“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening”

It seems like George Orwell was about thirty-five years too early.  Read here.

Orwell wrote in 1984: “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”   Trump is not only attempting to control the past by lying about it, but he is also trying to control the past by convincing ordinary people that America was once “great.”  Since he currently has power in the present, he can manipulate the nostalgic longings of ordinary people for an American golden age.

And far too many American evangelicals are going along with it all.  I heard someone once wrote a book about this.

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It is time to stay vigilant.  John Hope Franklin described historians as “the conscience of the nation.”  He also said that “essence of scholarship is truth.”  It is hard to call such vigilance paranoia. I prefer to call it citizenship.  I prefer to call it truth-telling.

As my old friend Philip Vickers Fithian once said, “political jealousy is a laudable passion.”

2 thoughts on ““What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening”

  1. Of course, the only problem here is that one must assume that what is being told by any given media outlet is actually “evidence” of a trustworthy nature, or that what any given media outlets says that I am seeing on the evening news is actually what is happening, and thus it is Orwellian to ignore it.

    I appreciate (somewhat) the humor here, but given that news media (whether Fox or CNN) have as much of an agenda as Trump, I don’t consider what any of them tell me as worthy to be considered “evidence” that makes questioning it beyond reason.

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  2. But when the only Real True CHRISTIAN History becomes that of David Barton?

    Of which Huckabee said “Every American should be taught, at gunpoint if necessary”? (In the Restored Republic of Gilead?)

    More and more, this confirms Wondering Eagle’s and my theory that Evangelical Culture ended up grooming Christians to take the Mark of the Trump. (Who in turn acts like a Celebrity Megapreacher except more so; obviously he must be even more Anointed.)

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