Anti-Government Extremists – the War Over Words
The Kansas City Star published an article about the situation in Oregon, as well as the gun control debate and how there is a rise in “militias” and “anti-government extremists.” Their paintbrush is wide… the author must be hoping to strike fear in the hearts of her readers.The problem is, she is stereotyping and using certain cliche words to create hysteria. It’s a word game, and it’s a battle ground.
War Over Words
Media like the Kansas City Star, and even the government itself, use word games in the battle for your mind. Let’s use the opening paragraph as an example:
“The seizure of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon by armed anti-government extremists has attracted national attention and raised questions about whether the takeover is a powder keg about to blow.”
So here we have the time-worn method of making sure everyone sees all of those folks as “anti-government extremists.” Even in the earlier article where we wrote about Chris Briels giving his speech, the source article listed all of the attendees as “anti-government extremists.” The very fact that he was placed in proximity to them paints him as one of them.
For the record, Mr. Briels is not an “anti-government extremist.” He is just an ordinary man who cares about his community. While some of the people at the refuge may be reckless or hot-headed, “anti-government” is slanted just enough to make them look like enemies of the government and the people.
Are they “anti-government” or are they just standing for a Constitutional Government? It’s a matter of perception, and the liberal viewpoint is a place of conflict.
Painting us as racist:
“The growth of an “insurgent militia movement,” Zeskind said, is the result of a combination of events, including a renewed effort to strengthen gun control laws and the revival of the white nationalist movement over the Confederate flag issue.”
Battleground: the mind