Thursday, May 19, 2005

Never thinking or needing to think...

With the constant dumbing (and plumbing) of the press in this country, and with our leaders finding them scapegoats for their mistakes, and with the people of this country in constant sheep mode, I find myself at a loss for words.

So, with apologies, I use another's:

In Orwell’s 1984, the character Syme, one of the writers of that totalitarian society’s dictionary, explains to the protagonist Winston, “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”

An unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a people fed only on partisan information and opinion that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda, is less inclined to put up a fight, to ask questions and be skeptical. That kind of orthodoxy can kill a democracy — or worse.


Tony McCash said...

Hi Ken,

Yes, indeed a steady stream of propaganda will dumb a people down. However it is not Uncle Sam who is doing the dumbing, it is Hollywood. And who leads Hollywood? LIBERALS. What is funny is that you actually fall for the gag from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy-The role of the president is to take the attention away from those who are really running things. Seen any good Michael Moore movies lately? Sheesh.

Ken said...

When we see members of the "press" on this administration's payroll and when we see the right manipulating a dying woman's right to die to obscure what they're doing in the world, it's hard to put the blame on the left for what's going on in the world. Did the left start a war again a country that neither attacked us or had the power to attack us? Did the left squander the nation's surplus and give it to the rich? Did the left gut our right to privacy and the social safety net? Not quite. It's easy to blame the underdog when you're afraid of facing the truth. The situation in the world is far too serious to humor ourselves and relish in ignorance.

Tony McCash said...

Are you serious? The press has never been on the left's payroll? The only time that the left is against press bias is when the press disagrees with them.

Do you really believe that the schiavo case was ONLY about covering up "what THEY are doing in the world"? So nobody really had any genuine concern for this woman's life beyond political maneuvering? Wow, what insite you have into people's hearts and motives.

STARTED a war? The one that the UN resolutions instigated? The one that was supported by both the HOUSE and the SENATE? The one that John Kerry supported at the get go? See this is typical Liberal forgetfulness and typical whining against what people call down on themselves. Knowing that Liberals HATE the idea of accountability and consequences, I can see how you hold this point of view. Saddam had choices, he chose poorly. His people had choices, they chose not to act against a tyrant. Now, personally, I don't give a shit about the Irqui people. If they don't have the will to rise up and better their situation, that's their problem. I wouldn't have done what the US government (Yes the GOVERNMENT, not just Bush) did. But there are larger issues. Stability is needed in the region. Like it or not we NEED oil. But to call the war ILLEGAL is ludicrous. Illigal where? The UN HAD RESOLUTIONS AGAINST IRAQ!

Was our agression against Hitler Illegal? What about Yugoslavia? Was Clinton head of an illegal war?

Did the left squander our surplus? I can't even go there with you. Democrats spend like drunken sailors in a whore house and you ask THAT question. Unreal.

Man, I could go on and on, but I won't. You are a walking Liberal Cliche, against which one cannot argue with any degree of reason. But, unlike a card carrying liberal puke, I can disagree with you and still like you and be your friend. I am being playfully antagonistic with you, you know humorous and ignorant. :)