Letter - Column went overboard

Posted 7/20/22

Column went overboard Kudos to your columnist for using the terms “Americans with uteruses” and “pregnant person” in a column appearing on July 7. Too often we regress to those dark days …

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Letter - Column went overboard

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Kudos to your columnist for using the terms “Americans with uteruses” and “pregnant person” in a column appearing on July 7. Too often we regress to those dark days before 2021, by using the hurtful word “women.” However, your columnist erred in also referred to “my mother and grandmothers,” rather than the acceptable Newspeak terms “birthing person” and “grand-birthing persons.” As Orwell teaches, we cannot control the way people think unless we first change the language, and to do that we must be consistent.

The column also correctly notes that our Constitution was written by “all white wealthy men.” Marx taught us that we cannot move forward unless victim classes are created and class warfare is stoked. And isn’t it time we judge the value of something by the race, sex and economic status of its authors, rather than by its truth or virtue?

A particularly valuable insight is that “Americans with uteruses have fewer rights than a firearm.” Of course, inanimate objects have no rights. For instance, my Smith & Wesson has no right to be baptized as a Presbyterian. It is only important that the phrase has a nice ring to it and serves the chosen narrative.

The same is true for the column’s assertion that a majority of the Supreme Court wants to go back to the days when “Black persons were legally allowed to be enslaved.” Never mind that this majority includes a justice who is himself Black. The phrase nonetheless serves its purpose by inflaming emotions, at least among those who do not think for a nanosecond about its absurdity.

Finally, the column is to be applauded for pointing out that unlike many other states, in Colorado “we are lucky to still have protected voting rights.” This is to be contrasted with other states where apparently they do not “still have protected voting rights.” Though this cannot be explained, better to not explain when it cannot be supported.

Of course, the above is written as satire and with my tongue in cheek. What I truly do lament is your columnist’s observation that celebrating the Fourth of July was difficult for many. Though we can differ on whether the Constitution grants the right to an abortion, we should all recognize that we are privileged to live in the freest, fairest, most racially diverse and upwardly mobile country on Earth.

Mike Morgan, Lone Tree

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