Posted Wednesday night, September 26, 2018.
Is there any point to pointing out that Merrick Garland didn’t just not get a vote, didn’t just not get a hearing, Republican Senators wouldn’t even meet with him?
Barack Obama, the first one and three-quarters term President of the United States in history with his effectively vaporized Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Uncredited AP photo via Politico. March 17, 2016.
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While in prison both Winston and Julia are broken by torture and forced to inform on each other. Winston’s lead torturer...O’Brien tells Winston, a bit contemptuously, “You believe reality is something objective, eternal, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident...But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external...whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. --- Thomas Ricks summarizing a key passage from George Orwell’s “1984” in “Churchill & Orwell”.
“The president wants this process to come to a vote because that’s what’s supposed to happen in every single one of these instances where someone is nominated, they go before, they have a hearing, and then the senators vote on it.” ---Trump’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Fox and Friends, explaining why her boss won’t withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
They’re not talking to us. They don’t care if we believe them. We can believe in an objective, external, self-evident reality. What’s it to them? What’s important and imperative is that they believe themselves. Having decided that they must hold onto power at all costs and the only way they can do that is to get every single Right Wing vote there is to get, they set themselves on a course of constant and perpetual self-deception. To keep the suckers bamboozled they have to believe in the con themselves. They have to believe the Party’s version of reality in order to sell it. It’s Orwellian, but the situation isn’t exactly that satirized in “1984”.
The object isn’t to control thought. It’s to give the rubes something else to think about while the rich greedy bastards who own and run the Party pick their pockets. It’s to give them something to rant and rave about so they don’t hear the rest of us shouting “Stop! Thief!”
The Party and the State aren’t one. Not yet. The object is to hold the Party together so that the Party leaders can hold onto their jobs and those jobs aren’t to govern but to steal. Their jobs are to hand over as much of the country’s wealth to the rich greedy bastards who hired them as they can get away with. Orwell imagined a totalitarian state that simply wants power for power’s sake. He didn’t imagine an aristocracy of pirates dedicated to plunder.
There doesn’t need to be a Ministry of Truth. The Party and the Party members are pulling the wool over their own and each other’s eyes. The deceivers and the deceived are in cahoots to rewrite history and send facts, truths, events, people, and their own previously held opinions and beliefs down the memory hole, making it up as they go, with no direction and as they need to in order to maintain their high opinion of themselves while they pursue whatever serves their vain and morally degraded self-interest.