When the federal government imposed an “individual mandate” to buy health insurance, the latter became no such thing – even though people still mistakenly use the term when speaking about it.
Think about it (something the Left prefers you not do).
Insurance is – well, it was – a word used to describe something you have for just-in-case. To cover an unforeseen and unlikely calamity of some kind. The latter will probably not happen. It certainly hasn’t happened yet. You – and many other insured people – pay a little in, each – so that if one of you does experience the unlikely calamity, there is sufficient money to cover the expense without any of you incurring major expense.
A shared risk pool, in other words.
What happens when insurance is used to pay out a lot – for literally everything? When it covers what has already happened (i.e., “pre-existing conditions”).
It is no longer insurance.
It is something very different.
This is not a debate over the morality of the thing. It is about the etymology of the thing. To describe what most people are compelled to buy as “health insurance” is definitionally dishonest – a sleight of hand intended to manipulate people by manipulating how they think about things – by manipulating the meaning of the words they use to think about things. Without words, one cannot think about anything. One can only have feelings about them. It is impossible to articulate them – either to oneself or to others.
Hence the importance of not allowing them to be redefined – and then still using them as if they meant what they previously meant. That is how one loses a bout of verbal jujitsu before the bell for the first round is rung.
It is why we have been losing to the Left. Which understands the power of words as the means of controlling thought and so controlling people – often, without their even realizing it.
Vaccines, for instance.
This word has long been understood to mean an immunizing agent of some kind. If you take this vaccine, you will not get whatever it is you’ve just been immunized against, such as smallpox. And you won’t transmit smallpox to anyone else, either. That is what is understood when people hear – and use – the word vaccine. And that is why that word was used by Leftists to trick – and pressure – people into being injected with drugs that were no such thing, as was established in fact after people had been injected. Had those people been told, prior to being injected, that the drugs being pushed on them were (at best) symptom suppressors that might cause them to be less sick but which would not prevent them from becoming sick or spreading the sickness, how many would have agreed to be injected? How much harder would it have been to pressure anyone to accept being injected?
Hence the use of the word to describe what wasn’t.
Similarly, emissions – and pollution. These two words have been redefined in tandem for the same intended purpose.
For decades, emissions referred to the byproducts of combustion that caused (or worsened) pollution – the latter word understood to mean dirty, unhealthful things that fouled the environment. Specifically – as regards vehicle exhaust emissions – the air. Hence air pollution, as was once spoken of. It is no longer spoken of very much because air pollution is not much of a problem anymore, the emissions that caused it and worsened it having been almost completely eliminated from vehicle exhaust.
Yet we hear and read a lot about emissions. Of something else. Something entirely, fundamentally, different.
Whatever your stand on what is styled “climate change,” it is an incontestable fact that carbon dioxide does not foul the air or anything else and so doesn’t cause or worsen pollution. Yet it is styled an emission – in order to convey a false equivalence.
There is an oily kernel of truth of truth to such usage in that carbon dioxide is emitted when hydrocarbon fuels are combusted. But that is not what is meant. The intent is to conflate emissions that cause pollution with emissions that are said to cause something else. It is precisely of a piece with the use of the word vaccine to wheedle people into believing that the drugs they were being pressured to take would do what they understood vaccines do.
There are many other examples of etymological atrocities. For example, the use of phobic to imply that people fear what they disagree with. In order to ridicule disagreement as being noting more substantive than the fear of unfamiliarity. The parent who objects to a man dressed as a scantily clad woman grinding his package inches away from the face of his eight-year-old child is transphobic – the implication being he is afraid of men who dress as scantily clad women rather than disgusted by the sight of them and opposed to such sights being placed within sight of children.
Similarly, racism has been redefined to mean disagreement with views and policies that are manifestly racist – in terms of what the word used to mean and was understood to mean. That being an objectionable, mean-spirited dislike of and hostility toward certain people as a class, based on their color or ethnicity. It is now used to mean something it never meant in order to shame-silence those who do not dislike certain people as a class, based on their color or ethnicity – but do object to being told it is racist to disagree with anything they say or any demand they make.
The Left – the primary etymological abuser – can be countered by insisting on definitions prior to using words.
By not permitting the Left to redefine words – and then making the fatal error of using the same words with new meanings, substituted by the Left.
This is how the Left wins without us being able to fight.
Our weapons of self defense are the same words – specifically defined to mean what they meant, before the Left oilily inserted its new meaning.
One cannot win an argument with Humpty Dumpty by agreeing to use the words (and meanings) Humpty says, accepting new meanings, whenever he says.
Better to push him off the wall, instead.
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