New Liberal Stylebook: “Citizen” Is Out. “Comrade” Is In

Why does the Left obsess over words? Because they don’t do particularly well with facts and math.  So if reality doesn’t match their politics, they change the words:

Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions.

KOMO-TV reports that the city’s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive.

 “Luckily, we’ve got options,” Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. “For ‘citizens,’ how about ‘residents?’” 

Or even better, “comrades?”

What’s wrong with “citizens?” Because not everyone in Seattle is an American citizen, and since we’d never want anyone to feel left out, why highlight the gulf between citizens and non-citizens.

This is part of the American Left’s tradition of demeaning the value of citizenship. Remember that one of the arguments in favor of open borders is that it shouldn’t matter if one is a citizen or not. Everyone should be treated the same just for residing in the US, regardless of how they got here? After all, when you think of how evil America is and all the harm we’ve done around the world, who even WANTS to be an American?

Think I’m exaggerating? Right now Seattle is considering letting non-citizens vote, and cancel out the ballots cast by actual citizens.

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OK…but what’s up with banning “brown bag?”

In an interview with Seattle’s KIRO Radio, Bronstein said the term “brown bag” has been used historically as a way to judge skin color. 

“For a lot of particularly African-American community members, the phrase brown bag does bring up associations with the past when a brown bag was actually used, I understand, to determine if people’s skin color was light enough to allow admission to an event or to come into a party that was being held in a private home,” Bronstein said.


I grew up in South Carolina.  I went to public school in the district where David Duke got one of his highest percentages of the vote when he ran for president in 1992. And I’ve NEVER heard the term “brown bag” used with a racial connotation…ever.  I know “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (a James Brown classic!), but “brown bag?”  This is like that urban myth that “picnic” is a racial term for “lynching.”

Does it matter that it’s entirely untrue and factually ridiculous?


Like I said, liberals tend to struggle with the facts.

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UPDATE: George Orwell nailed the Left’s problem with accurate language in one of the most important essays of the  20th century. If you’ve never read it, click here.


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