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Political Catch-Phrase

In the battle to garner favorable public opinion, the side with the best catch-phrase nearly always wins. Facts and figures may solidify a previously chosen position, but they rarely sway the low information voter. Leftists are experts at designer terminology; conservatives not so much. Like the strongest of gladiators, we confidently march onto the battlefield knowing we wield the two-edged sword of the truth. Instantly, the collectivists impale us with phrases like “Clean and Green”, “Affordable Care Act”, and “War on Women.” For conservatives to ever be competitive, we must learn to re-name arguments to stack the odds in our favor. Here are two examples.

“Physician assisted suicide” and “death with dignity” sounds so loving and meaningful only the cruelest public servant could oppose it. I did in Montana’s 2013 legislative session and still do. Proponents offered tear-jerking stories of loved ones teetering on the threshold of death for days, weeks, or months. The “compassionate choice” was to bump the patient into the abyss. Interestingly and obviously, no patient who has chosen physician assisted suicide has ever testified on the issue. Now watch what happens when we leave the procedure intact, but change the catch-phrase to “government assisted suicide”; a term more fitting to where America is heading and here is why.

Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the chief architects of Obamacare, wrote in The Atlantic, “…this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.” Mr. Emanuel’s op-ed displayed a chart showing the last significant contribution a person makes to society is at age 65, with the following years representing a drain on the community’s resources. Re-read that sentence and let it soak in because it should scare you. Once government is your only healthcare choice, treatment will be based not on what is best for you or your family, but what is best for the good of the whole. Government assisted suicide is a temporary stop on our way to forced euthanasia of utopia’s non-producers be they aged, or mentally or physically disabled. Shifting wasted Medicare and Medicaid funds to social programs secures power for the ruling class. Is this what the AARP had in mind when they endorsed Obamacare? Now to my last example.

The “non-discrimination ordinance”, or NDO, is a great political slogan because to oppose it automatically positions one as defending discrimination. When this ordinance appears before political bodies few public servants have the foresight to recognize an NDO purposely discriminates against a very specific group of people. When fully implemented, the ruling class will use the full force and power of government to silence those who disagree with them. Recently, the city of Houston used their non-discrimination ordinance to demand a group of pastors surrender any sermons addressing homosexuality or gender identity to government authorities. Those who refused could be charged with contempt of court. Unless you thrive on ignorance, you must realize letting government approve or reject the specific teachings of the church is a blatant violation of the First Amendment. If you still do not understand the problem, let’s change the name of the NDO to the more descriptive catch-phrase, the “Christian Censorship Act.” Now is it clear?

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