Posted at Conservative Badlands 10/28/08
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell
It takes more than a little doublethink to wrap the mind around Obama and his ideas.
First, there is Hope. The centerpiece of the Obama campaign. Yet, what do his policies tell his public? The American Dream is dead, if it ever was real. Even before I knew that the title “The Audacity of Hope” was inspired by a Jeremiah Wright sermon, I found it troubling in and of itself.
Hope is not “audacious”. Hope is a natural by-product of a free society. If you believe in America, you cannot help but hope, for you see the endless opportunity we all have in this country. Obama himself has achieved much for such a humble beginning, yet he is not a leader that holds himself out as an example of what anyone can accomplish. Instead, he has devoted his life to grievance-mongering, to convincing everyone they are a victim, that the system is rigged, that success is not for everyone. Obama peddles defeatism, so that the people look only to the government for rescue, not to their own talents. It’s Mourning In America, folks.
Consider the purely doublethinkingly named “Fairness” Doctrine. The liberal bias in most media is more than obvious – it is scandalous. But somehow, it is fair to selectively choose the medium on which you wish to force “equal time”, and not coincidentally, it is the only medium dominated by conservative thought.
I guess “fairness” to the left means never being asked a question you don’t think like.
And the the Employee “Free Choice” Act. Employees are now “free” to be coerced into “choosing” unionization. Obama claims he’s not beholden to any special interests, but the unions own him.
Privacy and free choice apparently only apply to 14 year olds getting abortions without telling their parents. But I digress.
Minimum wage. Obama wants to increase the government mandated minimum wage beyond what is already in the works. But no amount of government interference in the market will ever raise the true minimum wage, because the real minimum wage is zero. No job, zero wages. Blindly increasing the government mandated minimum wage will only result in more people earning nothing. Which bring to mind another quote from Orwell – “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”
Obama is either economically illiterate, or he is willing to throw the poorest of the poor, the least skilled and employable, under the bus in the name of fairness. Or, are his promises just a means of securing power? Hmmmm?
”They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”– George Orwell.