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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?

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5 Comments

Reply Rachelglez
9:34 AM on June 24, 2011 
I am impressed by the logic you make with your explanations; you make me think of things that I never really thought before and I definitively get a different perspective on what the government is doing. When they say support our troops its encouraging us to support the decision that they are making by having the soldiers go to war but it is really their interest and are making the public think that is really the people's interest. Also what you said about the health reform, they are planting the idea in our head of what is best when its really just promoting their interest and we are supporting it without even thinking about it or going into it because must of us dont even know what it means as you said. I love you blogs and the way that you make things so clear. I think all this info should be exposed to the public so that people get informed.
Reply Alfonso Orozco
11:46 AM on June 24, 2011 
I do agree with what you say. I think that the government has a way to manipulate the way the public perceives things. I do believe that we as a society are often "herded" in a way by the government. We believe the majority of what we're told, and it's refreshing to read your blogs that provides a different perspective and encourages people to think outside the box. With the health reform topic, I do really believe that it is just a plot from our government to brainwash us into adopting their views. Techniques like these are often too typical, and we as a society are too gullible and naive for our own good.
Reply Melisa Zozaya
1:18 PM on June 24, 2011 
Choice of words definitely important and also the way we perceive it. I think that we get so caught up in listening to the media and what each government party has to say that we don't really draw a line between what we think is right and what all this people are saying. I think that whenever we read something we need to analyze it our selves and take a time to think about what it means to us we need to have our own conclusions before we can support the ideas of someone else. As it regards to net neutrality I think that is a right that we should have the right to stay informed in order to reach our conclusions I don't think that is right that they start to control everything that is on the internet. Of course I think in some cases there needs to be some way of control in order to prevent internet frauds, white collar crimes and many other crimes that happen over the internet. I think that a good combination would be net neutrality with more internet security. I think that something the internet lacks now a days is security but also net neutrality is our right of being informed and knowing. I think that with moderation and being able to reach both net neutrality and security it would be a great balance over all. To much of something in excess becomes bad. Do, I think that a big company should step in and take over what we see? no because that would just be restricting net neutrality. What I personally think is that the government should be able to keep our net neutrality and step up the game when it comes to the internet being more secure. Technology has advanced a lot in order for the government to be able to deliver on both net neutrality and more security.
Reply Roar of the Bewildered Herd
12:13 PM on July 12, 2011 
Rachelglez says...
I am impressed by the logic you make with your explanations; you make me think of things that I never really thought before and I definitively get a different perspective on what the government is doing. When they say support our troops its encouraging us to support the decision that they are making by having the soldiers go to war but it is really their interest and are making the public think that is really the people's interest. Also what you said about the health reform, they are planting the idea in our head of what is best when its really just promoting their interest and we are supporting it without even thinking about it or going into it because must of us dont even know what it means as you said. I love you blogs and the way that you make things so clear. I think all this info should be exposed to the public so that people get informed.

We hope you continue to research this important topic and share your thoughts about it with as many people as you can. It is not an easy task to be an independent thinker in this day and age. Most of the time your punished for coloring outside of the lines and thinking outside of the box. Our school systems work very hard at teaching conformity and to not rock the boat. In fact, your compensated very well for doing as your told with no questions asked. In a Democracy where the people are the government, how can they afford to not be independent thinkers? Walter Lippmann said that "We must protect ourselves from the roar and the trampling of the bewildered herd." Who is Lippmann referring to when he says the BEWILDERED HERD? Who is he referring to as OURSELVES? If we are a government by the people and for the people why would he segregate himself from others? When the people exercise their right to be heard, things will change but we must first educate ourselves to the techniques used by those determined on protecting information for themselves. Next time a business or politician uses a certain CHOICE OF WORDS, ask a question, any question. Make sure that your ROAR is heard!
Reply Roar of the Bewildered Herd
12:43 PM on July 12, 2011 
Alfonso Orozco says...
I do agree with what you say. I think that the government has a way to manipulate the way the public perceives things. I do believe that we as a society are often "herded" in a way by the government. We believe the majority of what we're told, and it's refreshing to read your blogs that provides a different perspective and encourages people to think outside the box. With the health reform topic, I do really believe that it is just a plot from our government to brainwash us into adopting their views. Techniques like these are often too typical, and we as a society are too gullible and naive for our own good.

Try to keep in mind the Corporate agenda behind the policies practiced by the government. Corporations have worked diligently over the past 90 years using corporate propaganda via Public Relations to get what they want and to place blame on government entities. Government works very well, they do what they are told. The problem is, what happens when all they hear are from big business. If the people don't voice their opinion then corporations get away with pushing the government into creating policies that benefit themselves. A corporation is a totalitarian state, our government is not. That means a corporations sole purpose is to benefit itself not everyone. If corporations continue to lobby government into what they need and continue to persuade the public into believing the responsibility lies with the government only, then corporate propaganda has done what it was designed for, to protect corporate power from democracy. When the people exercise their right to be heard and demonstrate the power that has been bequeathed upon them, then and only then will corporate power no longer be protected from Democracy. Then and only then, there will no longer be a BEWILDERED HERD!