When issues come up that divide people upon what course of action should be decided upon each side attempts to pick the word(s) that define the issue. Both, as to how they wish to present their side, and how they wish to portray the other(s) side’s position(s). The first side to lay claim to the words use to tag the issues gain a huge advantage in presenting their arguments. Picking a slogan is an exercise in propaganda, the goal is to get people to accept your argument without thinking. Examples abound…
The Abortion Issue:
Those favoring unlimited abortions quickly tagged their goal as “The Right to Choose”, and when those who believe that it’s wrong to kill a baby countered with “The Right to Life” tag they switched their tag to “A woman’s Right to Control Their Her Body” where it stands today. The battle still rages with more and more states limiting the unlimited right to get an abortion, but gains on the ‘The Right to Choose’ side with federal law (ObamaCare) requiring the payment for birth control by the insurance companies, as well as abortions for those who cannot afford to pay for them.
By picking “The Right to Choose” and “A woman’s Right to Control Their Her Body” it is an effort to cast those who oppose unlimited abortions as being against the rights of women in everything that they may choose to do instead of being for the rights of the unborn babies which they clarified with the tag “The Right to Life”.
The Environmental Issue:
Those favoring controlling what people can do with their land tagged their goal as “Substanable Growth”, while those who oppose the government’s control over a person’s property, as fas as I can appertain, are tagged “Stop Big Government”. The Sustainable Growth movement has its genesis in the UN’s Agenda 21, and for the most part has Slid under the most people’s awareness.
Another tag used by this group is “Endangered Species”, and use it to control what people can and cannot do with their own land and water. The Environmentalist use this to stop as many developments as they possibly can, suing for damage assessment studies where they can bring the law to bear.
By choosing Sustainable Growth as the tag it implies that anyone opposed is opposed to sustainability.
The Global Warming Issue:
The tag has gone from global warming, to climate change, to climate disruption, and now carbon pollution as it fail to get the respect those who wish to blame men for the warming of the earth during the last 60 years believed it deserved. They tagged those who did not agree with them as “Denialist” who re-tagged themselves as “Skeptics” and the other side as “Alarmists”.
By picking the word denialist there was a deliberate hope that the word would be associated with the “Holocaust Deniers”, in an attempt to get the people who paid slight attention to discount anything a “denier” might say. The other’s side tagging them as “alarmist” was an attempt to bring “Chicken Little” to mind.
And I will close with this…
The Black Grievance Industry’s “Hands Up; Dont Shoot” and “I Can’t Breath” are perfect examples of using language to control the debate. What are those who believe that due process were afforded to respond with? These tags as short, crisp, and make their point in a manner that requires no thinking, no further information, leaving the true believer with only a clear course of action, blame the cops that the white man uses to suppress the black man.
I do not think that “Law and Order” or “The Cops Are Our Protectors” will sway the debate at this juncture, but the point of this essay is that you should not be swayed by tags nor slogans, but look into the merits of issues before you pick sides.