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November 11, 2021
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I’ve written many times over the years about how leftists can’t win an argument with logic or reason (that’s why they’ve now declared those things to be racist), or by citing history, experience or the prior success of their ideas and policies (all of which have been dumpster fires.) Instead, they “win” arguments via two main tactics:

1. Silencing or smearing their opponents by calling them racists, sexists, homophobes, transphobes, science deniers or whatever, so that their target audience never hears an opposing view…

2. Changing the terms of the debate.

It’s hard to use their own words, or any words, to prove how full of horse droppings they are when they’re constantly changing the meanings of words. For instance, there was once a clear term for judging people by race: “racism.” But now, judging people solely by race is “anti-racism” and criticizing that is “racism.” (“Horse droppings” is also probably now considered racist somehow, so we aren’t allowed to point out how full of them they are.)

Like birds that foul their nests and fly away, leftists move on to new words once the rancidness of their policies taints the old ones. I’m old enough to remember how “liberal” became virtually a curse word. Suddenly, liberals magically became “progressives.” Now that the public is finally figuring out that “progressivism” is just the same poison in a new bottle, some hope that time, fading memories and youthful ignorance have laundered the word “socialist” enough to allow them to return to that. But it’s all the same horse droppings under a different name.

This is all preamble for the good news that the public must be waking up at last to how toxic “wokeness,” “Critical Race Theory,” “politically correct,” “identity politics” and “Defund the police” are because “progressives” are suddenly desperate to make us stop using those terms. Never mind that they coined them and promoted them themselves. If you use them critically, you’re either blowing a “dogwhistle” for racists or you’re too dumb to realize that those things don’t even exist (even if your school actually uses the phrase “Critical Race Theory” in its curriculum documents.) And even though they don’t exist, you’re a racist if you criticize them.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently tweeted that pundits are using “woke” as a “derogatory euphemism for civil rights and justice.” No, “woke” doesn’t mean “civil rights.” The opposite, in fact. Civil rights include freedom of speech, assembly and religion and the right to due process. Woke culture has been relentlessly attacking all of those things for years. Saying that “woke” stands for civil rights is like saying that “A.O.C.” stands for “Absolutely, objectively correct.”

https://redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2021/11/08/heres-why-the-prog-left-are-running-away-from-woke-as-fast-as-they-can-n471940

And here’s some more on why you’re no longer allowed to use the word “woke,” you racist you!

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/483944/

So now that the toxicity of these terms has become so obvious that the public is finally wise to them, expect to hear that it’s racist to use them (“racist” being the one term that never gets old on the left) and for them to be replaced with some new buzzwords that will also eventually be dumped once they absorb the stench of the reality of leftist policies. Might I suggest that “woke” be replaced with something more accurate, like “comatose” or “brain dead”?

(On a side note, have you noticed that they get to decide what we’re called – nonsense like “CIS white male” – but they also get to decide what we call them? And the media actually play along with that, as if these loons are the Divine Arbiters of Speech.)

For the final word (I hope!) on this, check out blogger Freddie deBoer’s post on this. He accurately points out that the term “dogwhistle” itself is “a way for people to simply impute attitudes you don’t hold onto you, to make it easier to dismiss criticism.” And he pleads with the left that if they don’t want us calling them what they call themselves, then how about telling us what they do want to be called? (Warning: he uses some rough language of his own out of understandable frustration.)

https://freddiedeboer.substack.com/p/please-just-fucking-tell-me-what

Of course, they can’t give us permanent terms because whatever they come up with will be operational only until their inevitable failure and obnoxiousness tarnish it. Then it will have to be replaced with some new term that, like a motel toilet seat, has been sanitized for their protection.

