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The most dangerous trend for the country over the last several years isn’t the GDP trendline or the unemployment rate.


It’s rather how liberals- especially Obama- have devalued and degraded words into having different meanings than their original intent.

In fact, they have perverted some of our best and most innocent words in a way not unlike someone who seeks to corrupt a virgin.

Words like “justice,” “fairness,” “racism,” “reform” and “equality” no longer can be used to support liberty and tear down barriers to success. Instead they are erected like armed forts in the midst of an occupied population.  

Liberals have destroyed what is best and most innocent about these words: their ideals.

In doing so, they have carefully corrupted some of the country’s best ideals into political whores with only one purpose: to satisfy a political desire in return for money.

It doesn’t matter to progressives. They’ll take cash, tax credit or tax increase. You pick.      

Today, for example, the word “justice” no longer has a moral or absolute value.

Instead, “justice” demands that we convict someone of a crime before an investigation is even complete, as we see with George Zimmerman. It demands the lynching- either in fact or in effigy- of “white” people as atonement for the sins of the past in a kind of political Passion play.  

“Justice” demands that race and gender become a determining factor in the outcome of everything- court proceedings, elections, tax reform and the debate about entitlements.

It means that the Associated Press can write that whites’ negative feelings about blacks could cost Obama the election while completely ignoring the statistical fact that for blacks the single most important attribute driving black votes is skin color. 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama, while 4 percent voted for McCain.       

So, the word “racist” now means any person who stands against destructive, progressive ideas, like confiscating wealth.

The word “racist” can only apply to white males- or female turncoats who support conservative causes. The word “racist” can be applied selectively by progressive bigots who want to shame “race traitors” by labeling them “monkeys in the window.” But despite the progressive bigots’ overt “all-racism-all-the-time” they can’t be called racists.    

 “Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes,” wrote George Orwell in Politics and the English Language. “It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”

It also makes it easier for us to have corrupted ideals. Obama is using language carefully to corrupt our ideals, as Orwell demonstrated would happen in an undefined progressive future in both Animal Farm and 1984.

The word “profit,” too, has been corrupted by Obama. 

Obama has reverted “profit” to the discredited Marxist definition that all profit is just excess value produced by workers and then raked off by capitalists; capitalists who now need to pay their “fair share.” Even as Karl Marx acknowledged that his theory of profits had gone wrong, it hasn’t stopped Obama from ripping free market capitalism’s “greed.”

"It was tried in the decades before the Great Depression. It didn't work then. It was tried in the last decade. It didn't work," Obama said about free markets and income growth.

He says this despite objective evidence that the “free markets” that we have had under each administration prior to Obama’s have been responsible for the steadiest increase in average income in the history of the world.

We have had a century of prosperity. And Obama calls it “greed.” Obama says it doesn’t work.   Sure income growth may have leveled off a bit. But it’s still growing, as is our standard of living if you discount the Obama years.

“Greed” is now synonymous with the dirty word “profit” as long as it’s associated with capitalists. Greed by union workers in the form of rising taxes, unaffordable entitlements and state spending, however, is pur-fect-ly fine for progressives.

A tax credit going for the purchase of a government-approved automobile into the pockets of a family making more than $200,000 isn’t “greed” at all- it’s noble even. 

It’s all part of the general “reform” package of progressives.

They are “reforming” healthcare, which is already a huge, ungovernable bureaucracy, by making it even more unwieldy, bureaucratic and ungovernable.

When we have to pass a “reform” bill and see it in operation before even knowing what the effect will be, that’s the definition of ungovernable. And of course anyone who opposes the melding of the meaning of the word “ungovernable” with the word “reform” is “racist.”

We’ve had energy policy “reform” as well.

That variety of “reform” has led to higher gas prices at the pump and less availability of our most abundant domestic energy sources, coal and oil.

And the billions in subsidies given out to Obama’s cronies to support our anti-energy energy policy has just been the chump change of “reform.”

In no way should we confuse the green energy “greed” with the “greed” showed by the bankers who tried to get everyone to buy a home- as directed by the federal government in the name of “equality.”

For Obama progressives, words have stopped being noble things, valuable things, despite the high-sounding rhetoric in which words are always carefully corrupted by them.

Words for liberals have instead become a deconstructed and debased metal that is meant to glitter in the eye, even as it corrodes from the inside.

“As man sows, so shall he reap,” said Charles Chestnutt, who wrote about racism in post-Civil War America. “In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.”

While Chestnutt has a point, progressives pondering his meaning would likely choose to change the meaning of the word “dust” rather than change their own nature.

There’s an election coming up after all.        

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