Independent voices from the TWT Communities
George Orwell once remarked that we have less sympathy for the 7 million victims of Stalin's famine in Ukraine and the Caucasus than we do for the dog that we just hit on the road. The dog is an audible yelp and visible carnage: flesh, blood, bone and fur scattered over the highway. The 7,000,000 dead Ukrainians, on the other hand, are just a number.
Controversy has engulfed the National Security Agency after it was revealed the office - and others like it - were collecting citizens' phone and e-mail records. The public revelations have split Congress, with some lawmakers defending the program as an effective way to fight terrorism, and others viewing it as the first step to the totalitarian "Big Brother" depicted in George Orwell's classic, 1984.
For a former senior lecturer in constitutional law, President Obama sure has an interesting viewpoint on the U.S. Constitution. It's a position that likely would mystify the Founding Fathers and most other presidents in our nation's history.
In George Orwell's allegorical novel "Animal Farm," all animals were equal, but some animals were more equal than others. "Hate-crime" laws treat some victims more equally than others, converting thoughts into crimes. Orwell would understand, but not applaud.
Senate hearings, even confirmation hearings, don't always live up to their billing (except in the movies). Not every committee can deliver Watergate-era theatrics, either from the panel of senators or in a retort from the witness table, as in Joseph Welch's famous question to Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency?"
As science fiction turns to fact, many college students are noticing the striking resemblance that the modern era has begun to bear to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four."
It is disconcerting how casually we are willing to vote for and accept expropriation of property from the most successful among us, the so-called "1 percenters."
The Council on American-Islamic relations, the largest Muslim advocacy group in the country, is all but demanding journalists drop the word "Islamist" from their vocabulary. But CAIR is not interested in definitions. Like The Party in George Orwell's "1984," they want to erase all trace of dangerous ideas by eliminating the words that contain them.
Homer didn't tweet.
In George Orwell's futuristic novel "1984," a tyrannical government masks its activities through the use of Newspeak -- saying or doing something opposite of a word's meaning.
With the ebb and flow of major clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square since the Arab Spring began nearly two years ago, it's easy to get bogged down in the details of who's doing what to whom on any given day. Americans must take a step above the fray and look at Egypt and beyond from a broader, strategic level.
The spirit of George Orwell's "1984" returns five decades later in Oliver North's most recent novel, "Heroes Proved." It is 2032, and the progressive agenda is triumphant. Public expressions of religious faith are deemed hate speech and are prosecutable offenses. Privately owned firearms are strictly regulated, and gas costs more than $10 a gallon because of federal restrictions on domestic oil exploitation.
In passing Question 6, Maryland's voters changed the meaning of the word "marriage." The reformulation of marriage entails the dilution of the family -- a fundamental institution of human society and a source of resistance to the state.
Michael Savage is one of the most influential conservative voices in America. His groundbreaking radio show, "The Savage Nation," is the third-largest program in the country with over 10 million listeners.
Two of the world's biggest publishing houses are to link up in a deal that will bring the writings of classics like George Orwell's "1984" and this year's literary phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" under one umbrella.