On Friday, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, unveiled new rules for her chamber which removed gendered terms, such as “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt” and replaced them with terms such as “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling.” How is “mother” offensive? How is “father” offensive? How are “aunt, uncle, son and daughter” offensive? They are not offensive, in any way. Actually, these words are endearing, connecting, loving, maybe that’s why they want to remove them. These people are evil. They find out what’s important to you, then they set out to destroy it. For decades, they have been systematically tearing apart the binding fabric of our nation; our flag, our Constitution, our history, our religions, our holiday traditions, and our families. This is an assault on family.
The author of this legislation, James McGovern (D-MA) claims this change was instituted to be more “inclusive, efficient and accurate.” Clearly, that is not the case. Parents are not interchangeable. There will be many instances when it is important to distinguish between the two. So, the word “parent” is not more accurate than “mother” or “father”. “Child” is not more precise than “son” or “daughter”. In order to make this new way of speaking as accurate as the old way, you have to be less efficient with your words. Is it more efficient to say, “my parent who birthed me” or “my mother”? Is saying, “my child who is male” rather than “my son” more economical with words? No. Since, the motives they claim are not true, it is fair to assume something more sinister is behind this change. If they eliminate the words “mother” and “father”, “son” and “daughter” then soon there will be no mother and father, son and daughter, at least not in the traditional sense.
Totalitarians and Communists understand that to control the people, they must control the culture, and to control the culture, they must control the language. One of the first decisions the Bolsheviks made after seizing power in Russia in 1917 was to limit free speech through government-run censorship.
To the United States House of Representatives, there is no mother and no father anymore. It is simply a parent. Teens who are dismissive of their mother and father, will call them “the parents”. Why? Because to them “the parents” is a depersonalized and contemptuous expression, removed of all the love and the connection that mother and father has. This is very similar the 1970’s SNL characters TheConeheads, the robotic, non-emotional aliens who referred to their mother and father as “parental units”. There was no love or connection within that family.
The people behind these changes want to depersonalize our familial terms, make them more clinical and detached, and less personal and loving. By removing the human and personal connection between members, the family is weakened and easier to destroy. Mothers are seen as incubators. Fathers simply become sperm donors. This sets off cascading effect that changes every other familial relationship, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers all become diminished to a more utilitarian and less sentimental role in our lives.
Ultimately, the state wants to remove the concept of mother and father, so they can become the mother and father, just as they want to remove God from society, so they can play God. During the pandemic, we have seen too many politicians assume the role of mother, father and God to the people in their unending pursuit of power.
The destruction of the nuclear family is necessary for the implementation of Communism. Marxist website, Destroy Capitalism Now! states, “the communist transformation of society will involve the abolition of the family and the bourgeois-nuclear form that it takes today.” The Marxist founded Black Lives Matter, put forth as one of their main tenets, the elimination of the “traditional western family”.
In the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx wrote, “Abolition of the family! … The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting.” In Communist and Totalitarian countries, children do not belong to their mother and father, they belong to the state.
Starting in the 1960’s, government has attempted to undermine parental authority and replace it with the state. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society advanced the destruction of the American family by encouraging dramatic increases in unwed motherhood with financial incentives to women to have children out of wedlock through the welfare system, thus replacing the father with the state, and making the mother and the child dependent on the state for their well-being.
This is why these politicians are against school choice. Controlling the education of the youth is vital to the Communist vision. Marx wrote, “We destroy the most hallowed of relations, when we replace home education by social.” They do not want mothers and fathers making educational decisions for their children. They want the state to make those decisions, so they can force children into failing government schools to indoctrinate our sons and daughters to their ideologies.
If they can control the educational decision, they can control even the most vital aspects of our lives, our bodies. This October, the District of Columbia Council voted to pass a measure which goes directly against existing Supreme Court precedent protecting parental rights regarding a minor’s healthcare. Children in the District of Columbia will now be forced to have immunization without their parents’ consent or knowledge. The parents’ insurance will pay for the shot, but the mother and father will not be notified, and the child’s medical records will be falsified. Only the state and the child’s school will have records of the immunization.
In December, Massachusetts passed a law allowing 16-year-old girls to get abortions without parental consent. This is the only medical procedure a minor can get without consent of either their mother or father. So, when a 16-year-old girl walks into the abortion clinic in Massachusetts, she will not have her mother or father, or even guardian with her, helping her understand the totality of that decision. This is very dangerous. How do we know that the people at the abortion clinic are not emotionally manipulating or coercing these young girls into making this profound decision to terminate their unborn child? That is called child abuse.
Now, congress is considering a bill that would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government funding of abortion. If this bill passes, not only will the 16-year-old girl in Massachusetts be able to get the abortion without her parents’ consent, but the state will pay for it, thus expanding its power and control over our daughters.
Once the state can remove the mother and father from medical decisions like vaccines and abortion, they can be removed from profound life-altering medical decisions. A new law recently passed in California allows children as young as 12-years-old to receive taxpayer-funded transgender treatments and services, without parental consent.
And what is the ultimate effect of this type of government control over minor children’s healthcare. Cases like seriously ill young boy, Alfie Evans in the United Kingdom, a country with state-sponsored healthcare. In 2018, the state decided to step in and force the hospital to remove 23-month-old, Alfie from life support causing him to die even though his parents had the resources and the opportunity to move him to a hospital in Italy for alternative, potentially life-saving treatment. The court ruled that attempting lifesaving treatment “was not in Alfie’s best interest”, but death was.
This is where we are headed as a country if we continue down this road. It is not a coincidence that they want to remove “mother”, “father”, “son” and “daughter”, and all familial words from our language. Words matter. Nancy Pelosi knows that as much as anyone that is why she wants to remove these words to aid in the destruction of the family, and promote her totalitarian vision for our country.
Judd Garrett is a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He is a frequent contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.