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LIVING IN ORWELLIAN TIMES

“WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Sound familiar? These are the slogans for the continent of Oceania, ruled by Big Brother and the English Socialist Party, INGSOC, in George Orwell’s famous novel, “1984.” * There is no doubt that in the United States we are living in Orwellian times. We’re not drinking victory gin and bitter coffee, nor are we relegated to eating the tasteless black bread and thin soup that Winston Smith and his fellow party members were forced to drink and eat. We’re also not living in sterile government housing and forced to wear the uniform of “the party.”

But there are many more Orwellian like instances taking place in the United States of America that parallel what takes place in the futuristic novel. I could write a novella about this, and plan to in the near futures. But for now, I’m going to focus on the Republican tax reform bill and how the left is turning folks against a bill that clearly benefits most every United States citizen.

The goal of INGSOC is to achieve total control over the people, and more importantly over their minds. One of the main mind programs of the Party was “doublethink,” which describes the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contacts. *

For this article, I want to focus on the paradigm, “Ignorance is Strength.” This slogan is highly encouraged in our society: never question authority, legal institutions, school books, history, main stream media, etc. *

While the tax reform bill, just passed by the House and Senate, to be signed into law shortly by President Trump, clearly indicates that all individuals except the very wealthy in certain states will get a tax cut, the left, in typical liberal fashion, constantly berate the President’s plan as tax cuts for the rich. If they would simply read the bill, or even just read portions of it, they would should be able to comprehend that most every individual who pays taxes gets a tax cut.

I have a few problems with this bill, and agree that it’s not a perfect bill. Nothing in this world is perfect. Instead of pointing out parts of the bill in which they don’t agree and working with Republicans to resolve these conflicts, the Democrats kept up their diatribe of “tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for the rich.” Furthermore, prominent Democrats such as House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi indicated that the bill was Armageddon, the end of the world, and the worst bill that had ever been wrought before Congress. I thought Obamacare was.

Why are the Democrats alleging these things when the bill clearly states the opposite? “Ignorance is Strength,” maybe? In one area of the novel, “1984,” Big Brother and the party were decreasing the chocolate rations, but led the masses to believe that they were actually increasing the chocolate rations.

Thus, when individuals open their pay envelopes and see an increase in their take home pay and open their 401(k) statements and see an increase in their retirement funds, the left, the Democrat party is still going to tell them that the Trump tax reform plan is still tax cuts for the very wealthy and what they’re seeing in the pay check vouchers and their 401(k) statements is an illusion. Moreover, they will push their narrative that the Republicans are evil and are only interested in the prosperity of Donald Trump and his millionaire/billionaire friends.

They will continue to push their story that you’re not really better off under the Trump tax plan. Corporations, which are evil, benefited the most from the tax plan where businesses received a tax rate decrease from 35% to 21%. Businesses are, in fact, evil, and will not pass their windfalls onto you, the consumer or the employee. Instead, they will pass their windfall onto their investors in the way of dividends, thus making their investors, who are already privileged, even more privileged.

Democrats hate the private sector, including corporations and large, medium, and small businesses.  They also believe that government is the answer to all the nation’s problems. Don’t believe me? Get on some the liberal leaning social media threads. It’s perfectly legal for you to do that. You’ll find out that Democrats do indeed hate the private sector, the very entity that makes America the greatest nation on earth.

It’s obvious, with their rhetoric, the left doesn’t want prosperity for the middle class and the uplifting of lower income individuals and families.  Instead, they want Orwellian control over you, similar to the control the party and Big Brother had over the masses in the novel, “1984.” You’re not to think, you’re not to research, even though you have the world’s knowledge at your fingertips. Heaven forbid, should you think about things and draw your own conclusions which are different from Big Brother, who is synonymous with today’s Democrat party and the leftist main stream media.

While differing with the Democrat party and the mainstream media doesn’t presently sentence you to Room 101, the dreaded torture chamber in the Orwellian culture, we maybe getting closer to that than you think.

