A Plea for the Soul of the Nation
Where Do You Stand?
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It was July 4th, 1776 when the then 13 colonies that would eventually become the United States of America claimed their independence from England. For the past 243 years, Independence Day has been celebrated throughout the United States, reminding its citizens of their right to govern themselves. For the most part, it’s a patriotic holiday, full of celebration and cheer. And although there is nothing inherently wrong with the concept of patriotism, this celebration hasn’t been without its share of controversies.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson’s words have become synonymous with July 4th celebrations, and in their purest form, they seem all-inclusive. We are all equal. We all have unalienable rights that include life, freedom, and the “pursuit of happiness.” But whom was he actually addressing when he spoke about “all men” being created equal?
Well, we know he wasn’t addressing women, since women didn’t even have the “right” or the “freedom” to vote in the United States until 1920. He wasn’t addressing America’s indigenous peoples who were considered at the time to be, in Jefferson’s own words, “merciless Indian Savages.” And he certainly wasn’t addressing anyone who wore a shade of pigment even slightly darker than white. In fact, if you read Article 1, Section II, paragraph three of the United States Constitution, you’ll learn that African Americans were only considered to be “three-fifths” of a human being – I hope that makes you gasp and cringe.
And here we are in 2019 just ahead of yet another July 4th celebration. Over the past 243 years, the United States has gone through a great many growing pains but there is still a long way to go. Thanks in great part to unwavering social activism, countless legal reforms have placed the United States on an upward trajectory, but the country still remains dangerously vulnerable to the ignorance and bigotry of its past – a truth that became painfully obvious over the past two years.
Throughout the centuries, Independence Day has been largely void of partisan politics and presidential grandstanding. Save for the 1951 speech from President Truman discussing the progress of the Korean War, and the 1970 videotaped remarks of President Nixon, politics has stayed out of the holiday’s limelight. But President Trump plans to change all of that. Not only will he ensure the limelight shines directly on him, but he’s decided that flags, barbecues, fireworks, and parades just aren’t enough – he wants a military-style event, complete with tanks and flyovers.
Big 4th of July in D.C. “Salute to America.” The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks … We’re gonna have some tanks stationed outside … You know we’re making a lot of new tanks right now.” – Donald J. Trump
Many Americans feel that injecting a strongman presence in an otherwise, non-partisan, apolitical traditional celebration sounds the alarms and sets the stage for bad optics all around. Just what does a military-style parade suggest about our country? What message are we sending to our allies and to the world at large?
But Trump has been calling for a military-style parade for some time now. In fact, ever since returning from his visit to France following the 2017 Bastille Day, he’s expressed a desire for a military parade. Clearly impressed with the tanks, gun trucks, and uniformed soldiers during this annual French celebration, Trump returned to the States and ordered both the Pentagon and White House officials to begin planning a military-style parade on American soil:
We’re going to have to try to top it [Bastille Day Parade], but we have a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might … I am working on an idea to honor our GREAT MILITARY like never before! NO ONE LOVES THE MILITARY MORE THAN ME! So I’ve directed all our armed forces – including our new SPACE FORCE! – to focus on holding a Military Parade this year! – Donald J. Trump
We’ll save our comments about Trump’s “Space Force” for another time.
Maybe it’s the current president’s fascination with authoritarian regimes, or maybe it’s his desire to portray the United States as a stronger and more militant country than the likes of North Korea or China, countries that are known for their marching military ceremonies – whatever the driving force, Trump’s obsession with a military parade isn’t fading away. The July 4th celebration is set to include a lineup of military vehicles amidst a backdrop of a mile-high display of fireworks. To top it all off, the president himself is planning a formal speech. I wonder if he’ll manage to keep politics out of it?
You might be asking yourself, what does any of this have to do with the language services industry?, and we fully understand. After all, this entire article seems like nothing more than a political piece protesting our current Commander in Chief’s shameless attempt to inject himself into our national holiday and to flex our country’s military muscle – and it is. But as we’ve said before (and we’ll say it as many times as we feel it is warranted), words matter, and nobody knows this better than the language services industry.
Since the birth of the Internet, the world has become infinitely more connected. It is now estimated that Google Translate alone is responsible for as many as 100 billion translated words per day, and that the roughly 640,000 translators throughout the globe collectively translate between 1.15 and 1.92 billion words per day. Thanks to the language services industry, nearly 4.4 billion active global Internet users are able to access accurately translated information every day:
We deal with words every day. Our job is to convey as accurate a message as we can from one language to another, from one culture to another, and from one part of the world to another. We are often the bridge that connects people and breaks down barriers. But words are also used to divide and can be equally as destructive as they are constructive.
