Remember when words mattered? You know what I am talking about! When words had a meaning, before they are artificially softened. The days before taxes were called revenue enhancements, before government spending of our hard-earned money was called investments, or when there were terrorists instead of militants. Back then words mattered. Sure, at times they may have been harsh sounding like when this Oscar winner is instead of the Oscar goes to. That last one gives the impression that the best picture award is just another meaningless participation trophy; “the 10th place award goes to;”
Of course, there is the recent silly transition from Illegal Alien to undocumented Alien. If they are simply undocumented for coming in to the country illegally, then a murderer is simply an undocumented executioner, a kidnapper an undocumented parent, someone who drive despite the fact their license was suspended an undocumented driver, a burglar an undocumented resident etc., etc.
Another one of those new-fangled, softened-terms is sanctuary cities. That particular term didn’t replace another one like “undocumented alien.” It’s a relatively new term because municipalities used to act to keep criminals under lock and key, they would never consciously break the law. But cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, NY, Seattle and others that call themselves “sanctuary cities” aren’t providing sanctuary, they are aiding and abetting criminals. In most cases violent criminals.
The original meaning of sanctuary is a sacred and/or holy place like in a church, synagogue, or some sort of shrine like the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. In medieval times, people would go to Churches (sanctuaries) to avoid unfair arrests. That’s how the term grew to include any “safe zone,” but in its purest form sanctuary refers to a sacred are…
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