Paving the road to Hell with weasel words

  
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Paving the road to Hell with weasel words
The idea behind the onslaught of weasel verbiage is to create an unstoppable "free-stuff army" (free abortions, free health care, free college tuition, free income, etc.) to overwhelm productive citizens, create one-party states and eventually a one-party nation.

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Euphemism: "an innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant."

We are awash in weasel words, that is, euphemisms meant to distract us from reality. The most obvious ones are replacing homosexuality with "gay," taxes with "revenue," spending with "investments," sexual confusion with "gender identity" and abortion with "choice." Actually, abortion has a whole set of weasel terms.

gov-pritzker-signing-bill_350x219.jpgIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker drew "whoops and cheers" from onlookers last Wednesday as he signed the Reproductive Health Act, which he called "a beacon of hope in the heart of this nation." A widely published AP photo (right)shows him grinning broadly and holding up a pen as female abortion activists applaud.

Not shown are the happy cads raising a toast in taverns across the state to the man who has helped guarantee their right to have sex with women without strings attached. By some measure, the law might better be called the "Alley Cat Ethics Enabling Act."










Which ‘weasel words’ rank as the most dishonest & dangerous phrase? (Choose up to two)




‘Common-sense gun laws’‘Democratic socialism’‘Health care is a right’‘Invest in our future’‘Undocumented asylum seekers’‘Reproductive health care’‘Transgender woman’








The Reproductive Health Act repeals the state's parental consent requirement and the state's ban of partial-birth abortions, clearing the way for killing unborn children right up to the moment of birth. It's similar to the law enacted in enlightened New York and ones proposed in a number of other Democrat-heavy states, including Virginia. While Republican-led states are passing "heartbeat" bills that protect human life after a heartbeat is detected, Democrats in response think this is a pregnant moment to do away with all restrictions on the "procedure."

The Illinois law itself bears the glaring weasel word phrase: "reproductive health." It has nothing to do with health or with reproduction, but their opposite – destroying a human life in the womb and even the birth canal. "In this state," Mr. Pritzker chivalrously declared, "women will always have the right to reproductive health care." What a prince.

Women already had the "right to reproductive health care." Nobody was stopping women from getting pregnant, having babies or getting prenatal care or acquiring birth control devices or drugs.

The term "reproductive health" now means abortion. It also conveys the idea that women have the "right" to force other people to pay for their birth control and abortions. Democrats are still trying to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby into offering abortifacients as a "right" regardless of their belief that this would make them complicit in taking innocent human lives. So much for "choice."

Speaking of weasel words, there's confusion over just what constitutes a "right." In the name of economic equality, progressives (i.e., socialists) insist that poor women have the right to free birth control and free abortions. But having a right to do something or acquire something is not the same as forcing others to pay for it.

Joe Biden used to abide by this distinction but has thrown in with his party's rabidly pro-abortion contingent and now advocates overturning the Hyde Amendment so that taxpayers can be forced to pay for abortions. He drew praise from Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortionist trade group NARAL Pro-Choice America, who called abortion a Democratic Party "core value." She said "reproductive freedom is fundamental to the pursuit of equality and economic security." Can't establish socialism without abortion, in other words.

This whole business of "rights" and even "freedom" has become distorted into a grab bag of demands for goods provided by others.

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, but not the "right" to force others to pay for a printing press or computer.

The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, but it does not grant a "right" to force others to subsidize gun purchases.

Declaring health care to be a "right" implies that government must seize control of health care to ensure "free" services for all, especially abortion.

Same with groceries, education, rent, child care, you name it. Why not cars and televisions? Or cell phones? Wait. We already have that. More than 20 million "Obamaphones" have been handed out, and the Lifeline Assistance program estimates that more than a third of the country's population may qualify for a phone at others' expense.

California just announced "free" health care even for illegal aliens, which they euphemistically call "undocumented immigrants" or just "migrants."

The idea behind all this weasel verbiage is to create an unstoppable free-stuff army to overwhelm productive citizens, create one-party states and eventually a one-party nation. With Democratic hegemony comes ideological conformity.

In socialist countries, "freedom" means having elites micromanage the rest of the population. They get there by promising free abortions, free income (even for those "unwilling to work") and lots of other free stuff.

Eventually, anyone who doesn't go along gets a "free" trip – to the nearest gulag.



Robert Knight is a contributor to The Washington Times and OneNewsNow. This column first appeared on the Times' website.

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Heartland American
1  seeder  Heartland American    one month ago

“Speaking of weasel words, there's confusion over just what constitutes a "right." In the name of economic equality, progressives (i.e., socialists) insist that poor women have the right to free birth control and free abortions. But having a right to do something or acquire something is not the same as forcing others to pay for it.

