Tucker, Steyn: San Francisco’s language manipulation mission more sinister than just P.C.

Citing the cleansing of language in San Francisco when it comes to criminal behavior, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reminded viewers on Thursday’s program that “those who control your words control your mind.”

Carlson noted that juvenile delinquents in the city are now referred to as “young people impacted by the juvenile justice system” under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the city Board of Supervisors.

Another example cited was that drug addicts in San Francisco are now called “people with a history of substance use.”

“Use, not abuse. Get it?” Carlson said. “Heroin addicts are now the same as Insulin-dependent diabetics — both use substances. You can’t call one better than the other. They are both exactly the same.”

 

He then offers his take on what is really going on, and believes it goes much deeper than “polite” political correctness.

“Language makes thought possible. When the words disappear, so does our ability to think about the ideas the words represent,” Carlson opined. “When they prevent you from saying the obvious, over time it becomes impossible to see the obvious. And that is exactly of course why they do it. Those who control your words control your mind.”

It’s all about controlling the political narrative by controlling thought, and the left is commandeering language in America to accomplish this.

As for the guidelines, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” guest Mark Steyn observed that they may not necessarily apply to Republicans, highlighting the rhetoric that’s directed at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is actually industrial scale Orwellianism,” Steyn noted. “Where you’re precisely inverting the meaning of language so that people can’t even discuss certain topics anymore.

Carlson questioned why the right continues to cede these battlefields to the left.

“When we give up these battles over words, we give up autonomy. If someone else can tell you what words you can use, that person is in charge of your mind,” he said. “I’ve never understood why we allow that to happen.”

Steyn noted that immigration, a critical issue for the Trump administration, is a good example of this.

“Speaking as an immigrant myself, the term immigrant no longer means what it used to, which is someone who comes here legally and fills in the paper,” he said.

“The whole point is that the Second Amendment, they want to get rid of it to take away your guns,” Steyn added. “The First Amendment, they want to take away your words. They want to take your power to argue, your power to debate, your power to even raise certain topics.”

Earlier in the segment, Carlson and Steyn talked about how Republicans get excited about trying to get a capital gains tax through Congress while liberals “are abolishing the sexes.”

“The left is clever about this, they play for big prizes… they’re abolishing the sexes,” Steyn said.

“They are reordering the natural order,” Carlson chimed in. “They are fighting nature and winning and the rest of us are still either playing these dumb low stakes grievance politics that we do or arguing about, as you put it so perfectly, the capital gains rates as if that really matters.”

“Meanwhile, no one is getting married,” he continued. “All the kids are born out of wedlock and the society collapses. How did we miss the important things?”

As for the sanitizing of language, more from the San Francisco Chronicle:

The words “felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” would be part of the past in official San Francisco parlance under new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”

Parolees and people on criminal probation will be referred to as a “person on parole,” or “person under supervision.” […]

“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney said.

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