You may find it difficult to combine the novel “1984” written by George Orwell, the movie trilogy “Star Wars”, and the current far-left propaganda that has been parroted by legacy news media. It’s actually very easy.
You can see that all three have the same tactics, but use different names. Orwell called it Newspeak, and “Star Wars” adopted the Jedi Mind Trick. Today’s Left combines the two by irrationally redefining the terms that characterize Newspeak and performs rhetorical mind tricks designed to look different from reality.
To take over the Big Brother analogy, in this case President Joe Biden claims $ 3.5 trillion in so-called “human infrastructure” and $ 1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending does not actually cost the country anything. When he insisted, he raised the process to an art form. ..
There are many things to unpack. Let’s start with the obvious. Spending $ 5 trillion doesn’t cost “nothing”. If you spend $ 5 trillion, it costs $ 5 trillion. Biden and Congress can rewrite many laws, but not economic law.
If you spend $ 5 trillion, you have to pay either by increasing your income (increasing taxes) or expanding your money supply (printing money). Both policies have dramatic negative economic benefits. Imposing more taxes will curb investment and innovation, print money and cause inflation. They are costs and painfully realistic.
Then there is the term “human infrastructure”. This is a new type of Newspeak designed to trick voters into thinking that the list of radical left-wing wishes for social spending is somehow an “investment” in our well-being. is. It is, in fact, a socialist ploy designed to dramatically increase government control over all aspects of American life. Brewing witch spending gives Big Brother more control over everything from education to the economy, using the excuse to fight the perceived negative effects of climate change.
Expenditure is not the only attack on Orwell by the radical left who dominated the Democratic conference in Congress. Unconstitutional assault on the right to vote is another misdirection. By adopting Newspeak again, the bill is called People’s Law. In fact, it’s a law for politicians.
By putting the electoral process in the hands of federal officials, it invalidates individual state constitutions and requires the so-called “constituency change committee” to carry out its duties rather than the state council. Hijacking is a bold endeavor. All of these are not aimed at the security and integrity of elections, but are designed to favor the Democratic Party by changing the rules.
The Left has good reason to continue using these tactics. Recall the passage of Obamacare. Obamacare is officially known as the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of the major federal intervention in health care was to provide compensation to uninsured persons. Instead, it radically changed the system, making health care significantly more expensive, or not affordable, and did little to expand its reach.
As with affordable care laws, the Left is attempting major structural changes and economic turmoil not by building bipartisan consensus, but rather through the live exercise of political power. Democrats, who are the majority in both parliaments, are trying to change the rules by ending the Senate’s long-standing filibuster tradition, as is always the case when they can’t win to play according to the rules. I agree to end the debate and pass the bill.
And it is disastrous for those who challenge the legitimacy of the left. Parents across the country have fought in our school with so-called equity policies, critical race theory, and other racist teachings. As a result, Attorney General Merrick Garland has begun to appeal to Newspeak by labeling those who disagree as “domestic terrorists.” In the process, he is turning the Ministry of Justice into the Thought Police.
George Orwell wrote his original novel in 1949, but in many ways fiction became a reality. Keep in mind that the end result of the novel was a totalitarian society in which all thoughts and actions were controlled by the government. Over time, it will be clear whether the American Left will completely transform the United States into Orwell’s fictional Oceanian state.
Roman S. Henry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Institute and hosts the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal and American Radio Journal. His email address is [email protected]