One aspect of President Barack Obama’s administration is their tendency to use carefully nuanced phrases to describe commonly understood things, a type of Orwellian Newspeak that is both frightening and infuriating.
The latest example of this is the new term Obama’s Department of Justice has coined to describe everyday common criminals and convicts — “justice involved individuals.”
According to Breitbart, the term appeared in a recent statement issued by Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the work the administration was doing to coddle and pander, I mean, ease “re-entry” into society for criminals and convicts released from prison, whom the administration views as “the future” of our country.
“In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home,” Lynch’s statement read (emphasis added).
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) April 25, 2016
Lynch proceeded to state that the very future of our nation depends upon these young criminals and convicts, so much so that their criminal history must be smoothed over and softened to ease their re-entry into society, at taxpayer expense, mind you.
“By helping justice-involved youth find decent jobs and stable housing after they return home, these critical grants provide a foundation for a fresh start and offer a path towards productivity and purpose,” the statement continued. “In the months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue helping justice-involved youth enrich their lives and improve our country.”
DOJ Coins New Term for Convicted Criminals: ‘Justice-Involved Individuals’ https://t.co/EkuGEfTKOp
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 28, 2016
To be sure, we are not at all opposed to reformed and penitent individuals with past criminal histories being offered a second chance at a normal life. We do oppose federal tax money being used in such efforts though, as the effort would be better served by local communities and private interests volunteering for the task.
We also oppose the politically correct whitewashing of the past histories of these former criminals and ex-convicts by referring to them as “justice-involved individuals,” which sounds far more pleasant, ordinary and much less concerning than “criminal” or “convict,” which is really what those individuals are.
The Obama administration can come up with whatever deliberately confusing Orwellian terms they want to describe common things, but that doesn’t mean we have to go along with it. We will continue to refer to those “individuals involved in the justice system” as exactly what they are — thugs and convicted criminals.
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