What is Donald Trump's Greatest Failure? (Page 342)
To MJ59, Who Posted This:
Do you lot have this bullshit being pumped into your schools by idiots over there?
Unfortunately, yes. As a former teacher of high school English who has seen this sort of thing before, I most strenuously object. Whenever people get this idea to alter or overhaul the English language for reasons of political expediency, its a bad idea.
I don't know what's in their minds, but the English language should not be so heavily politicized. Still, given its presence and overall importance in most people's lives, it doesn't surprise me because there is a precedent for this, for example, with respect to feminism. We don't say "mailman" any more or "fireman," either because its only logical that women should perform these functions which, at one time, used to be done exclusively by men. Consequently, it seems more equitable to say "firefighter" or "mail carrier," because its more logical and accurate.
Moreover, its important to remember that, like it or not, words are endowed with two qualities which dictate how they are used: denotation (a word's objective meaning) and connotation (its subjective, or 'emotional' meaning). For example, if you wish to comment on somebody's weight that might be excessive, its more polite to say "overweight" or "obese," because the connotation of such words is largely neutral and devoid of any emotional meaning. If, on the other hand, you weren't concerned with accuracy or politeness, you might opt for a word like "fat" or "gross," and that would be predictable, given the popularity of such words. An even better example might be the fact that most high schools have guidance counselors available and the word "guidance" has a definitely positive connotation. However, if you substitute the word "manipulation" for the word "guidance," then the matter becomes crystal clear: most people do not resent the "guidance" of close friends or relatives but they would resent being the targets of "manipulation," for obvious reasons.
With emotionally neutral words like "husband" or "wife," its hard to know exactly what to say because ordinarily, we do not see such words as symbols of oppression or negativity. Of course, the words themselves are so ubiquitous that to challenge them on the basis of their "oppressive" nature seems excessive and to single them out like this makes me wonder how far such a thing might go. As for the charge that white people possess 'unconscious bias' or a sense 'white privilege' well, that makes no sense although I have seen that argument advanced before with unfortunate results. To assume that all white people are burdened with this sense of 'privilege' and to call them out on it collectively, is wrong and counterproductive.
There is no doubt that language may, from time to time, need to be amended by the addition or removal of certain words that, for whatever reason, are no longer accurate or useful but once the question of "bias' and 'white privilege' enter the discussion, this is where I have a problem. As for the idea of 'institutional racism,' I agree that such a thing exists for I have seen it in action myself more than once. The armed forces, for example, have a long history of institutionalized racism and there is plenty of evidence to bear this out. There are many other institutions which have been tainted with racism but even so, the idea of trying to remedy this with alterations to the language seem both pointless and puerile. It is, however, far EASIER to address the problem with 'cosmetic' changes to the language because its simple, easy and superficially, gives the sense that something is being done but this is a sorry substitute for intelligent, concerted social change. If institutional racism DOES exist, then mutilating the language to remedy it is not the answer. It brings to mind the popular 'speech codes' which emerged on American campuses back in the late 1980's: they were ill advised then and no more laudable as an idea now. It made people feel good but that was not its purported purpose at all. The codes were often arbitrarily enforced and often failed the very people they were designed to protect.
Consequently, once 'social engineers' get their hands on the English language, the worst is bound to happen and what you are describing is a prime example of that. Hopefully, the Australian school system will rethink this idea and stop trying to spark social change through linguistic alterations. I'm not certain what the remedy is---you can't legislate social change just by adding or deleting certain 'offensive" words from the lexicon---but given the human propensity for initiating such change by making gratuitous alterations to the language, this sort of thing is inevitable and we will probably see more of it in the future.
Let me conclude with a quote from Noah Webster, who knew a few things about the importance of communication. He wrote, "Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language."
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MJ59: Well for mine....F*CK EM!
If people aren't happy with me using words I was taught in school and want to call me out they can go take a flying leap.
Been using these words for too long to change now, I'll keep using correct English because that's what I was taught and excelled in at school, wokies don't like it.... Up their collectives!
jleeann: his biggest failure? obvious...himself as the president of this great country he tried to take down.
To the Trump Worshippers On This Website:
Clearly, the Republican Party has lost its collective mind.......their central ideology seems to focus exclusively on conspiracy theories (the crazier, the better) voter suppression, and a refusal to abide by the results of presidential elections unless they are the victors.
They simply have lost whatever faith they had in the workings of a constitutional republic and their former ideology seems to play no significant part in their thought processes at all. Even people like Rand Paul, who ought to know better, sees nothing but flaws in a democratically elected government, to judge by some of his recent comments. And, not surprisingly, behind it all, relishing his role as “kingmaker,” is Donald Trump, who has single handedly destroyed people’s faith in the democratic process. That alone would be enough to toss him into “the dustbin of history,” if these were normal times—-but they’re not.
Meanwhile, there are dozens of Republicans who refuse to do ANYTHING, unless it has Donald Trump’s imprimatur to make it acceptable to the legions of MAGA blockheads who still worship him. We can’t expect ANYTHING in the way of rational governance either, as long as there are people like Majorie Taylor Greene, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley or Kevin Mccarthy running the show. The blue states absolutely refuse to pass ANY legislation designed to make voting easier and more accessible to minorities and that, only because minorities tend to vote Democrat and in a country where MILLIONS of people now scoff at the idea of honest elections, this is bad news indeed. In all of my sixty-eight years it never, ever occurred to me to doubt the honesty and the veracity of every major election. I’m not about to start now, just because Donald Trump LIED about it. I’m neither that stupid, nor am I that gullible. To my Republican acquaintances, I pose this question: What the FUCK is wrong with you?
