By turning an adjective into a noun.
English grammar is a precise science. A simple act like switching tense or using a noun as a verb, or turning an adjective into a noun has the unfortunate effect of transmitting misinformation.
As the press is doing today.
But maybe they are not the ones to blame. They are, after all, merely quoting neoconservative talking heads and politicians.
By changing an adjective into a noun.
Yesterday, in an op-ed piece Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer made the perfectly valid point that “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”
Isn’t that true? Isn’t it true that
No, Hoyer and Pelosi are perfectly correct in identifying this behavior as “Un-American.”
A person can have un-American behavior, but that doesn’t make them, themselves, Un-American. But that is precisely what is being touted in the media, that Pelosi and Hoyer are saying that these people are un-American.
“Calling someone "un-American" is political argument's equivalent of heavy artillery, if not a battlefield nuke: it's designed to put your opponents on the defensive, forcing them to rebut the nearly-unrebuttable, and verges on questioning their patriotism.”
Let’s be clear, labeling someone’s behavior as “un-American” is not calling someone “un-American.”
You can be committing the act without being the act.
That’s just stupid.
It’s as stupid as seeing someone doctoring a wound, and calling them a doctor.