At a University of Chicago forum last week, student Daniel Schmidt asked Cheney a variety of that same question. From his perspective, the person who showed himself above the law on Jan. 6, 2021, was not Donald Trump. That person was the one Jan. 6 protestor the left has been ordered to love. “Do you demand the prosecution of Ray Epps?” Schmidt asked. “He’s an actual insurrectionist on tape. Do you demand his prosecution?” Caught off guard, Cheney chose to misinterpret Schmidt’s question. “Let me answer that question because I believe there is some confusion,” she said . “Confusion about the role of Congress,” she continued, stalling for time. “And confusion about who makes decisions about prosecutions.” Schmidt wasn’t confused. He was alluding to Cheney’s comments in August in which she all but demanded that if the evidence were there, the DOJ should prosecute Donald Trump. Otherwise, we would not be “a nation of laws.”
With their control of all major educational and media institutions, progressives have had the ability to control the political language we use for a good half century now. Historically, they have used that control, in Orwell’s words, “to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In recent years, however, they have used language as a cudgel.
Orwell also told us how we fight back. “We have now sunk to a depth,” he wrote, “at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” Comedian Dave Chappelle has been made a pariah in many circles by doing just that, stating the obvious. “Did you know that Planned Parenthood was for abortions?” Chappelle said in a 2017 comedy special. “It’s for people that don’t plan things out at all.” He might have pointed out there is no parenthood involved either.