Posts Tagged ‘1984’

BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

June 3, 2015

Ah yes, the easily spoken words of those who refuse to understand that once you give your freedom to the government they will do with it as they please. And, just like any temporary government program, the transfer of permission is never ending.

For the past few weeks there has been much talk (and name calling) about the Patriot Act and how it keeps us safe at the minimal cost of our right to privacy. The founding fathers saw to it that our privacy would not be infringed. It came in the form of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

On September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked by radical Islamic terrorists. On October 26, 2001, George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law. That is outstanding! We are supposed to believe that in just forty-five days a bill was written, read, passed through the House and Senate and signed into law by George W. Bush with the consent of a majority of Americans. That’s nearly impossible. The Speaker of the House can’t muster a quarum in 45 days to complete the task of signing a card for a retiring colleague.

We blinked and our elected officials took away our right to privacy by telling us giving them unlimited authority, effectively negating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, was the only way to protect us against another horrendous attack.

You really don’t know what you might have done in the past or may do in the future that could be construed as illegal, terrorist, racist or just plain embarrassing in nature by the P.C. police or some nefarious person or agency. Did you ever think that rational patriotic political views would cause extreme scrutiny into the love life, family life, religious life, associations or the type of car someone drives? Well, it happened to numerous groups applying for tax exempt status.

Why? How? It happened because our government has gained too much power and control. Our federal government, all three branches, abuse their authority regularly because neither party wants to lose their future opportunities. Next time it could be progressives under the spotlight or women or people who speak with a southern accent or have an Ivy League education. It could be people who surf daily, it could be someone who owns a ranch. It could be you!

Your meta data is collected, compiled, sorted and researched by super computers at the NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah. Any connection, no matter how remote, to a terrorist or even a political opponent of the administration in power or future political leaders is scrutinized and catagorized. It can be sealed or when necessary, contorted or re-contexted and used against you depending on who is in charge at the time and what outcome they desire.

So now it’s my turn to call names.  If you still think you have nothing to worry about, that there is no concern, you’re just flat out stupid.

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ORWELL’S 1984…TODAY

November 4, 2013

Regular readers of this blog know that one of my all time favorite novels is 1984 by George Orwell. It was particularly fascinating to me back in the late ‘50s when I first read it and the direct parallel with today’s politics is equally seducing.

Of course, when I first encountered the book, it was for the pleasure of reading pure fiction. I did, however, at the time and oft thereafter question, “what if”. Over the decades, I have often seen comparisons to the work. Today the book reads more like an honest news account than most of the broadcast or printed reporting.

1. “Ignorance Is Strength.” Have you ever noticed how ignorant people have a great deal of strength in their convictions?” George Orwell.
Below are a few more quotes from Orwell’s works.  I have included the parallels of today.  If you cannot see the connection, or refuse to accept what is happening, perhaps the quote above aptly describes your intellect and information levels.

2. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. (George Orwell)
Have you been called a racist yet because your take on right and wrong varies from that of our current administration?  If it is not Bush’s fault, then you simply cannot stand to have a man of color in the White House. Certainly, these can be the only reasons for not accepting the fundamental change of the nation promised by this president.  Being called a racist is much like the accusing question, “Have you ever been caught cheating on your spouse yet”?

3. “Newspeak was the official language … The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits … but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought should be literally unthinkable.” George Orwell.
According to Janet Napolitano, there is no threat from radical Islam or Muslim terrorists there are only “man-caused disasters” into which we must send troops. She also expresses an equal or greater fear about our combat trained military and cautions law enforcement to be aware of patriotism displays such as flags, bumper stickers, tattoos, etc.

4. “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them:” George Orwell
Can you say Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA spying on virtually all Americans and many foreign leaders without warrant or reason, the IRS filtering availability of NPO status to almost all right leaning applicants thus limiting their fund raising ability in 2012. To Orwell, the nationalist is the defender of Obamacare, NSA domestic spying, IRS partisanship, Eric Holder and the Department of Selective Justice.

5. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” –George Orwell
“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008 San Juan, Puerto Rico   An identical thought just different wording. What more need be said?

