Conner Dwinnel at The College Conservative takes down the false narratives of ‘tolerance’ and ‘empowerment:’
The False “Empowerment” Narrative
In the United States, uncertainty is in the air. Everything from the real state of the job market to the involvement of the White House in scandals and back room deals is skewed and uncertain, some things, however, remain the same. For example, American Liberals for the longest time, have not articulated fully develop ideas, they have simply shouted buzzwords in debate. But even greater than their use of buzzwords to attack conservatives (as Mitch Hall wrote for TheCollegeConservative last week), is the use of intelligent sounding words to obfuscate ideas for the general public.
For instance: what does the word the buzzword “tolerant” mean? Well it used to mean that if someone was different from you or had differing opinions, it was okay to disagree as long as conversation didn’t become aggressive or derogatory and remained respectable. Now, it’s nearly impossible to discuss anything conservative at all: if you don’t support gay marriage you’re a bigot, if you don’t believe in global warming or evolution or the destructive results of fracking, you’re anti-science. If you don’t think Hobby Lobby should have to provide its employees with “abortion pills” then you’re against women’s rights. You get the idea. “Tolerance” evolved from being respectful into universalism: every ideology and lifestyle has to be equally valuable and correct or people scream “bigotry” and “hate.” What happened to having a conversation?
Conservatives caught on to this shift in the definition of “tolerance” and it became clear that those on the left used it to posture themselves as accepting, while simultaneously damning, the beliefs of conservatives. But this tactic isn’t new, and the left invents new buzzwords constantly.
For example, when scandals began to arise around the Obama administration, the word “phony” was often thrown around (see my previous article on “How the Word ‘Phony’ Implies Fault”). When the President addresses issues surrounding his presidency, he often says that he “takes responsibility” for what has happened–although substantive action doesn’t always seem to follow. And when liberals talk about women’s rights, abortion, or even illegal immigration, they’ve now begun to use the term “empowering”.
Empowering is simply another buzzword lacking a deep definition. What is so false about the way this word, “empowering,” is being used? Well first of all, it’s intended to mean “to authorize, especially by legal or official means” (Author’s note: I am fully...