Shortly following the passage of the tax reform bill in the House and Senate, the following companies, and others indicated they would be giving their employees bonuses: AT&T, Wells Fargo, Fifth Third Bancorp, Boeing, Comcast, etc. Furthermore, some companies have announced new investment, and minimum wage hikes.

*Information taken from the following: http://humansarefree.com/2013/01/what-means-war-is-peace-freedom-is.html

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TEAR THEM DOWN OR LEAVE THEM UP – PART TWO

In my introduction to what should we do with those pesky monuments commemorating heroes of the Confederacy, I laid out my feelings about the actions of a few folks with whom I’ve come in contact who have moved to the Southeastern United States (the South) from other parts of the country and the attitude that some, not all, have displayed toward southern culture and the southern people.

Since Dylann Roof entered a Charleston, S.C. church in June 2015 and opened fire, killing nine church members, all black, there has been a frenzy by the left to destroy anything relating to the United States Civil War. The reasoning: In some photo, Mr. Roof was seen holding a Confederate battle flag. The left and some members of the right immediately called for the banning of the flag because it was a symbol of hate. Everyone who owned a Confederate battle flag or something depicting the Confederate battle flag, even it was just a belt buckle, was automatically labeled a racist, a white supremacist, a hater, etc. No room for argument. Because the left said it was so, then it must be so. Conservatives from outside the south, and even from within the south were also piling on.

Did I own anything depicting the Confederate battle flag? If I did, it was packed away in some box in the back of the basement. I didn’t like the attitude of the left plus the attitude of some fellow conservatives. While it was determined that Dylann Roof was indeed a racist, white supremacist, and a hater, does that necessarily mean that everyone owning an object depicting the Confederate battle flag was also all of these things? Apparently the left and many conservatives thought so, though. Was explaining that owning a Confederate battle flag or an object depicting a Confederate battle flag, could mean the remembering of heritage, of history? According to the left and other conservatives, absolutely not. These folks wouldn’t even listen to the other side.

Of course, the left would never, ever listen to the other side, and the conservatives were too scared of being labeled a racist if they did listen to the other side and acknowledged the reasoning. In 2015, being labeled a racist by the left was one of the worst things that could happen to an individual.

In the South, there are many monuments in public places honoring Confederate heroes, plus many buildings, schools, streets, and towns are named after prominent southerners living in and around the time of the Civil War. Following the Charleston church tragedy, there has been a movement by the left, and yes, by some conservatives, to destroy everything that is a reminder of the Civil War.

The Alabama legislature has passed a statute indicating that monuments meeting certain criteria cannot be removed from their locations. Of course, this has the left and those sympathetic conservatives up in arms. But guess what, I don’t care, and I’m not the only one.

In New Orleans, a city run by Democrats, headed up by a Democrat mayor, the taking down of statutes honoring prominent Confederate military men and prominent southerners has begun. Earlier this month, a statute of Confederate Army General, Robert E. Lee, was recently brought down to the angst of many people, including me. As a frequent traveler to New Orleans, I have driven around Lee Circle many times. The statute is indeed impressive.

Robert E. Lee graduated with honors from West Point Academy. He was also a prominent general in the United States Army and was set to lead the Union Army in the Civil War. However, General Lee was from Virginia and loved his home state. Because of this, General Lee accepted the position to head up the Confederate Army. He couldn’t bring himself to fight against Virginia. Also, Robert E. Lee hated slavery and had freed his slaves years before the Civil War began.

Liberals have argued that even though Robert E. Lee may have been a “good guy,” he still chose to fight for the south and thus, he was “anti-American, anti-moral, and anti-non white people,” a quote from an individual who is in favor of taking down statutes honoring, in any way, the Confederate States of America.

