“Words mean things.” — Rush Limbaugh
Success, for instance, means something. Traditionally, it means,
“1) achievement of intention: the achievement of something planned or attempted
“2) attainment of fame, wealth, or power: impressive achievement, especially the attainment of fame, wealth, or power
“3) something that turns out well: something that turns out as planned or intended”
But no. That’s not what the president thinks success is. It cannot be that!
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” — The president, Campaign Speech, July 12, 2012, Roanoke, VA
Thus, the definition of “success” to many people (especially young people who hang onto his every word and live, breathe and cry by him) is now “community” pitching in to help you get what you want. We all work together to make your success happen. Oh, Kumbayah.
Making starboard aft; turning wrong to right; changing the very definition of our words so that we no longer even speak the same language is his forte. Now, even when we use the same terminology we are no longer talking about the same thing. When was the last time you spoke to someone on the other side of the political spectrum and had difficulties in the conversation because you didn’t have the same definitions? You may have been using the exact same words, but the definitions have, for them, changed.
Consider the words the president or his administration have changed the meaning of:
That’s at least twenty-eight (28!) words and ideas that have new, given-by-this-president, definitions. (There are probably other things out there that he has redefined, but I got tired of looking!) I’m sure that next up will be things like “assault rifles” as we’ve seen NY do. Will he next redefine GOD?
In Saul D. Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” on page 60, we read the following,
“All definitions of words, like everything else, are relative. Definition is to a major degree dependent upon your partisan position. [my bolding]”
The president couldn’t be more aligned with that than if he had written it himself. This gives him the sort of power that comes with megalomania and it is a frightening thing. To have a president who thinks that with a wave of his magic wand we shall lose our words and our ability to communicate; losing with them the ability to protest anything he does because we’re unsure if he’s wrong or right (not possible) in doing those things. It is also against everything our Founding Fathers stood for. It’s throwing mud on their sacrifices — and they sacrificed much — and stomping on the very words they wrote in the U.S. Constitution as well as those used in explaining to the American people why the words they chose for the U.S. Constitution were so important.
Yet, the president (nose in air, feeling his power) spends his days (vacationing or golfing [126 rounds!], for very little “work” is being done) choosing which words to take away from us next. Will a shoe suddenly become a “weapon”; a horse a “limousine”? What will our families look like as they are newly redefined by this guy? Will parents become “Authority figures” and the children become “Minors-In-Residence”? To whom will we have to turn in order to “discipline” those “M.I.R.’s”: the feds or the local government?
The key to fighting back, to maintaining our word definitions, is to refuse to let go of the traditional definitions. America is a more Conservative nation than a liberal nation, so why are we caving to the liberals and oiling the always-squeaky wheel? When will we learn to stand up, en masse, and say, “I’m mad as hades and I’m not going to take it anymore! This is my line and you’ve just crossed it!”? When will enough be enough? What word (civilian?), right (First Amendment?), entity (marriage), act (our own health care choices) will we have to have pulled from our white-knuckle-clenched hands before we are fed up? What will it take?
“We must pay a price for freedom but whatever the price it’s only half the cost of doing without it.” — Anonymous, “The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom” edited by Douglas Brinkley (page 52).
As a lover of words — those precious gifts from GOD that allow us to praise Him, to talk to each other, share commonalities, express our feelings, shout at the top of our lungs our displeasure, whisper affections and cuddle our newborn child and tell him/her how much he/she is loved — I am so very close to my point of no return. I cannot support this Socialist hater of America and freedom. But I can remind others of what it is they are losing. The cost of doing nothing is too great a price to pay.
Oh, and to the president: you’re apodictically fustian (def. 6); an otiant, insulse dictator whose rugated butt needs to leave the Oval Office. You have disrespected the American people for much too long and you and your kleptocratic kakistocracy need to all be arrested, fined and imprisoned for the rest of your lives, returning every penny of pay, vacation costs, and outlays the American people have financed since your louche rasorial nose got in there!