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David Ripley: Huge Pro-Life Rally in Nation’s Capitol – and in Boise

January 23rd, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

2014LifeNews reports that hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered together in Washington DC yesterday to protest abortion and its terrible toll on the nation. The most conservative estimate is that over 56 million babies have been destroyed in the forty-one years of the Roe travesty.

Meanwhile, our president issued a press statement celebrating the fruits of legalized abortion, declaring that the mechanized murder of defenseless children had somehow “liberated” America and allowed many to fulfill their dreams. How bizarre, how dark.
Idaho pro-Lifers will gather this Saturday at the State Capitol. The March for Life begins at 1 pm at Julia Davis Park with a rally to follow on the Capitol steps. Hope to see you there!

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David Ripley: Cuomo Displays Leftist Arrogance

January 21st, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Has it really come to this? A duly elected governor of one of the most populous and powerful states in the Union actually believes that citizens who don’t agree with his liberalism should vacate his kingdom?

Governor Andrew Cuomo, raised at the knee of his father as a prince owed the inheritance of power, money and influence, announced on the radio last week that pro-Life New Yorkers should simply leave his state. They are not wanted; perhaps soon they won’t even be tolerated.

Of course the pro-Life community in New York was not the only group of citizens smeared as “extremist”. Cuomo finds gun rights advocates, limited government activists and most Christians very difficult to tolerate and has invited them to simply leave his realm.

We are living in days when the outrage bucket is sloppy-full: It is getting hard to work up much emotion for the latest abuse of the common man by our political elite. Yet we must resist the temptation to look the other way. This Cuomo statement betrays a contempt for the average citizen which is downright scary. To put it in some kind of context: Remember those history classes when we learned the founding principles? Remember the story about a nation founded by throwing off the shackles of a corrupt English nobility who were entitled by birth to rule over a rabble? Or the idea that the citizens of this nation were sovereign?

Or what about the funny notion that these guys worked for us?

History has shown us many faces of the tyrant, though not many examples come to mind in the American experience. Cuomo’s public statements seem unique, if only for their breathtaking honesty and arrogance. We pray our fellow citizens in New York rise up to reject Cuomo’s monarchial ambitions.

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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights, January 20

January 21st, 2014 by Halli

Representative Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

This time of session is a good time to begin drafting legislation. Sometimes it takes several tries to get a draft in shape for introducing in a committee. A lot of ideas are bouncing around right now to see if there is enough support before testing them in front of a committee. One example was an email I received from someone in Boise this past week wanting to introduce a bill naming the salamander the state reptile. Since they came to the House last year I suggested that they start in the Senate this time around.

Rules review continues and as usual there are some with a bit of controversy attached. We had received word that a Racing Commission rule was allowing for betting machines in Historic Racing that were not talked about last year, and being one who likes to see firsthand what is happening, a few of us went down to see what it looked like. It was interesting to see the machines operate. Time is always the judge of some of the things we do here and if this is to help live horse racing it will become apparent soon.

You may have read what the CEC (state employee raises) committee did this week and the recommendation is now being reviewed by the budget committee. The caution, that is expressed every year, is to make sure that one time money is not used for ongoing wage increases. My conversations with budget folks, so far at least, is that the one and one approach (one percent pay line move and one percent merit pay increase) is a number that can be achieved with the revenue projection that been made. None of this discussion has been about teachers but we are fully aware how the state employee raise issue influences the final outcome for teachers. I would expect we will see increases from the state for teachers as well.

The CAT (Catastrophic Healthcare Cost Program) presentation was made in the Budget Committee on Thursday. No conversation about healthcare is complete these days without bringing up the ACA (Obamacare) and how that figures into this budget. While there are a lot of unknowns because of the absence of solid numbers going forward, the other thing that cannot be easily overlooked is Medicaid Expansion or Redesign. Again as I talked to Budget people after the meeting, the resistance is still strong but may be weakening a bit. I cut my weekend short and traveled back to Boise to speak to a group, advocating for expansion. I have spoken to other groups as well these past few months and the title of my presentation is “Medicaid Expansion vs. Status Quo or Be Careful What You Ask For.” These were interesting conversations.

