America has been in quite a decline in the last four years. There are many indicators, yet I’d like to point out one in particular: the differences between the first and second inaugural addresses of Obama.
In both, one can see the obvious appeal to America’s “glorious” past and the greatness of its people. In the first, one sees a number of concerns to the citizens, such as health care costs, etc. Yet, the first is spoken more to Americans as individuals and that the greatness of the nation springs from them.
In the second, something else is raising its ugly head into full view : collectivism/socialism. This is apparent in such phrasing as “the preserving of individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”
Upon a closer reading, one will find many of these things could have been written in Orwell’s 1984 as declarations made by the various Ministries:
Ministry of Peace (War) : “America…will renew the institutions that extend our capacity to manage crises abroad, for none has a greater stake in a PEACEFUL world than its most POWERFUL nation.”
Ministry of Plenty : “Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they do not make us a nation of takers.”
Ministry of Truth : “A decade of war is ending. An economic recovery has begun.”, “A free market only thrives when there are rules” , and “Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.”
The Ministry of Love is in full swing since the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act which allows for indefinite detention of Americans without trial.
Last, and not least, let’s recall these words : “the wages of honest labor liberate(s) families from the brink of hardship”, “we must empower our citizens…to work harder” so that our nation “rewards the effort and determination of every single American.”
Doesn’t this remind one of the slogan placed over the entrance of the German concentration camp, Auschwitz? : “Arbeit macht frei” or “Work will make you free”.