… hardly anyone employs the use of blunt straight forward talk anymore. Suddenly it has become more acceptable to verbally tip toe, side stepping offense. As a result people are afraid to state their thoughts emphatically with conviction, preferring to hem and haw. Mr. Roach has no such qualms.
I want every illegal alien in this country deported, and that’s not heartless, but rather an acknowledgment that our laws need to be enforced. No injustice is inflicted upon anyone here against the law by sending them back to their home countries. And the complaint that their native-born kids will be hurt is made highly selectively. Families are separated all the time for their parents’ lawbreaking. Immigration lawbreakers shouldn’t be given any special benefits in this regard. Worst case scenario, the whole family moves to Mexico . . . a place, recall, where Americans frequently go on vacation. [source]
Not only do I agree with Mr. Roach’s perspective on immigration, it is a perfect example of speaking in absolutes. Marc Barnes, The Bad Catholic, discusses absolute speech further noting that using such vague speech implies a lack of responsibility for a thought in favor of feelings.
I think every instructor charged with teaching language to youth should make the above article required reading. Absolutely.