Throughout the discussion about the ACA is the cry for fresh ideas, and there are some that are forthcoming. One of those is community based clinics with a totally private solution, not involving government at all. Bring me the bill, I want to read it.

Helen Keller said, “College is not the place to go for ideas.” And what also proves accurate is that neither is the Legislature. Most of the real good ideas that come to this place come from our constituents. Ideas come and go but I would like to think that only the best ones make the cut.

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Richard Larsen: MLK on Freedom and Our Founding Principles

January 21st, 2014 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

There have been too many relatively young men and women who have struggled for causes greater than themselves and whose lives have been cut short, leaving us, and their causes, prematurely. Oftentimes their contributions and lives are embellished nigh unto sainthood by adulating adherents. Such is the case with Martin Luther King, Jr. But it shouldn’t be, for his example and teachings are of such grandeur and durability that they stand as monuments to his memory, requiring no inflation beyond the reality.

Perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned from MLK is validation of the principle behind Thomas Jefferson’s immortal citation, “One man with courage is a majority.” One person can make a difference, especially if truth and justice are on their side. When so principally armed, one person can affect an entire nation for good.

The nation that was divided by racial issues in MLK’s era, is now polarized ideologically. Yet the precepts he espoused, and the doctrine he taught, can apply with as much pertinence and relevance to the ideological chasm that seems to be schismatically separating the right from the left today.

How ironic it is, therefore, that the principles he most ardently proclaimed are so demeaned by the left and the mainstream media in the context of today’s ideological divide. If MLK is to be extolled and praised for his principles, we must embrace all of those teachings which are at once indelibly impressed on our minds as self-evident truths.

Of those, his most oft stated, were the appeals for morality and freedom. “If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control…When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Values, life, and liberty are perhaps the most repeated catchwords of the contemporary Tea Party movement. If those principles are self-evident truths, and accepted as such by MLK in the context of a civil rights movement, they are no less viable in the context of the current ideological movement, attempting to throw off the yoke of slavery of an omnipotent and omnipresent government.

MLK’s teachings were framed in a culture of racism and racial discord, but they apply universally to all Americans in the quest for individual liberty. As he said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Certainly those are wise words of encouragement to those of us who object to the usurpation of individual freedom by a government seeking to micromanage its citizens.

He continued, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.” Individual and universal freedom was fundamental to him. Not just freedom from racism, but freedom, period. Subservience to any form of societal or governmental despotism is anathema to a nation founded on individual liberty.

He reaffirmed this basic tenet when he declared, “I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be as a people, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America.”

These founding principles should be applied universally, not selectively or discriminately. But to do so, it is requisite that we collectively rise above the politics of self-interest. For as he said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” And as if to underscore this notion, “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

Sounding very much like Edmund Burke, MLK declared, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Yes, one person can make a difference, when armed with the truths of freedom, life, and morality. MLK made such a difference, and every American can likewise stand for, and uphold, those eternal verities.

It’s rather disruptive to conventional ideological classifications when we realize such advocacy for individual freedom and liberty are met with as much animus and bigotry today as it was 50 years ago. Considering that our nation was founded on these precepts, they should be unifying, rather than divisive principles.

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Idaho Chooses Life Press Release: Pro-Life Community Calls on Insurance Exchange to Stop Funding Abortions

January 17th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Contact:
• Julie Lynde: Executive Director Cornerstone Family Council Idaho (208)-954-3222
• Brandi Swindell Founder/CEO Stanton Health Care (208)-867-1307
• David Ripley, Executive Director, Idaho Chooses Life (208)-344-8709
• Jason Herring, President Right to Life of Idaho (208)- 869-3335
• Kerry Uhlenkott, Legislative Coordinator Right to Life Idaho (208)-983-7275

Pro-life leaders call for Governor Otter and the Idaho Legislature to ban the abortion drug ELLA from state health exchanges.