Joe Biden used to abide by this distinction but has thrown in with his party's rabidly pro-abortion contingent and now advocates overturning the Hyde Amendment so that taxpayers can be forced to pay for abortions. He drew praise from Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortionist trade group NARAL Pro-Choice America, who called abortion a Democratic Party "core value." She said "reproductive freedom is fundamental to the pursuit of equality and economic security." Can't establish socialism without abortion, in other words.

This whole business of "rights" and even "freedom" has become distorted into a grab bag of demands for goods provided by others.

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech, but not the "right" to force others to pay for a printing press or computer.

The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, but it does not grant a "right" to force others to subsidize gun purchases.

Declaring health care to be a "right" implies that government must seize control of health care to ensure "free" services for all, especially abortion.

Same with groceries, education, rent, child care, you name it. Why not cars and televisions? Or cell phones? Wait. We already have that. More than 20 million "Obamaphones" have been handed out, and the Lifeline Assistance program estimates that more than a third of the country's population may qualify for a phone at others' expense.

California just announced "free" health care even for illegal aliens, which they euphemistically call "undocumented immigrants" or just "migrants."

The idea behind all this weasel verbiage is to create an unstoppable free-stuff army to overwhelm productive citizens, create one-party states and eventually a one-party nation. With Democratic hegemony comes ideological conformity.”

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Heartland American @1    one month ago

Socialism is the road to a man made hell on earth.  

 
 
 
epistte
1.1.1  epistte  replied to  Heartland American @1.1    one month ago
Socialism is the road to a man made hell on earth.  

Democratic socialist countries have a higher standard of living than we do.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/quality-of-life-rankings

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.2  MUVA  replied to  epistte @1.1.1    one month ago

They are also much smaller and don't have half of their country with their hand out.

 
 
 
Sunshine
1.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  epistte @1.1.1    one month ago

These are not Democratic Socialist countries...most are constitutional monarchies.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2018/07/08/sorry-bernie-bros-but-nordic-countries-are-not-socialist/#6590edef74ad

To the extent that the left wants to point to an example of successful socialism, not just generous welfare states, the Nordic countries are actually a poor case to cite. Regardless of the perception, in reality the Nordic countries practice mostly free market economics paired with high taxes exchanged for generous government entitlement programs.
 
 
 
epistte
1.1.4  epistte  replied to  Sunshine @1.1.3    one month ago
These are not Democratic Socialist countries...most are constitutional monarchies.

Socialism as an economic policy can and does work very well inside a market economy because you and others seem to be convinced that socialism always and must be an authoritarian government controlling the economy.  What I  and other progressive support are known as market socialism.  I schooled someone else on this idea a few days ago.

Those monarchies are in name only because they hold very little real political power.

 I shop at a local grocery chain that is owned entirely by the employees, which is market socialism.

I am also a member of a co-op grocery that is owned by the workers and the customers- also socialist.

My electricity comes from a powerplant that is own by the city. Also socialist.

My neighbor works at a steel fabricator that is owned entirely by the workers. That is also socialist.

King Arthur flour is owned by the workers, market socialism again.

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1.5  WallyW  replied to  epistte @1.1.1    one month ago

They also pay very high taxes.

 
 
 
epistte
1.1.6  epistte  replied to  WallyW @1.1.5    one month ago
They also pay very high taxes.

Compared to what they receive in return for that tax level it is not excessive. 

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1.7  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  epistte @1.1.4    one month ago

We live in a very conservative area and have a city owned utility.   It runs better and for less money than the state regulated private utility in the surrounding area.  

 
 
 
epistte
1.1.8  epistte  replied to  Heartland American @1.1.7    one month ago
We live in a very conservative area and have a city owned utility.   It runs better and for less money than the state regulated private utility in the surrounding area.  

Ohio just chose to bail out First Energy from their failed management decisions at their 2 nuclear plants with a claimed Green Energy Bill. This is corporate welfare at its finest. The nuclear plant close to Toledo came with days of being another Three Mile Island when it was discovered that the reactor lid was millimeters away from failing catastrophically underload. It would have polluted much of the top 3rd of the state with radiation. First Energy had postponed needed maintenance to save money.

COLUMBUS - Ohio Republicans' energy overhaul started as a thinly veiled attempt to rescue two northern Ohio nuclear plants with new fees on everyone's electric bills. 

Now, the veil is off. 

Changes made to House Bill 6 last week would direct most of the $197.6 million collected from new fees on Ohioans' electric bills to Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, which operates two nuclear plants outside Toledo and Cleveland.

Renewable energy companies from wind to solar would not get a cut of this "Ohio Clean Air Program."

