Misapplied labels muddy the waters of debate

To avoid misunderstanding, we should recall what swordsman Inigo Montoya uttered in the 1987 movie, “The Princess Bride.”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

The word was “inconceivable.” But the same goes for “liberal,” “conservative” or any political label tossed around today like wedding confetti. These words don’t mean what many people think they mean.

Consequently, it’s exceedingly difficult to discuss politics. “Safe spaces,” “trigger words” and other politically correct impediments shut down the supersensitive, who refuse to even listen. But there’s the additional problem of labels for everyone else. You may protest that labels only divide. Guess what? We’re divided, whether we label the divisions or not.

Labels are useful shorthand for “You are this, and I am that, now let’s…

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