In an e-mail dated November 7, 2013, Governor Otter’s office confirmed to Idaho’s Pro-Life Community that chemical abortion is available through health insurance plans sold by Idaho’s state based health exchange. Idaho’s plans DO include coverage for the abortion inducing drug, ELLA.

Idahoans are now forced to comply with Obamacare’s HHS mandates issued by executive Kathleen Sebelius.

ELLA is chemically and functionally similar to Mifepristone (RU-486), the FDA approved abortion drug. They share identical modes of action. They share serious, substantial safety concerns for women’s health.
Early in 2013, the architects and proponents of Idaho’s state based exchange were aware that Idaho taxpayers would be forced to pay for this abortion inducing drug. Many even rejected a pro-life bill to protect Idahoan’s freedom of conscience and reclaim some state sovereignty in the state health exchange. This would have protected citizens from being coerced to foot the bill for the morally objectionable process of abortion.
We were told that the state exchange would give us a seat at HHS table. Ms. Sebellius apparently demands that Idaho be seen and not heard.

Women deserve to know that a prescription drug could cause an abortion. Women deserve to know that ELLA could cause serious complications for their health. Pharmacists have an ethical right to know that ELLA may cause an abortion. And they deserve to know that drugs like ELLA have serious, documented health risks; including blood transfusion and death.

Taxpayers have a right to be free from being coerced to pay for actions that violate their conscience.

Brandi Swindell, President and Founder of Stanton Healthcare a life-affirming medical clinic, states:

“It is extremely troubling that the citizens of Idaho will be forced to pay for abortion-inducing drugs through the state’s health exchanges. Governor Otter’s office has confirmed that the drug ELLA will be included in the exchanges. ELLA is an abortifaciant, which destroys an innocent life. The citizens and especially the women of Idaho deserve better than having to violate their consciences, core beliefs and faith values by having to pay for abortion inducing drugs. We agree with the overwhelming majority of Americans that abortion is not health care and shouldn’t be included in any coverage.”

Julie Lynde, Executive Director of Cornerstone Family Council said:

“Offering ELLA in the state health exchange is contrary to Idaho’s stated commitment preferring live birth over abortion. It is contrary to who we are in Idaho. Forcing Idahoans to become financially complicit in something they find morally repugnant is despicable. ELLA is the chemical cousin of RU-486 & has serious safety risks for women. HHS is keeping Idaho women in the dark and endangering their health to promote the abortion industry’s radical agenda. Idaho leaders must stand up for Idaho citizens and stand against the HHS political ideology that is trampling the great state of Idaho.”

Kerry Uhlenkott, Legislative Coordinator Right to Life of Idaho said, “The emergency contraceptive, ELLA , is an abortifacient because it can prevent the implantation of a newly-conceived embryo. Even Dr. James Trussell, a member of Planned Parenthood’s national Medical committee and one of the leading authorities on emergency contraception, has said that doctors have a duty to inform women that emergency contraception could prevent a newly conceived embryo from implanting in the womb, causing an abortion. *

Since the emergency contraceptive, ELLA, has the potential for causing the death of a newly conceived human child, it is dead wrong for citizens in Idaho to be forced to violate their conscience by having to pay for this
abortion-inducing drug.”

David Ripley, Executive Director of Idaho Chooses Life said:

“The confirmation of Idaho’s insurance exchange being involved in funding abortion-causing drugs is very disturbing, and would seem to violate Idaho Law. This is why we pushed so hard last year for the Religious Liberty Amendment (to the state exchange) It’s impossible for Idaho to partner with ObamaCare without becoming enmeshed in President Obama’s agenda to expand both abortion and tax-funded support of the Abortion Industry.
The Legislature must revisit the question of protecting Idaho citizens. They have no business helping Obama trample our First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty.”

