Any of you familiar with the dystopian novel “1984” by George Orwell know the term “doublethink.” It describes the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time, and to believe that both are true. Examples of doublethink include such slogans as “War is Peace,” Freedom is Slavery,” “Ignorance is Strength.”
Watching the impeachment hearings this morning, it occurred to me that this is EXACTLY what was happening. The Democrats see what they are doing, they know exactly why their logic is wrong, yet they defend their logic with everything they have.
Bribery is “trading one thing for something else.” This is now a crime. Huh? So any negotiation whatsoever is a crime?? If I give you $5.00 and you give me a hamburger and some fries, are we going to jail?
Joe Biden forced the Ukraine to fire someone, else he would withhold U.S. government funds. This is fine, it was policy.
Trump is about to be impeached for ASKING that an investigation be done by the Ukraine, but the Democrats are interpreting it to be forced compliance or else Trump would withhold U.S. funds. This is a crime.
President Obama’s administration appears to have had the right to investigate Trump, even with the “thinnest of evidence” and to continue when much of the evidence was proven false. Never mind the corruption and criminal activity, the Democrats seem to recognize the right, no problem.
But Trump has committed a major crime attempting to investigate Biden, even though the evidence is substantial and, despite the cry that these crimes have been “debunked,” they have yet to be investigated. How did Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, suddenly get immunity for crimes they may have committed?
President Trump “violated policy” by asking for a corruption investigation. Does Congress not know that that the President of the United States was elected to CREATE policy? That is his sole purpose for holding elected office. He is not beholden to the bureaucrats who work for the government. They work for him. They implement HIS policies, not the other way around.
But here is the scary part. Half of the media appears to be perfectly capable of doublethink, and they are willing to pass this along to the public. This is called propaganda. In other words, the liberal media is not reporting the facts or what they see as the truth, their primary goal is to influence the thoughts and behaviors of their audience.
And the scariest of all, are the people who are perfectly willing to go along with it. They accept the contradictory information, the redefinition of terms, the notion of guilty until proven innocent. They will yell and scream defending their hate of Donald Trump, and he should be impeached because of their hate.
The characteristic of “Commitment and Consistency” (from Robert Cialdini’s works) on persuasion force a person to continue to be committed to ideas that they have embraced previously, even as their proportions and contradictions grow. To go “all in.”
The result is that people who accept doublethink, cannot afford to think too deeply because then they would be in danger of being wrong in their original commitment.
Once you practice not thinking deeply, you get used to it, and it gets easier.
Is this the future of America?
Back to Orwell, here is a better description of doublethink. Watch more of the hearings and see if you can see the aspects here.
“To know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled our, know them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy is impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself.”