Steve Bannon has told the media to stop writing about Trump, even stop writing, already. Trump’s own press secretary has been caught telling outright lies but only because he was obeying orders. Kellyanne Conway has coined the phrase ‘alternative facts.’ So it’s hardly surprising sales of George Orwell‘s dystopian classic, 1984, are spiking.

The President of the United States is a liar. But that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Politicians have been lying forever. It’s part of their stock in trade.

The difference, unfortunately, is he, his team and his followers believe it. Now they want everyone to believe them. Soon, they’ll insist.

It will happen incrementally. First, they’ll set up a People’s News Agency. Then they’ll begin to isolate news services, media groups and newspapers that don’t and won’t tow their line. Individual journalists will be singled out. If they don’t accept the ‘truth’, as promulgated by the People’s News Agency, then their actions will be deemed unpatriotic and in this brave new world, that’s a silicon sliver short of treason.

Of course, there’ll be some hand wringing but ultimately the message will say, we brought it on ourselves by letting the world go to hell in a handcart. Now we’re just trying to make it all work again, they’ll say before adding that after all, it was what you asked for.

As a schoolboy in the ’60s, I read Animal Farm, Brave New World and 1984. Orwell’s classic is always described as dystopian, relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one but why use that phrase anymore?

Is the world sliding into a quagmire of anarchy,  environmental decay and totalitarian oppression?

It didn’t help that The Purge and The Purge : Anarchy have been shown on tv for the past two nights, as though the tv programmer has tapped into the prevailing zeitgeist of paranoia. I’m going for a drink, even if I have to crawl around to the bar because I want to be in the company of other human beings. Because I believe in them.

 

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8 thoughts on “BELIEF

  1. I WANT to believe in them. However, as I posted under a couple of articles article on a couple of other blogs:

    I still do not believe how very many Americans are exhibiting clear signs of struggles with “cognitive dissonance.” (ie, the “I have to maintain that this is a good thing or I look like a fool for supporting it to begin with” reaction). I don’t know WHAT it will take from him to shake them out of it.

    The cognitive science on that concept is quite fascinating, actually. It’s clear on one thing: the more censure they receive, the more they will feel compelled to dig in and defend. And we need them on OUR side — the side of peace and reason.

    UNFORTUNATELY, not one single supporter of whom I am aware (or among my VERY few friends and acquaintances who insisted on voting for this unholy terror because they didn’t like Hillary) have changed their views.

    The real die-hards are racist, sexist white supremacists who actually agree with fascist and authoritarian rule, still yammering on about the supposed “sins” of Hillary and Obama. Unbelievable that there seem to be so many of them – online mostly, but I have run into a few in my own neighborhood bar.

    A Trumpet has sounded the call, bringing them out of their rat-holes. Who knows what they believe they have been called to do? It’s difficult for me to believe in them when I am terrified of them.

    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

  2. We can not stop writing, speaking, confronting. To do so from fear or feelings of frustration will surely send our country into a fascist dictatorship. This we can not allow.

    • Reluctantly, Suze, I think the ‘Brownshirts’ have already got more than their foot in the door and USA ’17 has already begun to echo Germany ’33. But yes, writing and revealing the truth, now more than ever, is a clarion call.

  3. All I have to say is I’m tired of Trump & his associates & news people fighting with each other! Hello! People! This is America the good old USA! Now respect our country and the people that live here. We all have to work together like adults. Right now the “world” is saying when will our government & news people grow up!😭😭😭😭

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