I’ve also heard that the display of statutes honoring prominent members of the Confederacy is tantamount to Germany displaying statutes honoring Adolph Hitler and other notorious Nazis. But you can’t even compare the actions of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis to the actions of Adolph Hitler and other higher ups in the Third Reich. Robert E. Lee and other prominent southerners who served the Confederate States of America fought to preserve their homeland and their way of life. The president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, didn’t round up human beings who he hated and send them to concentration camps to be tortured, experimented on, and killed.

The following is a list of some of the more prominent Confederate Generals: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, Nathan Bedford Forrest, James Longstreet, Braxton Bragg, George Pickett, Bloody Bill Anderson, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Mosby, P.G.T. Beauregard, A.P. Hill, Richard Ewell, Joseph Johnston, Jubal Early, Kirby Smith, John Bell Hood, Barnard Bee, Lewis Armistead, and Porter Alexander. Also, there was Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy.

While it has been documented that Robert E. Lee was a good person and a fantastic general, I can’t say that I know much about the others listed above. I’m sure some of them were good and some of them weren’t. That’s true about the entire human race.

Slavery was legal, and an accepted practice in the first century of the United States of America. When you are born and raised to think something’s okay, you generally consider it okay until others may sway your thinking, or until you decide for yourself that it’s wrong based on research, observations, and ‘gut instinct.’ What I’m trying to say, and admittedly having a bit of a difficult time doing it, is that southerners or anyone else for that matter who owned slaves, and slavery was also common outside the south, and throughout the world, were not necessarily engaging in it because they wanted to do evil, whereas the desire of Hitler and the Nazis was to do evil and create a master race, thus eliminating all of those who they considered inferior. And as we have studied, many people with disabilities were executed for no other reason than that they didn’t fit the mold of the blonde haired, blue-eyed master race that was Hitler’s goal to create.

The Civil War is part of the history of the United States of America and a very important part. It represented a dark time for this country, and one that we certainly don’t want to repeat. One of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on learning history is that history does repeat itself. In studying about the Civil War and reconstruction when I was in school, it was drilled into my head that we don’t want to ever ‘go there again.’ Secession from the Union was a terrible thing, and when I hear quips about the state of California wanting to secede from the United States, I wince.

Remember the novel, “1984,” by George Orwell? The party regularly destroyed and/or altered history. In our public schools today, and even in some of our private schools, what is taught has been altered or completely left out because it might offend some students. This is being driven by the liberals, including the teachers’ unions.

Liberals are advocating not only the destruction of statutes honoring prominent members of the Confederacy, but they are advocating changing the names of all buildings that are named after prominent Confederates. They are also advocating changing the names of schools, streets, and even towns that may have been named after anyone who had a part in the Confederacy.

Folks, that is going to be a nightmare. There’s a county in Alabama called Lee County. Will that have to be changed? Will all the towns and cities named Jackson and Jacksonville have to be changed because of General Stonewall Jackson? Will anything that has the name of Jefferson, such as Jefferson County in Alabama have to be changed? Or will anything with the common name of Davis have to be changed because it might relate back to Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy? Gives me a headache.

I’m hearing, though, that it might be okay to memorialize the Civil War in private museums. Well what if those museums are located where folks have to walk by them who might be offended by the contents of those museum?. Or maybe just knowing about a museum that illustrates the history of the Confederacy offends someone?

Do you really think that after directing the demolition of statutes, and changing the names of buildings, schools, streets, and even towns is going to stop the left, fueled by their overwhelming hatred for anyone who disagrees with their political philosophy, including southern white conservative Christians, from declaring war on private museums that house Confederate memorabilia? And after shutting down these private museums, do you think the left is going to stop and say, ‘job well done?’ Why stop there? Let’s force anyone who has in his or her name ‘Jackson,’ or ‘Davis,’ or ‘Lee,’ or ‘Smith’ (Kirby Smith was the name of a Confederate General), etc. to change their name because such names might be offensive to certain people.

Furthermore, I have observed from some of those who are in favor of the tearing down of the Confederate monuments, a hidden hatred for the south, even though they visit, and enjoy our food, our music, our beautiful beaches, and our weather. The hatred appears to be for the southern people who may or may not have had ancestors who owned slaves.

