And, finally, I get to quote Orwell…Not just any old Orwell, either, but certified, in-your-face ten-foot-tall and bulletproof cliche in bold letters and neon lights Orwell!
“He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”
George Orwell, 1984
God bless them…..the deep state stands between us and the abyss.
Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post, “God Bless the ‘Deep State'” July 19, 2018)
Orwell was right about some things, wrong about others. One thing he was wrong about was the degree of coercion a modern, liberal Security State would require to be not just accepted but celebrated by those whose first layer of camouflage is their oft-stated certitude that the Security State itself is a figment of your poor illiterate fevered imagination.
George must not have heard about P.T. Barnum.
As an even more astute philosopher named John Milton once wrote they who have put out the people’s eyes, reproach them of their blindness.
I wonder if it even matters that Eugene Robinson’s boss, Jeff Bezos, has a six hundred million dollar contract with the C.I.A. through his other main concern Amazon.com? Or that, while six hundred mil is chump change for Amazon (or Bezos personally), it’s enough to underwrite the Post for about three hundred years?
The modern intelligentsia being who they are? Probably not.
Speak, former me….**
**One of the lesser known aspects of my biography is that I’m the reincarnation of Buddy Holly….Mind you, I may not be the only one.