I admit it might be me, but I don’t think it is. I think that any rational, normal, otherwise highly functional human being would struggle with deciphering words in the world of pop media culture.
For instance, I recently wrote about a forty-year-old man who thinks he’s a woman, engaged to a sixty-year-old woman who thinks she’s a man, raising two kids who think they are also transgender. Their family dynamic was described in the original story as “traditional.” Surely I’m not alone in saying that the opposite of what “traditional” has always been understood to mean.
And this is but one small example in a sea of absurdities. Why is it that:
- “The children” doesn't actually mean children, but always seems to mean “the government?” We’re told that various programs will help “the children” when in actuality they merely line the pockets of government officials administering said program?
- “Bi-partisan” doesn't actually mean when lawmakers work together, but apparently translates to any lawmaking that isn’t conservative? When Republicans enact conservative policy they are blasted for eschewing bipartisan legislation for ideological partisanship.
- “Net-neutrality” doesn't actually mean neutrality on the internet, but the exact opposite. Neutrality used to be everyone on the same plane but now translates to government enforcing regulations that favor their friends.
- “Alt-right” doesn't actually mean the people on the neo-nazi, alternative-right, but now applies to anyone who thinks Donald Trump, on occasion, does something right?
- “Progressive” doesn't actually mean something that leads to progress, but means policy-making that is decidedly regressive?
- “Planned Parenthood” doesn't actually mean planning for parenthood, but is synonymous with all efforts, including dismembering tiny humans, to avoid having to plan for parenthood?
- “Invest” doesn't actually mean putting your money into something with the hopes of long-term returns but now means “confiscate and spend?” If I steal money from my neighbor and spend it on a book for a random kid on the street, is it a reasonable legal defense to claim I wasn’t stealing but “investing” in the next generation?
- “Antifa” doesn't actually mean anti-fascist, but refers to a movement that appears to actually be in favor of fascism?
- “Bigot” doesn't actually mean someone who holds bigoted positions, but could properly be defined these days as any conservative winning an argument with a liberal?
- “Science” doesn't actually mean fidelity to the scientific process, but instead means any conclusion that affirms a progressive, liberal, and anti-Christian assumption?
- “Uncle Tom” doesn't actually refer to an excessively subservient or servile black man, but instead is used to deride a black man strong enough to resist conformity to left-wing political theory?
Warning about the creeping dangers of totalitarianism even in a country like the United States, the late George Orwell identified the first casualties of the assault as words, “often used in a consciously dishonest way.” I may be going out on a limb here, but I think George was on to something.