6. “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”  Barack Obama – Dover NH, Sept 12, 2008    Um, uh, yeah well there is that Obamacare thing that affects every American, even those on Medicare and Welfare.

“If you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor.  If you like your plan, keep your plan.”  Barack Obama March 19, 2010   That may even have been true before HHS, under his dictum, stepped in and made ridiculous demands on insurers to have 50 year-old males pay for birth control, maternity care and mammograms and 18 year-old girls paying for prostate cancer screenings.

“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.  Susan Rice on “This Week.”   Radical Muslims (non-extent in Janet Napolitano’s world) carrying rocket launchers in their back pockets got pissed because of a Youtube video.  Yeah, right!  It’s time for a revolutionary act.

WELCOME TO 1984

February 9, 2012

One of my all time favorite novels is George Orwell’s book “1984”.  It had been over forty years since my first encounter with Big Brother and the madness presented, so I recently decided to refresh my memory with a revisit to the story.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, I implore you to do so soon.  There are too many parallels between the fiction written in 1948 and the events of today to allow continued ignorance.  There are too many advances in technology and far more freedoms lost that could not have been foreseen over sixty years ago which serve only to enhance what was then written as fiction.  Even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the Big Brother of today.

Drones in the sky hovering over the citizens; reporting unnatural activities to the institution.  The Department of Homeland Security urges individual citizens to report any “suspicious” activity or conduct by family members, friends and strangers.  Once the report is filed, it is indelibly and unalterably recorded for any future reference.  Citizens are added to no-fly lists and some are surveilled for weeks due to a single, unfounded, anonymous entry by a disgruntled individual.

Bodies must be displayed in virtual nakedness for federal agents before boarding commercial transportation.  Refusal is succeeded by personal touching, grasping and groping by low level but loyal government employees.  Refusal of this physical assault can lead to lengthy detentions and offensive questioning.

Devices integrated into automobiles and personal communication devices allow access to an individual’s global positioning at any time.  Radio frequency emitting tags installed in product packaging help marketers and authorities identify where an item was taken after leaving a merchant’s realm.

Falsification of history, altering of evidence and destruction of factual matter as presented in the novel over six decades ago is taking place in our public school system today.  2+2 is 5 if the teacher says it is and there is no disputing the fact.  Socialism is the only way for people to have an equal opportunity and free enterprise only benefits the rich.  Children are socially engineered to chant complimentary messages about some politicians and disregard the works and advances of others.

Repeated presentation of altered images until they become real and phrases iterated and embellished until fiction becomes truth is the way of our news media.  Broadcasting lies and distortive propaganda into every home TV and computer as news has become accepted and is treated as honest journalism.

Cameras now exist in virtually every store and on street corners with images sent to regional or central processing centers.  Facial recognition software analyzes, compares and files nuances of a person’s physical characteristics in a central data storage unit for current or future purposes.  Matches are made with information garnered from other sources and entries are logged to compile extended profiles.

Fusion centers gather and classify information about ordinary citizens under the name and direction of Homeland Security.  Originally authorized and funded under the Patriot Act to coordinate information about potential terrorists between various law enforcement agencies, they have become stations of fear and harassment.

Laws, such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, are written so ambiguously that any application is indisputable.  NDAA allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are “suspected” of committing or planning a terrorist or subversive act.  This can easily be stretched to mean that speaking out against a government official or government entity is hostile and warrants such detention.

FEMA camps, a product of the Patriot Act and funded under DHS, have been set up in various locations throughout the country.  Some of the camps are converted military bases and others are built anew.  Rep. Alcee Hastings,  (D-FL)  authored House Bill (HR 645) — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act.  With what is rumored to be more than 800 locations, some housing up to 20,000 people, there is little concrete language for the specific or limited use of the government-run facilities.  Areas of many of the “camps” are set up to accommodate families, others appear to be for individual incarceration.  All are secured by guard towers and high fences topped with barbed and concertina wire.

Seemingly few people are aware, or show concern, about the subtle but rapid changes in our lives with the central government taking more control, usurping and eviscerating our constitutional rights and freedoms.

Orwell wrote fiction in 1948 that was still accepted as such in 1984.  If he had only titled his book 2004 or perhaps 2014 he would be considered a prophet akin to Nostradamus.