Newspeak and doublethink are Orwellian hallmarks of the Obama administration and its allies. They have elevated Newspeak to a new level.
Hillary Clinton recently infuriated the public by first claiming that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House and, later, that they were “not truly well off.” This is on a par with Obama’s claim that “[raising the debt ceiling] does not increase our debt. It does not grow our deficits.”
Peace in Our Time
Obama called America’s withdrawal from Iraq a victory (some victory), took a victory lap over the Bergdahl exchange (what a deal!), and defined rampant, autocratic, and blatantly illegal actions by the IRS as “not a smidgeon of corruption.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest claimed, “I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the – the tranquility of the global community.”
But the world has hardly been less tranquil since world War II, turmoil in the United States rivals that of the Sixties, and America’s economic outlook and sense of insecurity exceed that of the Carter administration.
The Dog Ate My Hard-Drive
Regarding the ever-growing wealth of scandals, Obama and his praetorian guard insist that there’s no there, there. Don’t look behind the curtain, there’s nothing there. As one critic put it, “The dog ate my hard-drive.”
But the public knows better. Yet the enablers continue to distort the language to support their hero. Bob Beckel is representative of those Obama defenders. He said, “You call them scandals, I call them mistakes.”[i] Some mistakes. Cover-ups – Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, VA, etc. – are “mistakes?”
Rather, these (and others) are all scandals and they are crimes. Let’s call them what they are: crimes.
Clear Meanings are Obscure
Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “state exchange” means “state exchange.” Obamacare backers contend there was a “drafting error” or the health care law is ambiguous in meaning. They assert that “state exchange” = “everybody.”
Too many liberals have difficulty understanding what words mean when those meanings conflict with their agendas. Here, they claim the meaning is debatable, ambiguous, difficult to fathom, hard to decipher.
If those words – “established by the State” – don’t mean what they say, then there is no point to making any laws at all because any laws created will mean whatever the ruling elite want them to me. Nothing more, nothing less. The Red Queen speaks. The Constitution has become a ball of wax.
[i] Bob Beckel, Hannity, FNC, 6/16/14.