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Conservative prolefeeders, as a Sanctii Sanctorum they seem to hold dear, insist on a True Belief in the notion of "words as weapons."

Ideological weapons, as they insist on nuancing it.

Otherwise known as the old "winning of hearts and minds" over to their agenda and related articles of faith--howbeit such as are ignorant, vulnerable, coming from culturally- or socioeconomically-deprived communities, and (hence) easy to manipulate psychologically, of not so much emotionally. Especially where appeals to God and Country can be brought into the equation for further emotive impact.

The simpler the concept can be explained, in theory, the better. Especially where so-called "word lists" as have (theoretically) been "focus-group tested" are used to reinforce the linguistic arsenal.

Even then, such can be easy to exploit and manipulate.

Particularly by invoking that catchphrase from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, "Go look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls!", when it comes to usages at risk of crossing into the hackneyed of what are best described as "throwaway terms" targeting real or suspected critics of the conservative line as tend to the simple and the juvenile.

Among them "Communist," "Fascist," "Nazi" (especially when those three are conflated as one and the same ideologically as much as socioeconomically, which is not exactly the case) ... and "caliphate," deployed as needed in service to whipping up insistence that AmeriKKKa is, was and will always be a White, Bible-Believing Christian Nation (cf. apartheid South African insistence on being God's Own Country by His Will and Endowment Upon the Afrikaner Volk and Their Voortrekker Brethren).

Which, unfortunately, they enjoy using without due regard as to their real meaning, let alone their supposed "syntax-word-key meaning" as advanced by one David Wynn Miller, whose conceptual perversion of the language along mathematically-based (hence, "logical") grammatical "rules" is particularly popular among anti-government and "sovereign citizen" types seeking to dismiss mortgage foreclosures, liens, wage garnishments, &c. (Only to have such attempts at dismissal dismissed in and of themselves because "
the Complaint fails to allege a cognizable legal theory or sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory.")

In any case, Your Correspondent wishes to pray ask such Zealots and True Believers in conservative dominance of "word power" to start considering the true meanings of the language they insist on seeing as ideological bullets "winning over hearts and minds" all the more, and By Any Means Necessary--preferably by "look[ing] [those words] up in [their] Funk & Wagnalls" when drafting their ideological weaponry, considering their deeper meanings, alternative meanings even ... before they face the prospect of legal action alleging the likes of Libel, Slander, Defamation of and/or Injury to Character and Repute, False Light and Related Conspiracies, Individually and Severally by such as were thus targeted for their prolefeed, which turns out being rather drawn-out and involves asking Rather Pointed Questions as to whether the prolefeeder actually understands the core meanings of Communism, Fascism or Nazism ... whether they've actually read the likes of The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, What Is to be Done?, The Quotations of Chairman Mao Zedong and/or Mein Kampf beforehand, let alone understood their message ... and all things suchlike, until it's let slip (perhaps in vino veritas?) that their understandings of such words are by way of Fox News Channel and conservative talkback radio prolefeed, essentially their unravelling.

An unravelling which, in the end, does considerable damage to the prolefeeder's credit rating, job prospects, bank accounts, security clearances, retirement savings, &c., depending on assets which manage to be located and seized to pay any ensuing damages, compensatory and/or punitive (even if it means using liens against real property).

So, to summarise (or try to): In the wrong hands, and in the wrong contexts, the very notion of "words as weapons" can actually be harmful and damaging. And could risk unwittingly backfiring upon the messenger, be it by legal or other means (psychologically in particular).

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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