If you completed high school English, there’s a 99% chance you’ve read at least one book by George Orwell. In one of his best works, 1984, he writes about a society that is being brain washed through the restriction and reprogramming of language—basically, cut out as many unnecessary words as possible, and introduce words that benefit state control. He called it “New Speak.” Two words from New Speak come to mind: Doublethink and Doublespeak. Doublethink is the ability to hold two opposite concepts in your mind at the same time without having a problem with the contradiction. Doublespeak, is when a person espouses two opposite ideas and accepts them both as truth…it’s more than just speaking out of your ass, but actually believing what you say. For example, I could say, “It is night,” and then say, “It is day.” Obviously, it is not both, but doublethink would allow me to believe both of these doublespeak statements at the same time.
Our Dear Leader, Mike Tate is also a fan of Orwellian doublespeak. Take below this excerpt from a press release dated November 7, 2013.1
“Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s decision to run for Attorney General.
We are confident that our open primary process will yield the strongest possible candidate next year.”
Then there is Mary Burke. Mike sends out propaganda with phrases like “Join team Burke,” and “add your name to team Burke” petitions. Of course, he tells us that neither he, nor the DPW have endorsed a candidate for governor (Doublespeak), and points to evidence that because he wrote a nice press release on Kathleen Vinehout in a previous election, he isn’t playing favorites in this election. (Logic fail).
So please follow Big Brother Tate in doublethink: open primary process is good for candidates, and open primary process is bad for candidates. And, for the love of the Gods, if you haven’t read 1984 yet, go out and get a copy.
WAR IS PEACE.
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
1I only included the topic and the last sentence, because that is all that’s relevant to my argument, but here’s a link to the full statement in case you want to make sure I’m not cutting out anything biased: http://wisdems.org/news/press/view/2013-11-statement-of-democratic-party-of-wisconsin-chair-mik