Orwell Was Right. Or in Newspeak, was he wrong? Or incorrectly correct?

Those who we today refer to as liberals have been deceptively changing our language to hide their agenda for decades. And we, the sheeple have been letting them get away with it.

Once upon a time, the label “liberal” used to mean “one who cherished and supported LIBERTY.” With all of the things they have done over the years to chip away at the REAL liberty guaranteed to us in the Constitution, “lover of liberty” is DEFINITELY NOT a label that can be ascribed to a modern liberal.

Liberals share this morphing trait with Marxists, communists and socialists. Several decades ago, communists realized that being identified as a communist was not very popular. Any guess as to what they began calling themselves? Time’s up. They began calling themselves “progressives.” Well, that’s funny. Many people that used to identify themselves as “liberals” now call themselves “progressives.” Since we have pulled back the curtain on what “progressives” are, that clears things up a bit.

Here are a few example of “newspeak” by liberal/progressive/Marxist/communist/socialists that we have allowed to seek refuge in our government:

WORD/TERM

OLD MEANING

“NEW” MEANING

Liberal Someone who believed in liberty Someone who thinks you have too much liberty
Communist Someone who believes in the use of force for gaining state control of the means of production, and all aspects of your life. Still means the same thing, but even though “liberals” believe this, they run from the term and claim they are being slandered.
Progressive Someone who believed in “progress” Communist/Socialist/Marxist
Entitlement Something you EARNED (furnished proper grounds for claiming something) Belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges (you no longer have to EARN anything, you only have to BELIEVE you are “entitled” to what I have earned)
Freedom of Speech Freedom to express thoughts and opinions as long as they were true Freedom to agree with a liberal
Tax Money taken from those who earn it to fund necessary and constitutional functions of government The portion of the government’s money that they are not allowing you to borrow.
Tax Cut Allowing those who earn money to keep more of what they earn Loss of government revenue

(see: “Can’t “afford” a tax cut)

Can’t “afford” a tax cut Government is spending more of your money than it’s supposed to, and doesn’t want to stop spending. You’re keeping too much of the government’s money which is keeping them from spending it for you.
Christmas Holiday celebrated by the majority of Americans, based on the religion that is woven into the founding fabric of our nation. A hateful, discriminatory, racist expression of religion being forced down people’s throats.
Christian Someone who believes that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, and wants to share the good news with others. Hateful, racist, bigot who hates gays.
Israel Historical home of the Jewish people for thousands of years. Place that Palestinians now are somehow “entitled” to.
Israelis People who get thousands of rockets and mortars lobbed at them by Palestinians, who get them from hammas and the Iranians, before they are forced to defend themselves, and people who are attack by suicide bombers and other terrorist acts on a regular basis Terrorists who aren’t allowed to defend themselves.

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KNIGHT: Free speech vs. sound of silence

Secularists wish us a merry non-Christmas

By Robert Knight   |  The Washington Times  |  Friday, December 7, 2012

In George Orwell’s futuristic novel “1984,” a tyrannical government masks its activities through the use of Newspeak — saying or doing something opposite of a word’s meaning.

The Ministry of Plenty oversees rationing and starvation; the Ministry of Peace wages war; the Ministry of Truth dispenses propaganda; and the Ministry of Love conducts torture. The operative slogans are: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” and “Ignorance is strength.”

A current variant comes to mind, courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Florida branch, which is threatening to sue the Miami-Dade government for voting to replace a moment of silence before county commission meetings with a prayer.

In other words, the ACLU, self-proclaimed defender of the constitutional freedom of speech, prefers silence, which the formerly cowed commission required for the past several years.

Anthony Verdugo, executive director of the Christian Family Coalition, which lobbied for the change, praised the county commission for “moving into the 21st century” and described the vote as ending “81/2 years of discrimination.”

Meanwhile, stuck in 1984, the ACLU will monitor the next few meetings and work up some outrage. Then it will file a lawsuit.

“If prayers are sectarian in nature, the county will be sued,” Howard L. Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said in The Miami Herald. “Moving away from a moment of silence is a no-win situation for the county.”

Nonsense. Even Congress opens its sessions with prayers. By the way, “sectarian” is Newspeak for mentioning the name of Jesus. The ACLU folks can’t actually say they despise Christianity, so they use the blanket term. Occasionally, they’ll pick on a publicly displayed menorah, just to pretend that this isn’t about eradicating America’s Christian heritage from the growing government sector.

Over on the Left Coast, the ACLU’s ally, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, won a victory recently when a federal judge ruled that the city of Santa Monica, which had allowed religious-themed, privately erected displays on city property for the past 59 years, could ban them.

As attorney William J. Becker Jr., lead counsel in Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee v. City of Santa Monica, noted in a recent Washington Times column, although the displays will be constructed nearby on private property, “the First Amendment is not restricted to private property. Refusing to allow people to make their views known in a public park or other traditional public forum is a direct infringement on First Amendment rights.”

By deploying only the first half of the First Amendment’s guarantee that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” the ACLU and other liberal groups are using the courts to redefine religious speech as second-class, fit only to be uttered on private property and behind closed church doors.

That’s why liberals have adopted the red-herring phrase “freedom to worship” to replace “freedom of religion.” Nobody is threatening the freedom to worship, but religious freedom and religious speech are under assault daily somewhere in America.

Here’s another thing. The Santa Monica complainants based some of their case on the idea that displaying religious items on public property “offends” nonbelievers like them. The newly coined right not to be offended seems to be picking up speed, except when it comes to offending Christians. If you don’t think so, consider that more and more public schools are banning any reminder of Christmas at their winter parties and concerts. The absurdity extends to directives to parents not to bring in anything red or green, including napkins, lest it offend someone.

In Newhall, Calif., a property owner actually has ordered a senior citizen housing complex to take down a Christmas tree in a community room because it is a religious symbol.

“For some folks, this is the only Christmas tree they’ll have all season,” The Willows resident Robert Troudeau told the Los Angeles Daily News. “There are people overseas fighting for our freedoms and dying and we’re here fighting over things like this. It’s a shame.”

Years ago, a group in Orange County, Calif., tried to stop a church from being built with a steeple that sported a cross at the top. Bear in mind that the church was being built on private property. The complainants’ argument was that the mere sight of the Christian symbol offended them. They lost, but think about their Orwellian reasoning: In the name of tolerance, the government should ban any outward sign of faith.

***In a country in moral free-fall, silence is freedom of speech, religious suppression is tolerance, and atheism is the de facto official religion of the state.***

But be of good cheer. Even Orwellian progressives can’t put out all the Christmas lights or stop carols from being heard in the malls and department stores. America’s retail sector, which depends heavily on Christmas shopping to put it into the black every year, has too much to lose. The clear words of the Constitution continue to be a bulwark against censorship-minded secularists.

We also have it on good authority that the real story of Christmas will never be erased from human consciousness.  (Amen!)

In Mark 13:31, Jesus assures us, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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