Jason Herring, Pastor and President of Right to Life Idaho said:

“The citizens of Idaho need to be aware of the fact that Ella is a potential abortifacient. By the FDA’s own admission Ella can disrupt a pregnancy after ovulation has occurred. If we hold that life begins at conception then
we must protect life at all stages of development.

At four weeks into the pregnancy a child is the size of a poppy seed. That’s incredibly small, and yet at one time we were all that size with a world of potential and possibilities awaiting us. If faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, then microscopic faith the size of a human cell is all it takes to respect life in its beginning.”

In response to this, we…the united pro-life community in Idaho…. call upon Governor Otter and the Idaho legislature to embrace quality health care, respect the taxpayers of Idaho, protect and respect the women of Idaho, and protect innocent human life by banning ELLA from all state health exchanges.

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David Ripley: Campaign for Fetal Pain Law Suffers Setback

January 14th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a brief order today, denying an appeal of a 9th Circuit edict in a case dealing with Arizona’s Fetal Pain Law. The liberals managing the 9th Circuit had ruled in May of last year that Arizona’s law violated the U.S. Constitution and its hidden provision granting women the “right” to destroy their babies via abortion. Arizona appealed the 9th Circuit injunction to the Supreme Court, asking that it be allowed to enforce the state law which banned abortions after approximately 20 weeks’ gestation.

The Supreme Court’s inaction effectively allows the injunction to remain in place.

Today’s development means that Idaho’s Fetal Pain statute also remains unenforceable because Idaho is under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Proponents of the law had hoped that the Supreme Court would be more receptive to the law because of scientific research surrounding the baby’s development, as well as evidence showing that late-term abortions are more dangerous to a woman’s health. While the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the Fetal Pain Law in Arizona, it does represent a set-back for the pro-Life movement.

Hopes for a reconsideration of the core issues rest with another appeals court circuit reaching a different conclusion than that derived by the 9th Circuit.

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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights, January 13

January 14th, 2014 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, Bone

A friend or two over the weekend asked me how the new legislative session was going so far. I responded that it seemed to be normal in that there is some extra money for which every agency wants the lion’s share and then some. One thing that is different is that the optimism is flowing very strongly in hopes of a short session, but in reality the way we do things in this place takes time and we are bound to have a hang up or two along the way.

Also new this year, or at least revisited, is the practice of convening a Change of Employee Compensation committee (CEC) that has not been done for a while. I was assigned to the committee and all but a few things were as expected. Most revealing to the committee was that this year because of what is affectionately called the ACA or Obamacare (take your pick) there will be a tax of about $3.8 Million imposed on the state for its health coverage for state employees and will increase as time goes by. The net effect of that and other federal requirements is that health insurance premiums for the state plan will increase dramatically both for the state’s share and the employee share. That is the first time in memory that the cost of health insurance is being driven by more than medical inflation and utilization.

In 2012 the legislature enacted a measure to require the agencies to have negotiated rulemaking and as a result we have decided to have a few agencies in to see how they are handling the process. The agencies we have invited are, Health and Welfare, Department of Environmental Quality, Fish and Game, and the Tax Commission. We now have their written responses in hand and the hearing is scheduled for January 23rd. The committee members already have questions to ask of the directors. This is something we have not done before and we hope it will provide us with information on how the agencies do their rules and we also hope it will inspire them to have good public and stakeholder input in the process.

Talking about the beginning of the session would not be complete without mentioning a few items that were brought up by Governor Otter in his State of the State Message. For the most part, it was pretty vintage Governor Otter, but there are two things that deserve mentioning. The first is his desire to place $86 million in our various savings accounts. I am a big fan of preparing for a future rainy day. It is going to be interesting to see if we are able to place that much in savings. I’m sure there will be an amount, but possibly not that large. The other program that he intends to begin is to put in place mental health centers as a pilot project in some of the communities throughout Idaho. This is most interesting to me because prior to the Department of Health and Welfare consolidating all the mental health services in fewer regions, he now desires to shift those programs back to the communities where in my opinion we will be able to do much better job. In the past, community run mental health programs did much better than we have experienced in recent years with the centralized system.

