Orwellian politics

Dick Morris has a good article on his blog today called “Rhetoric v. Reality: Health Care by Orwell“.

President Obama’s rhetoric last night summoned the memory of “1984,” George Orwell’s novel of a nightmarish future — where the slogan of the rulers is “War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.”

The president assures us that he will cut health-care spending . . . by adding $1 trillion to health-care spending.

He says that “health-care decisions will not be made by government” . . . while he sets up a new Federal Health Board to tell doctors what treatments they can offer and to whom and under what circumstances.

Obama told the media, “I will free doctors to make good health-care decisions” . . . by telling the physicians what to do.

He goes on to show point by point how Obama’s rhetoric does not match his actions when it comes to his health care plan. I’d go further and say that the observation applies to everything about Obama’s policies. He tells us he’s against running automobile companies as he takes them over. He tells us he wants to get past partisan politics then excludes Republicans from the debate. Everything he says seems to be the opposite of his true intentions. The same goes for his nominee to the Supreme Court who basically repudiated everything she had ever said up until the hearings. Jay Nordlinger summed her performance up nicely:

Well, that was an amazing performance by Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate committee. The Sonia Sotomayor of the past was completely gone. Gone was the woman who talked about the role of “physiology” in judging, who insisted that impartiality, objectivity, neutrality — all of that — was a fantasy, and a bad one. In her place was a champion of impartiality, disinterestedness, and the rule of law: the rule of law, and nothing but. Doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a Latina or a whitey or whatever. “Empathy”? Never heard of it. Certainly has no role in the courtroom.

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2 Responses to “Orwellian politics”

  1. Rick Rouse says:

    I have been thinking exactly the same thing. Obama is a master of doublespeak, and anyone who believes a word he says is living in a fantasy land. But the folks are beginning to catch on, and that includes a growing number of concerned Democrats. I know several people who voted for “change” but aren’t a bit happy with Obama’s version of it.


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