A Love Song to Big Sister
“There are bigger things that affect the nation than a possible lie to the FBI.”
We need The State to inspect and endorse every part of our life. What if we encounter something in, for example, a book, or on a walk in the woods, that we don’t understand? We might get the wrong idea about it.
If we read something in a book written years ago, we could get The Wrong Ideas about life, individuality, society…or race. (Race is everything; we see a person and instantly know we need to communicate in This Me instead of That Me.)
The State is made up of people who are educated, who know things — who care. You don’t get into government unless you really like and love everyone. Except for Haters — you get into government because there are so many Haters in the world, and the innocent must be protected from them.
That’s where The State comes in.
Unlike the caricature made by a socialist writer decades ago — what does that have to do with 2022? — a powerful central government is crucial to freedom.
Seriously, who knows more — an individual, or the massed knowledge of The State, a kind of ‘not-for-profit’ mega-corporation, fusing the minds of millions of employees? You have to have some kind of ego to think one mind is wiser than that.
The cameras that watch us… the police officers who take a knee for some protesters but not The Bad Guys… the corporations that fund news outlets… Who can not trust all of those groups of people, checking to make sure they aren’t abusing their power, making sure everyone is included in their embrace.
OK. I’m going too far.
I’ll try to be more reasonable, not so sarcastic.
Some lone person set fire to a church across from the White House. A White House guard post was set on fire. Dozens of police officers and secret service agents were injured by people. The Orange President had to go into a secure room, he was so scared.
You laughed at that.
You thought it was great that someone you so hated was in a position of fear.
You didn’t think about the injuries to the police or secret service. (There were more than a few dozen.) You never saw Nancy Pelosi call these men and women heroes.
What was the big story about that night? The President holding up a Bible after the square was cleared the following day. What a pompous phony.
Much later, we learned the story of the square being cleared for a photo op was a lie.
You shrugged. Didn’t impact how much you hated him. You didn’t think about how any lie, even about someone you don’t like, is a signal to every journalist, which is that there is no price to be paid for lying about the right people.
A hearing on a Supreme Court candidate was mobbed by protesters taking selfies. This wasn’t a bad thing. It was speaking truth to power.
The U.S. Capitol was attacked by armed invaders after the outgoing president ordered them to attack, using violent rhetoric. Up to fourteen police officers were killed. The New York Times reported on one officer who later died after having his head bashed in by a fire extinguisher.
Did you ever ask yourself why the most gun-crazed people in the country tried to ‘steal our democracy,’ but left their guns at home?
Over time, the list of the dead shrank.
And shrank some more.
A capitol police officer was honored in the Capitol rotunda.
Later, his death was found to not be a homicide.
Doesn’t that BOTHER you, at all?
A year-plus was spent on an investigation that was then put on multiple channels in prime time, in a show produced by a TV producer, using edited video clips…and never mentioning the name of the one person who was killed that day…an unarmed woman, shot dead by a cop. Such deaths have caused riots before — why wasn’t this one even mentioned in the two-hour special premiere episode?
“What does all of this have to do with ‘Big Sister,’ Walsh?”
Here’s a game: Figure out what The State is saying about this…and then figure out what YOU think about it…if the political parties of those involved were reversed.
Well — what do YOU think about it?
P.S. When I searched Google for photos to use as illustrations, all of the top recommendations were about a TV ‘reality show,’ not the novel 1984. Not that it matters.
“Let people think you’re making them think and they’ll love you.
“Actually make them think, and they’ll hate you.”