Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The International Gunrunner Regime's devaluing of language in order to devalue their opponents. Preparatory to what, exactly?

"When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master— that's all." -- Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Joe Biden now using LTI, the language of the Third Reich.

"No, the most powerful influence was exerted neither by individual speeches nor by articles or flyers, posters or flags; it was not achieved by things which one had to absorb by conscious thought or conscious emotions.

Instead Nazism permeated the flesh and blood of the people through single words, idioms and sentence structures which were imposed on them in a million repetitions and taken on board mechanically and unconsciously. . . language does not simply write and think for me, it also increasingly dictates my feelings and governs my entire spiritual being the more unquestioningly and unconsciously I abandon myself to it.

And what happens if the cultivated language is made up of poisonous elements or has been made the bearer of poisons? Words can be like tiny doses of arsenic: they are swallowed unnoticed, appear to have no effect, and then after a little time the toxic reaction sets in after all.

The Third Reich coined only a very small number of the words in its language, perhaps - indeed probably - none at all. . . But it changes the value of words and the frequency of their occurrence, it makes common property out of what was previously the preserve of an individual or a tiny group, it commandeers for the party that which was previously common property and in the process steeps words and groups of words and sentence structures with its poison. -- Victor Klemperer, LTI -- Lingua Tertii Imperii (The Language of the Third Reich). A Philologist's Notebook.

NYT columnist Joe Nocera says Tea Partiers "have waged jihad on the American people." Joe Biden, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, as noted in a post below, "likened tea partiers to terrorists." These are but two of a "dogs and cats, living together -- mass hysteria!" chorus from the Democrat collectivists, the party of the International Gunrunner Regime.

Yet the Wall Street Journal says Tea Party Sees No Triumph In Compromise. And the LA Times says "Debt ceiling: A squandered deal."

After months of back-and-forth between President Obama and congressional leaders on raising the debt ceiling, the least one could expect is that the deal they finally reached would solve something. It does not. The best to be said for it is that it would preserve the United States' credit rating for another year and a half, and for that the nation can be grateful. But it doesn't chart a path out of the country's economic problems, the government's fiscal troubles or even Washington's dysfunctional squabbling.

One of the most striking things about the proposed agreement, which the House approved Monday, is how little progress was made in the months of talks. It doesn't slow the growth in entitlement spending or curb the exemptions and deductions that have proliferated through the tax code. Entitlements were taboo for too many Democrats, and tax increases for too many Republicans.

Even Gang of Six Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn speaking on MSNBC this morning called it "a victory for the politicians and a defeat for the people." Listening to the details as he deconstructed them, I had to agree that this was less than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

So, to what do we attribute the Democrats collectivists' devaluing of words like "Jihad" and "terrorist" when they apply them to their certainly non-violent political opponents? Why do they use, as Klemperer called them, "poison words" when speaking about the Tea Parties?

Klemperer's book not only documents how the Nazis used words to marginalize, dehumanize and ultimately justify killing their opponents, it also demonstrates that, in the words of the Wikipedia reviewer, "resistance to oppression begins by questioning the constant use of buzzwords."

The characterization of Tea Party activists as "terrorists" is ludicrous to anyone who knows one in person. Surely, even the people who are using these words must understand how over the top they are when used to describe the blue-haired old ladies who bake cupcakes to raise money for conservative candidates. Don't they?

Or do they? Something else must surely be going on here.

Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. -- Wikipedia.

Klemperer writes with great irony about the ability of Nazi murderers to ascribe murderous intent to their victims. I rather think that is what is going on here.

Calling your political opponents terrorists is no accident. For everyone knows what should happen to real terrorists. They should be killed. Right? The only question is, who are really the terrorists?

When the Vice President of the United States calls his peaceful political opponents terrorists, what he is saying is he would like to see them dead.

The Regime of International Gunrunners' use of language may be ludicrous, but don't laugh.

Whatever you do, don't laugh.

According to Klemperer's experience, you'd better take them damned seriously.


Anonymous said...

And it isn't by accident that these words are coming from more than one source, at the same time.

These people are Marxist collaborators, conspirators, striving to seize this country. A blind man can see it but you'll never hear any mention of it in the media. Because? Because they are driving the activity. Without their interventions on behalf of everything left, there would be no left.

Dave said...

Marginally related, here's a computer desktop picture combining the "Don't tread on me" and Three Percent symbols...


(Snake graphic modified from original by Vikrum Lexicon.)

Ashrak said...

Projection, which I agree 100% is exactly what is taking place, cannot be imposed, it must be willingly accepted, or else it is just mindless chatter falling on deaf ears.

