- Fighting for Peace – You cannot fight for peace. You fight to kill. George Carlin once said “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity”. Fighting, or any form of conflict, is the very thing that stands in the way of peace. Fighting is the opposite of peace. This is reminiscent of the Ministry of Peace, which conducts perpetual war. The Iraq war wasn’t about democracy, it was about oil. Orwell knew the reality of war.
“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”
- Pre-Emptive War – This concept is a warped rationale for attacking an opponent before they attack you. The Bush/Rove propaganda machine provided visions of mushroom clouds and weapons of mass destruction as their reason for attacking a country that had no nuclear or mass destruction weapons. Orwell described war in 1948:
“Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”
The Iraq War was sold as an act of self defense against Sadaam Hussein.
- Peace-Keeping Forces - Peace keeping forces are those troops left in a country to help enforce a particular regime. The very fact that a military presence is required would suggest that there is no peace there to 'keep'. The U.S. soldiers that will be left in Iraq for eternity will be called peace keepers, as civil war simmers and bombs explode daily.
- Department of Defense - The Department of Defense bears striking resemblance to Orwell's 'Ministry of Peace' not only in the classic use of doublethink in the name but also in its actions. Both are primarily concerned with warfare and seem to spend the majority of their time and efforts dealing in attack and invasion as opposed to the implied defense or peace. Another country has not attacked the U.S. since 1941, but we have invaded other countries seven times since then.
- War on Terror – The definition of war according to Webster’s is a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations. President Bush’s war on terror is an open ended war against no nation or state in particular. It can never be won or lost. It is just a justification for never ending expenditures and restrictions on civil liberties. Orwell described the effect of nationalism:
“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
The war on terror concept allows Dick Cheney to think it is fine to torture prisoners and not give them a fair trial while spending years in Guantanamo. Don Rumsfeld thought it was OK to abuse prisoners at Abu Ghraib, until someone took a few pictures and ruined his party. The following quotes from Mr. Rumsfeld show his level of remorse:
“We're functioning in a — with peacetime restraints, with legal requirements in a wartime situation, in the information age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise, when they had not even arrived in the Pentagon.”
“What has been charged so far is abuse, which I believe technically is different from torture. I'm not going to address the 'torture' word.”
He is more concerned with people breaking the law with cameras then about the torture being inflicted upon prisoners.
- Sacrificing Rights to Insure Freedom - This is the most dangerous aspect of doublethink in our society today. With Orwellian surveillance like listening in on private conversations and acts such as 'The Patriot Act', we are being forced to give up the very freedoms that 'The War on Terror' is alleged to protect, all in the name of freedom.
- Affirmative Action – This is the concept of discriminating against white people or men in an attempt to end discrimination. The best person for a job is not chosen because a quota for minorities must be met. This is to justify the years of discrimination against minorities and women. A new era of discrimination will surely solve a past era of discrimination. Orwell explains who could go along with such doublethink:
“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.”
Corporations, government and educational institutions have instituted this reverse discrimination policy to relieve their perceived guilt for past offenses.
“In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
If George Orwell thought politics were like that in the 1940’s, imagine what his thoughts would be if he were alive today. With 17,000 lobbyists, hundreds of PACs, thousands of PR leeches, and thousands of sleazy lawyers running Washington DC, orchestrating the actions of 550 elected officials, the game of politics has never been at such a low point. The best job in Washington is at the Ministry of Slogans & Acronyms. The use of acronyms fits into the Orwellian concept of Newspeak, “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year.” The aim of The Party is make thoughtcrime or speech impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom or rebellion. The dumbing down of concepts before they are sold to the American public is how this is accomplished today.
Shock and Awe – This was the Don Rumsfeld marketing phrase for the initial stage of the Iraq Invasion. The U.S. military launched 1,700 air attacks, including 504 cruise missiles on March 21, 2003. The U.S. military insisted that the strikes were surgical and we did everything to avoid civilian casualties. Reports of casualties ranged from 3,000 to 6,000. We inflicted devastation on par with 9/11 on innocent Muslim citizens. This was U.S. terrorism disguised as self defense. The U.S. military refers to this as collateral damage.
USA Patriot Act - Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. It is beyond comprehension that people in our government spend their time creating acronyms that disguise the fact that they are taking away civil liberties. These people must work in the Ministry of Truth, the masters of propaganda. The definition of Patriot according to Webster’s is, one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests. By naming it the Patriot Act, anyone that voiced dissent, didn’t love their country and was cast as a traitor. This act was rammed through Congress on October 26, 2001, only forty-five days after the 9/11 attack. Senators and Congressmen did not even read the law before passing it. The Party now has legal authority without a court order to wiretap your phone, read your emails, listen to cell phone conversations, search your mail, search your financial records, search your medical records, detain anyone who they suspect may commit terrorism, and indefinitely detain you based on secret evidence.
Terror Threat Levels – The threat levels are used by government officials to manipulate the public through the use of fear. The local law enforcement authorities have no idea what they are supposed to do when the level is changed. The public has no idea what the colors mean. The threat level was raised shortly before the 2004 Presidential election. No one ever explains why the level is raised or lowered.
Operation Iraqi Freedom – The Party always has a catchy patriotic slogan for the invasion of other countries. The “facts” sold to the gullible American public was that we needed to attack Iraq because they had Weapons of Mass Destruction that would eventually be used on American cities. False links to 9/11 and fake stories about nuclear weapons from Africa were the immediate reasons. Freedom and Democracy were not part of the equation. Only after we found no WMD did the invasion purpose become freeing Iraqis from the tyranny of Sadaam Hussein. If this was the real reason, then we should be invading North Korea, Russia, China and 50 other dictatorships throughout the world.
Community Reinvestment Act – This should be named the U.S. Taxpayer Gets Screwed Act. This law forced banks to make mortgage loans to poor people who should have been renting. This is another Democratic Party welfare state boondoggle. Bob McTeer, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank from 1991 to 2004, described the pressure on banks:
“There was a lot of pressure from Congress and generally everywhere to make homeownership affordable for poor and low-income people. Some mortgages were made that would not have ordinarily been made. When a bank made a decision to purchase mortgaged-backed securities, they would somehow determine if some of them were in zip codes covered by the CRA, and therefore they could get CRA credit.”
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