Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Words Pile Up, Like Guano in a Bat Cave

Great piece by Jonah Goldberg on Obama's tin ear.

Just a taste:

"And that points to just one of the problems with the Obama administration's effort to use words to shape reality. It's morally tone-deaf. Maybe Napolitano is right about the need to bleed fear from our politics (a directive Obama didn't seem to have in mind when he suggested that failure to pass his budget would lead to catastrophe, er, man-caused disaster). But these phrases are morally meaningless. Public safety is an important government function, but, regardless of whether 'war on terror' was the right term, it's surely wrong to use language better suited for a salmonella outbreak to describe a conflict with evil men who have American blood on their hands."

(H/T: Ed Driscoll)

1 comment:

RebeccaH said...

While he may think words are everything, for our enemies and even our friends, words are — still — just words.

I especially like this part. It reflects a sentence and a theme that resonates throughout George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series: "Words are wind."