“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding…” —Thomas Jefferson (edit)
What Thomas Jefferson is telling us in this one line is that all laws must be written so the layman can understand them.
As with the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby a whole diatribe about birth control mandate not being enforceable over businesses with religious views and blah, blah, blah.
At the end of the day, so-called judges used their foreign language of legalese to rule: covering employees benefits that may violate the employers religious views are okay, but the illegal law that authorized this all in the first place is still okay.
Because it calls itself a tax, it institutes an entire governmental arm and authority.
And thus the corrupt succeed in undermining the common man. It’s not just law. How about in the political response from the White House:
“President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them.”
Politicians understand what was just said, but that’s not the same thing the common man heard.
Politicians heard, “We’re working towards getting women the coverage they need!”; to those of the democratic ideology, and political insider that makes sense.
Those more libertarian minded and the common man heard, “She should make these decisions herself, so much so a government board will be involved in review of these decisions between her doctor and herself. So she can make her own decisions as long as they’re authorized first.”
Economics, sciences, engineering, computer technologies, and so on all use field of industry languages that they understand, and have policies not use them with customers, accept politics and law.
Field or industry terminology only applies inside the mechanics of that field. When it applies to consumers or citizens uses and interactions common language is the only acceptable form of communication. Acceptance of any other form of language being used as the authority in society is susceptible to falling quickly to elitism and become the claimed open, or even shadow, system over everything.
In other words, using field, industry, or even internal group speak for running society leads to small groups being able to shift terms in governing or public authority to what they want them to be and what only they understand, and even get rid of terms and words all together.
“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.”
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thought-crime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. . . . Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”
- George Orwell
It’s imperative we speak in one terminology, not in a narrow lexicon, but without consistency in the usage of terms manipulation of law is just child’s play.