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Today, I received this article in my noon headlines from none other than NBC News in New York. I just finished lunch and reading this made me sick in the pit of my stomach. Yes, I suppose I was hearing about this last night, but I was way too focused on seeing Hillary with Greta for it to sink in. Not only are the color codes gone, the history and legacy of 9/11/01 have been erased. This is “political correctness” taken to the most unacceptable and extreme limit.

So now, I guess, we will be expected to monitor our language against the banned terminology. Other European languages have language regulators, typically academies, that govern usage. There is no academy governing English languages. Nature abhors a vacuum. Into the void slips the new administration with its dictum as to what we may and may not call a rose – or an attack, for that matter.

Throughout her campaign, our Homegirl, Hillary Clinton, repeatedly requested that we hire her. We tried and were overruled. Now, it appears, the erstwhile “victor” actually believes he does rule us rather than understanding that he works for us (or is supposed to).

To attempt to govern language usage in this way is a violation of the First Amendment and, therefore, unconstitutional. On the other hand, to assume the Oval Office without satisfying the demands of citizens for proof of eligibility, violates Article II. So I guess our Constitution is considered as outmoded and useless as the vigilance and scars of 9/11/01.

What’s next? We re-rename Newark Liberty Airport Newark Tyranny Airport? Might as well, we’re being overtaxed without representation anyway.

Here’s the article. If you begin heaving, move away from your keyboard.

Airbrushing 9/11
“Freedom” is gone and so are many other signifiers of that day
By ROBERT A. GEORGE

It looks like we can wake Green Day up: “September” has ended.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Thursday that the 1,776-foot edifice that was to replace the World Trade Center will no longer be called the “Freedom Tower.” Instead, it will have the less ornate appellation, “1 World Trade Center.”

Nice.

The timing couldn’t have been better. It follows on the heels of the Pentagon’s ending the War on Terror. You didn’t hear? You must have missed the memo. No, seriously. In a memo, following a request from the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Defense declared that foreign military and strategic ventures associated with various Muslim-world nations will no longer be called the “War on Terror.” It is now Overseas Contingency Operation.”

Cool.

This, in turn follows Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s statement to a “Der Spiegel” journalist earlier this month that she prefers to call terrorism, “man-caused disasters.”

Wonderful.

And, lets not forget that the Obama administration no longer refers to opponents in the Conflict-Formerly-Known-As-The-War-On-Terror as “enemy combatants.” Haven’t quite figured out a proper replacement on that one.

Neat.

Now, this is real change — a seismic cultural shift that not too many people might have expected.

The cumulative effect is clear:The symbolic, rhetorical and strategic signifiers of America’s post 9/11 world are being airbrushed away.

“Freedom Tower?” Gone.

“War on Terror?” Gone.

“Enemy combatants?” Gone

“Terrorism?” Gone.

Three-thousand Americans? Gone?

Oh, right.

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