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Doublespeak: Is It 2014 or 1984?


In his classic work "1984," George Orwell introduced two new terms into the lexicon — doublethink and newspeak.

Though he didn't use the word "doublespeak," it's an easy leap by simply combining the two Orwell terms — and that's what we are experiencing in the U.S. precisely 30 years after the title date of his peek into the world of Big Brother.

In "1984," Big Brother and the "party" said "peace" when they meant war. They said "love" when they meant hate. They said "freedom" when they meant slavery.

Doublespeak is saying one thing and meaning another, usually its opposite.

Orwell did not write the book as a prophecy of a certain future. He wrote it as a warning of a possible future. But you can see that future emerging very clearly in the U.S. today.

In his address to the nation on the Islamic State crisis last week, Barack Obama, an avowed peacenik who was elected to the presidency by promising to end two wars tout de suite and by telling us we had little to worry about from terrorism and Islamists, explained why the U.S. had to start a massive, prolonged bombing campaign against the Islamic State — assuring us simultaneously that the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state.

The next day, another avowed peacenik, Secretary of State John Kerry, who came to fame after coming home from the Vietnam War and harshly denouncing it and his fellow U.S. service members who were fighting it, explained in a CNN interview that America was not exactly going to war with the Islamic State.

The administration's newly discovered strategy, he said, includes "many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war."

"What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counterterrorism operation," Kerry said. "It's going to go on for some period of time.

If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with (the Islamic State), they can do so, but the fact is it's a major counterterrorism operation that will have many different moving parts."

Obama and his spokesmen have always been careful to characterize the worldwide phenomenon of jihad as an aberration of Islam, which he insists categorically is a "religion of peace." He says no religion countenances the kind of barbarism perpetrated by the Islamic State. One has to wonder what the history books he studied had to say about the Crusades and the rapid spread of Islam throughout the Arabian Peninsula in the eighth century and, eventually, throughout Asia, Africa and Europe when it conquered more people and a greater land mass than any previous or subsequent empire in the history of the world.

Nor has Obama's administration been fond of the word "terrorism" apart from the link with Islam — unless, of course, it's been used to describe people who cling to their Bibles or Constitutions or participate in tea party activity.

Welcome, finally, to the world of Big Brother. It's here. And the "newspeak" media march, for the most part, is in lock step with the leadership of Big Brother.

Has anyone taken notice?

In fact, there's more happening in our world today that resembles the Big Brother world of "1984" than there was in Orwell's day.

The U.S. has greatly expanded the surveillance state throughout the Obama administration. Local police have become more militarized and more obedient to the central government.

Simple words that everyone once understood, such as "marriage," have been completely redefined. If you don't adopt the new definition, the state refers to you as a bigot.

All of this was foreseen in a much earlier classic book — one read by more people than any other in history. That book is the Bible. It was written as a prophecy of the future. It talks about times in the past and in the future when every man and woman would do the right thing in his own eyes.

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