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..." "...it 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) akakyakakyevich@gmail.com

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.
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