Words matter. They always have. When Henry II of England asked, “Will no one rid me of this priest?” — surprise — four of his knights killed St. Thomas Becket. In my parents’ time, Hitler used words to incite people against the Jewish community and anyone who wasn’t Aryan. It was hate speech. We know what happened next.
Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Alpine, served in the U.S. House from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he served in the Texas House for over 20 years.