Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change, change, blah, blah, blah

Well. Today marks a time for "change," or so I've heard. Repeatedly. What IS the change? Hmmmm. Wish I knew. I suspect it is not at all what the misled masses are expecting, but time will tell. I'm hoping I'm wrong about what the future holds for this country. The problem is this: in the matter of dire predictions, history has proven that I'm often dead-on.

Since other people can sometimes say it better than I can, I'll leave the rest of this post to a master. (I know, as a Christian I should find something hopeful from the Bible--and I will. Just not now. Permit me a cynical, disheartened moment, please. The next post will be more optimistic and inspiring.)

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
-George Orwell

Mel's translation: "We the American people will not have to pay higher taxes, but we will somehow, inexplicably, be afforded better or free healthcare, financial benefits, handouts, cushy retirements, etc."


That's only one of many—I found a wealth of quotes from the wise and bitter George Orwell. Here are some more gems:
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
George Orwell

Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
-George Orwell

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
-George Orwell

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
-George Orwell

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
-George Orwell

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
-George Orwell


In the interest of keeping my chin up, I saved this quote for last:

Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
-George Orwell

Take that, all you celebratory socialists! You won't rule forever! I just hope there's something worth salvaging in this country by the time you've been tossed aside.

10 comments:

chris h. said...

I'm with you, Mel. Thanks for this.

Cari Skuse said...

I'm with you too!

Facie :-) said...

I want to be happy for this historic election, but I am just too sad. The solace I take is that hopefully come next summer, I won't have to listen to my liberal friends and the media blaming everything on Bush. Sure some will no matter what, but after awhile, any mistakes Obama makes and any promises he breaks, he is going to have to take responsibility for.

I will stand behind Obama once he is elected and will treat him far, far better than so many did Bush. But today, and probably for a few more days, I just want to be sad that my guy did not go all the way and knowing that I extensively studied the issues and was well-formed, unlike too many others.

chris h. said...

facie, I really appreciated this opinion piece in the WSJ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122584386627599251.html

I do feel bad for Bush. He's being blamed for everything from people spending beyond their means to the weather...errrrr global warming errrrr climate change.

chris h said...

Hey, that link should end in
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Facie :-) said...

Chris,

Thanks for the link. I was not the least bit surprised that in one of the P-G's forums today, when a few people were saying anti-Obama things, someone said that people should stop being negative, that we have had to put up with eight years of W stuff. Admittedly, some posters said some rather negative things. But this person thinks eight years of Bush bashing is okay, but only 12 hours after the election was called, you cannot say anything less than positive about the new president?! My friends, the answer is yes, b/c the PG removed the forum.

I just fired off another comment to a P-G blog that talked about how we got our country back. I was sad before, but now I am angry. I guess I am going through the stages of grief a little out of order.

I know I am little too into this (well, maybe a lot). I think this is why most of my friends have stopped reading (or at least stopped making comments on) my blog.

chris h. said...

Facie,
Well, I was called a racist in a blog I commented on yesterday, I think simply because I didn't vote Obama. Even though I can chalk it up to "oh well, that's another liberal playing the race card when he has nothing else to say," it still hurt. Apparently, it's not OK to disagree with someone without them resorting to false accusations and name-calling.
I'm thinking of becoming a political hermit for a while...maybe until the rest of the country gets tired of the new pres when he doesn't pay their car payment and mortgage and starts to bash him like they bashed Bush.

Mel said...

hi gals. thanks for your comments--and thanks for that link, chris h. YES, our current pres has been abused relentlessly--and the entire world watches all of this and chuckles cruelly. makes us look like a bunch of Hatfield/McCoy types. which is why I will swallow my frustration and try to keep my mouth shut in the wake of Obama's victory. the people have spoken, and although I disagree with them, I am outnumbered. truth be told, I guess I'm just not accustomed to being the minority.

chris h. said...

Mel,I had the same thought yesterday -- "Now, I'm the minority!" (Maybe we can say the next "minority" pres will be a conservative.)

Athelas63 said...

you all do realize, don't you, that there won't BE a "next" conservative? We're outnumbered people - more than half of the country gets a check from Uncle Same - Social Security, disability, welfare, etc. And they vote. And they vote for MORE stuff for them. And I don't agree with your idea that people will be shocked to find out that the new Prez isn't going to pay for their mortgage, etc., because I think he WILL. He'll gut the military and tax the rich to death, who will then move out of the country. Thus leaving the rest of us poor and defenseless. That's why I'm leaving too.