In other words, after accomplishing all of the above, will the left then advocate the persecution of those of us who are “southern born and southern bred?” Will they round us up and put us in internment camps?

YES! The last few paragraphs are Kabuki Theater, far-fetched, and perhaps ludicrous. But the left is currently advocating the demolition of statutes, changing street names, school names, building names where those streets, schools, and building names may relate back to the Confederacy. Making all of these changes will be a nightmare, in fact, this will be worse than a nightmare.

We have to stand up to the left now, we have to preserve our history, lest we repeat it. We have to ‘nip it in the bud.’

STOP THE LEFT AND THOSE CONSERVATIVES WHO ARE COWARDS AND ARE AFRAID OF BEING CALLED BAD NAMES! STOP THEM NOW!

And yes, I’m against the demolition of statutes and memorials honoring prominent leaders of the Confederacy.

Note: The phrase, “southern born and southern bred,” is a phrase in the Song, “My Home’s in Alabama,” performed by the country music artists, “Alabama,” and written by Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen.

 

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THREATS AND INTIMIDATION

Have we become a country where our day to day behavior can be determined by threats and intimidation? It certainly appears that way.

The vote of the electors of the Electoral College which makes the nation’s president elect the official next president usually goes off without a hitch. It’s a formality which might take up a half-minute on the news.

This year, as we all know, was an exception. President Elect, Donald Trump, captured the most electoral votes and surpassed the required number to become the next president on election night, November 8, 2016. Even though Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, conceded the election to Mr. Trump. Democrats, who could not fathom that Clinton could have lost the election, immediately fought back. There was rioting in the streets, crying on college campuses and elsewhere, the popping up of support groups for those who were experiencing severe angst and trauma from the election results, and so on and so forth.

Since the election night, the Democrats have stopped at nothing to de-legitimize the election results and the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. First, they demanded recounts in states where the Trump campaign flipped from blue to red. Did the Democrats use threats and intimidation in over-seeing the re-counting of the votes? If they did, it didn’t work.

In a last-ditch effort to de-legitimize Donald Trump, and in their dreams, to maybe overturn the election, they attempted to get electors, especially in the states that Trump won, to re-consider and vote for Hillary. From various news sources, I learned that emails numbering more than 2000 were sent to each elector, even in Alabama where Trump received over 60% of the vote. Furthermore, I learned that electors in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were receiving death threats in order to make them change their votes.

We live in the United States of America where any form of threats and intimidation by the government or any political party of law-abiding citizens should never take place under any circumstance. But sadly, threats and intimidation have become a popular tool of the Democrat party to get what they want.

I’ve been reading, mostly on social media, that many musicians and refusing to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Earlier today, I read an article about Andrea Bocelli, a friend of the president elect, had accepted an invitation to entertain, but had to back out because of the threats and intimidation he was receiving from the left. All the social media posts about this have come from the left. Could this be fake news? Be that as it may, I thought that maybe Mr. Trump could go the country music route. He could also invite second or third tier acts who might be looking for exposure. And what better way to get it that to perform at a presidential inauguration?

But wait. If a good local or regional singer or band who has aspirations of maybe one day getting to Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or maybe even Nashville were to perform for President Elect Trump’s inauguration, would they be branded for life by the Hollywood, Chicago, New York, or Nashville leftists (and there are some leftists in Nashville). Regardless of how good the individual or group is, would Hollywood automatically reject them for having performed for Donald Trump? The implication of threats and intimidation; could they possibly prevent young artists from accepting the “gig of their dreams?”

A Trump presidency should give this nation at least four relief from what has been the continuing progression of government taking over as many aspects of our lives as possible. If President Trump can get Obamacare repealed in its entirety or replaced with something much less insidious, maybe we can get a little relief on our health insurance premiums. If all those federal lands that Obama placed off limits to oil and natural gas exploration, can be re-opened for these activities, we could take some giant steps toward becoming energy independent, meaning our personal energy costs would decrease, and the fear of massive increases which were championed by the Obama administration would cease to exist.

