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Blithe deceit

E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, provides us with today’s example of Newspeak. He applauds billionaire Warren Buffett’s call for higher taxes on the rich. Dionne’s introductory sentence declares

Maybe only a really, really rich guy can credibly make the case for why the wealthy should be asked to pay more in taxes.

Do you see the insidious lie? Do you see the one word intentionally used incorrectly as outright propaganda? Do you see the fraud?

Unfortunately, I believe very few see the lie. The lie has been so successfully ingrained in our psyche we believe it to be real. We accept every word in Dionne’s sentence without question.

Joseph Goebbels’ was absolutely correct. He said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Do you see the one word lie in Dionne’s blithe deceit?

It is his use of the word “asked.”

Dionne uses the word “asked” when he actually means “forced.” Dionne does not want to ask the rich to pay may taxes. He wants the rich to be forced to pay more taxes.

Do not let this Newspeak go unchallenged. Whenever someone uses the verb “ask” in the context of taxes, correct them. To be asked means one can decline. That is not an option with taxes.

This distinction is not mere semantics. It is truth. Without truth, there is no justice. Without truth, there is no reality. Without truth, we are living a lie.

Destroy the lie. Insist on the truth.


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