Seraphic Secret was asked to participate in the Watcher’s Forum. Every week on Monday morning , invited guests weigh in with their opinions on a major issue of the day, the culture, or topics of daily life.
This week’s question: Whom Would You Name For Person Of The Year?
Seraphic Secret’s Person of the Year is George Orwell.
Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, was published 64 years ago. For Americans living under Obama, this prophetic novel is more relevant than ever.
1984 imagines a country called Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain) a province of a super state called Oceania. The country is under the control of a central party, guided by a quasi-divine leader, Big Brother. The government justifies their oppressive rule in the name of the collective good. All individualism is crushed, and those who think independently are guilty of Thoughtcrimes.
Orwell’s understood that those who control language control culture. Distort the meaning of words and you warp the mind into Doublethink. Ultimately, thought and behavior are colonized by the bureaucratic state.
Thus, the Ministry of Peace makes perpetual war. The Ministry of Plenty is responsible for starving the population. The Ministry of Love tortures prisoners. And the Ministry of Truth pumps out endless streams of propaganda, Newspeak.
Big Brother teaches that War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength.
The ruling party is constantly revising history to make it conform to their ever-shifting versions of the truth. And of course, there is an eternal scapegoat, Emmanuel Goldstein, the reviled public enemy who heads up the counter-revolutionary forces of The Brotherhood, which may or may not exist.
Private contracts do not abide under Big Brother.
Big Brother makes the laws. And the laws mean whatever Big Brother says they mean at any given moment
Postmodern Liberalism is evolving into the Orwellian Big Brother state.
Barack Obama was packaged and sold as a cult leader. A radical leftist, Obama’s entire political education and career has been at the service of big and bigger government. For Obama and the Democrat party, the individual is merely a cog in the joyous machinery of the state.
Of course this conformity of thought is achieved through the use and abuse of language. If you disagree with Obama’s policies, you are a racist. If you believe in the sacred Judeo/Christian covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, you are homophobic. If you warn of the dangers posed by IslamoNazis, you are an Islamophobe. If you question the wisdom of granting non-citizens all the rights of citizens, you are xenophobic. If you defy the politically correct culture of postmodern liberalism, they clamp down on free speech through “speech codes.”
These liberal charges are classic Orwellian Thoughtcrimes, using Newspeak as a weapon of demonization.
Obama and his administration tell lie upon lie to the American people: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, ObamaCare. The swamp of lies and propaganda is thick and deep. To cover, Obama and his liberal followers, like Big Brother, furiously rewrite the past. A lie as blatant as “If you like your insurance, you can keep it, period,” has been revised to mean something that was never said, never intended.
Newspeak is taken to new and novel heights when the N.Y. Times defines Obama’s blatant lies as “unfulfilled promises.”
Big Brother’s scapegoat, Emmanuel Goldstein, is alive and well under Obama. Orwell understood that anti-Semitism is the eternal hatred used by oppressive regimes to unite citizens who, might otherwise become disaffected and unruly. For Obama, Goldstein is Israel. Does anyone doubt for a moment that Obama plans to neutralize the Jewish State by throwing in with the nuclear IslamoNazis of Iran?
Under ObamaCare, private contracts have been dissolved through state intervention. And the very laws that Obama and the Democrats pass are as liquid as mercury. From day to day, just as Big Brother shifted the meanings of law and order, the Obama regime makes laws, revises and sometimes simply ignores the very same laws — all in the name of, ahem, social justice.
If a contract is not a contract, what is it?
If a law is not a law, what is it?
Answer: It is 1984.
In 1984, Winston Smith and Julia rebel against Big Brother by meeting in what they think is a secret room, and falling in love. Both are crimes against the collective. Orwell understood that if man has no right to be left alone, he has no rights at all. In the end, after being mercilessly tortured, the lovers betray one another.
“I betrayed you,” she said baldly.
“I betrayed you,” he said.
She gave him another quick look of dislike.
“Sometimes,” she said, “they threaten you with something – something you can’t stand up to, can’t even think about. And then you say, ‘Don’t do it to me, do it to somebody else, do it to so-and-so.’ And perhaps you might pretend, afterwards, that it was only a trick and that you just said it to make them stop and didn’t really mean it. But that isn’t true. At the time when it happens you do mean it. You think there’s no other way of saving yourself and you’re quite ready to save yourself that way. You want it to happen to the other person. You don’t give a damn what they suffer. All you care about is yourself.”
“All you care about is yourself,” he echoed.“And after that, you don’t feel the same toward the other person any longer.”
“No,” he said, “you don’t feel the same.”
This is the ultimate 1984 prophesy. When love becomes a weapon of the state. And this is our future. Unless America wakes up to the fact that the fiction of George Orwell’s 1984 is fast becoming reality.
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