Time for the US to Dump the Word “Homeland”

by Thom Hartmann,  OpEdNews

It’s time to do away with the word “homeland.” 

As the situation with ISIS continues to escalate, and as worries about terrorist attacks on US soil continue to spread, we’re hearing the term “homeland” mentioned more and more.

Ever since it first stole the spotlight with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the months after 9/11, the term “homeland” has become ingrained in US society.

But, as Chris Matthews pointed out on his MSNBC show recently, there’s something strange and creepy about the term.

Matthews said that…

“It’s a term used by the neocons, they love it. It suggests something strange to me. Like who else are we defending except America? Why don’t you just say ‘America’? Why doesn’t [Obama] say we defended against attacks against this country? As if we’re facing some existential Armageddon threat from these people. Do you buy the phrase ‘homeland’? I never heard it growing up, never heard it in my adulthood. It’s a new word. Why are we using it? Is there some other place we’re defending? What are we talking about when we say ‘homeland’? What’s it about?”

While Chris has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the term “homeland,” it’s important that you know, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story” behind this “strange” term.

First, it’s really not a new word at all.  Read the entire story.

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