Politics? Who, me?

The widespread use of electronic voting machines has severely undermined the integrity of elections in the United States. Behind the companies that make the voting machines is a small and secretive group of men, including a well-known U.S. senator.

From a Plastic.com discussion: Well, it’s almost href="http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/11/13/homeland.security/index.html">official, the US is about to become a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/deptofhomeland/">Homeland. Not content with simply ruling a nation or country, the Bush team decided to pin this new moniker on Uncle Sam’s lapel, seemingly out of nowhere. A Lexis-Nexis search for the word homeland in headlines of U.S. papers shows 818 instances in the past year, compared to just 187 instances in the year before Sept. 11, 2001 — and in almost every one of those 187, homelandreferred to an immigrant’s country of origin somewhere else in the world.

So, who here has the talent to work Uber Alles into the National Anthem?

To those who think the use of the word “homeland” is merely an inconsequential issue of semantic hair-splitting…would you say the same thing about “collateral damage” or “regime change?” The bottom line is that language matters. Especially within the political sphere. I could go on further but (as usual) George Orwell has said it best in his essay Politics and the English Language. Read it. It’s never been more relevant.

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