Lack of honesty in communication bugs me, but it’s also something I understand very well. As a longtime political consultant, I’ve been guilty of saying things to the public to push emotional buttons at times.
So I’m not sure whether to be disgusted or feel professional admiration for the public relations people at the Federal Emergency Management Agency who are responsible for morphing government bureaucrats into our “federal family.”
According to the Palm Beach Post, FEMA has pretty much banished the word “government” from its news releases. In its place, you’ll find talk of the “federal family,” as though they’re going to take us on vacation when school gets out.
It’s definitely creepy and kooky, but there’s nothing mysterious about it. They’re not the Addams Family. They’re just politicians twisting the meaning of words.
As I’ve mentioned before, I certainly didn’t agree with George Orwell‘s politics — since he was a socialist — but he had some intellectually honest things to say about word use in a 1946 essay called “Politics and the English Language.”
I suggest you read and consider the whole thing, but don’t expect politicians to do the same thing, because — honestly — they’re mostly interested in their own agendas. Being truthful with you is very, very far down on that priority list.