It may seem that things are normal, but it might not last long. Every session seems to take on its own character and this one will probably not be an exception.

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David Ripley: Wasden Joins Other AG’s in Petitioning Sebelius

January 11th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is one of eleven attorneys general from around the nation pressing the Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, to stop changing ObamaCare through Executive Fiat. A letter signed by the group was sent last week protesting the numerous changes which have been ordered by the federal regime without Congressional approval.

The letter specifically called-out the regime around Obama’s decision to allow policies which are prohibited by the federal statute to be re-issued. The executive branch cannot simply change duly-enacted laws by itself.

A key portion of the letter reads:

“We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action. The illegal actions by this administration must stop.”

Submission of the letter is seen as a precursor to potential legal action.

The attorneys general also urged the Secretary to properly deal with widespread concerns over the security of private information being collected by government websites as part of the ObamaCare application process.

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David Ripley: The Many Blessings of 2013

January 8th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

As we close the books on 2013, it is valuable to search for news of the blessings which may have missed our attention in an environment dominated by Barack Obama’s evil agenda for preborn children.

Let’s give thanks for the recent rulings by federal judges in New York and Houston rightly declaring Obama’s attempt to strip Americans of their Religious Liberties void. The president’s attempt to force employers to purchase baby-killing drugs for their employees is reeling, and we need to continue pressing the Lord for release from this heavy burden in 2014.

We give thanks also for the 10 Republican Senators, 1 Democrat Senator and 32 House Republicans who voted with us in the 2013 Session to amend Governor Otter’s Insurance Exchange so as to safeguard the religious liberties of Idahoans from the threat of Obama’s abortion mandate. While that effort was unsuccessful, we have hopes that the law can yet be amended or repealed.

Much of the past few weeks were dominated by the comments of the Senior Duck Man, Phil Robertson. He stood unapologetically on the Lord’s side in our culture wars. We celebrate the fact that the Lord stood with Robertson and moved His People to rise up against the cultural terrorists of the Left. They suffered their worst rebuff in many years. Perhaps all that anti-bullying media is beginning to bear fruit.

The Lord is due praise and thanks for bringing Star Parker into Idaho last month. It was one of our best Christmas Dinner celebrations, and she provided a spark of enthusiasm for the work ahead. And speaking of that dinner, it is important to acknowledge God’s grace in holding up this ministry during a tough year; we are still standing because of His loving mercy for preborn children and those who would defend them.

Pro-Lifers should also celebrate news that a record 87 Killing Centers shut their doors in 2013. Operation Rescue reports that the number of Abortuaries operating in America has been cut to 582. Looking back, that is a huge drop-off from the high of 2176 Abortuaries back in 1991.

And we declare a blessing the publication of a major new study exposing the connection between an abortion history and increased risks of contracting breast cancer. While the liberal press and Cancer Industry continues to suppress this information reaching women – we are confident that the Truth will win out.

Among the most encouraging news of 2013 was the decline of public support for both Barack Obama and his scheme to impose federal control of healthcare. It would seem the People have begun to awaken to threats and deceptions of ObamaCare – a trend we fully expect to continue into the new year.

We are hopeful about the year ahead. We look forward to seeing what the Lord will do to liberate His People from the oppression which seems to have spread across the nation. There is good reason to look forward to the ousting of Prince Harry from his Senate perch, and a modicum of sanity being restored to our nation’s capitol.

However that battle turns out, we pray the Lord’s protection and blessing upon you and your household!

And we ask for your prayer support as we prepare to wage battle in the 2014 Session of the Idaho Legislature.

