Friday, February 03, 2006


Here is how George Orwell defines a term he invented - Doublethink - in his book 1984 -
the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ... To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies—all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

So, I want to show you how good the Republicans are at this.

Look at this political cartoon from Denmark -


The Republicans are howling at the Muslims saying basically, to chill out. There is such a thing as freedom on speech in Denmark, they say, and so the cartoonist is free to say anything he wants, regardless of who he offends. To be fair, a good deal of Democrats are saying the same thing. But that's not the point. To get to the point, look at this second political cartoon -


These same Republicans who are condemning the Muslims for being upset about the Danish cartoons are screaming about how this cartoon is degrading to our troops. It's offensive, they say.


So offensive political cartoons are okay as long as it's someone else who is offended. If it offends me then it's wrong.

I sometimes wonder how Republican's heads don't explode like those Fembots in Austin Powers. Trying to hold all these contradictory thoughts in their head must take an amazing amount of will power.


Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Once again, censorship rears it's ugly head in America. Blog ON, Sir...

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