MODERN PUNDITS LIKE to say that Americans have never shouted louder or listened less. In today’s social media world, too many people have forgotten the lessons they learned as children: prepare with facts, argue vigorously and listen to other voices.

Isn’t it ironic that people flee heavily-taxed Democratic states like New Jersey, New York, Illinois and California to low-taxed states like Florida and Texas, and then, continue to vote for liberal tax-loving Democratic candidates?

Don’t they know the meaning of insanity? Wouldn’t they vote for Republican candidates and keep their newly-adopted home states in low-tax Republican control?

Every occupation has special words and expressions, and politics is no exception. About 33 years ago, conservative economist Thomas Sowell offered the following glossary of political rhetoric used by politicians and the media. You might want to keep it handy as candidates of both parties begin jockeying for position for the 2020 elections.

A crisis is any situation you want to change.

Compassion is how Democrats describe using tax money to buy votes.

You are insensitive and heartless if you object to the use of tax money to buy votes.

Simplistic is an argument you disagree with, but can’t respond to.

Rehabilitation is the magic word politicians say before releasing hardened criminals back into residential communities.

A demonstration is a riot by people you agree with.

Mob violence is a riot by people you disagree with.

A matter of principle is a political controversy involving the convictions of liberals.

An emotional issue is a political controversy involving the convictions of conservatives.

Politicians love funding. Funding is free money from the government which is the result of taxing or borrowing.

Commitment means more free money from the government. It happens when a wasteful program is renewed.

A docudrama is a work of fiction about famous people.

An autobiography is a work of fiction about yourself.

A federal budget is a work of fiction about government spending.

A people’s republic is a place where you do what you are told or you get shot.

A national liberation movement is an organization trying to create a people’s republic.

Robust economy is a media explanation of upturns in the economy.

You have a constitutional interpretation when judges read their own political views into the Constitution.

A proud people are chauvinists you like.

Bigots are chauvinists you don’t like.

Private greed is making money selling people products and services that they want.

Public service is gaining power to make people do what you want.

Competency is competence as described by the incompetent.

Special interest lobbies are politically-organized liberals and conservatives.

Accountability is holding teachers, public officials and private businesses responsible for the consequences of their misdeeds.

Chilling effect is holding journalists responsible for the consequences of their misdeeds.

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DOES IT bother you any that it is “fashionable” to be a recovering drug abuser?

I’m glad to hear so many “celebrities” have given up the narcotics and other vices, but it seems they expect us all to praise them as heroes. I want my heroes to be able to say no to drugs before they try them, not after they have wrecked their lives and the lives of their families.

Most of those testifying to the harmful effects of drugs are now doing so because it is good for their image and their careers are jump-started by having numerous magazines tell their stories as they “open up” by going public.

We see professional athletes and entertainment stars parading before congressional panels and courts of law telling how easy it was for them to buy drugs. 

On a side note, why are Americans so fascinated and obsessed with Prince Harry and Princess Meghan, and Prince William and Princess Kate, and their families?

While we idolized these people for their performances on the big screen, small screen or playing field, was the pressure so great that they needed to use performance-enhancing drugs? Are we supposed to be happy about this?

Now that they are exposed, they want to share their experiences by telling us what a bad experience it was. Their experiences and their fame should not make them natural spokespeople for the current recovery program.

Are today’s young people getting the right message? Aren’t we glorifying the wrong people?