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Richard Larsen: Our Devolving Language and Culture

January 8th, 2014 by Halli

by Richard Larsen

Regrettably, our language seems to be devolving much like our social mores have been. In our increasingly morally relativistic culture, our language is morphing, adapting, and redefining each day, with fewer and fewer absolutes, and increasing laxity and less and less conviction.

This is not a surprising development, for in many ways, our language and speech not only mirror, but also magnify what is occurring culturally. Psycholinguists argue inexorably about whether language reflects our perception of reality or helps create it. It appears empirically that they’re concomitant.

American linguist Arika Okrent, has said, “The job of the linguist, like that of the biologist or the botanist, is not to tell us how nature should behave, or what its creations should look like, but to describe those creations in all their messy glory and try to figure out what they can teach us about life, the world, and, especially in the case of linguistics, the workings of the human mind.” If that is correct, contemporary language reveals a vacuous, illogical and slovenly collective human mind in this twenty-first century.

I have marveled for years at the unintelligible gibberish that passes for communication today. Kids who use “like” every third word as if it means something, while in reality, it seems to represent little more than a mental vacuity that exists in the mind of the speaker who can muster nothing more substantive to fill their sentences and paragraphs with. The same seems to apply to the use of “you know,” as employed ad nauseam by people of seemingly equal mental acumen.

I used to tease my children’s friends when they’d say, “It’s, like, cold outside.” I’d respond with, “Good thing it’s just ‘like’ cold, instead of just plain cold, otherwise you may need a coat, or, like, something.”

I’ve not heard anyone on the contemporary cultural stage capture this concept quite as concisely as comedian Taylor Mali, who has a laconic monologue dedicated to the principle. Says Mali, “In case you haven’t realized, it’s become uncool to sound like you know what you’re talking about. Or that you believe in what you’re, like, saying. Invisible question marks, and parenthetical ‘you knows’ and ‘you know what I’m saying,’ have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences, even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions.

He continues, “Declarative sentences, so called because they used to, like, declare things to be true, as opposed to other things that are so totally, you know, not. They’ve been infected by this tragically cool and totally hip interrogative tone, as if I’m saying, ‘Don’t think I’m a nerd just because I’ve like noticed this, okay. I have nothing invested in my own personal opinions, I’m just inviting you to join me on the bandwagon of my own uncertainty.’

Mali takes the concept to the next level applying the linguistic vacuity to our relativistic society. He says, “What has happened to our conviction. Where are the limbs upon which we once walked. Have they been chopped down, like the rest of the rainforest, you know? Or do we have, like, nothing to say? Has society just become so filled with these conflicting feelings of nya nya, that we’ve just gotten to the point where we’re the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since, a long time ago?”

He concludes with a plea, “So I implore, you. I entreat you, and I challenge you, to speak with conviction. To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it. Because, contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker, it is not enough these days to simply question authority. You’ve got to speak with it, too.”

This is perhaps not just symptomatic of American English and culture, for Terry Crowley in his book on historical linguistics observed, “It seems that in almost all societies, the attitudes that people have to language change is basically the same. People everywhere tend to say that the older form of a language is ‘better’ than the form that is being used today.”

Words are the communicative devices utilized by mankind to render meaning and common understanding to the mundane as well as the esoteric. Many of the words we use represent absolute concepts and principles, and cannot merely be redefined or altered in practical application without changing the absolute truths upon which they’re based. Words like truth, marriage, and liberty cannot simply be redefined by popular acclaim without vitiating the social conventions, legal institutions, and verities they represent. Otherwise, they become unintelligible gibberish, like the “you knows” and “likes” that are the bane of our contemporary communicative culture; meaningless, trifling, and relativistic.

Perhaps no truer words were uttered by Gore Vidal than, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.” As with societal decadence, perhaps the only recourse for language purists is the heuristic “clinging” to absolutism; standing on linguistic and ethical solid ground while the rest of the world devolves to nihilistic relativism.

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