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A False Premise of Leadership

July 5, 2010
Sandy Stringfellow

King Barry: Subterfuge, cunning, misdirection, and prevarication

It was in high school that I first read “Animal Farm”, the brilliantly satirical expose of Stalinist communism by George Orwell. Among other things, Orwell illustrated how control of language determines the outcome of events.

“Newspeak” was the modus operandi of those seeking power, with indoctrination of thought being the end result.

Although many words in our English language often have specific meanings, the impressions left upon us from the manner in which words are used in society often have as great an effect as the actual definitions themselves.

The word “racist” is thrown around quite a bit these days. In most cases, a more accurate word for the intended meaning of the insult is “bigot”.

Through political correctness, we’ve been conditioned to understand that “racist” has a greater negative political charge than “bigot”, and we respond with a more pronounced knee-jerk reaction when it is used.

Even though it would appear, in this day and age, that few people in America are actual racists, most of us have been taught to be afraid of the word.

It’s not the meaning of the word that counts, but the perceived impact of the word.

The story continues …..

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