The year is 2004. It will soon be a bright, cold day in
November, and the clocks will soon strike 13. You have a choice to
make on Tuesday: Do you love Big Brother?
President George W. Bush has been working his Ministry of Truth
over time during his first four years. Bush still contends the war
in Iraq is part of the war on terror. Forget the CIA’s recent
report concluding there was no connection between al-Qaida and Iraq
and there was no evidence Iraq participated in the Sept. 11, 2001,
But Bush has played his Big Brother role well. He’s convinced 75
percent of his supporters that the war in Iraq is a major front in
the war on terror, according to a poll on
Iraq is now a major front because Big Brother Bush made it that
way. Terrorists now thrive in that country because they are
resisting U.S. occupation. But Iraq wasn’t an eminent terrorist
threat prior to our invasion and did not have the weapons program
our intelligence believed it did in 2003.
Bush’s Ministry of Truth has a way spinning information to such
an extent that two plus two equals five. And people still love Big
Brother Bush. Our infallible leader doesn’t make mistakes and he
always tells the truth because he changes the truth to suit his
Big Brother Bush has convinced many that Sen. John Kerry will be
soft on terror, asserting he will scale back this important war.
Big Brother Bush has also said the tax cuts have helped the middle
class, his war on terror has made us safer, Kerry’s health care
plan is a hostile government takeover and the Patriot Act doesn’t
take away people’s rights. Again, these are all the truth because
two plus two can equal five.
We are 20 years removed from George Orwell’s “1984,” and, in
some ways, we are becoming Oceania. Many of us do not question our
government and its leaders. Many of us still love Big Brother Bush
despite his obvious mistakes and poor leadership.
Tuesday we have a choice: status quo or new direction. The
status quo means you believe everything the Bush machine has told
you. You believe the economy is doing well because Big Brother Bush
has said so. Forget what your eyes tell you. Forget that you can’t
find a decent-paying job. Or, if you have a job, forget you have to
deal with lower pay and increased medical costs.
Forget we went to war in haste and did not exhaust diplomatic
efforts. Forget we have created a mess in Iraq and our premise for
going to war was overstated and based on disinformation.
Forget all the times when Bush was wrong about something, yet
told you to ignore the truth and believe his truth.
You may not like the alternative – John Kerry – but we need to
give Big Brother Bush his pink slip.
Our country is not as bleak as Orwell’s version of Oceania in
“1984,” but we are heading in that direction. We have forgotten the
importance of questioning our government and holding them
accountable when its leaders make egregious mistakes.
So do you love Big Brother Bush?
VinceAdams is a graduate student studying English. His column
runs every Wednesday in the Collegian.