Friday, October 3, 2008


I did finish the novel, "1984" by skimming over large chunks of the tale. I guess I am of an age when I simply want action stories, not long rambling philosophical paragraphs. Not true of Pearl Cleage novels, however. Some quotes from "1984":

"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."

That quote reminds me of people today. The Press-Telegram has a feature on the editorial page. People call in and leave an anonymous message. Some are printed. Usually shortened. It seems at least once a week someone leaves a message about Senator Clinton. One asked ladies to join her in voting for McCain because Clinton was cheated out of a win in the Democrat primary. Several are going to write in Senator Clinton's name. Those callers are not "conscious". Senator Clinton is as much a liar and crook as her husband. That those people want Bill back in the White House for his illegal third term, even though he was impeached, shows the level of awareness of Hillary's faithful fans.

Oy, it bothers me that Bill speaks and they cheer. I can not look at him without imagining Monica on her knees in the Oval Office. Bill looked straight at the camera and pooh-pawed the idea that there was any truth to his affair. He was patronizing and condescending about it. He has not changed. And Hillary has that same attitude. They lie and their fans swear to it. Unconscious.
Obama's embracing Clinton for the sake of party unity bothers me. I commented, at times, at the Obama campaign website, that use of the words "the Party" smacked of Nazi Germany to me. The bloggers were insisting readers must consider Hillary as VP or an Obama/Clinton ticket for sake of "the Party". The first thing that attracted me to Obama was he was an "anti-party person". I got goose bumps reading his words on the subject in "Audacity of Hope". His loyal supporters, and perhaps he, himself, seem unconscious.

I wondered about this:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."

The Declaration of Independence was included at the end of the book which explained "Newspeak". It mentions how impossible it would be to "render this into Newspeak while keeping to the sense of the original." Because "1984" was set in a future London, I wonder why the U.S. Declaration of Independence was mentioned at all.

The last quote might sum up my feelings living on the streets or even more so today.
"To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one's lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available."


El Bueno said...

Glad you didn't waste time actually reading the book.

Why don't you get some Ciff notes and consider yourself "informed"?


alyceclover said...

I read that book 40 some years ago and considered it a favorite. That is why I decided I wanted to re-read it.

Anonymous said...

bueno brother

dont have time to read the book

dont have time to watch the movie

as far as i know ciff notes prevent u having to think for yourself