The left, including the mainstream media, sadly has become an enemy of the United States of America. It is an enemy that will always be with us and will always use threats and intimidation to change our behavior, similar to the threats and intimidation used in the George Orwell novel, “1984.” Threats and intimidation includes not only threats to our health and property, but will include the hurling of false accusations at those of us who refuse to tow their line, in an effort to weaken us or brainwash us into assuming their way of thinking, again like what was written in the novel, “1984.”

Many of us, in church, with our families, or just by ourselves, have prayed for our country during the Obama administration because we were afraid of the results of the implementation of many of Obama’s policies. Prayers for our country cannot stop. In fact, prayer is going to be even more important. The threats and intimidation that will continue from the left will weaken us at times and may even tempt us to flip to the other side. Some say it’s easy to be a liberal. I wouldn’t know. So, please keep fighting the good fight because we now have a chance to take our country back.

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ATTACK AT OHIO STATE CAMPUS

After a long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which included a huge, emotional football game with border rival, Michigan, students were returning to the Ohio State campus with anticipation that their football team, while not participating in the Big 10 Championship game, is said to be a lock for the college football playoffs, along with my school, the University of Alabama.

Then “out of the blue,” just before 10:00 am, EST, a small gray Honda, driven by eighteen year old, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee plowed into a crowd of students outside Watts Hall, an engineering building. Artan subsequently got out of this vehicle and started attacking people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer.

In a statement, the university said that five of the victims had been struck by the vehicle and five others had suffered lacerations or stab wounds. Another person had orthopedic injuries. According to Fox News, at least five of the victims were affiliated with Ohio State, either as faculty, students, or staff.

Per gopthedailydose.com, former Vice Presidential candidate, Tim Kaine, through Twitter, blamed guns for the Ohio State campus attack on guns, when, the perpetrator, Artan, was actually stopped by a gun. Everyone, except for a minority, thought Tim Kaine would be the next Vice President of the United States, just a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Was this just a slip of the tongue, an honest mistake? Of is Time Kaine somehow trying to blame guns for this unfortunate incident in order to prove to the American people that we need more gun control, a liberal pontification that’s been with us for quite some time.

Are liberals incapable of processing actual facts was the first question that came into my mind when I first read about Senator Kaine’s absurd tweet. After pondering the situation for a few minutes, my thoughts turned to the George Orwell novel, “1984,” and the Ministry of Truth. If you have read “1984,” you will recall that the Ministry of Truth was a sector of the government of Oceania, that was in charge of re-writing history and delivering what the Big Brother regime wanted to deliver to the people and wanted the people to believe.

Of course, in Oceania, there was no free press, no free speech, and thought control was ever present. In this state-controlled culture, there were no creature comforts and all but those in Big Brother’s inner, inner circle were fed a sparse diet and made to live under less than ideal conditions. This surely made them weak physically and mentally, perhaps more susceptible to brain-washing.

More than likely, the Senator was in a hurry and simply made a mistake. With liberals not caring about the facts or the truth, making up the definitions of racism, sexism, etc. to suit their needs of the moment, you have to wonder.

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THE NOVEL, 1984: ARE WE THERE? – PART FOUR

This is the last in a four part series of articles where I have illustrated how our society reflects many of the aspects of the society in the fictional novel, 1984, written by George Orwell. Part one demonstrated how the outer party attempted to “get into a person’s head” and extract his independent thoughts, which were forbidden. Part two mostly dwells with brainwashing and thought control. If the outer party says it, then it’s true. I used racism in this article to illustrate this concept. Part three discusses the concept of newspeak, the fictional language in Mr. Orwell’s novel, used to limit freedom of thought or thought crimes.

