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Monday, December 18, 2017

Vocabulary Terrorists

Vulnerable - Entitlement - Diversity - Transgender - Fetus - Evidence or Science Based 



These are the seven words that the Trump administration has forbidden the Center for Disease Control (and other agencies) to use in budget discussions. My God, this is fascist behavior! It's words today. Will it be books and films and internet posts tomorrow. In fact, there already is some of this kind of censorship from the Trump administration. Freedom of Information Act requests are being sent for the emails and other materials of employees who have ever said anything negative about the administration or the agency they work for. 

No other administration has ever done this. It would be crossing a red line even for our previously most paranoid president, Richard Nixon.

And these aren't dirty words or even controversial words. They are scientific terms with real meanings. 

This is how The Medical Dictionary defines fetus:

fetus

 [fe´tus] (L.)
the developing young in the uterus, specifically the unborn offspring in the postembryonic period, which in humans is from the third month after fertilization until birth. 

This is the meaning of transgender according to The Medical Dictionary: 

transgender

individuals who do not fit within rigid gender norms and incorporate one or more aspects, traits, social roles or characteristics of the opposite gender.

For heaven's sake, the CDC researches health issues, including diseases such as the Zika Virus, which primarily harms fetuses. How can they explain their studies if they are not allowed to say the word?

And whether some people like it not, transgender people do exist. You can't just wipe out a significant part of our population by annihilating them verbally.

And vulnerable? What could possibly be wrong with that word? Or diversity? Or entitlement? They've been part of our vocabulary ever since I can remember.

I'm 72. I've never seen anything so terrifying in my country in my life. Slowly but surely, we are sliding into authoritarianism and words are a big part of it. We'd better wake up before it is too late. 


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