By John L. Kachelman Jr.
“You change the course of your life with your words.”
Language is a critical element of civilization. Language defines the mores and enables peaceable existence. Language defines heroism but can also instigate insurrection. A change in language can change the history of a nation by allowing groups to facilitate fundamental transformations in the nation’s governing conscience.
The American language has been hijacked, manipulated, tortured and twisted to support perversion of basic civilities and morality. Language has become “plastic” in today’s upside down culture. This is not a modern phenomenon. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah)
Historical anecdotes abound showing how a twisted language misdirected, misled and manipulated a population to unimagined evil. The troubling consequence is aptly stated, “My people have exchanged their glory for that which is of no benefit” (Jeremiah).
Illustrating this tragedy …
I grew up in the heyday of the Russian propaganda machine. There were two major sources of Russian state-approved news. There was “Pravda” (“Truth”) and “Izvestia” (“The News”). Only the state media releases were to be trusted. Marxist censors quickly isolated and terminated other publications because they threatened the state’s control.
The sobering reality today is, the manipulation of language did not did die with the dissolution of the USSR.