Ask any lawyer about the importance of being precise or evasive with language. Alexander Hamilton and his federal supremacists understood. So did railroad lawyer and slave-not-freer Abe Lincoln. (For those who didnt know, Abe only freed slaves he had no power to liberate in the Confederate States. Slaves under his control including slaves held by his chief warlord U.S. Grant, remained most un-free for the duration of the war.) Bill Clinton was a masterful practitioner of the Art of Word (I did not have sex with that woman ). Which, by certain Talmudic parsings, he didnt. Not exactly. Wiggle room, you see. Of a piece with Hamiltons brilliant flim-flam about the general welfare.
That is how it is done.
To undo it, there must be a rebirth of what they called in cowboy flicks, straight-talking. Calls things by their proper name and challenge those who dont or wont. Make them say what they mean openly. If you fail to do so, youve accepted their terms.
Which means, theyve already won. Ask any progressive.
Or just wait. Hell soon be asking you to help.
Most people are innocent victims of verbal (and written) rights-rape. For example, public schools. Well, no theyre not. Yes, they are open to the public in the sense that the public is forced at gunpoint to send its children to them. Which gives us a clue as to the proper name that ought to be used in every instance of discussion: Government schools. It is what they are, in plain, direct and thus, honest language. Nothing less. Which of course is why honest language is not generally used to describe them. Because that might get people thinking along certain lines. Public sounds so much friendlier. Free, almost a vicious irony if ever there was. Youre not free to decline to pay for them (even if you dont use them). And most kids are certainly not free to not attend them. Very much what youd expect of a government school. Because the essential attribute of government is coercion force. The thing that must never be openly stated but always euphemized.
Like, for instance, consent of the governed.
Abe The Great Effronterer spoke eloquently of it while prosecuting a war of extermination to achieve its opposite. The southern states had withdrawn their consent to be governed by Abe who was elected by a minority of the voters, the majority of whom voted for someone else. The Southern states sought to govern themselves instead. And for this, they were hounded by armies of invasion and conquest as merciless as the legions of the Waffen SS, their cities laid waste, their women and children killed, the civilian populace deliberately starved out.