We must control the language in order to control the debate about any given subject. We can no longer afford to let other people control the language. Members of the Left – Democrats, media, etc. – are proficient at using language to their advantage. They have co-opted numerous words – such as gay, rainbow, pro-choice, social justice, and gun control. They are currently attempting to co-opt marriage. Even pickles known as“midgets” have become politically incorrect.
Greg Richards explained, “Vocabulary is important. It is the means through which we make our argument, through which we move people. The Left, the Democrats, the progressives and their media and academic constituencies have been very successful at defining the terms with which we discuss politics – think `choice’ or `spending cut’ or `fairness.’
“These forces have deployed all their weapons in the politics of personal destruction to remove or attempt to remove from the public forum effective exponents of the conservative and Republican argument.”
Dan Bongino resigned from his position as a Secret Service agent in order to campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He would have been a great addition to the Senate, but he lost the election. While cleaning out his campaign offices and preparing to close them, his telephone began to ring like crazy. Television and radio shows wanted to discuss a speech he gave on January 19, 2013. This brief speech was given at a Guns Across America rally in Annapolis, Maryland.
Bongino did not appear to be using notes or a teleprompter to deliver his brief remarks, but he delivered a powerful statement. He urged his listeners to control the language of the gun control battle and to stop being politically correct. “Gun control is not about controlling guns; it is about controlling people. Do not co-opt their language. When they own the language, they own the argument!” “We live in a society of wolves. You do not fight back by creating more sheep!”
This brave man who dared to speak so plainly reminded his listeners that our rights do not come from Washington, D.C.; therefore, our leaders and representatives there do not have the power and authority to take them away. He also told us to stop talking and take action – become involved in politics, vote, get informed, etc. He said that talk is cheap but action brings results. If we do not get involved, we are the problem – not part of the solution.