George Orwell’s 1984 describes a dystopian world in which “the Party” maintains its governmental power and control by creating an environment of constant fear through propaganda. The atmosphere of fear and abject reliance on government for a sense of security breaks down the people’s ability to think rationally. They believe and accept anything they are told, even when it is entirely illogical. The Party’s campaign of psychological mind control is so effective that the citizens have been taught to believe such things as “TWO AND TWO MAKE FIVE.”
The Party controls everything and everybody through its official governing ministries:
- The Ministry of Truth produces news, entertainment, history, education, and art that agree with the Party. “IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH”
- The Ministry of Peace wages war for the Party. “WAR IS PEACE”
- The Ministry of Love enforces the dictates of the Party and tortures opponents of the Party.
- The Ministry of Plenty distributes to each, according to the needs of the Party. “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY”
In our own day, we may add
- The Ministry of Pro-Life Politics protects abortion for the Party. “PRO-CHOICE IS PRO-LIFE”
In 1984 the citizens practice “doublethink,” the act of simultaneously holding two mutually exclusive ideas and believing both absolutely. The pro-life / pro-choice false dichotomy has been a reality in the United States for many years, but it has now approached perfect dystopia. We have arrived at doublethink in Oklahoma.
In its recent 2020 session, the Oklahoma State Legislature had more than a dozen bills dealing with abortion to consider. The only one they approved, and that Governor Stitt signed into law, was titled the “Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act” (SB 1728). In a perfect example of doublethink, pro-life Oklahomans believe this law will fight abortion and saves lives. However, this new law only restates and affirms the existing conditions that allow abortion practitioners to continue their trade without fear of penalty. They are protected against legal liability for Wrongful Death when they continue to follow existing state regulations. In other words, the murder of a preborn person is only “wrongful” if the murderer does not follow the rules. The bill does not accomplish the goal that the pro-life elected members of the Republican Party are claiming it does; in fact, it merely clarifies the status quo.
In the process of enacting SB 1728 only, pro-life Party members ignored a perfect bill that would have established justice and criminalized all abortion, and even abandoned another bill that, if enforced, could have shut down abortion deathcamps in the state. In other words, almost every elected member of the Party voted something like this:
Political researcher and analyst James Silberman has published a more detailed review of this Orwellian, pro-choice-pro-life legislation.
Grassroots activists will no longer be brainwashed by the propaganda of the Pro-Life Political Party telling us “PRO-CHOICE IS PRO-LIFE.”