(LA Progressive) -- In George Orwell’s 1984, the daily devotion for Oceania’s party members is to view a film illustrating the various crimes of their enemy. In the dystopian novel the target is Emmanuel Goldstein, a party turncoat. The film whips up comrades into an antipathetic froth—hence the Two Minutes of Hate.
Bill Ayers, the villain in Sarah Palin’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign for a federal government job, waited until after the election to speak out. In the NY Times he wrote: “I was cast in the ‘unrepentant terrorist’ role; I felt at times like the enemy projected onto a large screen in the ‘Two Minutes of Hate’ scene from George Orwell’s 1984, when the faithful gathered in a frenzy of fear and loathing.”
To those who can’t admit Obama is, in reality, a moderate Republican—let alone a native-born Christian who loves his country even though he has his faults—this tactic is all the rage. These mouth-frothers find a new Emmanuel Goldstein as often as possible.
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