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Revisiting 1984

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On the morning after seeing a triple bill of films from "The Whistler" series at the Pacific Film Archive, we flipped open a recently acquired copy of George Orwell's "1984" and began to reread it again. When the protagonist, Winston Smith, starts to write the first entry in his surreptitious diary, he describes seeing several films, the previous night. One of which portrayed a news event in which a boat full of people in the Mediterranean Sea is attacked by helicopters.

To steady our nerves and regain our equilibrium, we quickly flipped to the book's final three sentences: "But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother." Whew!

At times during the Bush Reich, those damn deranged liberals not only had people convinced that Dubya had committed war crimes, they even had this columnist enthusiastically participating in the daily two minute hate when we'd scan the teasers for the anti-Bush diatribes on various different web sites and then click on and skim over the most vitriolic ones.Heck, we even contributed one or two ourselves. Then President Obama lifted the scales from our eyes and we have realized that there's been a change in ourselves. ("You will receive orders and you will obey them, without knowing why.") We now love Big Bush, Little Bush, and even ("Ladies and Gentlemen, the next President of the United State.") Jeb.

It's a good thing that President Obama was strong enough to withstand the pressure to indict his predecessor and instead convinced his fellow Democrats to pledge their support to the achievement of the beloved predecessor's war goals. If that's not the true spirit of bipartisanship, then what would be?

The Teabaggers know that Ignorance Is Strength and that the more details that Fox News hides from the liberal heretics, the less there will be any minor inconsistencies upon which to base irrelevant and irreverent quibbling over pointy headed intellectual word games such as the Geneva Accords. Who the hell cares about cars in a Swiss city? Patriotic Americans sure don't. Listen to the liberals and they'll try to get your undies in a knot over that very obscure concern. What about the Geneva Fiats? ("The object of torture is torture.")

Teabaggers are guided by the words of O'Brian: "A world of victory after victory, triumph after triumph after triumph: an endless pressing, pressing, pressing upon the nerve of power. You are beginning, I can see, to realize what that world will be like. But in the end you will do more than understand it. You will accept it, welcome it, become part of it."

Liberals question the logic of stressing less government and then ridiculing Obama for a tepid response to the oil spill. Teabaggers have no objection to use every chance they get to implement doublethink.

Liberals always let logic stand in the way of their embracing doublethink and ridicule the intelligence level of teabaggers who can exorcise the ability to do doublethink without any effort. Which group exemplifies a living example of the principles of George Orwell? Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

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Example: In California ads in favor of Prop 14 proclaim: "This will reduce the power of the major political parties." Analysts say that the fine print indicates that if it is adopted, Prop 14 will eliminate Libertarian and other fringe party candidates from future elections. Liberals object that there is a contradiction. "There you go again!" Can't they see that it is precisely because the small party candidates are removed from the ballot that it will cause the Republican and Democrat Parties to have a diminished impact on elections?

The liberals (bless their hearts) still cling to old think and fail to embrace the teachings of St. Reagan, Orwell, and Dubya: "A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain. The old civilizations claimed they were founded on love and justice. Ours is founded on hatred."

Orwell coined the word "duckspeak" to denote the futile efforts of Democrats to counteract Republican philosophy. Remember the words full of sound and fury when it was revealed that the Republicans had used deception to remove Democrats from the voting registration rolls? The furious Democratic reaction was a textbook perfect example of duckspeak. Was even one investigation held? The promise to get to the bottom of it was completely disregarded by the (then) Republican majority.

The new conservative rule of morality is: It isn't wrong if you get away with it.

The irony of hearing the intellectuals point out that the Bush family was the living embodiment of the spirit of "1984," is because they were spot-on with that perception, but they didn't follow through to the ultimate conclusion. They would eventually, like Winston Smith, be brought into the fold and love Big Brother. Now that the first President of non-White ancestry has been inaugurated, liberals balk at following him into absolving his predecessor of any wrongdoings and the complete and unquestioning acceptance of the wars which must be fought. The left is still too sanctimonious to forgive like Obama has done. Cut to the book's end and then give them time and encourage them to reread "1984."

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Why should liberals worry about massive civilian casualties several thousand miles away, when they have oil covered brown pelicans facing extinction at home?

George Orwell wrote: "But when war becomes literally continuous, it also ceases to be dangerous."

Now the disk jockey will play "Age of Aquarious," "the Battle of New Orleans," and "Splish, Splash." We have to go check out new photos of oil covered pelicans. Have a "doubleplusgood" type week.


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