Orwell was Right!

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.

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The Constitution

I wonder how the Founders knew
So well, the minds of men,
That leaders all would seek to rule
With but a stroke of pen,
That liberties we hold so dear
Could be wrested from our grasp
By those with power and control,
Without our counsel asked.
It’s Human nature, they well knew,
Would allow a man to seek
To be in charge of all the land
While treading on the meek.
They knew that choosing not to stand
For the document they wrought
Would destroy the basic rights of men
And shackle free men’s thought.
So, read their words, as true today
As two hundred years before
And, even though we live our lives
To a different music score,
The chorus still remains the same
With words of wisdom shared,
To guard our freedom at all cost
Or end in chains our fare.

 

Settled Science

Regarding climate change or global warming or extreme weather or whatever you want to call it:
We are told, “the science is settled.” Well, what the hell does that even mean??

*It means, “That’s it. I’ve heard enough. I’ve made up my [closed] mind. Don’t want to hear anything more” (because it could possibly change my mind).
*It means, “We know everything we need to know. Nothing new here, move on and pay dearly as you leave.”
*It means, “Shut up!”

The dictionary defines science as: knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.
The key word here is “knowledge,” (not to be confused with or replaced by assumptions, predictions, guesses or flexible computer models) which is the polar opposite of ignorance. Ignorance simply means lack of knowledge, not knowing something. It does not mean dumb or stupid as many people mis-use it.

Everyone who has ever lived on this planet was born infinitely ignorant. That is to say, at birth we all knew absolutely nothing about absolutely everything and we spend our entire time on this planet trying to replace that ignorance with knowledge. Knowledge is inversely proportional to ignorance… the more knowledge you acquire, the less ignorant you are, and vice versa…. but no one can ever be completely un-ignorant about anything or they would then know everything, which is not humanly possible. Consider how much there is to know in the universe, most of which we can’t even imagine because we don’t yet know it’s there and therefore we’re not aware that we don’t know it. To put it into perspective, the collective sum of all human knowledge today is no more than a teaspoonful from the vast ocean of initial infinite ignorance we started with.

So then, with that in mind, I have to pose this question: since all branches of science are constantly changing, with new discoveries and ideas continually altering or proving/disproving beliefs, direction and methods and, since the human race has barely scratched the surface of our original infinite ignorance, why in the world would anyone say “the science is settled?” Since there is so much we do not know, it is not possible for any aspect of science to be “settled,” or anything even close to it.

Some of those who have recently made the “settled science” claim include: Barack Obama, the leader of the free world; Hillary Clinton, who wants to be that leader; and a host of other well known and supposedly intelligent people.

There are only two possible reasons they would make such a provably untrue statement:

1. they are woefully ignorant and have chosen to abdicate their responsibility as thinking human beings by blindly accepting someone else’s views as their own and, in turn, force it upon others whom they know are equally ignorant; or,
2. they are not ignorant and are lying to advance an agenda which, in the case of climate change, will be unbelievably more expensive and restrictive than most people realize. In fact, many don’t even want to hear about potential problems associated with climate change policies because they have already been “gruberized.”

In any case, it’s definitely not knowledge, but rather plain old ignorance (and the manipulation thereof), which masquerades as “settled science,” that allows them to lie with impunity…. and get away with it, while many remain blindly supportive and comfortably content wrapped in their personal cloak of ignorance.

Conclusion:
The term “settled science” is an oxymoron used by real morons to manipulate and indoctrinate their fellow morons at the expense of everyone, moron or not.

Note:
There are those who think they know everything…….they become politicians.
There are those who will lie to advance an agenda……they become politicians.
There are those who will blindly believe everything their own party politician says…..they are us.