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Governor Palin on why she uses the term "Orwellian” in her speeches

Via Facebook, Governor Palin refers readers to an excellent article at Townhall by Victor Davis Hanson.

Here’s why in almost every one of my speeches or interviews I use the term "Orwellian”:

As I sit the bleachers today at middle school sports tournaments, I look out at our future and confirm the necessity to get America back on the right road, soon, before it’s too late. Please explain this article to your children, as many have been, unfortunately, shielded from reading the staples “Nineteen Eight-Four” and “Animal Farm” in school. Then encourage them by your actions to be engaged and NOT LET IT HAPPEN.

Great catch by the Governor. Here’s an excerpt from Hanson’s piece:

The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels "1984″ and "Animal Farm" gave us the word "Orwellian." That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself.

America, of all places, is becoming Orwellian. The president repeatedly reminds the American people that under his leadership, the U.S. has produced a record level of new oil and natural gas. But didn’t Obama radically curtail leases for just such new energy production on federal lands? Have the edicts on the barn wall of "Animal Farm" been changed again, with the production of new oil and gas going from bad to suddenly good?

Does anyone remember that the Affordable Care Act was sold on the premise that it would guarantee retention of existing health plans and doctors, create 4 million new jobs and save families $2,500 a year in premiums, all while extending expanded coverage to more people at a lower cost?

Only in Orwell’s world of doublespeak could raising taxes, while the costs of millions of health plans soars, be called "affordable." Is losing your existing plan and doctor a way of retaining them?

The Congressional Budget Office recently warned that Obamacare would "keep hours worked and potential output during the next 10 years lower than they would be otherwise." That nonpartisan verdict should be bad news for workers.

Not in our brave new world. The Obama administration says it is pleased that workers will now be freed from "job lock." What is job lock — a made-up Newspeak word right out "1984″? Work fewer hours, make less money and create fewer outputs — and be happy.

Follow the above link to read the entire article. Also, go here to see some great pictures of Piper following in her mom’s footsteps on the basketball court.

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  • DocBarry1

    The Governor is spot on -thanks

  • CharterOakie

    Industriousness and prudence are reviled; laziness and dishonesty excused; honesty and integrity slandered; degeneracy celebrated; the wisdom of ages and generations spat upon and ignored.

    We do live in an Orwellian fog.

    No wonder we respond immediately and enthusiastically to someone as grounded, honest, straightforward and genuine as Sarah Palin.

    • DDJ58

      America will respond also!!!

    • LuvGuvSP

      AMEN! :)

  • patnatasha

    thank you governor.

  • 1776er

    Governor Palin caught on to Obama’s Orwellianism early on. His entire Administration follows their Duce’s lead on this.

    Corruption of the meaning of words is a deliberate tactic of the Left. George Orwell knew this well. Orwell knew that words and what they convey is critical to the ability to think. Thus, two main objectives of Marxist Orwellianism is to reduce the vocabulary to just a few words and to render words meaningless. If a people is left with very few words that don’t mean anything THEY CANNOT THINK AND THEY CANNOT COMMUNICATE.

    Orwellianism is a form of deliberately dumbing down the population and rendering them thoughtless and speechless. Automatons. Docile, mute robots of the State.

    Below is a post of mine from Jan. 27, 2012 as the 2012 election cycle was just beginning to heat up. I noted that Eric Bolling had asked the Gov. what she expected from Obama in his State of the Union address that year.

    Her answer: Orwellianism.

    1776er 1/27/12

    In her latest public appearances Sarah Palin seems to be sharpening her rhetoric toward Barack Obama. One thing we have learned over these past months and years is that Sarah knows how to use language and how to make her points in quite subtle but sophisticated ways.

    In her appearance with Eric Bolling on the night before the State of the Union she was asked to anticipate what the President was going to say. She used a new term she hasn’t used to date. She said that his speech was going to be ORWELLIAN.

    You can see the point she was making starting at the 9:28 mark of the Bolling clip:

    She says in this clip that we are beyond the point of "scratching our heads" when listening to Obama. She said that America is "awakening" to the Obama
    act. She calls it a "Great Awakening". She feels we are not asleep anymore. Let us hope and pray she is right.

    "His speak is so Orwellian that we are just frustrated and fed up at this point no longer puzzled or perplexed about what he is saying just accepting that he is Orwellian –that he is the opposite of what we need in the White House today. That is why people are rising up."

    She has quietly raised the issue of Obama’s deception in the past. If you want a bit of fresh air and see what we are missing in this Republican field take another look at the famous Greta bus interview on May 31 of this year–nearly 8 months ago.

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this whole interview once again. It’s like going on a sunfilled vacation in the middle of winter. It is a breath of fresh air and
    sunshine in the middle of a dark, cold and overcast day. This discussion
    with Greta is so far superior to what is passing for debate these days it isn’t
    even funny. It is appalling that this lady has been so marginalized by
    the GOPE and the LSM. But her message still proceeds ahead of her and we
    patiently await the inevitable recognition of the worthiness and truth embodied
    in her spirit and in her message.

    This interview is broken up into two parts. Go to the 11:00 point of the first clip.
    "He is deceiving the public……." This interview foresaw Obama’s Orwellian deception in the State of the Union 8 months in advance.

    She saw it. Some of the rest of us saw it, too. Now more Americans are
    "awakening. It’s a "Great Awakening". And now Sarah Palin is taking this calling out of Orwellian deception to a new level. It’s the beginning of the next stage of the 2012 campaign.