The Ministries of Love, Peace, Plenty, and Truth are ministries or agencies in 1984 where all public attention is focused on the figurehead, Big Brother.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with the news media, entertainment, the fine arts, and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine.

Rewrite history, does this sound familiar? For several decades not, the left has tried to squelch the teachings of certain segments of American history because having to learn certain things might be offensive to certain groups of people. Christopher Columbus, who discovered America, is now ostracized by the left for reasons including, but not limited to the following, according to deathandtaxesmag.com:

  • Columbus’ expedition virtually wiped out the Taino natives.
  • Columbus inaugurated the Age of Slavery in the Atlantic and Americas.
  • Columbus was the pimp of the New World.
  • Columbus and his men tortured the Tainos who resisted slavery.

The left has also proceeded to demonize the founding fathers of this nation and has done its best to see that teaching our children about the founding fathers is kept to a minimum and their flaws, including the ownership of slaves and the advocacy of slavery, is exposed.

In June, 2015, a young man, with the intent to kill, entered a historic church in Charleston, SC and began shooting, killing nine church members who were involved in Bible study. The murderer, Dylann Roof, was white and photos of him with the Confederate battle flag were found on social media. Uh-oh! Liberals went crazy, yelling at the top of their lungs that the Confederate battle flag should be banned, destroyed, with no vestiges of it left on the planet. This included any item containing an image of the flag, even something as small and unassuming as a belt buckle.

When conservatives, including many from the South, tried to explain that the Confederate flag was not necessarily a symbol of hate toward the black race, but also represented pride in one’s heritage, the open-minded, free-thinking, tolerant left would have nothing of it, pontificating that the Confederate battle flag was nothing but a symbol of racism, slavery, and hate. There was only one side and that was the side of the “tolerant” left.

Over the next several weeks following the Charleston shooting, attempts were made to take down statutes of Confederate leaders, including many who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. In many places, statutes honoring Confederate leaders been removed, while some efforts have been thwarted and are presently hung up in the courts.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the left wishes to change history. Thankfully it’s not as easy to do as it was in 1984, the novel.

The Ministry of Truth was also responsible for news and information fed to the party members as well as the proles (non-party members looked down upon by those in government). There was no such thing as an independent media. Freedom of the press was an antiquated obsolete concept that had been done away with in its entirety. While public radio and television, plus government Internet sites represent examples of state-run media, we do still have some remnants of a free and independent press. According to breitbart.com, President Barak Obama, in a speech where he was ripping Fox News, made the following comment: “Speaking of Fox News, the poor, and the way GOP leaders think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”

The above should horrifically frighten every man and women in this nation. In addition to hinting at the possible elimination of freedom of the press, Obama is also advocating thought control and his words could possibly construed to advocating the elimination of free thinking. This is scary stuff.

1984’s Ministry of Truth is also in charge of eliminating documents, particularly historical documents, which don’t fit the outer party’s political philosophy. Books that do not meet the party’s approval are also eliminated. The ministry has ways of destroying these documents and books whereby no copy can ever be found plus the existence and content of these documents and books are fully eliminated from everyone’s brain.

Another ministry or agency in 1984, the novel, is the Ministry of Plenty. This ministry controlled the food and water supply of the country, Airstrip One, and possibly the entire region of Oceania. The food and beverages were not palatable and were designed only to keep the people alive. The rations doled out could not possibly maximize body and brain function. Could it be that the people were somewhat mind-numbed where independent thought and memory were diminished?

Along with city and state governments, the U.S. government has made head-ways into dictating what Americans should eat. They do it under the guise of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles. But think about the pitiful school lunches that our schools are serving up to our children. Can these children possibly function mentally and physically with such meager lunches? Could this possibly be the advent of total government control over what we eat?

While this article will be my last in this series, I feel as though I have barely scratched the surface with respect to the parallels of the novel, 1984, and the events and policies of today, events and policies that have been advocated by the left. Is there enough information out there to fill up a novel? Might be worth a shot.

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