Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vocabulary Lesson

deplorable (adj.) -
1. causing or being a subject for grief or regret; lamentable:
the deplorable death of a friend.
2. causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapproval;wretched; very bad:
This room is in deplorable order. You have deplorable manners!
For many, the outcome of this month's election was deplorable. Hillary Clinton was in a peck of trouble with many for referring to her opponent's supporters as a "basket of deplorables." The dictionary will tell you that "deplorables" is not a word, no matter how cute and irascible that image may be when made in reference to a litter of rabid pit bull puppies. But we got the idea, and it set off all kinds of sensitivity alarms. Everyone who voted for Donald Trump cannot be lumped into that litter of rabid pit bull puppies. Not everyone.
What is deplorable for some is completely acceptable for others. For example, if there is a person who insists that the shootings of twenty six and seven year olds along with six of their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary school four years ago was faked. In an episode of his eponymously titled radio show in January 2015, Alex Jones said that “Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured.” Jones, who has claimed that the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks were carried out by the United States government, has been called “almost certainly the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mister Jones is also a self-proclaimed Trump ally.  It has been said that politics make strange bedfellows, but the relative deplorability of those bedfellows isn't often explored until they reach unsafe limits. Alex Jones has his radio show and Infowars, a web site devoted what he perceives as "the truth" and his own YouTube channel where his rhetoric gets full sail. He does daily battle with the evil he has determined is the "mainstream media." If that means he dances on the graves of a few dead first graders, so be it. 
Deplorable? Something to consider as the president elect continues to establish his inner circle. 

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