I don’t know exactly how many of you, but probably most, have read George Orwell’s “1984” at some point in your life. I think most of us had to take it as required reading in school when I was growing up, and if not, then we should have. Anyway, it appears that for the United States of America at least, George was about 32 years early with one of the most disturbing of his predictions for the atrocities that the government in his story would be imposing on the citizens of his fictional (and at his time, futuristic) year of 1984. That particular prediction, which as of last week was signed into law in the USA, was the basic establishment (though under a different name) of the story’s propaganda branch of the evil government, which George, with his great sense of irony, chose to call “The Ministry of Truth”.
Now those of you who don’t live in the United States, and possibly quite a few of you who do, might be thinking, “No way, they could never pass a law like that in this day and age. Even if they snuck it past the people somehow, there would be enough legislators opposing it that it would never get passed”. But not so. You see, apparently, my friends the Americans use the same underhanded techniques that my own Canadian legislators use, when they want to pass a Bill that is so onerous, or plain distasteful, or even contrary to the accepted law of the land, that they know they could never pass it in the open. What they do in that case is hide the particular Bill they’re trying to sneak past everyone way down inside another great big lengthy Bill that is a slam-dunk, sure-fire Bill to pass. I don’t know if my southern neighbors use the same term we use, but up here we stick with the obvious and call that an Omnibus Bill. The Bill can be full of lots of minuscule items, and you just hope that no one reads the fine print.
This Bill I’m referring to “…was not voted on as a stand-alone bill, but was instead buried deep inside the 1,576-page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017…” It’s my guess that being a “Defense Authorization Act”, it was pretty much a slam-dunk to get signed, and being over 1500 pages long, I really doubt too many people took time out of their holiday shopping to read it very closely.
Anyway, I could talk your ear off, about why I say it’s the installation of “The Ministry of Truth”; about how it’s going to spend American tax-payers money to train the journalists who will be (allowed?) to give them their news; about how they will be actively combating…who? any writer who doesn’t agree with the government or corporate line; I could tell you certain news outlets will be on their payroll. (The Act is) “…dubbed the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, (it) also calls for providing tax funding and training to “journalists,” media outfits, and other propagandists willing to parrot the U.S. government’s viewpoints…”
Or I could simply link you down below to one of the articles that the progressive news channels have already started publishing, as they try to wake the American people to this latest attack on their Constitutional Freedoms. The very fact that this Act was passed, in the manner that it was, with no public consultations, says everything that needs to be said about the type of legislation this Act encompasses. It is my sincere hope, that as the American people become aware of the sleight-of-hand that was perpetrated upon them in the passing of this Bill, and with the help of true, and honest journalists in their country, journalists of real integrity, both in print and electronic medium, they will lift their voices as one, and demand the striking down of this joke of a Bill, and the stepping down of any corrupt politician that had anything to do with trying to saddle the American people with its burden.