    "His speak is Orwellian." Newspeak. Or, more properly, Obamaspeak.
    What is Newspeak?

    The Left has made a fine art of dumbing down the language. Our political dialogue in 2012 has been reduced to slogans and sound bites. Simple dichotomies.

    "The basic idea behind Newspeak is to remove all shades of meaning from language, leaving simple dichotomies (pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, goodthink and crimethink) which reinforce the total dominance of the State. Similarly, Newspeak root words served as both nouns and verbs,
    which allowed further reduction in the total number of words; for example,
    "think" served as both noun and verb, so the word thought was not required and could be abolished. A staccato rhythm of short syllables was also a goal, further reducing the need for deep thinking about language. (See duckspeak.)

    Successful Newspeak meant that there would be fewer and fewer words – dictionaries would get thinner and thinner.

    So, Sarah has pointed us in the right direction in interpreting Obama’s Newspeak. Look for simple dichotomies that are devoid of meaning, which require no thought, which elicit a positive response from the drones and serve to re-inforce the total dominance of the State.

    Obama and his White House Marxists are masters at this
    Newspeak. We must be "awake" to it when it is presented to us.

    The preeminent simple dichotomy of Campaign 2012 which is devoid of meaning, requiring no thought, which elicits a positive response from the electorate and which serves to re-inforce the power of the State is:

    Fair vs Unfair

    Fair vs Unfair is the Newspeak battleground that Obama is seeking to plant his flag on and rally his base. These two words are now devoid of meaning.
    "Unfair" is the quintessential Newspeak term that Big Brother Barack
    Obama wields as his nuclear rhetorical hammer.

    We Palinistas are going to have to examine and understand these terms. Sarah advises that we should think the truth lies in the opposite of what Obama states as truth. This is how we should analyze his words and ideas. Examine the opposite of what Obama says.

    We need to begin assembling a Dictionary of Obama Newspeak Obamaspeak so that we are "awake" and alert to them when he employs them. We then need to call out those deceptions each and every time they are employed by Big Brother.

    In essence, the blogoshpere is going to have to become the equivalent of
    Clinton’s war room of Carville, Begala and Stephanopolous which operated 24/7 to respond to each and every Bush statement. It’s up to us to do that to
    help the electorate withstand the deceptive effects of Obamaspeak.

    Some terms and simple dichotomies in the Newspeak Obamaspeak dictionary we need to define and "awaken" to:

    Fair vs Unfair

    A fair shot

    A fair share (as in "The Rich" should pay their fair share")

    Equal vs Unequal

    Social Justice vs Inequality

    Fair Play

    Shared Responsibility

    Responsibility to Each Other

    Responsibility to our country

    When we act together

    Common purpose; common resolve

    A chance to share

    Basic American Promise

    Everyone plays by the same set of rules

    Work hard and play by the rules

    American values

    Built to last

    Most Americans; Most economists;
    Most experts; Most independents; Most anything

    Fight obstruction with action vs opponents of action



    Return to the same policies

    Government Investment

    Invest in our future

    Consolidate; leaner; quicker, more responsive

    The promise of,,,,,,innovation; education; science; technology

    Government support of…..innovation; education; science; technology; green stuff

    Helping……business; the less fortunate; you, me, the middle class, clean energy

    smart regulations vs irresponsible behavior

    regulations that don’t work

    Reform; My Reform; Reform of Health Care; Reform of anything

    Smarter more effective Government (Newspeak oxymoron if there ever was one)

    I will not go back; I will not back down

    [Added to the list is 2014’s new favorite Orwellian term: Income Inequality]

    This list is of course not exhaustive. Please feel free to add your own examples and definitions of what he really means by these simplistic, dumbed down words, phrases, slogans, sound bites and simple dichotomies aimed at eliciting an unthinking, eyes- glazed- over "yes" response by the citizenry to more coercive power for the State.

    You can see examples of this Orwellian Newspeak Obamaspeak that we have stopped scratching our heads over and are awakening to in the State of the Union here:

    And in Obama’s Osowatamie Kansas, speech here:

    The Washington Post knows that Obama and the Marxists are seeking to choose and prepare the ground for the coming general election. They are a planting their flag in Newspeak, Obamaspeak and deception designed to elicit a grand unthinking yes from the electorate which will reinforce the power of the State. Words of no meaning –Fair vs Unfair–Equal vs Unequal–A Fair Shot–Social Justice– Shared Responsibility. Pleasing slogans, sound bites, focus group tested, requiring no thought. Words with a language so diminished that there are no ideas to express opposition or resistance. Crimethink, Ungoodthink. They relish the coming battle in which they believe they have us dumb, clinging to our religion and guns Americans out-thought and out-maneuvered.

    In the hard print edition of today’s Post this article is entitled:


    Obama and his minions will attempt to wage an Orwellian war of deceptive Newspeak aimed at what they think is a comatose and dumbed down electorate not wise to what they are about.

    It is up to us to be part of the "Great Awakening" Sarah is talking about and not let them wage this political conflict on such soft, mushy intellectual ground. We
    hold the high ground of limited, Constitutional Government, rights derived from
    God, fiscal prudence and Sudden and Relentless Reform.

    The good news is that we have such a wise and far seeing leader in Sarah Palin. She is on to them and will not let this campaign be fought on this cowardly ground.

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