Words Matter

Words matter

When he was running for speech-maker-in-chief, Barack Obama gave, well another speech. This time in an attempt to counter his opponent Hillary Clinton’s claim that all he has to offer are speeches, Barack Obama, borrowing heavily from former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, gave his “famous” “Words Matter” speech.

“Don’t tell me that words don’t matter. ‘I have a dream.’ Just words. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words.”

Yup. That’ll go down in the history books.

Words matter. So claims none other than Barack Hussein Obama.

Yesterday, Obama showed some seriously strong emotion for the first time since 49 American citizens were slaughtered by a Islamic jihadist in Orlando. And the emotion and anger came when he was attacking Republicans.

Said the man who believes that words matter:

“For a while now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize this administration and me for not using the phrase “radical Islam.” That’s the key, they tell us — we can’t beat ISIL unless we call them “radical Islamists.” What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?”

Permit me to answer you, Barack.

Words matter. “I have a dream?” Just words. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal?” Just words.

Words matter.

If you didn’t believe that words matter, Barack, why is it you wanted the Library of Congress to remove the term “illegal alien?”

If you didn’t believe that words matter, Barack, why did the White House use the words “Founding Founders” instead of “Founding Fathers?”

What exactly would using this label “Founding Founders” accomplish?

What exactly would using this label “unauthorized immigrant” instead of “illegal alien” accomplish?

What exactly would it change?

Words matter, Mr. President.

Because the choice of words we use says a lot about the narrative we want to advance.

“Founding Founders” was your way of kowtowing to the Leftist narrative opposing the “White Patriarchal” stain on American history. Calling illegal aliens “unauthorized immigrants” was your way of trying to downplay the fact that those “immigrants” aren’t immigrants at all, but rather foreign nationals who are living in our country illegally.

Words matter.

You do not want to call these “violent extremists” Islamic radicals or radical Islam or even Islamic State because you do not want the narrative to include the reality that these barbarians have one thing in common: Islam.

It matters what words you use or choose not to use.

It’s why you choose to call semi-automatic rifles “assault rifles” even though they are not “assault rifles.”

“So there’s no magic to the phrase “radical Islam.” It’s a political talking point; it’s not a strategy.”

Yes, it is true, the phrase is not “magic.” But the refusal to use the phrase is exceedingly telling. It tells me all I need to know about your priorities.

And your priority — the priority of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States — is protecting and defending Islam, rather than protecting and defending the people of the United States. Your strategy is downplaying the threat of radical Islamists while hectoring Americans about what you perceive as the real danger: Islamophobia.

When radical Islamists attacked a Christmas Party in San Bernardino, the first thing your Attorney General — the chief law enforcement official of the United States — did was announce that the Justice Department would be monitoring for “anti-Muslim” rhetoric and Islamophobia.

Radical Islamists managed to operate freely within our borders, and Loretta Lynch was more concerned about hurtful words directed at Muslims.

You yourself, in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attack, took the opportunity to appear in the Oval Office and lecture Americans about how terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

Your choosing not to use the phrase “radical Islam” is purely political. It helps you to justify continuing to import Muslims from dangerous and volatile regions of the world into the United States. No Islam to see here; move along.

In fact, your choice of the acronym ISIL over ISIS, Islamic State or simply IS is also significant.

ISIL stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” “The Levant” is a geographical area that includes, among other nations, the free and Democratic Jewish State of Israel. It is not by accident that you choose ISIL.

Because words matter.

You will never refer to this barbaric group as “Islamic State” because you want to downplay the fact that this barbaric group is, in fact, Islamic.

Words matter.

You believe that by calling these barbarians “radical Islamists,” we are somehow giving them validation. And yet, what kind of validation do you give this group of barbarians when you choose to use the name that gives them authority over the State of Israel?

Words matter, Mr. President.

After all, you told us so yourself.

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