In his novel 1984, George Orwell told how totalitarian states changed ordinary words into different meanings in order to make the population think in ways the government wanted them to think. We have reached that stage now. CNN has apologized for using the word “crosshairs” in a broadcast. The Left leaped upon the shooting of a Democrat congresswoman in Arizona as an example of the rabid right’s inflammatory rhetoric causing a hate crime, blaming Sarah Palin of using crosshairs on a chart of Democrat seats targeted for capture in the 2010 elections, quite dismissing as irrelevant the Democrats doing the same thing in 2006 and 2008. The words “illegal alien” are now classified as hate speech. And thus, according to the rules of Orwell’s Newspeak, words are to be used or not to be used, depending on whether or not the definitions are useful to the party in power. The Democrats have put us on that path, and it does not augur well for the country.



I think that given immense time

I’d get all nouns and verbs to rhyme

And get all prepositions to agree

With adverbs and the adjective

That modifies the way we live

And punctuates the way the world we see

If Orwell George were with us now

I’m sure he’d show us why and how

The words we used to use are now passé

Old fashioned now we speak in rhymes

With lilting tones and metered times

And how we used to speak now déclassé


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