The people of this country have become slaves to and by their own willful ignorance. They fall for "revenue" instead of "tax", "undocumented" instead of "illegal" (immigrant), "obligation" or "commitment" rather than "spending". Worst of all, they fall for the overall premise that government exists to "allow" and "permit", as opposed to "protect" and "defend", the exercise of inalienable rights.

To be sure, the gunrunning projectors in Washington are guilty as sin, but the other regime, the one that claims to be defenders of the republic and individual Liberty, is guilty of its own malfeasance just the same.

Mark my words, as the economy continues the spiral into the abyss of socialism, this "debt ceiling deal", will, no doubt, eventually be blamed on the TEA party people - with Democrats AND Republicans joining hands attempting to escape their own due responsibility by projecting it upon the Liberty movement.

There is only one solution. Stop voting for Democrats and stop voting for Republicans who act like Democrats.

WarriorClass said...

Don't leave home without your gun from this time forward. They have defined us as the terrorists that they clearly are, with the intent to kill. They have voted themselves the right to steal every last dime you have earned, and will kill you if you do not cooperate.

Shoot back.


10ksnooker said...

I doubt joe is smart enough to know what the NAZIs were all about.

millerized said...

Sooner or later, I'll start believing them....and start acting like they want me to...or should I say how they expect me to act given the moniker by which they choose to brand me.

I think I need some range time this weekend.....

Sean said...

Rapists often use filthy language around their victims, before they attack, to test the victims reaction to the words and obvious intent of the rapist. If the would be victim is submissive, and doesn't leave right away, or make some definite defensive move, the rapist attacks. It doesn't always play out that way, but the Commies in our govt. are using the same method, sizing us up, seeing how it sets on us to be villified and insulted. If they think for one minute they've got the edge, they'll go.

Col Bat Guano said...

I'm not laughing Mike, but say public ads and posters of Slow Joe pointing at "blue-haired old ladies who bake cupcakes to raise money for conservative candidates" screaming "Terrorist!" at the top of his lungs is the kind of ridicule he needs slapped across his and every leftian's face. Think Rush's photoshopping of flame flying out of algore's mouth. It was one of the devices that effectively neutered him as the general public came to see him as a fraud.

Americans are not Germans in the middle of poverty and tea party supporters are not Jews, so the analogy is somewhat flawed, but a warning to take nonetheless. Biden's latest gaffe is more evidence our enemy is growing desperate. As the desperation mounts, so will their billious rhetoric increase. The problem is, no one outside their inner circle will give it any merit unless we let them. Time to match their desperation with increasing helpings of facts coupled with ridicule.

MamaLiberty said...

Great find, Mike! I had not seen that book before.

Words have meaning. We must defend the actual meaning and honest use of words as vigorously as we do any other aspect of liberty.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing when I heard it. If you can convince enough people they are living next to are terrorrists, then how long will it be before people accept a violent "war on terror" here at home? And how many of us really think they will try to "win our hearts and minds" before they stampede in in the middle of the night to kill our families?

Anonymous said...

Only in Washington DC would a promised $2T decrease in an assumed $9T increase, leaving us a further $7T in the hole, be ballyhooed as a "cut". We has been had once again, boys and girls! Hopefully none of your are surprised.

But apparently the markets were. Their failure to have the deal's parameters already factored in was there for all to see when the indices hit the skids just after the final vote in the senate.

Next to weigh in will be the debt rating agencies who plainly said for the last three months that a real cut of $4T would be the minimum required for US debt to keep it's AAA rating.

Hold on to your wallets!

Anonymous said...

In the 1600's the British navy did battle against "squareheads", "froggies" and "dagoes". Not a Dutchman, Frenchman, or Spaniard in the lot. The US Army campaigned to exterminate "redskins", not "Native Americans". We went to war in the 1940's against "krauts" and "japs", not Germans or Japanese. Any of you remember seeing "slopes" or "gomers" in Viet Nam?

It is easier to destroy your fellow man if he is first dehumanized. So now we have TEA Party adherents continuing the slide through "teabaggers" (funny how the left, who support gay rights, use a homophobic slur in this case) right into "terrorists".

But this isn't really new. DHS Secretary Janet (from another planet) Napolitano said all returning vererans needed to be watched as possible terrorists. Why would you think the rest of us would be treated any better?

Eric said...

I believe we are entering a dangerous new era in our fight for Liberty.

Bad Cyborg said...

Lincoln (may the statist bastard rot in hell) is supposed to have said

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. "

But every huckster, media pundit, used-car-salesman, snake oil salesman, Rolex-wearing "Evangelist" and politician knows is that you NEVER have to fool ANY of the people ALL of the time. No sir! All you have to do is fool ENOUGH of the people ENOUGH of the time. And that is exactly what the inhabitants of Mordor on the Potomac do. Time and time again. And why? Because IT WORKS!! Orwell may have coined the word, "newspeak" in 1948, but it is much, MUCH older than that. I would be surprised if public office holders in the first city didn't practice it.

