Monday, May 17, 2010

Teabaggers and 1984

“We want to take our country back.”
That’s the rallying cry of teabaggers everywhere, as they run about in their Hummers, from NRA meetings to schools, where they trash classrooms of teachers with whom they disagree (see Maine Tea Partying). They listen to people like Palin, the Beckhole and Gingrich, who specialize in making stuff up, like the Faux News Network, whose motto now is:
“We make stuff up,
So you don’t have to”.
I’m thinking that the rest of us, normal folk, just ordinary Americans, really need to have our own “take back our country” rally somewhere. Yeah, we need to retrieve it from these roving bands of right wing, gun-toting idiots, who have decided that the Obama big, socialist style government is intolerable, unlike their favored Republican, big, Fascist style government. They want smaller government and lower (no??) taxes, and they definitely don't want Government messing with their Medicare, prominent and now common forms of “doublethink"
In George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, “doublethink” is the act of simultaneously accepting as correct two mutually contradictory beliefs. It is related to, but distinct from, hypocrisy and neutrality.
Orwell speaks of doublethink as a Party strategy, intended to get the (stupid) people to support the Party and its policies. He speaks of the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.
Does this not define the Republican Party, Murdoch’s Faux News Network, and the Teabaggers almost perfectly? So, might we then classify them as the new agents and cheerleaders for their proposed Police State.
Yes, it may well be time to “take back our country”.
But be careful what you wish for . . .
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