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  • Catherine Crippen

    11/12/2021 09:09 AM

    Dear Gov Huckabee
    Ever since I retired and subscribed to your newsletter, I've looked forward to each edition as a sane voice in an otherwise world gone crazy.
    This one article "how leftists try to win arguments" struck a cord in a big way. I've seen it in my own life and it's not just limited to Leftists and Socialists. I was abused by my (now rightfully) ex husband. He NEEDED to be in control of everything and when he lost control of a situation, or something happened that he did not agree with, he became verbally abusive and sometimes downright violent. He would use every trick in his hat to regain control of the situation. Sometimes his actions were childish as he lashed out to someone who bruised his ego. And he only cared about himself and his self-image.
    I see this in some of the Leftist leaders.
    As I could not allow my ex to further control my life, I cannot allow the leftist to control my life now.
    And now my question is to half the country who seems to hang on every word that spews from the left - the lies, the condescension, the manipulation, the hypocrisy...... how can you be so blind? Are you that Stupid as not see that they are doing this only for their own edification and keeping themselves and their buddies in power at the expense of everyone else?

  • Noveta Bolton

    11/12/2021 07:54 AM

    Thank you Mike for your comments. I appreciate you very much. I thank you for your faith and standing firm in your belief.

  • Sandral Lee Smith

    11/11/2021 05:46 PM

    @ Ed Raby:. No, that will not solve the mail-in issue. Some groups of people still have to work that day, as other holidays, covering shifts that keep them from polling places during their hours: nurses, doctors, flight crews, train crews,cross country bus drivers, & of course, military deployed away from their homes of record, who can't just "run out & vote" in the middle of their shifts or deployments. Cops & firefighters could also be affected. Seniors who are aware & competent, but have mobility issues could also be in that group. Should they just not be allowed to vote? I think not!
    For as long as Armistice Day, now Veteran's Day, has been observed, it has almost consistently been the ONLY day on which veterans' contributions have been recognized. Homelessness has been a decades long problem, with everyone put ahead of the vets, in the lines to be helped. Trump did try to turn that around, but alas Biden has demolished all his efforts in that respect too. Even veterans who have been POTUS' since Ike have ignored the situation. Like all gov't contracts, ours was hardly worth the paper it was written on...

  • BARBARA MEADE

    11/11/2021 02:55 PM

    When I asked my liberal relative if she expected free everything, she said yes food, clothing. medical care, education. She said yes. Currently others in the family are working 60-80 hrs. per week to buy these things for their families. Do you think they should will be willing to be taxed to provide these things for you? While you do nothing and expect the nation to provide for you? I don't think so.

  • Margaret R Johnson

    11/11/2021 02:46 PM

    This comment references your Veteran post…
    “ He was also rightly proud of being the first President in decades who started no new wars. He was willing to use the military when necessary, but he made sure their hands weren’t tied.”.
    THIS is why the military under the ‘leadership’of biden & Lilley will never measure up to PDJT’s standard or morals!????????????

  • Jim Lyon

    11/11/2021 02:42 PM

    "War calls forth all that is noble and honoorable in a man. It unites him with his brothers and binds them in selfless love."

    39th Sig Bn, 1st Sig Bde, Long Bihn, Vietnam 71-72

  • Twila Flowers

    11/11/2021 01:21 PM

    Cloud,cold, and gray here but you have brightened my day with these comments and they are so true, I really like your web site. The news is so “woke” along with derogatory. I never miss your site, thank you and God bless you.

  • Ed Raby from Salcha Alaska

    11/11/2021 12:35 PM

    Horse droppings only racist if from a white horse ? On another topic - I think the country would benefit by having voting day a National Holiday and that would mostly eliminate the need for mail in voting. Promotion of such on your national platform might help establish that ?

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    11/11/2021 12:34 PM

    Thank you for all you do to inform us. Bill Oreilly gave law that Biden can’t look at Trumps archive. Thankful because he would not have a clue how to read it. Thankful Sarah is going to be Governor

  • Andy Arant

    11/11/2021 11:51 AM

    I think the following describes the “liberals” to a T.

    “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
    ??Romans? ?1:18-32? ?NIV??