And since the LSM is 100% in agreement with the current regime, that is the "truth" that is being disseminated. And there is nothing little people such as ourselves can do about it.

Oh, and in the country of the blind the one-eyed man (or men) is NOT a king but a pariah; a Cassandra.

To-do list:
Stockpile necessities

eddymatthews said...

Coburn is the same punk who called for a ban on agent orange claims.

sirmatthew said...

Good to see you here Ashrak.

I've known childhood friends whose parents called them condescending names when they were young. Sometimes it continued into their teen years. While the parents may have been joking or simply insensitive, in time the kids actually came to believe they really were stupid and slow. Sad.

Just saying, with enough repetition the target of the verbal abuse begins to believe it and act accordingly. If the verbal abuse buzzword is "terrorist" then can we presume some will eventually take it to heart and live up to the expectation? They'd better be careful with such disrespecting words or they are going to reap what they sow.

Dave said...

Someone (I wish I could remember who) wrote an essay about a year ago suggesting the following: Stop allowing the feds to tax individuals. Give the states power to put the federal government on an "allowance." The states would tax individuals and give the feds enough money to do their Constitutionally mandated job, and no more. If the feds fail to do their job correctly, no more money from the states. I thought it was an interesting idea. It would end the tyranny the feds have over the states, and squash the insulting arrogance the feds continually display.

This outrageous, immature, disgraceful, and embarrassing behavior from the VP of the United States proves two things: First, the only way to get the fed's attention is to restrict their spending. But like a spoiled little brat, even threatening to withhold a little of OUR and OUR CHILDREN'S money instigates a giant temper tantrum.

Second, when we do threaten to restrict their irresponsible unrestrained spending, they react with threats of murderous violence. What the feds are saying is, "By labeling you a terrorist, I now have the legal authority to imprison and/or kill you." One may argue that the feds can think that all they want, but that legal authority that they think this gives them is not legitimate. I would argue that they have been acting without legitimate authority (The confines of the Constitution and the consent of the governed) for a long time, and have gotten away with it so far.

As of now, comparisons between our "leadership" and the vile tyrants of the past are appropriate. By studying the behavior of those despots, which lead up to their murderous rampages, will we see parallels? It appears we already are. For example, Hitler set the stage for the Holocaust by vilifying the Jews by blaming them for German society's problems. Is there any difference here?

Anonymous said...

I like how actual jihadis aren't jihadis anymore (they're unconnected lone wolf unfortunate incident creators who all happen to yell "ALLAH IS GREAT!" before they kill people or blow stuff up), but everyday Americans are.

Doesn't that usage even fly in the face of what they tell us "jihad" "really means"? That is simply means "struggle"?

This linguistic devaluation goes at least one level deeper.

Anonymous said...

Dave said:

"I would argue that they have been acting without legitimate authority (The confines of the Constitution and the consent of the governed) for a long time, and have gotten away with it so far."

A famous terrorist wrote:

"...and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government." -- Thomas Jefferson

Semper Fi, 0321 said...

As with the DHS/TSA, they are testing us to see if we push back. Which they already know, we won't!
And everyone asks, "but why would the Jews get on the train? Didn't they know any better?"
Well folks, 60 years later, we get to see the experiment played out again. We just never learn, do we?

Anonymous said...

Dave said: "For example, Hitler set the stage for the Holocaust by vilifying the Jews by blaming them for German society's problems. Is there any difference here?"

Yes. We're armed to the teeth and eager to right the wrongs.

Anonymous said...

My response to people insisting that, as a right-wing Christian white male gun owner, I'm a terrorist/murderer/psychopath is this simple question:

"If that assertion is true, then why are *you* still breathing?"

Generally gets them to stop yapping, and to stop embarassing themselves, at least for a minute.

Made one guy wet himself, but that's not normal...

LJ said...

I cannot take being de-humanized lightly, nor should anyone. Read the "Gulag Archipelago" and wonder what the state having the ultimate power accomplishes.

Someone has to preserve the Republic for our children. Someone has to speak out. Someone has to stand before the enemy in defiance.

They have forgotten the maxim: "Always leave your opponent a way to escape." I fear for our Republic...I fear for our once free people.

Anonymous said...

If you view me as a terrorist, then do something about it.

I for one am sick and tired of this crap. I will not live in chains, or bow a knee to these thugs. I have given my inch, and will not back up anymore.

PATRICK HENRY was right, it is liberty, or death.

Anonymous said...

Our Government has begun to dream of Democide...they will not relinquish power peacefully.