Our Ever-Shrinking Lexicon
Conservatives cannot talk about "food stamps" because it's code for some evil racist message. In a refreshing, much-needed moment, Newt Gingrich smacked that one down quite nicely.
Conservatives cannot talk about "Chicago" because that's also racist.
Conservatives must not say the word "angry" when referring to the president, because, well, by now we all know where this leads....racism!
Conservatives cannot talk about the president and "golf." Because, apparently, when you think about Obama and golf you think about Tiger Woods and sordid sex and it's all very demeaning and, well, you know the rest.
Who would have guessed?
There are many more "code" words, apparently. And no doubt in the weeks ahead, the left will continue to try to "educate" the public about them. ("Educate" being code for lie, distort, mangle, and mislead.)
In fact, the State Department has put our tax dollars to good use by coming up with a guide to offensive words and phrases.
I'm the last person who wants to inadvertently offend an innocent person. And should I use a phrase that has historical meaning that I am unaware of that another person finds hurtful, then by all means, I hope they'll speak up. I don't need my government deciding what's appropriate or inappropriate for me to say.
And that leaves us with perhaps the most egregious affront: the removal of all language from the national discourse on the most dangerous threat before us. A subject for another day.