"Ten Years Later." Economist and philosopher Thomas Sowell warns against applying labels to "unusually bright little children who are also unusually late in beginning to speak."
Sample: "In this age of labels, when there is a government program for every label, parents have to be on guard against having their children pigeon-holed. The stakes are just too high. "
"The Two Political Labels That Count." Freelance writer George F. Smith slams politicians who intentionally use words deceptively in the cause of oppressive government programs.
Sample: "Most of the political labels infesting our language are semantic disguises."
"Dangerous Labels ‹ A careful reading of the label might not help!
" Politics is complicated enough, says American Partisan columnist Ted Lang, without creating new political labels each time American politics takes a new turn.
Sample: "Most prominent and problematical of the conditions attendant to our American journey nowadays, is not the content of our consumables, but the intent of our political philosophies, which is beginning to take on more meaningful dimension as regards the crisis of burgeoning government. Some writers have endeavored to clarify varying political thrusts but have generally muddied the waters."
"Taliban No More: A liberal epithet dies," Claudia Winkler in the Weekly Standard on Oct. 2, 2002 observes how "one of the more colorful excesses" of America's culture war " -- the word "Taliban" -- appears to have been retired on Sept. 11."
Sample: "For the time being, then, the "Taliban" slander is altogether out of fashion. Enjoy the lull while it lasts. To borrow a line from (Julian) Bond's letter, 'We recoil at how quickly a few yield to mindless prejudice.'"
"Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Religious Right" : Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, in January 2002 tries to establish the differences between "conservatives" and "libertarians."
Sample: "Libertarianism is not a theory of how we should live our lives. It is no substitute for religious faith, patriotism, commitment to family, or other important areas of concern addressed by conservatism. Libertarianism is only a theory of the proper role of government in a free society. Many conservatives are libertarians on many or most matters, and many libertarians are conservatives on many social matters. There are also more than a few libertarian liberals and liberal libertarians."
"What's Next for Gun Rights? As America bears arms, let's protect our right to keep them": Michael Bane, director of the National Shooting Sports Foundation's media seminar program, writes in the Dec, 11, 2001, Wall Street Journal about what gun-rights activists want, especially in the wake of Sept. 11.
Sample: "Let's try this for a start -- any bias, antigun or otherwise, is an ethical issue and should be treated accordingly. That means reporters who reprint or rubber-stamp press releases from Sarah Brady, the Violence Policy Center, Americans for Gun Safety or any other antigun groups under the guise of news should be fired. Š And by the way, time to send the phrase gun nut to the scrap heap along with every other slur banished in the name of sensitivity."
"Activist Inc.: Professional agitators can't claim to be a 'grassroots' movement anymore": Kimberley Strassel, assistant features editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, in December, 2001, dissects political groups that frequently are labeled "grassroots" organizations vs. their opponents who are typically referred to as "powerful" corporate and political interests.
Sample: "David-and-Goliath descriptions add the touch of drama, which is no doubt why journalists continue with the "grassroots-powerful" routine. Yet even as they do, the rest of America is cottoning on to the fact that such descriptions are not only outdated -- they're completely backward. These days, most "grassroots" groups are far better moneyed, networked and operated than many corporations and political lobbies. And they've become far more ruthless in accomplishing their goals.