When you hear a progressive use the word “weaponize,” you know you are over the target.
The word “weaponize” came into the English lexicon in 1957, when Werner von Braun spoke of arming missiles with nuclear warheads. We’ve come a long way since 1957, but dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster have not yet moved beyond defining the word in terms of physical weaponry.
Many conservatives used the word “weaponize” during the Obama years to complain about government agencies being used to unfairly target conservatives or to unlawfully push an ideological agenda outside of Constitutional and legal restrictions. So, for example, this from Forbes in 2014:
The weaponization of government is happening and it’s time Americans took notice. . . .
Last week a senior United States Senator gave a speech stating that the IRS should be used to target and punish groups that disagree with the Democratic Party’s political agenda. Sen. Chuck Schumer stated, “…there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies — we must redouble those efforts immediately.” Schumer was also one of a number of Democrat Senators who signed a 2012 letter to the IRS demanding they be more aggressive against conservative organizations. Sure, it was a story in primarily conservative media for a couple of days but no coordinated action between Republican elected officials and the conservative grassroots against Chuck Schumer is being contemplated. The Senate should be censuring him for suggesting that the IRS be used as a political weapon against conservative organizations. Americans, however, should be calling for his head.
Last year, Lois Lerner, the IRS’ former director of Tax Exempt Organizations, publicly acknowledged the political, predatory and punitive actions of the agency that led to the harassment and intimidation of conservative groups. Anyone who thinks that these IRS bureaucrats were acting solely in response to the Senators’ letter or of their own volition is kidding themselves. . . .
This is obviously bad. The facts show the progressives as aggressors and conservatives as innocent victims of unlawful misuse of government power. That turns the neo-marxist victimology of our progressives on its head.