What would it mean to American if one side of the political debate abandoned the playing field? Well, it would look a lot like today as Attorney General William Barr referenced in a speech recently. With the media playing favorites and the Progressives fighting what is tantamount to a religious war, conservatives must change their ways or face a future America I know we can not stomach. In today’s episode, we’ll look at how President Trump plays the media to his advantage and see how we can adopt similar tactics to the aid of our country.
The Oxford Word of the Year 2019 is a climate emergency. Climate emergency is defined as ‘a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.’ The folks at Oxford continued; This year, heightened public awareness of climate science and the myriad implications for communities around the world has generated enormous discussion of what the UN Secretary-General has called ‘the defining issue of our time.’
But it is not just this upsurge in conversation that has caught our attention. Our research reveals a demonstrable escalation in the language people are using to articulate information and ideas concerning the climate. This is most clearly encapsulated by the rise of climate emergency in 2019.
Analysis of language data collected in the Oxford Corpus shows the rapid rise of climate emergency from relative obscurity to becoming one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.
Usage of the phrase climate emergency increased steeply over the course of 2019, and by September, it was more than 100 times as common as it had been the previous year.
The American Spectator wrote an article on this topic entitled “and the word of the year is…Climate obsessive impose their politics on the English language.” They wrote; “Oxford’s word of the year shortlist consisted of “climate action,” “climate crisis,” “climate denial,” “eco-anxiety,” “ecocide,” “extinction,” “flight shame,” “global heating,” “net-zero,” and “plant-based.” Just in case Oxford’s committee did not select “climate emergency,” Oxford’s committee essentially limited its nominees to words that conveyed a climate emergency. One might say Oxford really, to coin a term, “Oxforded” — verb to dictate a predetermined result under the guise of democracy — the process.
I think the American Spectators article sums up my thesis for today’s episode best, “Politics does not envelop the lives of users of dictionaries the way it does the producers of dictionaries.”
Over the last few decades, progressives have been working hard to control the language. If one can control the words we use, then they can control the way we think. 25 years ago, we made fun of the idea of political correctness. Jay Leno and the comedian cadre did entire sets on the absurdity of the political correctness movement. However, today, saying the wrong thing will put your career in jeopardy. How many lives do you know of that have been ruined because they used the wrong pronoun or made an off-color joke, or said something a progressive disagreed with? Heck, not even Democrats running for President are immune from the PC onslaught. Look no further than the treatment of Tulsi Gabbard and how Hillary Clinton referred to her as a Russian asset because she spoke against the people who’ve been anointed keepers of the progressive dogma.
There is one person in American who appears to be immune to the attacks from the progressive word assassins. Time and time again, the media referred to this person as finished, done, ruined. They said he would never become President. Of course, President Trump did win, and he continues to weather the unbelievable onslaught of attacks from 90% of the media and all of the progressive word masters. How?
Today’s episode is not about President Trump’s success as President, but rather his example of how to deal with political correctness.
On Monday before Thanksgiving, President Trump tweeted a photoshop image of his head on Rocky’s body. The media went wild. “How un-presidential,” they cried. Before leaving for a rally in Florida, President Trump signed an executive order supporting the protestors in Hong Kong. Again, the media lost their mind, “how dare the President inject himself in the dealings of another country.” When the protestors in Hong Kong waved American flags and praised the President, the media again lost their mind.
On Thursday (Thanksgiving), President Trump had his motorcade drive to the golf course. Meanwhile, the President staged a phony Air Force One on the runway in Florida while he returned to DC and then boarded an unmarked plane and flew to Afghanistan. So while the media is following the Presidential motorcade and reporting how unPresidential Trump’s behavior was, President Trump was feeding troops in a war zone.
The President’s answer to political correctness is to make fun of the keepers of the progressive dogma. During the 2016 Presidential election, President Trump used the media’s obsession with trying to ruin his campaign to gain additional media exposure. The President knows common-sense conservatives will see through the BS and get mad over the effort to suppress their beliefs. The President baits the media, the media reacts, and the American public gets a front-row seat to witness the political correctness madness.
