approximately 5 trillion dollars.
There are no “illegal aliens” only “undocumented Americans”.
When white people move to an area and improve it, this is considered “Gentrification,” and when they leave, causing a place to decline, this is called “White Flight,” and both are equally racist.
In San Francisco, “justice involved individuals” have replaced convicted felons in the State lexicon, just as “drug addicts” have been replaced by “persons with a history of substance use”.
If you took any of these changes individually you might think the idea was to ratchet up hysteria, or to downplay concerns, and depending on one’s perspective, they might be able to find some justification for either.
Taken together, they represent a far more sinister pursuit. Normalcy is relentlessly attacked, while crime and filth are venerated. The delineation between victim and perpetrator is determined not by their respective deeds, but by how each entity impacts the Left’s pursuit of political power. “Those who control your words, control your mind” as Tucker Carlson so aptly put it on a recent episode.
In no arena is this more evident than in the current battle to define “terrorism”.
It is no longer a thing to concern oneself with when somebody screams “Allahu Akbar!” and teleports directly to paradise, sending all infidels in proximity the opposite direction. This is merely a fact of life, when one lives in a populated bit of geography.
Masked anarchists setting fires, breaking windows, and assaulting people for their political views is “direct action” as part of a “diversity of tactics”, and the people who try to stop them, including law enforcement, are the real threats to National Security. Even when Leftists try to assassinate lawmakers, or firebomb federal facilities, they are scarcely worth mentioning, much less terrorists.
Contrast this with the new definition of terrorism, which is necessarily of the domestic variety. There is no such thing as a foreign threat, once border enforcement is itself considered terrorism.
Elizabeth Warren said that White Nationalism was “domestic terrorism” at a recent presidential debate. It didn’t seem to trouble her that illegal immigrant MS-13 gang members have committed far more murders than any of the ever expanding list of people deemed White Nationalists. Nor does it seem to trouble her that White Nationalism was viewed positively by more than 8% of Americans in a 2017 poll conducted during the media haze of the United the Right rally. Or that issue by issue, anywhere from one-fifth to more than half of the country agrees with White Nationalist ideas. The fact that the President of the United States and the second most popular show in cable news have been deemed White Nationalists by many on the Left, in fact only serves to solidify her point.
Mind you, Warren is not some obscure figure on the fringes of a radical third party. She is by some estimates, favored to become the Presidential nominee for the Democrat Party in 2020. What she says is mainstream by definition.
Terrorism today has come to mean little more than that which stands in the way of Democrat political power. It is wholly disconnected from violence or illegality. Speech, text, donations, commerce, permitted demonstrations, and even voting, are now thusly classified.
So perhaps we should be less than shocked to find that in San Francisco, where felons have been defined out of existence, the National Rifle Association, a tax exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, has been officially designated a “domestic terrorist” group. Consequently, “The City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organisation,” reads the resolution.
The NRA has a reputation as one of the most influential organisations in the United States. According to the New Yorker, the NRA’s annual lobbying budget is roughly $3 million and has an annual operating budget of $250 million. The NRA were key players in the 2016 US election, with an audit revealing that the organisation’s spending rose by $100 million to more than $419 million in 2016, in an effort to get Donald Trump elected.
According to Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA spent in excess of $30 million backing Trump’s candidacy.
According to Pew Research, three-in-ten U.S. adults say they currently own a gun, and of that group, 19% say they belong to the National Rifle Association. The NRA boasts five million dues paying members.
Gerald Seymour, in his 1975 book Harry’s Game, famously said “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”. Now that the Democrat Party has endeavored to brand millions of the citizens they hope to govern as terrorists, this oft cited quote has become far more than a cliche, or vision of some dystopian future.
To be a terrorist today is for a citizen to support the duly elected President of his country. To donate one’s money and time to a charitable organization which exists for the singular purpose of defending a right which pre-dates written language and, in theory, ought need no more than the law to protect it. To apply for a permit to hold a demonstration, to act in accordance with that permit, and to flee from armed communists when they, in their infinite wisdom, deem such a demonstration so heinous as to justify criminal violence.
Meanwhile, the supposed “freedom fighters” wear masks, wield improvised weapons, block traffic, assault cops, and hate people for their religion and skin color.
Well, if those are the rules of the game, perhaps we’ll just have to begin playing by them…
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