As I read this article, I remembered my middle child's 2nd grade classroom assignment when I still had my boys in the local public school system. It was 3 days before the election of 2000 (happier times for sure) and the teacher asked her students to write a paragraph on who they would vote for to be the next President of The United Sates, and why. The papers were to be posted on the student's locker in full display for the parent's visitation scheduled that week. Pictured below is my boy's answer.
This was not a takehome assignment. It was given and completed in class. I found nothing objectionable in my son's answer and was extremely pissed off upset that his answer was deemed unacceptable by the teacher's censorship, and her comments to "See me!" in red ink, capped off with an exclamation point. What is an innocent 8 year old to think of this? He brought it home upset and confused as to what he did wrong. I set him straight that he did not do anything wrong, and let him know that sometimes adult teachers are the ones who are wrong. It was a new concept for him. The loss of innocence is a sad but necessary lesson. Rest assured that I set the teacher straight the next day. I had occasions before and since this episode to voice my displeasure with their liberal indoctrinations of the day. There was a well worn path from my house to the school. Let's just say that all of the teachers and administrators knew who I was. We'd met.
This story had a happy ending however. The assignment was posted and was possibly the final straw in putting George W. Bush over the top in 2000. I finally pulled my kids out of the public school system because I felt like it had become a form of passive child abuse to subject them to it to save me a few bucks.
Back to the American Thinker article.
It has been a LONG time since I read George Orwell's 1984. I recall, however, the very dark future it foretold of a Big Brother government that manipulates the populace using Newspeak.
"War Is Peace." "Freedom is Slavery." "Ignorance is Strength." These slogans are spoken in Newspeak, the fictional language of George Orwell's twisted utopia in 1984. By removing meaning from words and increasing state control over speech-and thought-Newspeak is designed to manipulate those who hear it.Or how about "Pork spending is stimulus". Contrary to the smug and arrogant Big Brother Obama, THAT is NOT the point. The article continues... (edited for brevity)
In California, Newspeak is now spoken fluently by those who seek to advance a political agenda in healthcare by avoiding scrutiny... Under the guise of "access to primary care," the Regents of the University of California have been conducting an experiment on women...Apparently, "the access to early abortion services is an important public health goal."
The purpose of this experiment? "Demonstrate the role of advanced practice clinicians in expanding early pregnancy care."
That's Orwellian for "training non-physicians to perform first trimester abortions."
Ministry of Truth: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."
Do you "See me!" now?