“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
― George Orwell, 1984
I’ve lost count of the times, throughout my life, when I’ve turned on the news or opened a newspaper and discovered that a common word or name has been surreptitiously replaced with a new word or name seemingly overnight. It always reminds me of the infamous scene in Orwell’s Animal Farm where the pigs clandestinely altered the Seven Commandments in the middle of the night. The new word or name unvaryingly advances some facet of the leftwing agenda, and while it’s no surprise that those who relate ideologically with communism would use tools of propaganda to alter the status quo to better suit their goals, I am always left shaking my head when others go along with the scheme and start parroting the new terms as well. Take a listen to this Fox News report in which reporter Steve Harrigan refers to illegals as “undocumented migrants:”
So now “undocumented migrants” is how we refer to illegal aliens in the news?
Would someone please tell me what’s wrong with the term “illegal alien,” other than that it suggests certain truths that are inconvenient to the Left’s agenda? “It’s a pejorative,” the Left informs us. Hmmm. That’s like saying we shouldn’t use the word “rapist” to describe a rapist because it’s a pejorative. News flash to leftists: It is the underlying behavior, not the word, that makes it a pejorative, so rather than we all start using different words for this behavior my solution for those who take offense at the term “illegal alien” is to stop engaging in such behavior. Wouldn’t that be a much simpler way of resolving this whole “pejorative” problem?
Understand this, folks: people don’t just wake up one day and start renaming common terms for no reason. Everything we do has a purpose, and there is a very pointed political calculation behind every single language alteration schemed on us by the Left. Calling those who are here illegally the more innocuous sounding “undocumented” is for the calculated purpose of softening us to people’s crimes and diminishing our instincts to protect ourselves. It’s propaganda, and it serves somebody but that somebody isn’t us. Leftists are never looking out for you. It is always about acquiring more power for themselves.
Before I settled on the George Orwell quote to introduce this essay I considered a couple of other options, including the following:
“For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change”
This is a quote from the book, “Combat in the Erogenous Zone,” which was written by Ingrid Bengis. Bengis is a writer best known for the aforementioned book, but what struck me in her bio, and what makes her quote worth mentioning, is that it just so happens to have been borrowed by none other than our former dear leader, Barack Obama, who quoted Bengis in one of his 2008 campaign speeches. I could not have asked for better evidence that the Left’s elites are keenly aware of the power of language and how to use it as a weapon in their war against America as we know it. Thanks to the Left’s takeover of the education system in this nation, we know how to read but we don’t know how to read between the lines. That’s what makes propaganda so effective. We need to continually fight for our language and resist the Left’s efforts to obscure truth.
They’re illegal, not undocumented.