What is it you say?

Dr. Sowell considers what some are saying and what they really mean.

Talk about “supporting the troops” or “honoring the dead” is part of the general corruption of language for political purposes. It is like saying “I take full responsibility,” when all that this phrase really means is: “You have caught me red-handed and there is no way to deny it, so I will just use these words to try to dissipate your anger and escape punishment.”

This may be, perhaps, why the movie 300 is off to record breaking box office receipts. When it comes to honoring the soldier and rhetoric that matches reality – even when stylized, people recognize intellectual integrity when they see it.

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