Channeling your inner Goldstein: Obama's Renewable Two-Minute Hate Fest
This is where Emmanuel Goldstein comes in. As Paul Shlichta noted in The American Thinker back in March, Orwell's two-minute hate fests provide an uncomfortable analogue to the Obama administration's amalgam of compulsory virtue and its inevitable concomitant: scapegoats. (Those who notice that "Goldstein" is a Jewish name might wish to ponder the Obama administration's policies towards Israel.)
For reasons I have never completely understood, George Bush is the scapegoat-in-chief, the Emmanuel Goldstein of the piece. But there is a revolving cast of supporting scapegoats, other Enemies of the People: Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the "mob" of citizens who dare to criticize their dear leaders in townhall meetings across the country. How the Obama administration, and the legacy media that pimps for it, loathe them!
A few years ago, Charles Krauthammer identified a new form of public insanity: Bush Derangement Syndrome he called it: "the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush."
I'm sure you've seen it in action. And no doubt you've noticed that it is infectious. Consider, if you will, the extraordinary reaction the very name "Sarah Palin" elicits.
Andrew Breitbart calls it the "George Bush by proxy syndrome."
Now that Mr. Bush is quietly going about his retirement, this strain of rage -- the GWB43 virus -- has spread like wildfire, finding unsuspecting targets, each granting us greater perspective into what not long ago seemed like a mysterious phenomenon isolated only on our 43rd president.
The first person to catch the virus was Sarah Palin, whose family also was infected, including, unforgivably, her children.
Then it was Joe the Plumber, for asking a question.
Next were the Mormons.
Then it was Rush Limbaugh -- who hit back.
Next, tax-day “tea party” attendees were “tea bagged.”
Then there was a beauty contestant.
And a Cambridge cop, too.
And now we have town-hall “mobs.”
Smile … you’ve been “community organized.”
"George Bush by Proxy Syndrome": I like it. It has a certain lilt. But don't forget about Emmanuel Goldstein and the ritual hate fests. As more and more of Obama's policies come under attack -- as his poll numbers continue their descent -- you can expect to see more and more of this side of Hope and Change.
Obama came to office promising to "fundamentally transform the the United States of America." Establishing his virtuous Green Republic requires not only cadres of self righteous ideologues. It also requires enemies. Linda Douglass, Obama's communications director, has already invited you to send her the names of anyone who says or writes something "fishy" about the President's policies. Nancy Pelosi, poor thing, sees swastikas everywhere, while Barbara Boxer and Robert Gibbs are terrified that some of the people criticizing the President are "well-dressed."
Many people have pointed out Obama's "yes-we-can" brotherhood is a sentimental boondoggle, as unrealistic as it is contrary to the traditional freedoms of American society. What has perhaps been less widely appreciated is the snarling underside of that vision, a compact of paranoia and scapegoating that is as dangerous as it is unattractive.