And changing one's language means that lifestyles, values and thus traditions can also change, so let's be frank about this very public hypocrisy around disability, government funding for special needs education, so-called PC, and the political effects of language: If Palin is going to take such pearl-clutching, public umbrage to the word "retard", if tea party conservatives have suddenly developed such sensitivity to language such as "teabagger", and the RWNJ as a whole are going to try and co opt "sexism", "feminism", "MLK", "diversity", and "discrimination" for themselves, they could at the very least take a crash course in person-first language.
It's got nothing to do with political correctness; it's simply a matter of accuracy.
Sarah Palin, wittingly or far more likely by accident, has once again given her minions another chance to think twice about their behavior and how their personally-/morally-/ethically-correct hangups and superiority trips adversely affect those around them. Will they ever will, or will they won't?
Like all questions regarding the Palinites, the answer remains to be seen.
More on the problematic rhetoric of "purity" and "specialness" to come.