The people who haunt this website and who ADORE what’s going on refuse to discuss rationally the damage being done to the body politic and they vacillate between outright denial and overt abuse if you don’t share their deranged views. Well, so be it but all I can say is that if the people who STILL worship Donald Trump don’t accept Joe Biden as President, as much as I might hope for some small inkling of bipartisanship from them, my gut reaction is to say, quite simply, FUCK ‘EM if they can’t take a joke.
After all, WE had to put up with the biggest joke ever played on the American people—-electing a man as President who isn’t even fit to wash your car—-none other than Donald Trump.
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KeithJ: Echo seems to me they Dumpsters have turned into a Neo Fascist ideology where they love spankings from some ultra deplorable idiot criminal like Dumptard .
Thank you.....you hit the nail directly on the head. These Republicans are......well......hopeless.
Wordy and Fun: "To my Republican acquaintances, I pose this question: What the FUCK is wrong with you?"
There is nothing wrong with people who do not agree with you and who are not walking around with a Biden hard on like some
Trump was elected because people were sick of the Bushes and Clintons - Just because people did not vote for Clinton or vote Dem does not make them Trump worshippers
Trump is gone - We have a new President who cant go a day or two without remindeing everyone how he cants answer reporter questions without getting in trouble from his staff
And a Sunday news conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay was marked by several Biden gaffes, including repeated references to the international COVAX vaccine-distribution program as “COVID” — which the White House corrected, using brackets, in its official transcript of the event.
Biden also mixed up Syria and Libya three times during the news conference, including when he said, “I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in, for example, in Libya,” Fox News reported.
And during a Q&A session with reporters, Biden admitted that “I’m going to get in trouble with staff” if he strayed from instructions that directed him to give the first question to Jonathan Lemire of The Associated Press, a frequent guest on liberal cable news network MSNBC.
Wordy and Fun: Group of House Dems condemn Rep. Omar for remarks about U.S., Israel, Hamas and the Taliban
WASHINGTON — A dozen House Democrats publicly criticized their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., late Wednesday, accusing her of giving "cover" to terrorist and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a "deep-seated prejudice."
Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider, of Illinois, said in a statement, urging Omar to "clarify" her remarks.
Omar initially responded Wednesday to her critics on Twitter by calling their statement "offensive" and defending her initial remarks, which she said were taken out of context. On Thursday, she responded to the letter by saying, "To be clear: I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems."
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., wrote, "I'm not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.
According to some Dems it appears that anyone who disagress with Omar's statement they are " Anti-Black and are Islamaphobes
How could any Dem in their right mind vote for a party that has such open hatred of others ?
Wordy and Fun: https://www.foxnews.com/media/reporters-agitated-by-lack-of-access-to-biden-erdogan-meeting
"Biden is abroad doing a big push on democracy v autocracy. BUT the U.S. press — a key part of any functioning democracy — has gotten less access than under previous administrations. And is now forced to resort to updates on from…the Turkish government Twitter account," Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker wrote.
"The U.S. press pool has been holding for more than hour outside this meeting with limited access yet again today at @POTUS — after significant access issues over the weekend at the G-7," CBS" Ed O’Keefe noted. "Meanwhile, the Turkish president quickly posted photos from their ongoing meeting."
"US press is still waiting on access to President Biden's meeting with the Turkish president," CNN's Kaitlyn Collins said. "The Turkish government is tweeting out photos of their meeting that is apparently underway."
Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News said the press pool was forced to wait outside the room in the hallway.
"Turkish officials are tweeting photos of President Biden meeting with Erdogan, while the White House traveling press pool, which was supposed to cover the beginning of the bilat, is outside waiting out in the hallway," she wrote.
Turkish press get more access than US press - Joe not answering questions unless his "staff" allows him to
But hey no more mean tweets atleast !
KeithJ: Funny how ted cruz got name called from a school yard mentality Dumptard and Marco Rubio too but afterwards kiss his ass yet still only to pander to his worshipers .
Campion: Back in 2016 Ted Cruz warned us that Trump would be an utter disaster. Well, he was absolutely correct but now he is ass kissing Trump to further his political career.
Bill51: Let's face it, most leading Republicans are still kissing Trump's ass because they're scared shitless of the man. It's pretty obvious that he still has a great deal of influence on the base of the Republican party. Very few in the party would be willing to do anything that might piss him off. Look what happened to Liz Cheney. Noone wants that fate visited on them.
Bill51: Hopefully, in time, Trump's power will steadily erode. I mean, look, he had to shut down his blog because of lack of interest. On the other hand, I read about some poll results the other day where 25% of all American people still considered him to be president and 50% of Republicans felt that way. But, as Lincoln said: "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I honestly believe that even the now still too popular Donald Trump will eventually fall. I'm old enough to remember Nixon and Sen. Joe McCarthy. They were also very powerful and feared in their day. But, as in the case of all tyrants, they eventually met their inevitable and humiliating doom.
Bill51: You see what I mean. The bullshit he tried to pull with his Justice Dept. is already unraveling.
GeraldtheGnome: I’m not into patriotism of any sort, though something patriotic if it isn’t done in an over the top fashion isn’t a bad thing. What concerns me though is that those of the far left and those of the far left are betraying the wishes of what the majority of People, where they live, wish for. Of course in one Country, that I shall not name, those of the far left and those that are of the far right have their Poster Boys, Biden and Trump. Fortunately Trump, the worst of the two, cannot implement or even attempt to get in what he wishes, at least for now, I hope it never changes. Unfortunately though Biden is attempting to make his far left Utopia a reality.
Isn’t anyone that betrays the wishes of the majority in this case a Traitor to the majority ?
KeithJ: Dumpty was a criminal before hand and even now but it is un believable he got nominated in the primary back then in the first place with his connections with the mafia families of the Genovese and Gambino's , he done a lot of money laundering for them and I bet there was a lot of blood on it too from the drug trade .