In George Orwell’s pivotal novel 1984, the western world has descended into a complete authoritarian regime in which four major “ministries” oversee all functions pertaining to internal and external operations of the country (or countries, as the case may be). They rely on “newspeak”, a form of censorship that seeks to play down the “bad” ideas to make them appear less disastrous than they really are. It is political correctness to the extreme.
The four ministries are named for their ultimate goal, but do not accurately portray their functions. One of the ministries is called the “Ministry of Plenty”, whose sole purpose is to control domestic production and ration foods and goods as they see fit. Their ultimate aim is to ensure there is “plenty” to go around for everybody, but their methods are mired in starvation, redistribution, and ultimately lying to the people about the real numbers behind production.
Today, the Supreme Court has opened a door to allow the federal government to dictate what we must buy solely on the basis of birth, and through this door lies the Ministry of Plenty. If Congress can now dictate our health care, the state must now require a budget for it. And if the state requires a budget, it now has a newly vested interest in our individual lives.
In taking this step, the Supreme Court has now affirmed our worst fears — that the federal government is on the path to complete control. If they must keep health care costs down, they must control who is seen by physicians; they must control the supplies and logistics in maintaining health services; they must dictate when we should go jogging and when we should, incidentally, eat broccoli (unless, of course, you are an illegal immigrant).
This infringement on our individual freedoms will come slowly, and by the time all is lost our children and our children’s children will not know the difference. The Ministry of Plenty will continue to tell them there is enough food to go around (“if we just tax the rich a little more”) while they starve in the streets due to government mishandling.
Freedom has suffered a major blow today, and it’s hard to say whether the American people will rise against it or simply return to their Kardashians and their iPhones. The Constitution now lies on the ground in its death throes, forgotten, but hey — I hear a new season of Gossip Girl is starting up in the fall.
Even sadder are the idiotic liberals racing around claiming victory while the fences close in around them. Only one entity won today, and it surely was not the American people. But liberals are those who could stand in a small enclosure and declare themselves to be on the outside.
Where do we go after such a suffering defeat? Do we have any options? Apparently there are no longer any defenders of freedom remaining in the government. If freedom cannot be achieved or reclaimed through legislative means, or through judicial means, or through executive means, or through peaceful means, what remains?
I believe we will find out in 15-20 years’ time. And it won’t be pretty.