Newspeak –> GOPspeak

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At the conclusion of 1984, George Orwell devoted 12 pages to the principles of Newspeak, a language and a vocabulary designed to prevent thoughts considered dangerous by the regime of Big Brother. If there were no words to express a thought, then the masses could not hold those thoughts. Orwell predicted that full implementation of Newspeak would occur by 2050. We will reach the halfway point between 1984 and 2050 in just four years, in 2017. The Republican Party has their own version of Newspeak which I call GOPspeak.

The first instance of GOPspeak that I can remember specifically was Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech. Of course, he was a crook and worse and was forced to resign not long after his vice-president, Spiro Agnew, was forced to resign for similar reasons. First time in our history that occurred.

On a lighter note, there was Christine O’Donnell‘s “I am not a witch” speech in 2010. That charge was never conclusively proved or disproved. In colonial times, suspected witches were subjected to a form of water torture by being tied to a dunking stool and then submerged in a pool of water. That practice was cruel and fell out of favor. Now we use the more humane form of water torture called water-boarding.

The 2012 Mitt Romney campaign lied 24/7 claiming that it would not be limited by facts. And Mitt still doesn’t understand why he lost. The only thing that you can be sure of when a Republican uses GOPspeak is that he/she means the opposite of what those words meant until recently. Eventually, if the voters and the media allow GOPspeak to continue, then GOPspeak may become Newspeak in fact. That is a result we must work to prevent if we wish to preserve democracy in the US.

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Needless expense

Birth certificate

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In order to renew a driver’s license here in Utah, one must present three documents: an original Social Security card, a utility bill or bank statement as proof of address, and a state issued birth certificate. My original hospital-issued birth certificate from 1941 was not good enough. I had to go online and pay $25.00 for a state issued certificate. A birth certificate from Cook County, Illinois was not good enough either. The license renewal for 5 years cost $13.00 while the unnecessary birth certificate, to my mind, was nearly twice that. Additionally, I must return to the DMV office which is halfway to Hurricane so that my license will finally be issued. A real waste of time and money.

Here in Utah, the only election that really matters are the GOP caucuses. I participated in one in 2012 and no ID was required. In fact, one of the hosts didn’t know how to respond when I tried to prove my identity. When I voted in person, we showed ID. Now that I vote by mail, no ID is required. If it possible to register to vote when getting a driver’s license, and it is, it should work the other way too. A registered voter should not be put to the expense of furnishing a state issued birth certificate when the applicant can show proof of birth and already has a Utah driver’s license.

Death and taxes

English: Protester seen at Chicago Tax Day Tea...

English: Protester seen at Chicago Tax Day Tea Party protest with sign reading “I am John Galt”. Edited to protect protester’s identity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By coincidence, on the same day I wrote about death and taxes in my post Uncertainty, I happened upon this in Atlas Shrugged. Please note 12 years of tax returnsDo you suppose that George Romney got the idea from Ayn Rand? Atlas Strugged was published in 1957 and George ran for the GOP nomination in 1968.

This is part of a conversation between the pirate  Ragnar Danneskjold and Hank Rearden when Danneskjold attempts to refund a portion of Rearden’s income tax in gold.

“‘What is that?’
‘Your income tax, Mr. Rearden.’
‘What?’
‘Your income tax for the last twelve years.’
‘You intend to refund that?’
‘In full and in gold, Mr. Rearden
….
“‘The looters are not the only ones who have kept records on you, Mr. Rearden. So have I. I have, in my files, copies of all your income tax returns for the last twelve years, as well as the returns of all my other clients. …'”

Now if he just had access to Mitt‘s returns. According to Ayn Rand, looters are people like government officials who do not produce any goods, but live on tax revenue or other people’s work.

Political correctness

In my opinion, it is politically correct to vote for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. It is politically incorrect to vote for the Republican Party. As long as the Right labels the Left as being politically correct, we might as well merit the label and vote for Barack to their eternal chagrin.

Education

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John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, our second and third presidents, were fast friends, Founding Fathers, both died on July 4, 1826, and had similar ideas on the need for free public education. The following is from The Pro-growth Progressive, an Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity by Gene Sperling. Gene was a member of the Clinton administration for 8 years.

“In his Thoughts on Government in 1776, John Adams was emphatic that the government should literally spare no expense to provide equal educational opportunities for all children. He explained that ‘laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.’ It was of no small consequence that in 1779 Adams wrote into the Massachusetts Constitution, ‘it shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this commonwealth, to cherish…public schools and grammar schools in the towns.’ Thomas Jefferson also made an outspoken commitment to fair starts through equal education, calling for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing free public education in 1806.” Jefferson was President at the time.

As a Founding Father, Jefferson has fallen out of favor in Texas. Adams is still a Founding Father in good standing in Massachusetts. At a future GOP presidential debate, let us ask Romney and Perry their views on Adams and Jefferson and free public education through college as advocated by Jefferson.

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