Somehow, San Francisco Manages to Twist the Plain Meaning of Words
For liberals, word definition takes a back seat to saving the feelings of murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors made that clear by passing a resolution rebranding felons, drug addicts, and juvenile delinquents.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that a "convicted felon" or an "offender released from jail or prison" should now referred to as a:
- Formerly incarcerated person; or,
- Justice involved person; or,
- (Everyone’s favorite) returning resident. Seriously?
A Juvenile delinquent should now be labeled either a "young person impacted by the juvenile justice system," or a "young person with justice system involvement," making him sound more like a hall monitor or a crossing guard.
Drug addicts will hereinafter be called a "person with a history of substance use," which would logically include anyone who’s ever taken an aspirin.
Apparently, political correctness trumps the city’s genuine problems, where a growing number of residents live on the streets, and urine, feces, and used needles have turned the once-beautiful City by the Bay into a putrid minefield.
In an age where win, lose, or draw, everyone — even the water carrier — gets a trophy, we should’ve seen this one coming.
"Illegal alien" is a legal term of art, used by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Nevertheless it’s strictly off-limits to The Associated Press.
The AP Stylebook cautions writers that "except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented."
Antifa members, the black masked protesters who target conservatives with clubs, hammers, and bear spray, and whose June 29 attack left journalist Andy Ngo with brain damage, is typically described by media as a group that demonstrates against fascism.
A Democratic lawmaker recently called Antifa "peaceful protesters" that are "working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism."
When President Donald Trump called murderous MS-13 gang members "animals," U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi jumped to their defense. The California Democrat called the group, known for hacking victims to death with machetes, "children of God."
But the hyper-civility is a one-way street, reserved only for minorities and those who think as they do.
Caucasians are told they should be ashamed of their “white privilege,” and that their own hard work, dedication, and sacrifice had nothing to do with any success they may have achieved in life -- it was all because of their "whiteness."
Men who were once admired for being "ruggedly handsome" are now blasted for their "toxic masculinity." Even Gillette ran a series of video ads cautioning men to avoid being toxically masculine.
The ads even affected me — they moved me to switch to Schick.
Although the booming economy, created in large part by the Trump administration’s policies, has resulted in the lowest unemployment ever recorded for Latinos and African Americans, the president is routinely called a racist by Democrats — and media figures.
That very same label is applied to Trump supporters as well.
When South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg referred to the president as a "white nationalist," CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper wanted to know whether voting for Trump was also a “racist act."
"Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism," Buttigieg told Tapper.
And even though liberals claim a special affinity for minorities and marginalized individuals, that respect only goes so far.
As Andrea King Collier observed in an NBC editorial, "It’s not unusual for black Democrat and Independent voters to look at their Republican counterparts with skepticism and dismissal, writing them off as sell-outs or an Uncle Tom."
Gays aren’t exempt either. Brandon Straka, a gay, former lifelong liberal, left the Democratic Party and founded the #WalkAway movement to encourage others to do the same. Since then he’s been denied service at retail establishments and venues have cancelled #WalkAway events at the last moment while "labeled a fascist hate group."
We’ve entered an age where, without any other evidence, if you’re:
- Caucasian, you’re a racist;
- Male, you’re a misogynist;
- Conservative, you’re a fascist;
- Pro-border security, you’re xenophobic;
- Heterosexual, you’re homophobic;
- Pro-life, you’re a sexist;
- Judeo-Christian, you’re Islamophobic; and,
- Pro-Second Amendment, you’re a murderer-in-waiting.
In his modern classic novel "1984,"George Orwell wrote, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
It’s time for that "revolutionary act" to begin; it’s time for the truth and the plain meaning of words to once again matter; it’s time to once again call a felon a felon, letting the chips fall where they may.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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