Orwell Would Be Proud of You

I hate how vacation days always seem to go faster than a regular day.

It’s very annoying.

I also left a world of hope, love and understanding to come back to the Orwell wanna-be’s in the US Congress.

The people so desperate to run your life for you because:

a) You’re a Moron

b) it gives them a thrill up there collective legs.

The power mad are here.

And they don’t care who knows it.

I watched only parts of the dog-and-pony show last Thursday knowing the outcome weeks beforehand.

The Democrats knew it too.

But this was part of the game.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Republicans have left their mark on the healthcare bill and should accept that the bill will go forward.

The public option, for example, has been stripped from the bill because Republicans were so adamantly against it, she said.

“They’ve had a field day going out and misrepresenting what the bill says,” Pelosi said. “But that’s what they do.”

Now could that have been said months ago?

Yes.

It was yesterday.

Here’s the Orwellian quote of the year so far (give Nancy some more days to come up with even better ones):

“They’ve had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “Bipartisanship is a two-way street. A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes. Republicans have left their imprint.”

Doublethink is a word described in the fictional language of Newspeak and the act of simultaneously accepting as correct two mutually contradictory beliefs. It is related to, but distinct from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Its opposite is Cognitive Dissonance, where the two beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind.

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, or by justifying or rationalizing them.

Dissonance occurs when a person perceives a logical inconsistency in his beliefs, when one idea implies the opposite of another.

But there is no dissonance with Nancy Pelosi.  She really is that Orwellian.

Blackwhite is defined as follows:
“     …this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.     ”—Orwell, 1984

The word is an example of both Newspeak and doublethink. It represents the active process of rewriting the past, control of the past being a vital aspect of the Party’s control over the present.

The ability to blindly believe anything, regardless of its absurdity, can have different causes: respect for authority, fear, indoctrination, even critical laziness or gullibility. Orwell’s blackwhite refers only to that caused by fear, indoctrination, or repression of one’s individual critical thinking (“to know black is white”), rather than caused by laziness or gullibility. A true Party member could automatically, and without thought, expunge any “incorrect” information and totally replace it with “true” information from the Party. If properly done, there is no memory or recovery of the “incorrect” information that could cause unhappiness to the Party member by committing thoughtcrime. This ability is likened to the total erasure of information only possible in electronic storage.
To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.     ”

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them….To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

Pelosi: We tried. We failed. But they had their chance and we listened. So stop saying it’s a partisan cram down.

Even if it is.

We, The Democrats, say it isn’t.

You must believe us.

We are always right.

We are Smarter than YOU.

We are better than YOU.

We are your Lords and Masters!

“When the public sees what is in this bill…when we show them what the priorities are and what it’s been boiled down to, what it means to them sitting around their kitchen table rather than us sitting around a table at Blair House, the response will be positive,” Pelosi said. (The Hill 2/28/2010)

So, if I hadn’t put the date on that comment would you have thought it was from 2009??

That’s the point.

As I said before the summit, they have learned nothing. They aren’t capable of learning anything.

The Agenda is the Agenda.

The Truth and the American People Be Damned!

President Obama’s health care summit last week seems to have nudged up support, but 52% of U.S. voters continue to oppose the plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% favor the plan, up three points from last week just before the summit and the highest level of support recorded since mid-November.

But passion remains on the side of the opponents: just 22% Strongly Favor the plan while 43% Strongly Oppose it.

Since Thanksgiving, overall support for the president’s health care plan has ranged from 38 % to 44% while opposition has run from a low of 51% to a high of 58%.

But don’t worry, The Democrats say, if we keep talking (aka lying) about it eventually when we pass it and cram it down your thoat and give you no choice, you’ll love it.

Or at the very least your kids will love it.

Because we control Education and The Media, and we’ll make them love it. 🙂

We’re always right.

And you need this new entitlement, run by the government.

We say so.

“Born booted and spurred to ride mankind.” to quote Thomas Sowell.

They are just better than you and you should just shut up you ignorant peasant and just bow down to your Lords and Masters who are infinitely more qualified and more knowledgeable than you!

ABC:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has much in common with the Tea Party. The speaker now says she shares views with movement she dismissed last summer as being “Astroturf” —  her suggestion that the grassroots of the Tea Party were a creation of the Republican Party.

In a “This Week” interview with ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas, Pelosi said, “We share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interest in Washington, D.C., as — it just has to stop.  And that’s why I’ve fought the special interest, whether it’s on energy, whether it’s on health insurance, whether it’s on pharmaceuticals and the rest.”

Pelosi held to her skepticism about what is behind the movement.  “Some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters,” Pelosi said.  She also added that, “Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about the role of special interests.”

Where’s my barf bag…

It’s hard to know with Nancy Pelosi what is more gauling, her outright lying to your face or her smug assurance that she is the smartest woman in the world so I’ll talk you like you’re the moron I think you are.

VARGAS: Is the Tea Party movement a force?

PELOSI: No – No what I said at the time is, that they were — the Republican Party directs a lot of what the Tea Party does, but not everybody in the Tea Party takes direction from the Republican Party.  And so there was a lot of, shall we say, Astroturf, as opposed to grassroots.

But, you know, we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interest in Washington, D.C., as — it just has to stop.  And that’s why I’ve fought the special interest, whether it’s on energy, whether it’s on health insurance, whether it’s on pharmaceuticals and the rest.

<<Intermission while I barf>>

“If you look at the issue of how much government should be involved, the argument that the Republicans are making really isn’t that this is a government takeover of health care but rather that … we’re regulating the insurance market too much,” Obama said as he walked from the Blair House back to the White House after the summit’s morning session.

Gee, I though the “reform” was to bring the costs down and to make it more affordable, not take over the industry? 🙂

Whoops!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year. (ABC)

So, the Democrats are Martyrs-In-Training for the cause!

They are courageous!

They are virtuous!

They are Leaders!

Look at our Profiles in Courage!

<<Sorry have to use the barf bag again>>

As someone at the Convention said on Sunday, “Can’t we have this forever”

It sure beats reality.

Reality sucks.

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