Is Trump imposing his Extreme Ideological Agenda?
Censorship should never be tolerated, not even if it is related to the use of a few words and regardless of whether it comes from Trump or anyone else.
Lately, enforcers of political correctness have attempted to censor people´s free speech because using some words may be offensive to some people.
Political correctness, as John Carlin once said is the newest form of intolerance, or as Charlton Heston said, is tyranny with manners.
Either there is free speech or there isn´t. Having said that, what happens to language, words or catchy phrases that perpetuate lies or half-truths?
Should they be forced out of our language? Who decides what words are promoters of half-truths or lies?
Recently, the Trump administration requested, without further explanation, that some government agencies refrain from using the following seven words in official documents:
What do these words actually mean and how would language be benefited or impaired if these words are neglected in literature or speech?
According to journalist, Stephen J. Lendman a frequent contributor to this publication, the Trump administration is exercising censorship by requesting that government agencies refrain from using these seven words.
Mr. Lendman asks the following question: “Are they the Trump administration’s political equivalent to the seven deadly sins?”
“Shades of Orwell newspeak, changing language, limiting thought to the lowest level, so no one can question what they’re told, along with doublespeak, disguising language to conceal uncomfortable truths,” argues Lendman.
He cites the opinion of representatives from government agencies who disagree with the Trump administration´s decision to disable the seven words from their official documents.
“To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very dangerous, and not just to transgender people,” says Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
According to her, the move to avoid the use of the word transgender means that the government desires to make transgender people disappear. But is that the intended result? It is difficult to say since the Trump administration did not explain the reason to request the omission of the word in official government agency documents.
Most people who oppose the Trump administration´s move to take out those seven words from official documents, argue the same point. They claim that “Trump is trying to impose an extreme ideological agenda,”
Is Trump´s supposed push for a political agenda what bothers Left-leaning liberals or is it something else? It seems the latter is true.
According to Kaylie Hanson Long, communications director at NARAL, Trump´s alleged attempt to prohibit scientific language from being used is nothing else than a sign of his intention to establish “an extreme, ideological agenda”.
In reality, what Left-leaning Liberals seem to be afraid of is that government may take their ill-acquired entitlements away.
Oops, I said entitlement, one of the words Trump allegedly wants to ban.
Lucky me, I do not work for a federal government agency.
Anyway, Left-leaning Liberals want the federal government to continue funding the murder of unborn children via the financing of Planned Parenthood.
They also want the government to use taxpayer money to pay for their sex changes and to finance so-called ‘sexual education’ for toddlers in primary schools.
The reason for their anger and concern is that they understand that having free money for abortion, genital transformation and forced sexual orientation is their RIGHT.
They believe they have the right to other people´s money and to use that money to pay for their expenses related to abortion, for example.
The arrival of one of the most liberal presidents in US history to the Oval Office, Barack H. Obama, increased the pressure for government to spend more taxpayer money to finance Planned Parenthood and other non-governmental organizations that offer “free” services to a segment of the population, but now that Trump is in office, things are changing drastically.
Let me be clear, I am not against people choosing or changing who they want to be, I am just against them doing it with my money.
Now, going back to the Trump administration´s request to take out those seven words from official documents, I will take a wild guess as to why this request was made.
There are words in language that are used to confuse, insult or ridicule people.
Let´s take for example the label conspiracy theorist. It is an adjective meant to ridicule someone who firmly questions the official story of any event.
Why hasn´t government called for the ban on it? Because it was brought to light by the CIA to ridicule those of us who don´t believe government official versions of events.
So why would the Trump administration want to ban those seven words? Could it be because of “an extreme” ideological agenda?
Let´s take the word Transgender. A transgender person is someone whose original sexual gender expression differs from what he or she believes to be. In other words, people who were born men or women who consider themselves of the opposite gender; male or female.
The word transgender was coined in 1965 by psychiatrist John F. Oliven of Columbia University to replace an existing word -transsexual- because, in his view, it did not properly describe what transgender people felt they were.
His intention was to provide a word with which transgender people felt comfortable with, something that helped them find an identity.
Now ask yourself the following question: Isn´t transgender a temporary state? Isn´t it a moment of transition between being a male or a female? It literally means transcend, or moving across or through.
So, being transgender is not necessarily a state but a transition moment.
How negatively will banning the word transgender from official documents affect those making the transition?
It depends on each individual, just as Oliven´s intention to provide a word to create an identity was his own idea.
Do we need a word for defining a transition moment when the goal is not the transition, but a different state or identity? You be the judge.
Now, let´s take a look at two other words that the Trump administration asked to be removed from official documents: ‘Science-based’ and ‘evidence-based’.
When it comes to science, reason and evidence are the two pillars that sustain scientific discovery.
Is it necessary to emphasize that something scientific is science-based or evidence-based then? Probably not.
Can a claim be valid if it is not based on the scientific method or scientific evidence? It is not. So, do we need the terms ‘science-based’ or ‘evidence-based’ in language? Aren´t these two terms redundant?
They may be as necessary as those made-up terms that dictionaries add to their lists every year as word of the year just because a small percentage of the population uses them.
So, is Donald Trump imposing his own ideological agenda by asking government agencies to dismiss seven words? Not likely. Is he starting some kind of language cleansing? Not really.
Does language need those words in order to survive? Not really.
Should government agencies or anyone else be banned from using words in their official documents? Never. However, the use of those words should be denounced when their use is intended to promote lies and half-truths.