For this tactic to work, one must have really thick skin. Think about all the names Trump has been called and how you would handle the onslaught? An average person would fall to the fettle position and rock in shame if just 1% of the negative attention the President receives were directed their way. The President knows he has the moral high ground and thus turns the whole thing into a game. Ok, it doesn’t hurt that President Trump is worth a few billion dollars…he can pretty much ignore the word assignation attempts and live a great life…but we need to focus on how we, normal conservative Americans, can learn from how President Trump combats political correctness.
To help shed some light on the war we are in, I would like to turn to two speeches given with Attorney General William Barr.
In a speech at Notre Dame this past October, Mr. Barr said:
Today we face something different that may mean that we cannot count on the pendulum swinging back. First is the force, fervor, and comprehensiveness of the assault on religion we are experiencing today. This is not decay; it is organized destruction. Secularists, and their allies among the “progressives,” have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.
Growing up in America, I learned that the political pendulum swing backs and forth on a seven-year cycle. Mr. Barr is suggesting the current tactics of the progressive soldiers go beyond the norms of American politics, and thus the pendulum may be stuck. In a monolog some months back, Tucker Carlson noted that when fighting against something evil, any means of combat are acceptable. Tucker fermented how using the term Nazi to describe their political advisories opens the door to defeating their advisories by any means necessary—including using violence.
This past November, in a speech before the Federalist Society, Mr. Barr said the following:
The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of “Resistance” against this Administration, it is the Left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. This highlights a basic disadvantage that conservatives have always had in contesting the political issues of the day. It was adverted to by the old, curmudgeonly Federalist, Fisher Ames, in an essay during the early years of the Republic.
In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursuing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.
Conservatives, on the other hand, do not seek an earthly paradise. We are interested in preserving over the long run the proper balance of freedom and order necessary for healthy development of natural civil society and individual human flourishing. This means that we naturally test the propriety and wisdom of action under a “rule of law” standard. The essence of this standard is to ask what the overall impact on society over the long run if the action we are taking, or principle we are applying, in a given circumstance was universalized — that is, would it be good for society over the long haul if this was done in all like circumstances?
For these reasons, conservatives tend to have more scruple over their political tactics and rarely feel that the ends justify the means. And this is as it should be, but there is no getting around the fact that this puts conservatives at a disadvantage when facing progressive holy war, especially when doing so under the weight of a hyper-partisan media.
Referencing words from Glenn Beck while he was still on the Fox News channel, the way to combat Progressives is to shed light on their words and actions and watch them scamper like cockroaches. The issue Attorney General Barr highlights is our conservative nature puts us at odds with how this tactic would need to be employed. President Trump succeeds in combating the Progressives because he can set up the media and force them to scamper like the cockroaches they are, but you and I can not garner the attention of the media as a weapon against political correctness; so what do we do?
Answer. Think smaller. The entire tactic of the Progressive warrior is to force you and me off the battlefield. They keep changing the rules of language, so we get frustrated and go home. President Trump shows us the media will never give up, but in their zeal for the fight, we can gain momentum in the battle. We just have to think tactically. When you are small, then you fight small battles…one couple at a time. The first rule is, don’t give up the battlefield. We can not coward in the corner while Progressives run a much with the English language. Based on how Oxford adds words, it is just a popularity contest. They measure the number of times per billion words a phrase is used to determine the winner. So we have to get in the mix and start using words of our own. We must reclaim the English language.
We will not get the New York Times to publish our sentiments, nor can we trick the Washington Post into following our mini-van while we make a surprise visit to the troops in a foreign war zone. However, we can influence the words in our church bulletins, out local newspapers opinion section, and conversations at the local barbershop.
We must start talking. It goes against our conservative nature, as highlighted by Mr. Barr, but this is a holy war in the eyes of the Progressive combatant, and we must get used to new ways…or watch the pendulum remain stuck way over on the left. To change the world, we must first change ourselves. Our fresh outlook on life will influence those around us, and they will, in turn, change. These exponential changes will overcome the media advantage Progressive warriors currently enjoy.