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.
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.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
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.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
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.
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.