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Ron Paul: Meaningless Words In Politics

As we enter the fall political season, we will hear a great deal of rhetoric from both major political parties and their many candidates for office. It’s important for us to remember, however, that words can be made meaningless by misuse or overuse. And when we as citizens allow politicians to obscure the truth by distorting words, we diminish ourselves and our nation.

For example, we’ve all heard politicians use the words “democracy” and “freedom” countless times. They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different. They have become what George Orwell termed “meaningless words”. Words like “freedom,” “democracy,” and “justice,” Orwell explained, have been abused for so long that their original meanings have been eviscerated. In Orwell’s view, such words were “often used in a consciously dishonest way.”

Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As just one example, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word “democracy” as a synonym for freedom. Thus we are conditioned to believe that democracy is always and everywhere benevolent.

Much more: http://lewrockwell.com/paul/paul819.html

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Well worth reading. Why Dr. Paul can't be our President.......

.....I will never understand. Why are so-called Americans so afraid of liberty?

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After women's minds

After women's minds (including my wife's), it's the second greatest mystery of the entire universe for me right now.

(At least the first mystery is a fun and positive one, though)

I am really DUMBFOUNDED it can even still go on. Ever since the Federal Reserve + IRS infamies in 1910/1913.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Back on topic, re:

Back on topic, re: "democracy".

You know, it's sort of funny, if it were not quite sad, in fact...

As of today, I'm literally AMAZED that so many people in our modern societies STILL HAVEN'T figured out about a SCAM ON WORDS ... even older than the SCAM of the Federal Reserve itself.

The SCAM involves the LOOSE relationship between THE NOUN, DEMOCRACY, and THE ADJECTIVE, DEMOCRATIC.

A REPUBLIC likely implies DEMOCRATIC voting processes :

by which SHOULD BE ONLY MEANT that SOME PEOPLE vote, SOMETIMES, for their to-be-elected representatives (candidates) on SOME ISSUES.

This is, by wisdom, A WEAK ASSUMPTION :

you should NEVER REQUIRE that it's EVERYBODY voting ON EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME ! Still, that is DEMOCRATIC, in the strict sense, as opposed to having only ONE KING or ONE BLOOD LINE NEVER CONSULTING the People ON ANYTHING.

Hence : Republic => (implies...) DEMOCRATIC processes. And THAT'S IT !

However !

Republic /= (not equal) Democracy ! Because Democracy's ideal is PRECISELY TO PUSH this to an extreme : TO GIVE THE VOICE TO ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME, ON ANYTHING.

But, since, for practical reasons, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE, Democrats find the compromise of MANIPULATING THE MASSES, instead. To generate a MAJORITY.

This is where THE PURPOSE AND DESIGN of the system DEFEAT THE INTENT :

the People have THE FALSE idea that their voice is INFORMED ENOUGH while IT IS **NOT** because THE MAJORITY CAN BE CRAFTED BY THE CORRUPTION OF POWER THEY HAVE PUT, TOO CONFIDENT AND RECKLESS, AT THE TOP.

QED.

This is why an ideal Republic should always be cautious with the extent and relevance of the democratic processes it picks up.

History has given us MANY EXAMPLES OF DEMOCRACIES turning into DICTATORSHIP :

Roman Empire.

The Soviets.

... do I need to add more ?

I will never, EVER advocate for Democracy. I'd rather get a King and hope for the best in the blood line not being messed up.

DEMOCRACIES serve best the CROOKS, THIEVES, THUGS, MOBS, who ONLY AIM at climbing the ladder above the masses to ENSLAVE them.

I am still DUMBFOUNDED on how not many more people haven't realized that yet, in 2012 !

'Hope this helps.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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It's one of my favorite

It's one of my favorite topics.

It's not just about specific words.

It's a general scheme of dumbing down and betraying the language itself. In all tongues, not just English :

works by emptying the words, stripping their meanings out, or maintaining the confusion between sometimes vastly antagonistic words.

Example :

rights /= entitlements.

Guess who profits best from this scheme ? POLITICIANS, of course. Duh.

Oh, and Tosh.O, too (for the fun part)

Not to mention the complete disregard or disdain for History, Economics, etc.

And on, and on, and on.

But Thank God, if one knows how to dig the WWW thoroughly enough, it's a most precious source to fix one's own ignorance.

It's just homework. You can do it good or bad. But some people don't even bother doing ANY of it (a big proportion of OWS being a recent example *) and confuse knowledge acquisition with enjoying the plot of Robin Hood movies and alike.

P.S.
* At least if I can judge for myself on some Daily Paul's threads !

'HTH

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

'We need to spread democracy around the world'

Is a good example of how distorted a word has become.

We need to spread tyranny of the majority around the world?

Isn't it called the Statue of Liberty? Not the Statue of Democracy?

Doesn't our Supreme Law state that every State shall be guaranteed a republican form of government? Not a democratic form of government?

Didn't the Father of our Constitution, President James Madison, write, "Democracy is the most vile form of government..."

Didn't Benjamin Franklin tell us we had a republic, if we could keep it?

Isn't it "...to the republic for which is stands..with liberty and justice for all?"

Where did 'democracy' come from?

Democracy In a Republic?

I had always understood it to be the "democracy" came from the part of the system where we vote for the officials who were then supposed to maintain the republican values and system in the government process.

Right, the sole thing we are supposed to do democratically

Is elect representatives.

Once elected those representatives are sworn to vote in accordance with the law of the republic and not merely democratically.

Maybe there should be punishment for violating the law, especially one representatives are specifically sworn to obey. We have punishment for everything else except for representatives violating the supreme law of the land?

Besides the fact that we ignorantly allowed counterfeiters to set up a counterfeiting operation and buy control of our government, maybe the one ingredient missing is there is no specific punishment for representatives in the constitution.