It is amazing how politicians can talk so much and yet say so little. Communication is also a bit distorted by the labels we use. As much as I loved President Reagan, I have always thought it outrageous that we would name a nuclear submarine CORPUS CHRISTI (Body of Christ) while it had missiles capable of destroying much of the planet. It was later renamed THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI to qualm crititics. Similarly, there was the nuke missile tagged as PEACE KEEPER. It helped to keep the free world free, but still it is a bit irksome.
Here is a funny speech about what we knew and when we knew it. After only a few words I was already utterly confused. It is really quite funny.
The British have become quite concerned about the matter of Newspeak, and how it can change the way that people think:
There is also the concern that big business and the media now has as much or even more power over communication than goverment. Listeners to conservative radio commentators seem to fall over each other to receive their accolades while adding scorn upon those attacked or criticized. Liberal voices in the media also seem to have many brainless disciples.
Words can be given contrary meanings and certain speeches possess a vast vagueness, where questions are not answered and there is a failure to take stands or to offer real solutions to our problems.
Greenspan is a remarkable figure because he admits his success at using language to further confuse an already lost congress. This makes him a honest man in my book, and a hero for giving congress back something of their own medicine.
Inconsistency, saying one thing when you mean another and later saying something else is also prevalent today. Politicians are timid about taking clear positions and alienating voters.
The pro-abortion forces often use deceptive language. Is an unborn baby just a BLOB or a ZYGOTE or an EMBRYO or a FETUS? Is it not a person throughout this development? Are not divisions rather arbitrary? Note that those who support the murder of children brush aside the title pro-abortion and prefer pro-choice instead. Note that instead of calling the opposition, pro-life, they call them anti-choice or anti-abortion. Because most people find the prospect of killing infants to be a tad obscene, the truth of the matter is hidden behind semantics and slogans. The Vatican even put out a glossary to help see through the fog of deception. For instance the “voluntary interruption of pregnancy” is just a lot of words for abortion and “reproductive health” is a codeword for contraception.