Though he bares a striking resemblance to a monkey, stir your
mind’s eye for a second and imagine George W. Bush as a pig.
Got it? Good.
Now let’s rename our hero Napoleon, since he is a fearless
When Napoleon came to power he promised us sheep a better life.
He cut our taxes, something he promised when seeking office. The
tax cuts really haven’t helped us sheep too much, though his fellow
swine have rejoiced since they get to reap the benefits.
Napoleon said we would have less government spending, but a
recent Washington Post report cited Napoleon’s $2.23 trillion
budget as the largest growth spurt since Lyndon Johnson’s spending
fest. The federal government has grown 22 percent from 1999 to
We sheep know something is wrong. We ask Napoleon and his legion
of swine about broken promises and poor leadership, but Napoleon
tells us we must be mistaken and not to question his stalwart
leadership. After all, we don’t want the terrorists to attack
again. For argument’s sake, let’s name Osama bin Laden, and
terrorism in general, Mr. Jones.
“‘Surely none of you wish to see Jones back?'”
If you haven’t read George Orwell’s masterpiece, “Animal Farm,”
then do so. Orwell tells a satiric tale using animals as metaphors
for different types of people: basically pigs, dogs and sheep.
Political leaders, or pigs, pass policy benefiting only them while
the rest of the farm animals suffer in the corrupted regime.
Our current world state, though not as extreme as in “Animal
Farm,” is very much like the bleak world presented by Orwell.
For the last four years we have let George W. Bush lead our
country. In many respects, he has run us into the dirt. The economy
is slacking and we are not living the life Bush promised, though
the pigs seem to be doing well.
With elections looming, we sheep are starting to question Bush’s
leadership. And, in true Orwellian fashion, Bush and his fellow
swine tell us we need George W. to lead us against the war on
terror. Bush’s version of Squealer, Vice President Cheney, recently
fell an inch short of blatantly telling us if we elect
Kerry/Edwards the terrorists would destroy us.
The pigs in “Animal Farm” kept the other animals in line by
using fear. When questions about policy arose, the pigs would tell
the animals not to question Napoleon because only he could protect
them from Mr. Jones, the previous farm owner whom the animals
overthrew. The animals let Napoleon continue his corrupt leadership
because they feared Mr. Jones’ return.
Now all George W. has to keep his swine butt in office is fear
of terrorism. (When you can compare your president to a bad guy in
an Orwell book you know something has to change.)
We have decisions to make for sure, and it is imperative we not
let fear grip our throats and silence our needs. Terrorism is
obviously a huge threat, but don’t let Bush hide behind Old Glory
and use fear to reelect his way to a job he doesn’t deserve.