By Rick Saunders
If it has been more than one year since you last read George Orwell’s prophetic 1984, finish reading this post, then proceed to (a) your bookshelf to retrieve the book; (b) your local public library to check out the book; or (c) your nearest video rental store to rent the DVD. Or, for those of you not yet concerned that your visitation of various Internet websites is not already being tracked and cataloged somewhere, try Wikipedia for a summary.
Why? Because you will see that Orwell was off by only 25 years when, in 1949, he authored and named the timeless–and now, ominously, quite timely–novel about the dystopian world of Big Brother and his totalitarian grip on a once-free society. The parallels between 1984 and the landscape under the current regime in charge, frankly, are chilling as you watch Orwell’s “everyman” protagonist, Winston Smith, employed by the government at The Ministry of Truth, re-write, scrub and occasionally “memory-hole” historical documents and even newspaper articles to make “reality” conform to the dogma dictated by The Inner Party and Big Brother.
Sound familiar? Anyone out there remember when it was noted here at America’s Right that Barack Obama’s name, as well as the names of several congressmen being considered for administration appointments, were ordered scrubbed and removed as being sponsors of one of more of the 9,000 earmarks that infected the so-called “stimulus” bill which, according to the president and nearly every Democrat in Congress, did not contain a single earmark?
Oh, and regardless of the merits of the birth certificate issue, how about those interesting alterations of Web sites that had originally listed Obama’s Hawaiian birth hospital as “A” but now list it as “B” following the seeping into the public domain of more “convenient” facts?
Now comes the most telling–and chilling–evidence of the efforts by Obama and his Chicago Machine to solidify its grip on those who would dare to resist:
First, there was the disturbing revelation by Fox News reporter and White House correspondent Major Garrett (hero du jour) that the White House may have already accessed and catalogued a number of e-mail addresses of individuals (a.k.a. “persons of interest” in other contexts) with whom a “special communications” link is desired. Translation: a number of individuals–including some who might even disagree, in a very general way of course, with Obama and his policies, including his policies regarding healthcare “reform”–have reportedly received unsolicited e-mail “infomercials” from none other than . . . drum roll, please. . . White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, the man whose voice and political advice has been described by The New York Times as carrying “more weight than most anyone else’s on the president’s payroll.”
Interesting. So, now, if perchance someone sends an e-mail somewhere deviating from the Party Line or sounding even a mere discouraging word over the land where the skies are not cloudy all day, they might now expect to receive some encouraging words from Monsieur Axelrod? Or maybe thereafter from Rahm? Or maybe eventually from someone nicknamed “The Hammer,” “The Ox,” “Knuckles” or “The Funny Mustache”?
Second, we now learn that Vivek Kundra, Obama’s “chief information officer” within the Office of Science and Technology Policy wants to lift a ban on the Feds’ use of Internet “cookies” every time you access a Web site ending with “.gov”. These intentionally innocuous sounding electronic ticks are small programs that attach themselves to your hard drive every time you visit an Internet Web site. Much like their more venomous cousins, known as “spyware,” the cookies can collect information on you, store it and disgorge it on command later. Cookies from bona fide, benign Internet Web sites attaching themselves to your hard drive can be an irritation; cookies dispatched from a .gov website would be less benign. Far less. Talk about cookie monsters. Yikes.
Even after the apparent euthanization of the White House’s “snitch” e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, intended to collect e-mail addresses of those perpetuating dissent toward Obama’s health care reform plans, the administration continues to seem determined to overturn the ban on the use of “cookies” by the federal government has been in place since June 2000 in an effort to attempt to protect the few privacy rights that people still retain these days (except, of course, a proto-mother’s privacy right to abortion on demand, which must remain untouched no matter what). Kundra prevaricated in a blog he posted on the OSTP website–tantalizingly-titled in the website address “The Way the Cookie Crumbles”–that there was a “compelling need” to “bring the federal government into the 21st century.”
[CAUTION: By clicking that link, you may now have received unwanted cookies. Just saying you might want to run your disk cleaner program later today.]
When you put it all together and connect the dots, so to speak–from altering historical documents to sending unsolicited infomercial propaganda e-mails to proposing the use of “.gov” cookies to track individuals accessing certain Internet websites–what emerges is a picture of a regime seeking to control and watch you. Imagine the howls if this painting had been unveiled under a Republican president such as the dreaded George W. Bush, and then ask yourself: is this the sort of “hope” and” change” you expected?
Alas, the whole episode is another example of how one hand in this administration doesn’t quite know what the other hand is doing. Kundra, after all, says he wants to metaphorically drag the federal government into the 21st century — but, in fact, the regime that now masquerades as the federal government seems to be stuck in 1984. And, seemingly, it is quite comfortable there.
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.