In the novel 1984, George Orwell explained the politico-religious ritual in Oceania called “The Two-Minute Hate.” In this, the entire people: Inner Party, Outer Party, and Proles, were involved. The object of their hatred, expressed in vile, coarse terms, was one Emmanuel Goldstein. Goldstein had once been a high-ranking member of the Party, but had betrayed them. Now he was THE Enemy of the People. Even while the great empire of Oceania was at war with one or both other world-empires, Goldstein was the Number One domestic enemy.
Today, in this rapidly decaying and ever-sicker society, there is a new Emmanuel Goldstein.
Donald Trump, of course.
Of course, today, without the decades of indoctrination – brainwashing – a “two-minute” hate each day is not enough. Especially if you can’t get everyone to turn into the same channel (or the ONLY channel) at the same time; or (Beloved Leader forbid!) assemble together in large rooms (Pandemic Panic, anyone?).
So you have to have it 24-hour, not 2-minute. The 24-hour Hate: especially now that the evil monster Bad Orange Man is out of office. EVERY news hour. EVERY web page of AOL and MSNBC and CNN and USA Today. Every daily newspaper. Each must have their headline and article about what evil things BOM and his lackeys did. And what his supporters did, both before and after the armed mob invaded the Capitol and tried to overthrow the “American government” and make BOM King Donald the First.
And how it is essential that he be convicted by the Senate and banned from ever holding another office in the FedGov. And no doubt, every other government on the planet. Because he is evil. He is The Enemy. Worse than King George III. Worse than Napoleon Bonaparte. Worse than the evil Hun the Kaiser. Worse than Benito, Adolf, and Francisco (and Juan Peron!) all rolled into one. Even worse than Richard Nixon!
And he killed (counting still going on!) over 400,000 Americans. Yes, even those that Cuomo’s bureaucrats conveniently left out of their count in New York nursing homes: it isn’t that CNN is finally coming down hard on Cuomo – he just did the best he could because he was hobbled by the BOM.
One of the latest disasters which the benevolent, bless-his-name, savior of his country Joe is “scrambling” to fix? TWENTY million Coronavirus vaccine doses that the evil Trump regime “didn’t bother to track” and LOST! Or so MSN trumpets. When you read the fine print, you find that the last, evil Administration shipped those to the States. And assumed that the States’ bureaucrats and politicians and medical personnel WERE ADULTS. The Trumpistas figured – as had virtually every president right back to George I (Washington, not Bush) that the sovereign governments of the Fifty States knew how to track things, and do all the usual bureaucratic “let no sparrow fall without reports in triplicate, signed, counter-signed, and verified.”
(Now, I gotta admit, THAT was stupid. Imagine trusting bureaucrats to do their jobs! Imagine trusting medical personnel to actually try to heal people and prevent illness!)
Just more grist for the mill – for the Daily, 24/7, Hate against the now-retired President of the United States #45, term 2017-2021. One more way to demonize The Donald.
And of course, we do not live with the restrictions of the primitive technology of Orwell’s novel. Not just ONE party broadcast now… But dozens. Not just radio and television and print media from newspapers to broadsides pasted on walls. Nope, now we got internet on our phones and computers and virtually every business in the States. All with the wonders of social media and up-to-the-second “news.” Propaganda in full color, stereo, complete with CGI and all the rest of the geegaws.
There are people who speculate about attempts by the Deep State, the political establishment, the Mainstream Media, and Big Tech to make Trump a “non-person.” To rewrite history. They do want to rewrite history, BUT. Evil, monstrous BOM is too valuable to them all to disappear him. He can be far more useful to them as the eternal boogeyman: the modern-day Satan. The monster that will come eat children if they don’t go to bed on order in their state-run nurseries and children’s homes in a future United America. As, apparently, he is already in some parts of Europe! (I am exaggerating, but not too much.)
At least, until ultimately, the people in all those entities: the enemies of liberty, are themselves consigned to the dustbin of history.