Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Cant of Cant
I have officially become cynical of any political figure who uses certain words or phrases in public speech. It's not that the words themselves are meaningless, just that current political use of them has rendered them null and void. These phrases are now overused options for filling in adjective and noun blanks. Blanks like the ones in Mad Libs(tm).
I'm not asserting that these words are always meaningless in the mouths of politicians, just oh, 97% of the time. If these words appear, you can bet your fairy boots they are being cited to arouse a blindly patriotic knee-jerk or to focus hatred. I would like to suggest that when you hear these words, you substitute the following phrases. This should clarify the actual intent of the speaker and help you understand what is really being said.
- Sept. 11, 2001 = an excuse for our atrocities since; pity us; fear us.
- freedom = in reference to US culture, ability to drive cars; abroad, fascism.
- security = military rule.
- a stable democracy = puppet government; corporatacracy; a symbolic front for public consumption.
- our sacrifice is worth it = I'm glad you're willing to die so that out rich people can make more money.
- terrorist = Muslim; someone who speaks or acts against US interests; dissident.
- anti-terrorist = civilian casualties are unavoidable.
- global war on terror = imperial expansionism; breaking a few eggs to make an omlet.
- culture of life = fetus idolatry or fetishism.
- our brave soldiers = I'm willing to spill as much of their blood as necessary to achieve a stable democracy (see above).
- support the troops = don't question me!
- the proud US flag = didn't you hear, don't question me!