Sarah Palin’s Orwellian Mind: She Can’t Call Things What They Are, and Words Can Shift Their Meaning Whenever They Are Useful to Her

Gail Collins caught these two Sarah Palin resignation speech Orwellisms this week:

“It would be apathetic to just hunker down and ‘go with the flow.’ Nah, only dead fish ‘go with the flow.’ No. Productive, fulfilled people determine where to put their efforts, choosing to wisely utilize precious time … to BUILD UP.”

Basically, the point was that Palin is quitting as governor because she’s not a quitter. Or a deceased salmon.


“Life is about choices!” declared the nation’s most anti-choice politician.

For an Orwellism that I noticed in Palin’s speech, see here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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11 Responses to Sarah Palin’s Orwellian Mind: She Can’t Call Things What They Are, and Words Can Shift Their Meaning Whenever They Are Useful to Her

  1. themadjewess says:

    Right, kill those babies!

  2. santitafarella says:


    Yes, well that’s very good. Having difficulty calling things what they are is obviously not just a symptom of the right. And clarifying direct language is definitely not something that you struggle with (at least with regard to cutting through liberal euphemisms).

    Might I ask if, for you, “enhanced interrogation” is torture?


  3. santitafarella says:


    I just clicked over to your site and find that it is filled with racial hate and the advocacy of violence. I notice that you’ve also posted images of Barack Obama lynched. You’re obviously a fanatic and conspiracy hysteric.


  4. themadjewess says:

    Santi, you DO realize that they made pictures of Palin hanging?? they also burned her Church, they told her that a ‘black rapist’ was being sent to rape her, where is the condemnation of that from the left?

    My site is ‘full of race hate?’ Where?? You DO know that I am a JEW. (you know, the so called ‘evil doers’

    You dont know what hate like that is, do you?? Ever been called a ‘kike’, a ‘hook-nosed Jew B*tch’ and “We should have gassed you all?”

    Tell me all about it, I would love to hear it, b/c that is my DAILY life.

    I dont have ‘racism’ I grew up in a home that DIS- ALLOWED IT.

    HUSSEIN Obama is FOR the decapitation of 8 1/2 month old babies. That is MURDER.

  5. themadjewess says:

    It was ‘a OK’ when CODE PINK was calling for the DEATH of US soldiers in your opinion??
    Do you know what a Bolshevik is??
    Holder is a Bolshevik. He is black, is that NOT truth?

  6. themadjewess says:

    Excuse me…CODE PINK calling for MURDER..
    You know, it was OK when the GOP (which I am NOT, I am indep) was in power and people hung the WORST posters all over NYC calling Bush terrible names and calling for his DEATH, but talk about Obama, and you are as good as a dead person.

    Dissent is onlty ‘good’ when the left does it??

    Sorry, welcome to our world now, you will have to KILL us, b/c we AINT GONNA SHUT UP. We are AMERICANS, and have a RIGHT to dissent just as you ‘peace-filled’ people did.

    If you are against dissent, WHY are you an American??

    Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

    Thats what the LEFT told the right, so, guess what- WE ARE HERE TO STAY…
    Get USED TO IT.

  7. santitafarella says:


    When I clicked over to your blog, it looked to me like a lot of weird far right shit and I was responding to it as a first impression. Maybe you’re just engaging in some very wild postmodern right wing irony. You seem sane talking to me over here—and I don’t doubt that you are Jewish and female—it just looks like your site is a front for a neo-Nazi group or something. I’m not trying to be offensive, and I respect your free speech. I’m just giving you my impression.

    This site, I hope you’ve noticed, is very pro-Israel and pro-Jewish.


  8. Jared K says:


    I’m speechless.

    Santi, if someone set out to make the most absurdly satirical webpage presenting in the most paranoid (strung out?) way possible virtually every nutty thing contrary to your worldview (and mine), yet also self-descriptively Jewish friendly, it would be… well, there are enough links to it above already I suppose.

    “wild postmodern right-wing irony” = either the most charitable thing I’ve ever heard from you or perhaps the greatest stealth insult I’ve seen in ages. Bravo either way–though I have my suspicions 🙂

    Okay, I’ll go away now.

  9. themadjewess says:

    Sanita, go to the wordpress account named:
    INCOGMAN, and see what I face on a DAILY basis, re: Neo Nazis, you wont know a REAL one, unless you see it first hand.

    I am pro-American,Pro-RIGHT wing Jew, Pro-Born again Christians, Pro-white, and yep, FAR RIGHT.
    Proud of it, and mad because of it.

    Me>? A “neo-Nazi” b/c I take up for the caucasian… well, ok, whatever..

    Someone HAS to take up for white people since they are getting the SHAFT in their own nation.

    I use to be part of the “Fairness society” But fair was not returned. If you think I am far right NOW, you should have seen my blog a year ago that was shut down, and my radios show banned 🙂 .

    Israeli-Jews are my brothers, American leftists ARE NOT, they are traitors, as are WASPS that are frauds (in power, not the little people like you, and me).

    I have to do what I am doing, my following is comprised of people that are just ‘mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore’

    Ta Ta 🙂 Have a nice day.

  10. Veronica Abbass says:


    What’s up with the above comments, yours and themadjewess’?

    Moreover, what’s up with

    “This site . . . is very pro-Israel and pro-Jewish”?

    Can you justify this?

    As you commented on July 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm at under “The Hall of Shame, please “have a sense of proportion.”

  11. Nulono says:

    “Anti-choice”. What a stupid term. I suppose you’re for every possible choice out there, from nuking innocent civilians to child abuse to infanticide to kidnapping to arson, right?

    Gimme a break.

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