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John Kerry and the 1984 Democrats

Tuesday, 21 September 2004 12:00 AM

In 2004, John Kerry has been excoriated as a “flip-flopper” for his continuous inconsistencies – inconsistencies which are immediately seized upon by the “pajama-clad” researchers on the internet, who prevent the true past from falling victim to the “memory hole.”

Democrats, who have banked on the short-term memories of the American people, are constantly frustrated in their attempts to paint the present as dark and dismal - a portrait that depends on obscuring the positive truths about the economy, contemporary society, and the war on terror. The free exchange of ideas and information on the Internet makes their attempted ruse an impossibility; the truth always surfaces. Perhaps this is why some Democrats, such a Hillary Clinton, would like the government to function as an internet “gatekeeper,” filtering out information that they would deem “dangerous.” Dangerous to whom? The prospect of Hillary Clinton as “Big Sister,” controlling the flow of information in cyberspace, is nothing short of frightening.

In the 1984 of George Orwell, such deception would not only succeed, but it would be “orthodoxy.” John Kerry and the Democrats would certainly benefit from the twin Orwellian concepts of “DoubleThink” and “DoubleSpeak.” “DoubleThink” is essentially second-guessing one’s beliefs, an effective self-deception, to square them with apparent logical inconsistencies – what John Kerry might call “nuance.” By employing the concept of “DoubleThink,” it is possible to believe that John Kerry voted for the $87 million in appropriations for our troops in Iraq before he voted against it; in “DoubleThink,” Kerry’s “DoubleSpeak” – apparently contradictory statements – makes perfect sense. Even if one had the vague notion that, perhaps, Kerry’s statement was not supported by the facts, hard evidence of the contradiction would not exist – it would be lost in the “memory hole,” and replaced by a revised record supporting the contention. Thus, the deception becomes the truth.

The visceral hatred on the left of President Bush is eerily reminiscent of Orwell’s “Two-Minutes Hate” and “Hate Week.” In 1984, the declared enemy of The Party was Emmanuel Goldstein – an evasive specter who advocated such “nonsense” as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of thought, all anathema to the principles of The Party. To suppress the power of these contradictory principles, The Party would assemble its members in front of a “telescreen” to watch video of Goldstein advocating these principles, against a background of the enemy army. Party members were encouraged – required – to shout, scream, curse, denounce, and throw things at the hated images of Goldstein for two minutes, creating a reflexive, though baseless, hatred of Goldstein and all he represented. Today, one can watch a MoveOn.org rally (or a screening of Fahrenheit 911) – it is essentially the same thing. Goldstein is merely supplanted by the person of George W. Bush. It is actually quite frightening to witness. This ritual and sort of primal hate is well grounded in Orwellian Ingsoc.

The parallels between the tactics of the contemporary Left and those of “The Party” should shock the conscience. Americans today have a clear choice – they can vote to maintain the status quo of American democracy (which, though imperfect, is the best iteration of the necessary evil of a central government), or they can delude themselves, giving in to the fear, hatred, and deception propagated by the Left.

To cast a vote for John Kerry and the Democrats is to accept the truth of The Party slogan: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

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