The Seven Words You Can’t Say in the Trump Administration


George Carlin famously had a list – the seven words you can’t say on television. He would  list them off, and, if he were on broadcast television at the time, you’d have seven ‘bleeps’ covering them. Cable TV didn’t have that restriction, so you could listen and laugh. (If you want the list, just click on the link above. I’m not sure if Gannett and the Visalia Times Delta would appreciate some of them appearing here.)

On December 15, 2017, the Washington Post published an article listing the seven words the United States Centers for Disease Control is no longer allowed to say in it’s budget documents. Here’s that list (hopefully Gannett and the VTD won’t mind this one):







The Trump administration told the CDC, according to the Post,

Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

There’s no telling what “community standards and wishes” will result in with terms such as ‘transgender’ and ‘fetus’. I’m not going to list the possibilities here, but we can just imagine what some of the Trumpsters will come up with. Ignorance runs deep with them, and they’re proud of it.

In true Trump fashion, nobody will admit to authoring the list given to the CDC. Alison Kelly, an official with the CDC’s Office of Financial Services, would only say that she was simply relaying the information.

The chilling effect of the Trump administration’s attack on evidence-based research as a political tool is working it’s way through the scientific community already. NPR reportsthat climate scientists are discovering their grant requests don’t get approved if the term “climate change” is in the title or summary.

We’ve placed the idiots in charge, and they’re hell-bent (I can say that here, can’t I?) on destroying the government. The red-hats are cheering them on.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–

Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

–  Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), about the Nazis.

Let’s update those words to reflect today’s reality:

First they came for the News Reporters, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a News Reporter.

Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Muslim.

Then they came for the Scientists, and I did not speak out-

Because I was not a Scientist.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

Since they don’t want government involved in anything (except war – there’s tons of money to be made in war), cancer research could the next victim of Trumpism. After all, it’s only cell growth, and, apparently, God’s will. And we know Donald Trump is a fine, upstanding Christian. Right?

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