In a double blow, lawmakers also axed current programs that encourage electricity providers to purchase renewable energy and help customers become more energy efficient. 

And lawmakers ensured utilities could charge customers a fee for two coal plants operated by Piketon-based Ohio Valley Electric Corporation through 2030. The plants are located in Gallipolis and Madison, Indiana. 
 
 
 
Sunshine
1.1.9  Sunshine  replied to  epistte @1.1.4    one month ago
Those monarchies are in name only because they hold very little real political power.

Did you not read?  These are capitalistic countries with entitlement programs.  These programs are paid for through taxes.  You don't seem to understand the difference. 

which is market socialism.

I have worked for an ESOP company for over 15 years and the structure and management of the company has nothing to do with socialism. None of them do, or they would fail like socialist countries do. Your examples of socialist companies is amusing.  Your understanding of business and markets is lacking. 

 
 
 
epistte
1.1.10  epistte  replied to  Sunshine @1.1.9    one month ago
Did you not read?  These are capitalistic countries with entitlement programs.  These programs are paid for through taxes.  You don't seem to understand the difference. 

I never said that they were not paid by taxes.

You seem to have a very narrow idea of what socialism means.  

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
1.1.11  Freedom Warrior  replied to  epistte @1.1.1    one month ago

Not a legit comparison which makes me extremely suspicious of why you choose to use it.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.1.12  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  epistte @1.1.8    4 weeks ago

Our utility would have been PG&E had our ancestors not created a utility here some 80-100 years or so ago. We still have them for natural gas.  Our electric power is on the same bill as water, sewage, and garbage, recycling, yard waste collection is on.   PG&E was cleared of the Santa Rosa fire but is responsible for the Camp fire that destroyed Paradise, Ca.

 
 
 
epistte
2  epistte    one month ago

There is no free stuff and those of us who support these policies have ever said that it is free stuff.  That is a strawman as a way to make people oppose the idea. Those ideas are paid for by our combined tax dollars because we choose to spend them differently from how we do now because those program have a greater social benefit.

  I'll go into greater detail with you when you learn to tell the truth that social is a economic idea of the workers owning the means of production and not a authoritarian government, that conservatives seek to portray it as as a way to convince the uneducated to oppose socialist economic policies that would be in their benefit to support.  Your Bible commands you to tell the truth so you should start to obey that commandment.

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1  MUVA  replied to  epistte @2    one month ago

 Hubris and self righteousness in one post way to go.

 
 
 
Sunshine
2.1.1  Sunshine  replied to  MUVA @2.1    one month ago

They need to belittle others to make themselves feel smarter.

of the workers

That is a socialist/communist term alrighty..the "workers".  

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.1.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  MUVA @2.1    one month ago

True.  America will never become a socialist country. Ever.  

 
 
 
epistte
2.1.3  epistte  replied to  MUVA @2.1    one month ago
 Hubris and self righteousness in one post way to go.

Where is the hubris?

 
 
 
epistte
2.1.4  epistte  replied to  Heartland American @2.1.2    one month ago
True.  America will never become a socialist country. Ever.  

What do you believe are the downsides of a market socialist economy? Your answer will display just how much you know about this topic.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  epistte @2    one month ago
to tell the truth that social is a economic idea of the workers owning the means of production and not a authoritarian government,

we already own the means of our production...  and the results of our production.

if socialists ever want to take that away from us.?

the socialists had better bring an even bigger more authoritarian govt with lots of guns.  

 
 
 
epistte
2.2.1  epistte  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2    one month ago
we already own the means of our production...  and the results of our production.

Where do you work where this is true?

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.2.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  epistte @2.2.1    one month ago
Where do you work where this is true?

I think they call it the USA

own the means of our production...  and the results of our production.

I owned my business while I kept my profits and retired early.

millions do it every day while losers/socialists complain about it.  nothing new.

cheers :)

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.2.3  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2.2    one month ago
I owned my business while I kept my profits and retired early.

true I did pay dearly to be able to say that...

over 20yrs of 16hr days did not leave room for much else.

as I'm not really all that bright, my theory was simple...

  • work 8 hrs a day to pay for today
  • and then work another 8hrs today to pay for my retirement (which is now my today)

as I'm retired in my early 50's id say it was a solid plan.

funny thing about socialists...  

they are not willing to work that hard, why should I subsidize them?

 
 
 
epistte
2.2.4  epistte  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2.3    one month ago
funny thing about socialists...   they are not willing to work that hard, why should I subsidize them?

Who said anything about subsidizing the workers? Do you have a problem with government bailouts and corporate subsidies for billionaires such as Wal-mart, GE, and Amazon?

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.2.5  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  epistte @2.2.4    one month ago
Who said anything about subsidizing the workers?

