|Posted by Roar of the Bewildered Herd on March 9, 2011 at 1:40 AM|
Why use the phrase 'government takeover'?
If you ask Frank Luntz, a political analyst, it's quite simple. Luntz's specialty is “testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their product or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate.” So what emotions are evoked when you say 'government takeover'? First, is it positive or negative and why so? Today, choice of words is more important than one might think, because by deciphering the word choice, the true meaning of what is being said can be found. If someone says 'government takeover', how does right and wrong get associated with whatever the agenda might be?
Let's take health reform for example. Big business simply does not want it; however, it seems that every living citizen does. What are the real facts of health reform? Not many people truly know. Just use the phrase 'government takeover' combined with the phrase 'health reform' and now it becomes an issue of patriotism and not necessarily socialism. The agenda is no longer about the facts of health reform; it’s about a feeling of not being patriotic if you choose to support it.
Take another example with the phrase, ‘support our troops.’ Does it mean to support the soldiers battling overseas or does it mean to support the administration’s decision to go to war, without any clear just reason? Again, it has to do with choice of words. The true message of what is being said and the true agenda is being laid out for you, however, it’s hidden in the word choice of the speaker. This goes for both democrats and the republicans, the advertisers selling coke cola, the news pushing the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the preacher pushing the word of a certain god.
So what is really meant when the word ‘government takeover’ is associated with net neutrality? Is a fear being applied to the reform of the internet? Are you a socialist for voting for reform of the internet? Who is pushing this agenda and for what purpose? Who gains from this mind-set being introduced? Does big business speak for the people? If so, does big business have the people’s best interest in mind?