Words Matter: The Language of the Left

By Colonel Mike Angley

It used to be euphemisms were bad enough. You know, those polite ways of saying something uncomfortable. Instead of calling someone fat, years back we might have said, “He’s king-sized.” Today, the climate is hyper-sensitive, particularly with regard to the language the left uses in the immigration debate. More about that in a moment.

In our politically-correct (PC) modern era, language has become weaponized and those who refuse to go along with the virtue-signaling social justice warrior (SJW) class are demonized for ‘hate speech.’ For example, we have all sorts of new gender pronouns, the list of which is so dizzying it could make a fighter pilot pitch his cookies. Is someone a ‘ze,’ a ‘xem,’ a ‘ver, or a ‘xyr?’ Mess that up and in some states it could be a criminal offense.

Think I’m joking? Read, ‘New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen.’

The First Amendment is under assault as much as the Second. The left is always looking for ways to water down, chip away at, defeat or completely reverse the Bill of Rights.

How about the way liberals manage to give completely misleading names to things of importance, such as legislation? For example, the Affordable Care Act was neither affordable nor much about providing care. Net Neutrality is really the promotion of net bias. You get the idea.

Remember George Orwell’s 1984 depiction of ‘newspeak doublethink,’ something most folks call doublespeak? Well, it’s arrived.

So, what about the immigration debate? It gets interesting there. Conservatives tend to call those who are here illegally, ‘illegal immigrants,’ or the slightly-doctored up, ‘immigrants who are here illegally.’ The terms make sense in that these are folks who violated our laws to come here. While we on the right are driven by common sense, the left is motivated by emotion and agenda.

From progressives, we hear a host of denial-laced terms, such as ‘undocumented alien’ or ‘undocumented worker.’ I don’t know about you, but I don’t look at MS-13 gang-bangers, festooned in tattoos, and think to myself, ‘That nice looking gentleman is a hard-working family guy who simply lacks proper paperwork.’

A new term has emerged from the left-wing that makes me chuckle. The latest trend in feel-good nonsense is ‘foreign-born immigrant.’ Um, is there another kind? That’s as useless and redundant as saying your pet is a ‘feline cat.’

Words matter. When we hear this sort of virtue-signaling pabulum it is almost always from a liberal. When Republican politicians use such words, they are either pandering or they are actually left of center in their hearts and drawing from the well of what they truly believe. Republican-in-Name-Only (RINO), as it were.

I am a GENUINE conservative and Republican candidate for Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado. I oftentimes tell people on the campaign trail that I am a ‘political outsider but a law enforcement insider.’ By this, I mean I don’t follow the standard, ‘acceptable’ rules or norms of behavior for a politician. I am anything but PC. I tend to be blunt to a fault, but I am always an honest straight-shooter. The last thing to cross my lips are PC-words or the language of the left.

Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.

During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.

He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.

Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”

As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.