posted on Feb, 18 2007 @ 07:01 PM
You've heard it before.
Hell, you might have heard it today. More and more politicians say it, police DEFINITELY say it, you might even find yourself saying it. What is
There's an increasing trend of calling ordinary Americans "civilians." I thought ordinary Americans were to be called "citizens." I also
thought "civilian" was a term used to distinguish between military people engaging in a conflict and regular people who are on the same soil during
the conflict. So, military and civilian are terms that go hand in hand.
To my knowledge, there's no war being fought on American soil (unless you count the joke wars: war on drugs, war on poverty, war on terror
). So, why are more and more individuals calling us civilians?
Police are the ones I hear this from the most nowadays. IMO, this is a result of the increasing militarization of the police in America. Weapons
such as the MP5 (M
ilitary and P
olice 5) are a prime example. If you ever watch World's Wildest Police Videos, the narrator without
FAIL will call citizens civilians.
Seriously. The next time you're watching TV, in particular police/law enforcement shows and the news, pay attention to this terminology. I guess
whenever a bystander takes down a criminal suspect, we'll call that a civilian's