Orwellian Behavior

Aug 01, 2018

To the Editor:

After his recent disgraceful display of treason in Helsinki, Trump has transparently crossed over the already very thin line into fascism. There was no doubt about what he said in Helsinki or with whom he sided in this abhorrent and despicable display of unpatriotic and dictatorial behavior.

His criticism of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and his refusal to believe their research and investigations over a former KGB officer and Russian leader is appalling and pathetic, yet he continues to believe Putin as he doubles down on this denial of Russian interference at every turn.

Reinforcing his fascist behavior, last Tuesday, Trump addressed a group of veterans at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Mo. He was to speak about veterans benefits, but he turned it into a Trump rally. At one point in his shallow oratory, he pointed to the media covering the event and told the assembled vets, “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news.” He inspired the crowd to “boo” the media just as Hitler “inspired” his lemmings to persecute the Jews, destroy their homes and businesses and encouraged a “persona non grata” attitude toward them. So much for the free press!

This is exactly the point that George Orwell made in his famous book on totalitarianism, 1984, in which the word “Orwellian” came to be defined as official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading terminology, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state, i.e., Donald J. Trump and the spineless Republican Party that uselessly stands by without checking the president’s lies, deceptions and treasonous behavior.

Republican congressional “leaders” McConnell and Ryan and their gutless constituencies care more about their egos, their power bases and their future electability than they care about our country. That in itself is unpatriotic, undemocratic and treasonous. Yes, treasonous! Not acting on fascist, rhetorical behavior is just as despicable and abhorrent as being the actor initiating this behavior.

We don’t need to wait for Robert Mueller and his investigation to actually see what’s happening to our country. True patriots know what’s going on and it’s not pretty. If we don’t act now, we will continue to spiral down to the depths of this Orwellian model where Big Brother takes control of what we do, what we say and how we act.

I implore all patriots to peacefully but assertively hit the streets to protest this president and GOP Congress and communicate the real truth as they see it. We must also vote, vote, vote in the November midterms and convince all whom we know to vote to retrieve a majority in the House and Senate to bring sanity, decorum and pride back from the Trump abyss.

Bill Green

Beach Haven



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