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Commonly misused words and phrases in political discussions, guns, Trump, no Romo and more good stuff: The update for March 31

By LAMONT MANN

Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Follow him on Twitter @sportsmedialm

I’m sorry, I cannot elaborate on Pro Football Talk fabricated Tony Romo or Dallas Cowboys news today.

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It is becoming increasingly difficult to debate politics or social issues when much of the populace does not have a basic understanding of terminologies.  Over the years, I have realized, the reason most shouting matches occur in political debates is because one or both sides do not understand what they are debating.

I am not breaking news, we have seen it on various talk shows with the “Man On The Streets” bit.  Talk Shows will go on the streets and ask citizens routine social, political or government questions you’d think everyone would know but most do not.  Although I know the bit is edited to drive their point, it’s still amazing to see the clueless people.

Over the years, I have concluded the most misinterpreted political words and phrases.

Fascism

According to Merriam-Webster, a fascist is a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

You wouldn’t know what fascism is by following political culture today.  Some are determined to make Donald Trump a fascist but the logic does not align with reality.  I can see the populace national rhetoric regarding Trump but the rest of the definition does not mesh.  Fascism is a socialist movement, Trump is a capitalist.  Am I to believe we are witnessing, America’s first Fascist Capitalist?

Meanwhile, people on the left are beating up people in the streets and desperately trying to maintain control of government centralized norms.  Interesting.

Conservative and Liberal

I have given up on this one.  People have it stuck in their heads: Conservative is Republican and Liberal is Democrat, thanks to two-minute sound clips from the media.   I am better off talking to a brick wall trying to explain a belief system vs party affiliation.  Example, most blacks are Democrats but most blacks are not liberal.  If you were to strip away the party affiliation and ask a black person their thoughts on most liberal platform issues, you will not hear a liberal response.  Ideology (Conservative or Liberal) is not Party, ideology is your core belief system and it can lie in any party.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech talk is the “granddaddy” of them all.  If you want to know how dumb the average American citizen truly is, listen to them explain “Freedom Of Speech.”  Freedom of Speech protects citizens from the government.  Freedom of Speech does not apply to anything outside of government however listening to citizens engaged in the most heated debates, you would think Dell Computers can’t fire an employee for voicing a racial slur.  Misuse of Freedom of Speech is not limited to politics, it has morphed into all facets of sports, pop culture and entertainment.

At the end of the day, I think most people debating politics are driven by emotion and guided by media.  My Bookie should create a category for political lames; at least I could capitalize on their ignorance.

Guns…down? The old “firearm in the ass” trick. Barry Laminack’s article was cool on the NFL Rule changes. What caught my attention was the story about a piece of steel in a man’s ass. No comment. #Freudian

Looking back: If you thought President Trump’s inaugural address, you were not alone.  A congressional former MLB owner was just as confused as you.

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In case you missed it…Bill O’Brien is the definition of entitled. Paul Muth hits stop No. 3 on his stadium tour.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.

– Criss Jami

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