The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

ABORTION AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Rich Lowry poses an interesting question in the National Review about why abortion advocates, excuse me, pro-choice advocates, try to avoid the word abortion whenever they can. Actually, there is nothing terribly mysterious about the reason; in Politics and the English Language George Orwell quite correctly points out that "political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Even the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a true blue liberal Democrat, said that partial birth abortions were too close to infanticide for him. That's because partial birth abortions are infanticide, complete with a legal fig leaf and a complete set of justifications so that no one has to actually call murder by its right name.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home