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Is George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ Already Here?

Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2020
by AMAC, Jeff Szymanski

animalYou may remember George Orwell’s book ‘Animal Farm’ from high school.  An allegory written during WWII, it’s an important, cautionary tale of what communism portends.  In the book, farm animals stage a rebellion against their human farmer in order to create a utopian bliss based on equality, freedom, and happiness.  They adopt seven commandments, the most important of which is “All animals are equal.”

Our own Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal” and noted the unalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  But leftists across much of our country appear hell bent on making sure everyone is not free and cannot pursue their happiness.  Exhibit A are new lockdowns and closures.  The most draconian is in California, where Governor Gavin Newsom has imposed new stay at home orders by region.  Most controversial is a ban on outdoor dining since late November.  A number of experts have suggested that goes too far, as scientific evidence suggests virus transmission is incredibly low outdoors.

The California Restaurant Association won a round last week when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that county officials must produce scientific evidence to justify the outdoor ban, scheduled to be in effect for three weeks.  But the same day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued his own city wide ban saying, “It’s time to hunker down.  It’s time to cancel everything.”  No more playgrounds.  No more haircuts.   If you’re a small businesses trying to make ends meet, it’s just too bad for you in most of the Golden State.  But big box stores are powerful and have clout and thus get a pass to remain open.  Evidently there’s no coronavirus in those.

Leftists in California and elsewhere apparently believe in shared misery.  If everyone suffers together, then fairness is achieved.  In one video gone viral, Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill owner Angela Marsden, whose restaurant is within L.A. county, called out her mayor and governor over being unable to serve patrons outside.  She even purchased a tent for $80,000 to try to comply with safety protocols.  She vented her frustration by showing how a film tent was put up just yards away from hers.  A special permit was granted for some of Hollywood’s elite of NBC’s Good Girls to enjoy a catered lunch outside.  NBC’s Sunday Today aired the video but edited out that their network benefitted from the exemption.  Reporter Meagan Fitzgerald dismissively noted, “Businesses and livelihoods hit hard. But the toughest toll of all is losing loved ones.”

But it’s not just arbitrary rules that “The Left” is pressing but ideology too.  The latest viral video shows a “woke Santa” who made a boy cry with this liberal lecture—“No guns, not even a nerf gun.  Nope.  If your dad wants to get it for you, that’s fine.”  Reaction was swift and scathing on social media.

Back to “Animal Farm”— the socialist paradise that the animals agreed to unravels in the end, and the seven Commandments are abridged to one.  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”  It’s a most fitting depiction of how so many liberals wield power over us today.

Jeff Szymanski works in political communications for AMAC, a senior benefits organization with over 2.3 million members.

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3 years ago

To answer the question posed by the article’s author, I have to say “Well of course! Where have you been for the last couple of decades as the country has been dragged farther and farther left towards global socialism?” A lot of Americans were acutely aware of what was going on and the threat it posed, but were powerless to influence change on a large enough scale to alter our trajectory as most Americans sleepwalked through life.

President Trump understood the clear threat of the direction we were on, which is why he ran for President in the first place. He tried to pull us back from the abyss and did any amazing job given the near total lack of support from most Republicans in Congress, minus a few Senators and the House Freedom Caucus, and the Democrat dominated administrative state that makes up our federal government. What people call the Deep State.

The Covid crisis was simply too good an opportunity for the Democrat Governors of Blue states to let go to waste. As Rahm Emanuel famously said “Never let a good crisis go to waste” and the Democrats certainly haven’t let this one be an exception to that ideal. The Democrats will drag out this Covid crisis as long as the American people are willing to stand for it. Months more. Years more. Whatever they can get away with. They’ve had a taste of authoritarian power and they like it. The like it a lot! So yes, peoples’ lives will continue to be destroyed by arbitrary and unscientific executive edicts from petty bureaucrats drunk on power, until the people in their states say enough and push back hard to remove these people from the positions of power they currently control.

So what is AMAC, as an organization, going to do to actively stand up to such abuses of political power? Just a question, but I’m sure a lot of folks would like to hear what concrete actions the organization is willing to take.

3 years ago

Well written article. I used the exact same reference to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” a couple of days ago when my wife and I work talking about the sad state of our country. I consider George Orwell to be somewhat of a prophet, considering he also wrote “1984.” Considering the socialist/communist-leaning educational system here, another sad aspect of our country is that most younger people (our “leaders” of tomorrow) will likely never hear about these and other great novels, let alone understand what their significance is to not repeating the mistakes of the past.

3 years ago

Heck, I am living on the Animal Farm known as California where our facist farmer Governor Newsom doesn’t care that the people hate him. He, like Auntie Nancy, “belong” to the Progressively Communist Democratic “privileged” class that wants to control our every thought and action. What gives me hope is that because of the Texas lawsuit. I now believe that the Supreme Court WILL take this case and that President Trump WILL win his re-election and as a result the Progressively Communist Democratic Party and the Deep State will suffer greatly.

Have faith in the Lord People for vindication IS coming to these sinners!

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