A war of words: Overused, they lose their meaning

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By Nick Labadie

People throw the word “war” around for everything from the classic one on drugs to other purely partisan political topics. This is particularly crazy to me given we have an actual war going on, and none of these other figurative wars is remotely similar.

I understand the point of figuratively speaking, but there comes a point where tcomparisons are just ridiculous.

Ask any of the soldiers currently fighting, or soon to go to, or back from real war and whom we’re quick to call heroes while trivializing the war they’ve been fighting, and I’m sure these true warriors would laugh at the idea of either political party’s rhetoric being a war on anything.

Maybe if we talked to more soldiers and took some time to think about the true, desperate, painful, scarring, horrendous nature of actual war, we would gain a little perspective on the terrible bloody conflicts themselves, but also on the domestic political issues we’re quick to associate with the true meaning of war.

The more words are misused or overused, the more they are diluted to mean anything you want them to mean.


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