What’s in a word? Given that words shape and frame thought and are the very foundation of discourse and debate, the answer has to be a whole lot. This is why the Liberals’ and Progressives’ ongoing campaign to make various and sundry words mean whatever it is they wish them to mean at that moment is so pernicious.
Liberals’ Are Like A Hellish Humpty Dumpty
Truly, the Liberals, Progressives, and their minority tenant farmers are like some twisted, hellish, Boschian version of Humtpy Dumpty.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to meanâ€”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 masterâ€”that’s all.”
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. “They’ve a temper, some of themâ€”particularly verbs, they’re the proudestâ€”adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbsâ€”however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”
— Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, p. 72
Racism, sexism, Islamophobia, rape, abuse, oppression, rights, privilege – even simple terms for biological gender, mean whatsoever the Liberals and Progressives say they mean…or so they so stridently claim. Americans, like Alice, are more than a little skeptical of this.
What this means is that Americans and our domestic enemies, the Liberals, Progressives, and their minority tenant farmers, can neither debate nor reach compromise because we’re not working from the same lexicon. All we can do is knock them off their walls and break them past the point where they or anyone can put them back together again.