Saturday, March 21, 2009

Orwell 2009

From NewsBusters today I have it that Liz Sidoti of AP wrote, “Barack Obama's optimistic campaign rhetoric has crashed headlong into the stark reality of governing.
“In office two months, he has backpedaled on an array of issues, gingerly shifting positions as circumstances dictate while ducking for political cover to avoid undercutting his credibility and authority. That's happened on the Iraq troop withdrawal timeline, on lobbyists in his administration and on money for lawmakers' pet projects”
That’s how lefties say it. Most people would just say, “He lied knowingly and often.”
We conservatives often think lefties talk funny. It sometimes seems to us almost as if Obama is speaking a foreign language. And this is not a coded reference to the missing birth certificate or any Manchurian candidate accusations. But he is not speaking a different language. He uses Orwellian distortion. Just as when he says ‘transparency’ he means his determined effort to control information and keep it away from the public. When Bush said ‘press conference’ he meant a bunch of impolite reporters asking whatever they wanted and trying to close in for the kill. But Obama means by the term a few pre-selected reporters asking pre-approved questions with nothing interesting or threatening happening: the reporters must check their testicles at the door. (And apparently they are looking forward to shucking that masculine baggage. A bunch of ravening wolves were transformed into groveling slaves at midday on January 20th.)

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