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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Life in the Forbidden Zone: words frowned upon in modern American political debate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

When one of Jerry Brown’s aides was heard describing Meg Whitman as a “whore” some time back, there was a great hue and cry, even though they weren’t actually describing her in any sexual sense, but in a strictly political one.

Perhaps he should have said, Political whore.”

Whenever anyone dares to suggest that an elected official has prostituted their office - What? In America? - the supporters of the person being criticized always bring it around to the “you shouldn't call a person that terrible name” scenario.

Yeah, well, maybe we shouldn’t have politicians who sell out their constituents at the drop of a hat, either. Maybe we shouldn’t have elected officials who believe that corporate interests are more important than the interests of common humanity.

The mock outrage around the word “whore” is all very clever, and an obliging and simple-minded news media falls for it every time, unable to understand the real issues at stake - even if the viewers at home understand perfectly well.

Maybe we could settle on “prostitute.”

“Cass warfare” is another set of words that are frowned upon, except when spit out by well-dressed commentators on Fox News, as in. “_______ are trying to stir up class warfare.”

At which point most Democrats, labor leaders, social activists, or what-have-you seem to back away wildly, protesting, “No, we’re not.!”

Their response should be, “Well, we’re only responding to what your side started.”

Class warfare is very real and is acknowledged everywhere but on cable news; it’s time it is recognized there, as well.

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Shroud of Chagrin Department

Roy Baker has held the job of mayor in Fort Smith since 1991 - not 1971. Sometimes one’s fingers can be too damned nimble!

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You know of the disease called “sleeping sickness.” There also exists a sleeping sickness of the soul. It’s most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of its coming. That is why you have to be careful. As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. Your soul suffers if you live superficially. - Albert Schweitzer

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