In the Orwellian world of Trump’s America, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was ordered last week to abolish the words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based,” in their discourse and literature, inciting outrage from the scientific, research and advocacy communities. Now, a number of other federal agencies have come forward to complain that the White House has ordered them to censor their language as well, erasing whole swathes of the American citizenry, like transgendered people, research scientists, and safe sex advocates from their budgets.
Sources in a sister agency to the CDC, which is part of Health and Human Services, and at the State Department admitted to having received “guidelines” from the Office of Management and Budget,as to the language they can use.
According to The Chicago Tribune, some of the words HHS banned at the second agency include those banned at the CDC and even extend beyond them:
Participants at that agency were also told to use ‘Obamacare’ instead of ACA, or the Affordable Care Act, and to use ‘exchanges’ instead of ‘marketplaces’ to describe the venues where people can purchase health insurance.
Meanwhile, an anonymous source at the State Department broke what is known as the “close hold” or temporary gag order set by the Trump administration to tell the Tribune that “sex education” had been changed to “sexual risk avoidance,” jargon that stems from the abstinence-only movement proven to exacerbate ignorance and lead to increased teen pregnancies, abortions, STDs and HIV. Candid sex education verifiably leads to decreasing numbers of all the aforementioned problems, as it did under President Obama.
Abstinence education comes as a sick joke from the self-admitted genitalia-grabbing president who described avoiding STDs when he dodged the draft as his own “personal Vietnam”.
Trump has called the First Amendment “disgusting” and talked about opening up “the libel laws” to restrict what journalists can write about him, despite having benefited so much himself from fake news propagated by Russia. Any news the president doesn’t like, he labels “fake news.”
This administration’s push to censor free speech and create a new vocabulary of “alternative facts” that frame reality the way they want Americans to see it is as old as tyranny itself. Fortunately, in trying to kill investigative journalism by labeling it “fake,” they have only made it stronger.
The free press has been so unflagging in its quest for the truth, it has revealed details that have helped bolster Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia collusion and has unearthed Trump’s own boasts about sexual assault. Eventually, evidence of one or both those crimes will take the president down.