Mrs. Minitrue has often said that one of the problems here in the
US Fourth Reich is that the people have developed what she calls the National Inquirer mentality.
* Reading the above article reminded me of a passage in Orwell's 1984. He has just begun writing in his diary.
Suddenly he began writing in sheer panic, only imperfectly aware of what he was setting down. His small but childish handwriting straggled up and down the page, shedding first its capital letters and finally even its full stops:
April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw him through the helicopters gunsights, then he was full of holes and the sea round him turned pink and he sank as suddenly as though the holes had let in the water, audience shouting with laughter when he sank. then you saw a lifeboat full of children with a helicopter hovering over it. there was a middle-aged woman might have been a jewess sitting up in the bow with a little boy about three years old in her arms. little boy screaming with fright and hiding his head between her breasts as if he was trying to burrow right into her and the woman putting her arms round him and comforting him although she was blue with fright herself, all the time covering him up as much as possible as if she thought her arms could keep the bullets off him. then the helicopter planted a 20 kilo bomb in among them terrific flash and the boat went all to matchwood. then there was a wonderful shot of a child’s arm going up up up right up into the air a helicopter with a camera in its nose must have followed it up and there was a lot of applause from the party seats but a woman down in the prole part of the house suddenly started kicking up a fuss and shouting they didnt oughter of showed it not in front of kids they didnt it aint right not in front of kids it aint until the police turned her turned her out i dont suppose anything happened to her nobody cares what the proles say typical prole reaction they never——
[George Orwell's 1984, pp 11-12]
At that point, Winston stopped writing. It was almost time for him to start his shift at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to agree with what the government said had happened.
* When 1984 first came out, many people could see the handwriting on the wall, but we were laughed at. "That couldn't happen here!" "This is a democracy!" "Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, but not here!"
* The book, and the year, are long past, but much of what was written then has come to pass. How much more will we see? How many millions more will die?
* Or, perhaps, will We the People of the World finally rise up and say "Enough!" and make it so?