Words Matter

I grew up and was educated at a time when, “Words Mattered”.  I bring this up because it appears to me, that the Main Stream Media and certain politicians appear to not know what a dictionary is for.  Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the following:
Fact:          1a : something that has actual existence b : an actual occurrence
                   2 : a piece of information presented as having objective reality
Exonerate: 1 : to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship
                   2 : to clear from accusation or blame
Vindicate:    1a : to free from allegation or blame
It appears to me that The Media and politicians do not appear to comprehend the definitions above.  I suspect then, they do not understand the implications of the misuse of those words.  However, I would suggest that they take a clear look at the Merriam-Webster’s definitions of the following words; and the implications of their use:
Sedition:       incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority
Subversion:   1 : the act of subverting : the state of being subverted especially : a systematic attempt to    overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within
Treason:         1 : the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family
Propaganda:  2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
                       3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause
So, when it comes to accountability and possible legal action, one would advise The Media and certain Politicians to take a closer look at the definitions above and re-evaluate their public rhetoric.  As I just heard Bernie Sanders say:  “No one is above the law.”
Michael Holland, Tip of the Mitt (MH 2019)
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Mike Holland

Michael “Mike” Holland: Born in Chicago, Illinois March 7, 1952. Mike, growing up in the turbulent 1960’s joined the Marine Corps in 1969 serving for eleven years, and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. After a brief time in civilian life, he returned to the military in 1980 where he served in the Navy for another nine and a half years being Honorably Discharged at the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1989. His beliefs in Patriotism, Honor, Duty, and Integrity were acquired through these years of military service. Here, he acquired his beliefs and opinions in the greatness of America through living and working alongside all persons who make up the fabric of our Country. His global opinions have been formulated through his first hand personal experiences in and around the cultures of at least eight other foreign countries. Mike and his Wife Jan, also a Navy Veteran, now make their home in Levering, Michigan.


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