Today’s Orwellism

As Sarah Palin had a weird and very public political meltdown today (announcing her intent after a great deal of “prayer and deliberation” to abandon her first-term governorship in a few weeks), she got all euphemistic at the end of her rambling and language-strained speech, not calling her total collapse under pressure what it is:

“In the words of General MacArthur, we are not retreating, we are advancing in another direction!”

Ah, yes. And war is peace, freedom is slavery, and torture is “enhanced interrogation.” Sarah Palin appears to be exiting the national political stage in the way that she entered it: with mendacious and obfuscating language, and an apparently tenuous grasp on reality—and perhaps even her own sanity.

John McCain and the Republican Party nearly put this unstable flake a heartbeat away from the presidency. Think about that.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Today’s Orwellism

  1. cpacek says:

    Just leave the woman alone. She is smarter than you would think. Yes I am disappointed in her leaving but at least she has principles. Unlit the left has some your arguments are worthless.

  2. santitafarella says:


    You said: “At least she has principles.”

    I agree with you if by “principles” you mean self-serving ones, such as lying and distorting the truth in the service of her political ambition and the covering up of her past. (Because she does a lot of that.)


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