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Uncle Bill Warner

George Orwell in his way-before-its time book "1984", sets forth the idea of a totalitarian state which employs almost every type of mind control that we see in the U.S. today! The mottoes "war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength" were drilled into the people in the horrific country in his book. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the people believed, or at least most of them did, what they were fed by the government which, in true "Patriot Act" form, spied on their every movement and controlled their lives.

In a commercial which appeared recently on Iowa TV, sponsored by "The Club for Growth", then front-running Democratic candidate Howard Dean was smeared as a " government-expanding, latte-drinking, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body piercing, Hollywood-loving left wing freak show." The effort of the American Right to somehow portray those who champion the rights of the people and who want to protect the Constitution as elitists has been successful in many ways. Some people even believe, thanks to these slick propaganda efforts that the party of the rich is somehow the party of the people, and the party of the people is the party of the elite. It is hard to get the common people to vote against their own interests, but slick propaganda works.

Many Americans still believe that our present administration is protecting us from terrorism, despite daily revelations that what they have been doing is just the opposite. We call the folks fighting to get us out of their country (Iraq) "insurgents" instead of "Minutemen." We define what war consists of. Killing 10,000 Iraqis who had nothing to do with 9/11 is called "liberation."

I just read that our new California governor, who promised to freeze hiring, has added no less that 4,000 new state employees! Now "reducing the size of government" means making it bigger.

The Republicans repeat the litany regarding big government being bad, and that it should get out of people's lives. Reconcile that with wanting to spy on your computer, listen in on your phone conversations, conduct sneak searches on your home, review the books you are reading, and taking away the right to counsel and a fair and speedy trial. And what about government intervention in a woman's right to have control of her own body, of "gay" people to serve in the military have the same contractual rights as "straight" people when it comes to marriage, or in the area of free speech where dissent is condemned and eradicated. All this while adding to their county's military...a function of "big government."

It is sad to see so many Americans who can continue to ignore the facts and believe in the mythology, lies, and misleading propaganda coming out of Washington. Lincoln once asked someone, "If you call a cow's tail a leg, how many legs does it have?" When the answer came back, "Five." Lincoln replied. " No. It would still have four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one." Calling a campaign which results in the deaths of thousands of innocent people and the destruction of much of their country's infrastructure "liberation" is like calling a tail a leg.

Despite the fact that Republican presidents like Reagan and Bush have run this country further into debt than any other presidents in history, many people believe they represent the party of fiscal responsibility. Despite the fact that the last Democratic President actually left a surplus when he left office, people think Clinton was "fiscally irresponsible." If a surplus is "fiscal irresponsibility" I'm all for it.

Democrats, according to the propaganda, are the "tax and spend party". Oh really? Remember Republican "Reaganomics" (they called it "supply-side economics") where the idea was to give the rich more money so it would "trickle down" to the common man who built their yachts and polished their Mercedes? Reagan's budget director, David Stockman quit in disgust, calling a spade a spade: that "Reaganomics" was just "trickle-down" economics, which has never worked. You might recall, this policy brought on the French Revolution due to the fact that the money the rich had never seemed to trickle down to the peasants. Even George Bush senior called it "voodoo economics." Still, here we have George Bush Junior doing it again and pretending it is for the benefit of the little guy who is paying the bill! If you can make the people believe that giving more money to the rich benefits the common man who pays the bills, good show.

So where does the money come from to run the country if you keep cutting taxes? Well, you borrow it, of course! Transfer the debt to your grandchildren. The Republicans would have us believe that "taxing and spending" is bad, but that "borrowing and spending" is O.K. Who is kidding who? The party which pretends to be " fiscally responsible" is exactly the opposite, running up the national debt (money owed to the rich who loaned it to us) by trillions of dollars. Irresponsibility is responsibility?

Perhaps the most outrageous lie going today is that the Democrats are the party of the rich elites and the Republicans (led by members of the rich elites) are the party of the poor working stiff. Orwell would be proud!

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