Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Opinion

January 20, 2014

STUMPTALK: Obama’s Ministry of Truth

CROSSVILLE — Obama and the federal Democrats like to try to shape our concept of reality by changing words and labels. The purpose is the same as that of Big Brother in the novel 1984. In the novel, by changing words the tyrannical party realized that they could limit the ability of the populace to engage in critical thought. The slogans of the Party were “ War Is Peace,” “Ignorance Is Strength” and “Freedom Is Slavery.” Big Brother named the propaganda office the “Ministry of Truth” or “Minitrue” along with the Ministry of Peace which concerned itself with war, the Ministry of Love which concerned itself with law and order and the Ministry of Plenty which dealt with economic affairs. Big Brother also developed “Newspeak” to further obfuscate the meaning of even common words. Thus the various ministries were called Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty. This novel was the source of terms such as “Thought Police” which we recognize as “politically correct thinking” and “Doublethink” which we recognize today as an Obama speech.

The protagonist in this novel, Winston Smith, worked in the Ministry of Truth where it was his job to review historical and current documents and news articles to modify them to make sure that they were consistent with the Government’s current version of history and/or current events. Recently, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson indicated that the term “federal unemployment welfare” should be changed to “federal Transitional Living Fund.” Remember when Obama wanted to get rid of the word “war” in favor of “kinetic military action”? Homeland Security wanted to change “terrorism” to “man–caused disasters.”

Instead of Doublespeak as it existed in the novel we have Obamaspeak, defined in the Urban Dictionary as 1.) “To say what you want whenever you want and whatever you say at the moment you say it is the truth” and 2.) “To report something as fact, then immediately turn around and report the opposite as fact.” Thus when a politician is criticized for having stated an incorrect fact he or she can readily point to the “fact” that they had stated just the opposite. For example, we are all familiar with “If you like the insurance plan you are on you can keep the insurance plan you are on. Period. If you like the doctor you are seeing you can keep the doctor you are seeing. Period.” Later Obama stated that what he really said was, “If you like the insurance plan you are on you can keep it provided it has not changed”. True? Especially for those instances in which he, the imperial president, had “granted” a waiver to entities such as unions, politicians, and businesses allowing them to keep their current insurance plans and physicians. Period.

I think we all remember when Obama promised that his would be the most “transparent” administration in history? That policy meetings and communications and records would be available without problem? We must admit that Obama has carried the concept of policy transparency to a new level. It has become, for the most part, downright invisible. We can all be thankful that the crisis of global warming has been averted, since according to the most recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) it is reported that they have been unable to identify any significant global warming for the past 17 years. See the IPCC assessment report (AR5). The new crisis appears to be the issue of climate change, rather than global warming, being another instance in which merely changing the name seems to change the thought process and keeps the federal money rolling in. The Obama Administration will use the IPCC to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to create policies and regulations that will further cripple energy production and he will attempt to have Congress pass restrictive regulations designed to hamstring energy development. He has already successfully destroyed the coal industry and, I am sure that he and his relevant agencies are working on creative means to hamstring energy development within the United States. As long as the fossil fuel industry is successful he will not be able to push his “renewable energy” program using those fantastic and successful new technologies such as wind power and solar energy. We know that the development of alternative and renewable energy technology has been successful (think Solyndra) because Obama’s Minitru has said so — until it reports the opposite.

• • •

Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Jim Sykes at sykes113@frontiernet.net.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Lion and the Lamb: Our war on women

    Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, has had quite an impressive career as an author. His first book was published in 1975, and he has now written a total of 37 books, 23 of them after his presidency. He has set a high example for other past presidents, especially those who would like to find ways of being as beneficial to their nation as possible in the days after their retirement.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tidbits: "Selfie" destruction

    Technology continues to profoundly impact our daily lives, from the Heartbleed Bug that put hundreds of thousands of websites at risk of compromising customer usernames and passwords, to the little light that tries to tell me I'm about to run out of gas. Technology also impacts our language, with new words being created to describe the latest gizmo, gadget or trend.

    April 21, 2014

  • Stumptalk: It depends on what you mean

    A writer’s headline asks, “Do we really believe in democracy?” To which I answer, “What do you mean by democracy?

    April 21, 2014

  • LION AND THE LAMB: Four ways to demonstrate opposition

    Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan mention in their book, “The Last Week,” that Roman-occupied Palestine during the first century was under the control of Pontius Pilate who lived in the coastal city of Caesarea. Each year at the beginning of the Passover observance when Jews celebrated their liberation from Egypt, Pilate feared that they might be getting ideas about revolting from Rome, so he would come with additional soldiers on horses to beef up the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. 

    April 15, 2014

  • WE THE PEOPLE: Is it (new) party time?

    The Democratic and Republican parties are toast, according to Joe Trippi. The Republican Party is coming apart at its Tea Party seam. Democratic candidates struggle to celebrate President Obama’s health care successes, while responding to criticism of his failed promises, e.g., government transparency.

    April 15, 2014

  • TIDBITS: I found it at the library

    I have such fond memories of going to my local library as a child, searching through shelf after shelf and finding a book that would make me a Little Princess in World War II England, or bring me along as Nancy Drew solved the Secret in the Old Attic.

    April 14, 2014

  • STUMPTALK: The reason words have meaning

    If words did not have accepted meanings we would not be able to communicate effectively and civilized society would not exist.

    April 14, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Do we really believe in democracy?

    The recent Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is in a long line of debates about power in a democracy. Should power be in the hands of all the citizens or should it be in hands of those who have greater wealth and social position?

    April 8, 2014

  • We the People: Public education or business opportunity?

    A month ago, we followed the money trail left by a ‘think tank’ to the major sources funding an attack on our traditional, locally controlled public schools. We saw that a handful of billionaires provide major support to many organizations lobbying for change.

    April 8, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Just another government lie?

    There is a vault located in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was built in 1936 and encased in 16 cubic feet of granite and 4200 feet of cement. The door is made of 20-inch thick material that is immune to drills, torches and explosives.

    April 7, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice