Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Drop the I-word?

Here's the pledge:

I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

What's with the constant redefining of words from the left?  We can't use 'illegal' as a description anymore, because it is a 'racially charged slur?'

I don't get it.  Law abiding people are legal.  Law breakers are illegal.  Where's the slur in that?

An illegal medical practitioner breaks the law.  Illegal contributors to campaigns do too.  Even drug dealers can be legal or illegal.  What is the point of this, except to muddy & obscure normal definitions in order to deceive & convey a falsehood.. that is, that illegal immigrants aren't really illegal.. just undocumented.

I understand the arguments for it:

The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration. No human being is "illegal."

But i disagree that we have to throw out descriptive words because of any implications some people MIGHT extrapolate from them.  It is not a racial slur.  It has no racial connotation at all.  White, black, asian, hispanic, & people from mars can all be 'illegal aliens'.

I see this as just smoke from the anarchists & no border people.

Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  ~George Orwell

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