On this July 4th, we ask the language services industry as a whole, to do everything within our power to be the force that unites the world. Our code of ethics is clear – should any message we’ve been asked to translate go against our ethical values, we must consider declining the project. Although some may insist that we remain impartial and apolitical by placing our own personal convictions aside, we argue that sometimes, this is too great a burden to bear. The real question remains – do we take part in a destructive, demoralizing path or do we strive to create a path toward a better, more just multicultural and global understanding? We have an ethical obligation to consider this question each and every time we are offered a job. It is our shared responsibility.
Words matter – they matter a great deal.
GIM Writing Services wishes you all a very happy and reflective “Independence” Day.
It’s that time of year again in the United States. Students are readying themselves for their final exams, families are making plans for summer vacation, and the birds, flowers, and trees have once again come back to life after a long winter’s rest. It’s also the time of year when Americans far and wide remember the fallen soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
On the last Monday of May each year, Americans honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. It is a time for many Americans to reflect on their many liberties and to pay respect for those who have fought — and continue to fight — to protect our many rights and freedoms. Some families visit cemeteries and memorials, some attend parades, and many gather together for family celebrations.
Parades fill the streets with music and dancing while children line the sidewalks, filling their pockets with candy tossed by the performers. People are in the happiest of moods after a long, dreary winter. It’s finally time to kick back into life after many months of hibernation. And yet, how many of us take the time to truly reflect on where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we are headed? Have we learned invaluable lessons from the past or are we repeating the same mistakes today? Just how far have we come?
We’ve said it before but it bears repeating — humans far and wide are influenced by what we hear and see around us. We are inundated with news, film, music, literature, social media advertisements and more. Without even knowing it, we are continually affected by the words we hear, and we are continually affecting others with our very own choice of words. In order to gain perspective on our past and work toward a better tomorrow, we must examine our words and the words of others that either elevate or degrade our collective human experience. Words matter.
Since the earliest days of American history, there has been no shortage of violence, and with a military history that spans over two decades, America is certainly no stranger to war. As far back as the Revolutionary War, there have been more than one million Americans killed in all US wars — and they’re still dying today.
Though it is true that violence doesn’t just manifest out of nowhere and rarely is there one single catalyst, we can nonetheless point to commonly occurring causes:
And while all of these should give us pause, it is the immediacy of nationalism at our very doorsteps that should alarm us the most.
All who are not of a good race are chaff.”
– Adolf Hitler, 1925
On the domestic front, nationalism aims to promote the culture, language, and race of one group at the expense of all others. It is divisive in nature and often leads to violence, riots, and great injustices. On the international stage, nationalists work to separate themselves from all other countries and strive to be recognized as superior to all other nations — beginning to sound familiar? Yes, we’ve been down this road before, and it didn’t bode well.
On the global stage, nationalism has led to the likes of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and the Holocaust. Hitler and his minions spread antisemitic propaganda in every way imaginable. Through radio, newspapers, posters, articles, essays, films, newsreels, theater, music, art, books, school curriculum, sports, and more, the Nazis spread their hate. It was systematically woven into German society, one word at a time. Well before the beginning of World War II, the German Nazi Party was already in full swing inciting hate and violence toward Jews. In 1933, they led a nation-wide boycott of Jewish-owned businesses and introduced the Law Against Overcrowding in Schools and Universities, limiting the number of Jewish students. Marches, rallies, speeches — there was no end to the hate-filled, violence-induced propaganda.
By the end of World War II, it is believed that as many as six million Jews had lost their lives. Roughly half this number died in concentration camps while the other half were killed by the hundreds as Nazi soldiers marched into their towns and villages. Six million people killed — let that number sink in. Scroll back up to the top of this article. Read again, the total number of American military lives lost in all US wars, then multiple this number by six. It’s unthinkable, and yet it happened. And it all started with the spread of nationalist ideologies, one word at a time.
You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word. Use that word.”
– Donald Trump, 2018
Trans-Pacific Partnership, gone. The Paris Agreement, gone. The Iran Deal, gone. UNESCO, gone. NAFTA, gone. The United Nations Human Rights Council, gone. UNRWA, gone —gone, Gone, GONE.
This should send shivers down our spines. In just two years, we have been led by an individual who has systematically removed us from a number of international partnerships and has continued to work his hateful propaganda in order to divide us at home. It just doesn’t stop. In the past two years, the United States has seen a gradual rise in nationalist ideologies and an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment. We are moving further away from the ideals of that city on the hill. Our very foundation has been shaken.
We are told repeatedly that our intelligence communities are corrupt, our news media lies, our southern borders are being overtaken by swarms of criminals, rapists, and thugs. We wake up to yet another presidential divisive speech degrading, belittling, humiliating anyone, anywhere, who stands for justice and basic human decency.
We may not realize it in our busy day-to-day lives, but this insidious propaganda has infected our nation. The constant barrage of insults and attacks on our very way of life is taking its toll, but there is a way out. We can get back to the city on the hill. We can climb out of the darkness. This Memorial Day, we have the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed, but it all starts with our words:
Let’s make our way back to that city on the hill, one word at a time.
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