I did... 

or does that money just magically show up?  LOL

never mind that was rhetorical/

our constitution recognizes individual ownership of business and property.

there will be no collective ownership of our stuff.

but you can get a bunch of people together and have your employee owned business anytime ya like.  you can even call that "socialism... LOL  just don't expect taxpayers to fund that business'  grand opening.

write it down it will be on the test

cheers :)

 
 
 
Heartland American
2.2.6  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @2.2.5    4 weeks ago

I’d like to decline any subsidy and accept another tax cut.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
3  Tessylo    one month ago

'clearing the way for killing unborn children right up to the moment of birth.'

Nonsense.  The turd in chief keeps spreading this lie also.  

 
 
 
WallyW
3.1  WallyW  replied to  Tessylo @3    one month ago

Take time to read the law.

 
 
 
lib50
3.1.1  lib50  replied to  WallyW @3.1    one month ago

Late term abortions are rare and usually traumatic for the family for reasons that don't concern anybody but the family.  And it does NOT include killing babies.  Stop spreading the lies and misinformation Trump is spewing.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/13/trump-executing-babies-after-failed-abortion-fact-check-ap/1186702001/

“We would never do anything to actively hasten the passing of the infant,” said Dr. Cara Heuser, a maternal fetal medicine specialist in Salt Lake City.

She and other physicians say the rhetoric coming from Trump and  abortion opponents fails to reflect the wrenching circumstances underlying most abortions performed late in a pregnancy.

According to the CDC, only 1.3% of abortions take place after 21 weeks, and these often involve either severe fetal anomalies or conditions that endanger the mother.

width="3" height="3"> When anomalies are so severe that a newborn would die soon after birth, a family may choose what’s known as palliative care or comfort care. This might involve swaddling the newborn in a blanket and allowing the baby to die naturally without medical intervention. “The medical standard is to give hospice type care, not futile medical interventions, when the baby has a terminal diagnosis with no chance of surviving,” said Dr. Diane Horvath, a Baltimore-based obstetrician-gynecologist. “This is a deeply personal decision, and it allows families to follow their own beliefs and faith traditions.” https://www.factcheck.org/2019/02/addressing-new-yorks-new-abortion-law/ https://www.politifact.com/north-carolina/article/2019/apr/19/fact-checking-claims-about-abortion-and-born-alive/
 
 
 
Heartland American
3.2  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tessylo @3    4 weeks ago

And beyond...Trump is correct in saying it.  And in quoting him saying what he does on the issue I can have repeated what we pro life folks aren’t allowed say on that topic here on our own if they were our own words.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
4  Tessylo    one month ago

This whole piece is nothing but utter rubbish, nonsense, and lies.  

 
 
 
Heartland American
4.1  seeder  Heartland American  replied to  Tessylo @4    one month ago

To say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions is to be too kind to socialists who have anything but.....  The seed headline and article are right on.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Heartland American @4.1    one month ago

It's a bunch of gobbledygook and cockamamie claptrap.  

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Heartland American @4.1    one month ago
be too kind to socialists

Trump uses socialism all the time. I bet you are ok with it too. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
4.2  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @4    4 weeks ago

Even your comments?

 
 
 
bbl-1
5  bbl-1    one month ago

"Free Abortions?"  Really?

What ever.  I'd rather pay for 'pregnancy termination' than a birth and all of the ensuing expense for the next couple of decades.

Every true fiscal conservative would.  Of course, conservatism is dead, murdered by Reagan and Supply Side Economics.

 
 
 
epistte
5.1  epistte  replied to  bbl-1 @5    one month ago
"Free Abortions?"  Really?

What ever.  I'd rather pay for 'pregnancy termination' than a birth and all of the ensuing expense for the next couple of decades.

Every true fiscal conservative would.  Of course, conservatism is dead, murdered by Reagan and Supply Side Economics.

This is just fiscally pragmatic and socially responsible.  The earth is already overpopulated, so we don't need more people, especially those who are not wanted and cannot be supported by the parents. 

The $1000 abortion is cheaper than prenatal care and a hospital birth.  If it is an abortion pill or free morning-after medication, then it is even cheaper.

For those who aren't pro-life then I can only suggest that you don't take it, but your conservative religious views can not be permitted to determine the medical choices of others unless I can also make your medical choices? 

 
 
 
Tessylo
6  Tessylo    one month ago

This is where this seeder dredges this nonsense from:

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Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/

 
 
 
luther28
7  luther28    one month ago

We are awash in weasel words, that is, euphemisms meant to distract us from reality

Well I suppose they are only stealing a page from Mr. Trumps playbook, the master of distractions.

 
 
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