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Bryan Preston

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April 28, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Some people just need to man up already and quit whining about words they don’t like.

A new word-discouragement campaign at Duke University has labeled phrases such as “Man Up,” “That’s So Gay,” and “Don’t Be a Pussy” offensive language that “delegitimizes” homosexuality and oppresses and insults people.

But as the campaign has gained national popularity, its detractors have bristled at the effort, calling it a politically correct war on words that will stifle free speech and suggesting its true aim is to redefine terms to control public opinion and – ultimately – public policy.

In fact, the “You Don’t Say” campaign creators have admitted as much.

“Language is a reflection of how we think about others and view the world,” Jay Sullivan, a student leader of the campaign, tells Duke Today. “My goal is to…. help facilitate discussion about how language affects many social issues, from race to gender and sexuality.”

No, the goal is to shut down discussion. It’s to shift standards in ways that give whiny leftists more power.

If they get their way, soon enough we won’t have any language left at all.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Mark Steyn says it best. When we lose our freedom of speech we lose our freedom.
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"If they get their way, soon enough we won’t have any language left at all."

That's the goal.

That's what's driving the PC movement, that's what's behind the dumbing down of our schools.

People who cannot use language well cannot think well.

People who cannot think well are easily controlled.


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Kinda ironic that the authors can say things in the articles that commenters can't. Why is that version of PC allowed?
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I say Mr. Sullivan could use a six-week vacation on Parris Island to hear some words that he could REALLY be offended by (I doubt he could "man up" even with that experience under his belt).
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What a bunch of wusses.
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Wow! These morons literally want to create a politburo type dictionary that creates a "correct language." Why not just use Newspeak?

Ray Bradbury's firemen have a five-alarmer going on here.
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They want us to live in a world in which we walk on eggshells, fearful of our own shadows lest we speak a forbidden word. It reeks of cowardice. I will speak the words that I want to speak, and if you say I can't speak certain words, then I will shout them to the heavens and you can go to hell. The only way to fight this is by noncompliance. Unfortunately I tried to exercise my freedom to write certain words in this very post and discovered that PJ Media is no better than Duke, in that some words cannot be spoken, or written on this website. PJ Media, you are no better than Duke, so to Hell with you and your niggling sensitivities. Negro, pushy, figgot, dyke!
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