Liberals always get caught by the semantic games they play
By J.J. Jackson
Semantics is the use language to manipulate the meanings of words in order to achieve a desired effect on an audience. For example when an angry liberal emails me and says, "someone should put a bullet in your head," I ask if that said liberal thinks that it would be good if someone killed me and then said liberal emails me back crying about how he, "never said that!" Well, this is semantics. Yes, it is indeed true that said angry liberal never uttered the exact words, "I wish someone would kill you," but what else does someone putting a "bullet in my head" imply? Still, to the liberal mindset, this liberal has never said anything as inflammatory as wishing me dead. This is precisely why it is so hard to argue with a liberal. No matter what they say, there is always some semantic argument that they will make that allows them to claim that they never really said what they said. It is like nailing Jell-o to the proverbial tree.
The examples of these semantic games played by liberals are numerous. Abortion is not "murder" because even though an innocent child is being killed in cold blood, they have come up with another name to call it. Formally declared wars are not "formally" declared wars because liberals do not like the verbiage that was used to initiate the use of military force (i.e. war). According to liberals, certain groups of people are not people (i.e. corporations) and said people are not entitled to their first amendment rights because liberals refuse to call them people. But on the other hand, labor unions, groups of people, had better be allowed their first amendment rights and then some or else holy Hell will break loose. Conservatives are "Nazis" because, even though Nazism stands for National Socialism and was practiced by the National Socialist German Workers' Party, the word "socialism" is not uttered when saying the words "Nazi". Therefore Nazi magically comes to mean "conservative" rather than left-wing, socialist, progressive moonbat.
And then of course there is Obamacare. Liberals have been all over the place on this one and whether or not the funding mechanism for the program is a "tax" or not. Whether or not it is varies on how Constitutionally inept the person they are arguing with is. It is a "tax" when they want to justify it under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives Congress the authority to levy taxes. For reference, the powers of Congress to "tax" are limited to:
When this is brought up and they can no longer hide ignorantly behind the "general Welfare" clause, their "tax" magically becomes not a "tax" but rather a "fee". They think that this change of name gets around the fact that the "fee"/"tax" is not Constitutional. Of course, their "fee" is still a "tax". Why? Well, we just need to look at the definition of terms.
"1 a : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes b : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses"
Since a "fee" is a:
"2 a: a fixed charge b : a sum paid or charged for a service"
Yeah, see what I mean about semantics? Both are "charges". The only difference is that a "tax" is a "fee" levied by an "authority" such as, oh, say the government? That means that a "tax" is a government imposed "fee". So "fee" or not, it is a distinction without a difference once again for liberals.
Thus it will go on like this until the end of time. Or, at least, until the world is devoid of liberals. And that will not happen any time soon. There will always be those in the world who are not half as smart as they think themselves to be. On top of that, there will always be useful idiots who will follow them and wallow in ignorance hoping that this time, just maybe, the stupidity that their leaders speak will magically become truth. So these pathetic, sophomoric, semantic games will go on.
.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.