While the Majority of Americans Believe We Have Lost Control of the Border Elitist Media Are Aghast that They Are Losing Control of the Language
National Public Radio (NPR) – perhaps the elitest of the elite media – has just commissioned a poll asking the American public if they consider what is going on at our southern border an invasion. By a 53 percent to 19 percent margin (27 percent answered “I don’t know”), Americans believe that their country is being invaded.
Wrong answer, Americans!
NPR wants you to know that if you are among the 53 percent who said yes, not only are you wrong, you also are a very bad person. Had you been listening to Morning Edition on August 3, you would have known that, despite some 4.9 million people having crossed the borders illegally since President Biden took office, it is absolutely NOT an invasion. Moreover, “The word invasion has a long history in white nationalist circles,” chides NPR.
But that’s not all. “For years, it was used widely by supporters of the ‘replacement theory’ — the false conspiracy theory that says Jews or elites are deliberately replacing white Americans with immigrants and people of color,” adds NPR. In other words, you’re not just wrong, you’re also a crackpot conspiracy theorist and an anti-Semite.
For the record, it was actually Democratic Party strategists, as far back as 2004, who came up with what has come to be known as The Great Replacement Theory. In 2013, the Center for American Progress, a think tank with close ties to both the Obama and Biden administrations, wrote, “Supporting real immigration reform that contains a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is the only way to maintain electoral strength in the future.” NPR neglected to mention this in its reporting, however.
Perhaps most disturbing to the elitists at NPR is that their poll also indicates that they may be losing control of the language. Throughout history, the ability to define the terms of any debate is critical to the outcome of that debate. With legacy media and academia controlled by “progressive” (another example of linguistic control) elitists, these institutions have come to view control of language to be something of a birthright.
Hence, when 53 percent of respondents in NPR’s own poll – including a 41 percent to 34 percent plurality among self-identified Democrats, i.e. their listeners – insist on terming the situation at the border as an invasion, it is a signal that their ability to define the parameters of political and social discourse may be waning.
Rather than acknowledge, as New York Times columnist Brett Stephens did last month, that those who can be defined as part of the elite (he includes himself in this cohort) are not only out of touch with the realities of most Americans, but have been guilty of sneering condescension toward them, NPR proceeds to heap more sneering condescension on the people whose opinions they solicited in their poll. After detailing the findings of their poll, much of the rest report is devoted to castigating people for not listening to NPR’s carefully selected facts and forming opinions of which they disapprove, rather than trying to understand why those who live beyond the Beltway or the island of Manhattan may see things differently.
Nearly 5 million people crossing our borders illegally over an 18-month span can reasonably be defined as an invasion, even if they’re not wearing uniforms and riding in tanks, and even if NPR insists that it is not. The NPR poll is a clear indication that the American public is not only growing weary of the Biden-created border crisis, but also of the elite telling us what we are supposed to think about it.