Good Sunday morning to you and welcome to my new installment series. As we are all aware, language is important. If you control the language you control the battlefield of ideas. The left is keenly aware of this, which is why they try to take words with established meanings and use them entirely incorrectly, and flood the zone with nonsense words and gobbledygook phrases that leave people unsure of what the hell they’re talking about. In both of these situations the aim is twofold: to confuse the issue at hand, and to pretend that leftists are “smart” because they understand all this newspeak that the rubes and hicks of flyover country just don’t get. The eventual corruption of the language is a mostly-unintended byproduct. People like me who understand the importance of language try to fight and resist this whenever we can, whether it’s the perversion of a known term or the attempted introduction of a new buzzword–a great example is how conservative media and President Trump took the dinosaur media’s “fake news” and completely flipped it on them.
This series will look at words and a few phrases that leftists use that either don’t mean what the left thinks they mean, or don’t mean anything at all because the left just made them up, and either way lefties really ought not be using words that they don’t understand. Please note at the outset, in no way whatsoever am I suggesting that any of these words be “banned” or that any sort of speech or thought policing ought to go on with regard to anyone, regardless of party or philosophy. What I am saying is that if you’re on the left, you really shouldn’t use these words, they do not mean what you think they mean, and for anyone else, when you hear a Democrat start blathering these words in particular, it’s a big red flag that they’re feeding you a line of bullcrap.
So, to kick off the series, today’s word is “Hate.” Taking the definition from dictionary.com, the noun form of the word hate is defined as intense dislike, extreme aversion, or hostility. Merriam-Webster expands the definition to mean that aversion results from fear, anger, or sense of injury, and common parlance generally places a lot of emphasis on the fear and anger aspect in implying that “hate” is in most respects an irrational emotion. Please note, that definition does not include “expecting a person to obey the law” or “not wanting to support a certain grievance group cradle to grave” or “not rewriting your beliefs and religion to not just accommodate but celebrate things that are incompatible with it” or “putting your own nation’s interests first” or “acknowledging facts.” All of which are ways in which the left defines “hate.”
In reality, as the left burns cities and threatens speakers and guns down congressmen while staging assassinations and beheadings of politicians they dislike, they are the ones exhibiting the irrational fear-and-anger driven style of hate, and justifying it by means of claiming the “sense of injury.” But much as they misuse the word, and “hate” is one of the starkest examples on this list, it continues to be one of their very favorites. I mean really, a guy went to shoot up a “hate group” and smear Chik-Fil-A in their dead faces because the Southern Poverty Law Center (which is, in point of fact, a hate group by definition, promoting intense dislike and aversion by fear) said they were a “hate group.” Sounds all peace and love to me, except not at all.
In essence, when a leftist uses the word “hate,” it means “something I don’t agree with, doesn’t matter why, because my philosophy is about love and acceptance because it just is so anything I don’t like is bad and evil and Nazi.” And so they attempt to use a common term to mean something it does not mean at all, in order to use its understood connotations and actual meaning to smear the left’s opponents as irrational, cruel, uncivil, and dangerous. When a leftist uses the word “hate,” they’ve lost the argument. They really shouldn’t sling it around so much, but seeing as how more and more people seem to be waking up to the fact that the left uses this about as freely as they use the word “racist” to try to shut up opposition, I’m all for them continuing to discredit themselves.
Tune in next week for our next word that the left ought to stop using.