In Orwell's predictive 1984:
It was nearly eleven hundred, and in the RECORDS DEPARTMENT, they were dragging the chairs out of the cubicles and grouping them in the centre of the hall opposite the big telescreen, in preparation for the Two Minutes Hate....
The next moment a hideous, grinding speech, as of some monstrous machine running without oil, burst from the big telescreen at the end of the room. It was a noise that set one's teeth on edge and bristled the hair at the back of one's neck. The Hate had started...
Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room....In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices...The little sandy-haired woman had turned bright pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like that of a landed fish...The dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun crying out 'Swine! Swine! Swine!' and suddenly she picked up a heavy Newspeak dictionary and flung it at the screen...
In a lucid moment Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair. The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in....
And here's Howard Dean, once a wanna-be Big Brother, now just today's host of The Hate, as he screeches about an "evil" charitable foundation that has decided to stop giving donations to a group that is under federal investigation. Alas, said group is an ally of Big Broth - I mean, Howard Dean and the liberals - and an enemy of the abortion mills is now an enemy of the state:
Organizations which lack courage eventually fail. I support calls for the corporate donors to re-evaluate their support for Komen so that consumers aren’t forced to re-evaluate buying their products. I urge continued support for Planned Parenthood and the work they do to provide women’s health services and organizations who will continue the fight against breast cancer without endangering women’s lives for political purposes.
Howard Dean wants us to boycott the Susan B. Koman Foundation, which gave over $93 million dollars last year to women's health causes. Dean understands his call to action is irrational: How can you ostracize a group or individual based on how they distribute charity? If the Koman Foundation can be pressured to give donations to a group they do not wish to support, can't we all be pressured to generously "donate" to the causes that liberals favor?
Well, that's the point. But the fascist bent is obvious to even the most casual observer. So Dean cloaks it in Hate, and claims Komen's decision is based on their dealings with a shadowy conservative cabel, steeped in the blood of women, and must be reversed by all and any means necessary. Nothing less, Dean assures us, than the freedom of the female gender is at stake.
And the media, as well as Democratic politicians - both the intended audience for Dean's Hate - reacts much as Orwell expected:
"I was perplexed and troubled to see the decision to cut off funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood because of a political witch hunt by House Republicans," Boxer said in a statement. "I truly hope that they will reconsider this decision and put the needs of women first." - Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
The Komen foundation’s decision to pull $600,000 in annual grants for cancer screenings and mammogram referrals from Planned Parenthood is callous pro-life politics as usual.
The breast cancer charity’s move leaves Planned Parenthood scrambling to make sure thousands of mostly low-income women who can’t afford doctors don’t lose those basic services (NY Daily News)
Seems to me a common thread in all of the criticism is a failure to grasp the nature of the Koman Foundation:: They are not a government controlled entity, they are a private charity, and they can do what they please with their money.
For now. But the Hate has been issued, the Faithful have been called, and the torches are being lit...when will Boxer and her filthy socialist liberal ilk step in and start investigating Koman, I wonder? Is it noon yet?
Me, I'm writing a $50 check to the Susan B. Koman foundation. Sometimes the truth doesn't travel well on its own, especially when the producers of Hate control the media. Money, however, tends to help it flow quicker...