Is it Amnesty? Yes. It is.
J.J. Jackson | May 25, 2007
There are some Chomsky-esque, center-right leaning wordsmiths out there too. Believe it. Particularly when it comes to the latest attempt at giving amnesty (and the Senate bill IS Amnesty). And I can prove it by simply using the words as they are defined.
Amnesty: â€œthe act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individualsâ€ (source: Websters)
Ok, what does â€œpardonâ€ mean?
Pardon: â€œ1 : INDULGENCE 1
2 : the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
3 a : a release from the legal penalties of an offense b : an official warrant of remission of penalty
4 : excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy (source: Websters)
Ok, so that makes the definition of amnesty â€œthe act of an authority (as a government) by which indulgence is granted to a large group of individuals.â€Ok, what is an â€œindulgenceâ€?
Indulgence: â€œ1 : remission of part or all of the temporal and especially purgatorial punishment that according to Roman Catholicism is due for sins whose eternal punishment has been remitted and whose guilt has been pardoned (as through the sacrament of reconciliation)
2 : the act of indulging : the state of being indulgent
3 a : an indulgent act b : an extension of time for payment or performance granted as a favor
4 a : the act of indulging in something; especially : SELF-INDULGENCE b : something indulged in
Also, to â€œindulgeâ€ means â€œto treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or considerationâ€
So an â€œindulgenceâ€ is an â€œexcuseâ€ or â€œway outâ€ (synonym: lenient).Â So â€œindulgenceâ€ is basically when â€œpart or all of the punishment has been remittedâ€ giving us amnesty defined as: â€œthe act of an authority (as a government) by which part or all of the punishment has been remitted to a large group of individuals.â€
Notice that an indulgence is when “part” OR “all” of the punishment is remitted. The important word here is “part”.
This is a fairly simple skill that we all learned in grade school; that the definition or one word can be inserted into the definition of another word defined by using it. And it clearly defines the act of rewriting the current laws for which certain punishments are due to change that punishment as indeed being AMNESTY.
The fact is the current law has penalties and this Senate bill serves the purpose of granting illegal aliens amnesty from those penalties.
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