I read this in an article the other day:
“The blessings of American liberty are being relinquished to an ‘Orwellian’ civilization…”
Lo and behold, that’s exactly what I wrote back in 2009….
For quite some time, I have been disappointed, no, call it angry, at what I call the unbridled “fanatical partisanship” so prevalent in this country. Blind acceptance of Party speak without the application of reason is rampant in America today. It reminds me of George Orwell, the visionary author, who provided some context for my concern.
In his 1949 book, “1984“, Orwell coined a new word, “Blackwhite.“ It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with why we have such deep political divisions, a ruined economy, no real answers, dishonest and less than competent leaders, and an uncertain, and most definitely, an unaffordable future.
Orwell defines Blackwhite: “the ability to accept whatever ‘truth’ the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be.” Orwell further described it as: “loyal willingness to say black is white when party demands this. It also means the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know black is white and forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”
From Wikipedia: “The word represents the active process of rewriting the past, control of the past being a vital aspect of the Party’s control over the present.” (Does any of this sound familiar? Anyone in Congress come to mind? Any Presidents you know of? Teachers? Professors? Neighbors? Relatives? You?)
Politics, in general, is nothing more than the promotion of Blackwhite and, if one surveys his surroundings, he will notice that Blackwhite does not require the application of logic or common sense in order to propagate. In fact, it thrives best without either of them. Politicians tirelessly expound on past mistakes, truthfully or not, and ignore the positives, thereby exerting that control over the present. I suppose it would be too much to expect that we learn from the positives of the past, as well as the negatives.
Blackwhite is real! You can see it all around, you can hear it everywhere you go and it owes its very existence to the willful ignorance of the American people and their leaders, most of whom are perfectly content, securely wrapped in their personal cloak of ignorance. If apathy weren’t so widespread and more people actually cared enough to reason for themselves, instead of blindly accepting and repeating party speak as if it were gospel, Blackwhite would have no place in our country, a much different country, a much better country. Wouldn’t that be nice?
“But, common sense has proven rare and seldom is it seen
In the hallowed halls of Congress and the ranting of the Green.
White is white and black is black, no gray is there to share.
I am right and you are not, no compromise to spare.”