The Orwellian World of Barack Obama

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by Gary Spina

When future historians write about the decline and fall of the United States of America, they will write of the Orwellian World of Barack Hussein Obama and the gullibility of the masses who suffered under his tyranny.

Wikipedia defines “Orwellian” as an adjective describing the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It connotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past…

Orwell observed that words and language can corrupt thought, and he wrote of the sinister power of “Doublespeak” and “doublethink.” Such is the currency of Barack Obama’s reign. Obama is “all sail, no rudder,” but his bluster is power. He couples grand, sweeping oratory with a bold resolve, brooking no opposing opinion – fond of such pronouncements as “Let me be clear…” or “the verdict is clear…,” or “this is not fiction, it is science…” and although his relentless barrage of lies, half-truths, and rhetoric is anything but clear, a significant part of the American populace seems to find comfort as they cling to his convoluted assurances. “…The reality of climate change is not in doubt.”

In his State of the Union address of January 2015, Obama said: “My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol – to do what I believe is best for America.”

Various printed transcripts either include or omit the dash between the word “Capitol” and the word “to.” But to the ears of the television viewers and the radio listeners there was no dash. Millions of people heard what Obama wanted them to hear – that his sworn duty is to do what he believes is best for America. And so it follows that his heavy-handed usurpation of power, his disregard for the limits of the presidency, his mockery of our Constitution are all justified as he is upholding his oath of office.

The actual oath Obama swore at his inauguration on the steps of the Capitol was quite different, and is specifically spelled out in the Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

But Obama is a master manipulator and a master of the Big Lie. The Big Lie is a technique used by Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao and other tyrants. If you make the lie big and bold and outrageous, and if you repeat it loudly over and over and over again, the people will believe it, no matter how preposterous. That’s classically Orwellian.

In Obama’s world of doublethink, being at war is not the same as fighting a war. In Obama’s world we do not negotiate with terrorists – but “terrorists” are now “armed insurgents” and “criminal anarchists” who will eventually be brought to justice. And “transparency” is not actually the same as “open government.” “Checks and balances” is not actually the same as “co-equal branches of government.” “Health insurance” has nothing to do with actual “healthcare.”

Many Americans readily embrace the conflicting concepts while others stand by astonished and astounded at how, “capitalism” is no longer the same as “free enterprise” and how a “free college education” is not actually “free” at all, and “freedom of religion” is decidedly “freedom from religion.” “Public schools” are now “government schools,” and a “progressive tax” is widely understood to be a “fair tax.”

An Attorney General for all of the people is now an “Advocate General” for only some of the people, for we are learning that some are more equal than others. A government of, by, and for the people is now a government for enough of the people, enough of the time, for the purpose of getting past the next election.

And so, indeed, the verdict is clear. Political correctness is now political coercion, and living with a representative government is no longer living in freedom. And of course, the definition of life is no longer the same for a woman and for a baby.

The definition of “rights” has been revised so that the new statutory rights and regulatory rights Obama so freely promises for America supplant the “natural God-given rights” of our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

And let me be clear on another point. Obama’s tyranny is a tyranny of savage retribution as the IRS, the EPA, the BLM, the FCC, OSHA, and other bureaucratic agencies audit, investigate, levy fines and secure trumped up criminal convictions for political enemies. Classically Orwellian.

Admittedly, perhaps there are people who deserve to be lied to and dismissed outright. They are the selfish, clinging, mindless utter fools among us.

Still, it is sad that before our very eyes an Orwellian tragedy is playing out here in America. But it is maddening that so many among us sit back and allow themselves to be so easily stripped of their American birthright. In fairness to tyrants in general and to Barack Hussein Obama in particular, perhaps history will record how a complacent American people simply deserved to be enslaved.

It all makes sense if you say it fast enough and repeat it long enough.