There are certain words that appear to be no longer known.
Or, at least they’ve been unrecognizably redefined.
A few new meanings:
Another term revolutionized: democracy.
It seems that frequently when a politician makes a statement, there’s a little voice in their ear: “Pssst. Say something about democracy being threatened. It doesn’t have to make sense.”
“We cannot allow Republicans to pass the new tax bill. It’s a threat to democracy.”
And this, which has absolutely happened:
“We cannot allow the election results to stand. It’s a threat to democracy.”
What democracy used to mean, ironically: Voters getting to choose.
On Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren gave the revolution a shot:
“The stakes of this election are too high. We need to fight the spread of false information that disempowers voters and undermines democracy. I’ll do my part—and I’m calling on my fellow candidates and big tech companies to do their part, too.”
The stakes of this election are too high. We need to fight the spread of false information that disempowers voters and undermines democracy. I’ll do my part—and I’m calling on my fellow candidates and big tech companies to do their part, too.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 29, 2020
Way to go, Liz.
Does “democracy” now mean “Elizabeth Warren wins the presidency”?
One person unimpressed with the effort: Hollywood star (and, in my view, underrated comedic actor — see 50 First Dates) Rob Schneider.
Apparently, to Rob, Warren was saying voters are imbeciles and Elizabeth and the smarties have to help the multitude of morons.
He didn’t appreciate it:
“Thank YOU @ewarren for treating Americans like we are so completely f#cking stupid that we can’t think for ourselves. Luckily, we have leaders like YOU who can tell us what to believe & how to vote. You are right: The stakes are too high to trust the people to decide for themselves.”
Here’s a word that hasn’t yet been repurposed: WHOA.
Rob’s a man of the people, and he’s offered some great ideas in the past.
Like this one:
Sorry to have to repeat this again:
Free Speech is ALL speech.
Even the speech that you find repugnant. You are either for ALL of it or…
you are for none of it.
We don’t need people deciding FOR us what to think, see or hear.
That’s a load of totalitarian crap.
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) November 22, 2019
Ya know what could rub elbows with the neighborhood of “totalitarian crap”? Giant tech companies interfering with the dissemination of information.
I hope they don’t.
“False information,” I’ve noticed, is far more subjective than it might seem.
I guess “false” is another evolving term.
In the meantime, let us all hope we dummies across the continent can find our way to the voting booths. We’ve got democracy to protect.
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