The Orwell novel 1984 was first published in 1949. It was a look 35 years forward into what Orwell perceived to be the state of affairs in his future. World War II had just been won by the Allies and now they faced the specter of communism as the “Iron Curtain” fell in all the territories that were occupied by the Soviet Union across eastern Europe. In the west, things were returning to normal – as normal was understood to be in 1949. In the east, the Soviet Union was imposing its draconian government measures. Marxist government programs – control of the press, control of the schools, indoctrinations, propaganda fed to the masses, government directed programs for factory and farm – never ending wars of oppression combined with colonial ambitions – all doomed to fail in the end. Or were they?
I am sure that most of this audience has read the Orwell novel 1984 when you were in high school. You may have even written a book report about it comparing the dark and foreboding government system under which the main character, Winston Smith, was forced to endure – comparing it to the Soviet Union … and never giving a thought that such a system could evolve in the United States of America … a country that embraced the Constitution and the Rule of Law. It just could not happen here! Or could it?
With that thought in mind, it is worth taking a look at America in 2021 – Joe Biden’s America – and making some comparisons to Orwell’s mythical country, “Oceana,” as it was seen and experienced through the eyes of Winston Smith.
In Chapter 1, we are introduced in the second paragraph to the concept that “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” Indeed – Winston sees the image of BIG BROTHER everywhere.
The electric in his apartment building has been turned off during the day in preparation for “Hate Week” … as part of the economy drive. In his apartment, the ever present “telescreen” brings him the state controlled and approved propaganda of the day – AND, it serves as a two-way instrument that allows “the government” on the other end to monitor his activities as well. We see the police are present in the city; but Winston tells us that the only police that matter in this society are the “Thought Police” – “it was conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” Finally, Winston works in the Ministry of Truth – “’Minitrue’ in New Speak” and this building has displayed, on the side of it, the three slogans of the party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
In Joe Biden’s America, “war is peace” is a very real concept – While we have withdrawn our armies from Iraq and Afghanistan, we still have a military footprint in over 70 countries around the world. From South America to the Middle East, Far East and across the Pacific, Joe Biden’s America maintains some 800 installations. And very much like the propaganda that Winston deals with in his job at the Minitrue, our alliances change – “Oceana is not and has never been at war with Eurasia, Oceana is at war with Europa – and has always been at war with Europa.” So, after 20 years of America fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, we wake up to find that we are now doing business with the Taliban – providing economic aid and negotiating with them on how they should run their government.
Biden’s propaganda machine now tells us that the Taliban are “reasonable and businesslike” – never mind that we have been at war with them for the past 20 years — Or have we?
In Joe Biden’s America, the Minitrue – Ministry of Truth is really the White House staff and the nameless workers inside a very large establishment (The Swamp in 2021) that have made themselves the sole arbiters of news, entertainment, education and the fine arts in America. The news outlets take their lead from the White House and Hollywood speaks for the policies of the White House. With regards to Education, the White House wants “Critical Race Theory” taught to children as young as 1st grade and they push the concept of gender fluidity along the way. Furthermore, the White House wants the FBI – Biden’s “Thought Police” – to arrest parents who oppose what they are teaching and they want BIG BROTHER to oversee it all! As for the “Arts” — I believe the recent activities regarding Hunter Biden and his art career are all we need to mention.
Now, for those who remember the book, you will remember that the government holds periodic “Two Minutes of Hate” sessions — and you will recall that the hate was directed against one person, “Emmanuel Goldstein – The Enemy of the People”!
Goldstein was a counter-revolutionary and the Enemy of the People. “He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teachings.”
In Biden’s America in 2021, the Two Minute Hate session is not as formal as it is in Orwell’s vision – at least, not yet — but the hate is just as real and the man they love to hate is Donald Trump! As with Goldstein, Trump is the “primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teachings.” Not exactly apples-to-apples … but, you can see the parallel.
Rising inflation – Trump’s fault. A botched Afghanistan withdrawal – Trumps failed plan. The crisis at the southern border – a serious Trump policy failure. Anything and everything that is wrong in Joe Biden’s America — well, just blame it on Trump — the Man they love to HATE!
The last thing I will address here is the concept of “Newspeak”! As explained in the novel:
While Orwell’s discussion of Newspeak is divided into 3 specific categories: A vocabulary, B vocabulary and C vocabulary … and I would encourage the reader to read it at length … I would like to focus on one specific section of the B vocabulary discussion:
So now, we must ask ourselves: Where do we stand in Biden’s America on the subject of “Newspeak”? A peak inside the “New Green Deal” – a “Newspeak” concept in and of itself – gives us the new concept that people are now infrastructure.
The New Oxford Dictionary, as it currently exists, defines infrastructure as: in·fra·struc·ture; the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed of for the operation a society … No where does it mention people as infrastructure. However, Biden’s “Minitrue” has created a Newspeak concept for America to absorb.
The same has occurred with the emergence of the LGTBQIA2S+. This is, by all applications, a Newspeak term for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify.
In “Oldspeak,” we have only two genders or sexes, i.e., male and female, because that is what biological science tells us is true. But, in Biden’s America “Newspeak,” we are told that people choose their sex as well as their sexual orientation — that is “Newspeak”!
In Biden’s America in 2021, it gets even more complex! For example, let’s examine “Newspeak” gender identity further. What are some different gender identities? The following are some gender identities and their definitions.
Agender – A person who is agender does not identify with any particular gender, or they may have no gender at all. Other terms for this may include: neutral gender, null-gender, genderless, neutrois.
Androgyne – A person who identifies as androgyne has a gender that is either both masculine and feminine or between masculine and feminine.
Bigender – A person who identifies as bigender has two genders. People who are bigender often display cultural masculine and feminine roles.
Cisgender – A cisgender person identifies with the sex that they were assigned at birth.
Gender expansive – An “umbrella term used for individuals who broaden their own culture’s commonly held definitions of gender, including expectations for its expression, identities, roles, and/or other perceived gender norms.” Those who are gender expansive include people who are transgender and people whose gender broadens the surrounding society’s notion of what gender is.
Genderfluid – A person who identifies as genderfluid has a gender identity and presentation that shifts between, or shifts outside of, society’s expectations of gender.
The list goes on providing 72 “Newspeak” words for the concept of gender — “Oldspeak”: Male – Female, “Newspeak”: 72 new words as well as gender pronouns that are being forced on our university students and coming to a high school, middle school and elementary school near you soon — if it is not already there. I am sure Orwell would have addressed this himself if the concept had been a matter of concern in the year 1949. But in 2021, in Biden’s America, you better use the correct Newspeak terminology or you will simply be cancelled – a matter for the “Truth Police” to deal with.
It is quickly becoming 1984 in Joe Biden’s America in 2021. If you have not read Orwell’s 1984 since high school, I would encourage you to read it again through the eyes of a citizen in “Oceana” – that is, through the eyes of Winston Smith – and then look at Joe Biden’s America in 2021. As I have said, it’s not always an apples-to-apples comparison, but the parallels are too great to ignore.
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