Donald Trump wants to “build a wall” to keep out Mexicans. This in spite of data showing more people are returning to Mexico than entering the U. S. Muslim citizens are considered dangerous even though Christians are over represented in our prisons. A steady drumbeat of propaganda was a central part of Orwell’s famous novel, 1984.
In the 1984 story the government’s dominant political party tells the public their country, Oceania, has always been aliened with Eastasia in the great war against Eurasia. The books characters sit in a publicity office and crank out news releases about the great battles that never happened.
All Presidential elections are filled with commentary on the future. Both parties talk about what they perceive the current problems are and their own solutions. When the assessments of current affairs seems accurate and the solutions reasonable we think it is not politics. But, when the problems and solutions seem off the mark, a campaign sounds quite like 1984.
To me, discrimination against gay people, high medical costs, equal rights for women and minorities are big problems and I like politicians who offer solutions. When a politician talks about migration from Mexico and there are more people moving back to Mexico than to the U. S. it sounds like 1984 to me. I know to others it is not a fictional exercise.
We all need to ask ourselves whether there is a great battle with Eurasia or if it is something made up to serve the purpose of a politician.