Most of us have read George Orwell’s famous novel 1984. A fictional and futuristic book full of manipulation, one party control and from where the term Big Brother became a household name. The story’s main character, Winston, holds a position in the Ministry of History and his duty is to rewrite according to the Party. Winston decides to keep a diary of historical fact.
Another key character is O’Brien, a powerful Party member.
Winston is summoned to O’Brien’s beautiful apartment where Winston is convinced by O’Brien he is part of the Brotherhood and is working to overthrow the Party.
Unfortunately, Winston is arrested by the Thought Police and O’Brien spends months brainwashing the poor guy.
Winston is separated from his true love, Julia, and while he is being indoctrinated into the Party he finally snaps and gives her over to O’Brien. This was goal of O’Brien and the Party all along. When Winston is finally reunited with Julia he is void of feeling for her. He has completely given his life, mind, soul to Big Brother and the Party.
As is characteristic of all great novels written circa 1934, there is always a moral to the story.
So, you may be wondering what Mr. Orwell’s novel has to do with 2012 and the progress of our Nation, State, County and City. Although George’s ideas seemed a little extreme, all extremists have a measure of truth.
Let’s take a look at Delaware County for example.
Of course, we aren’t actually living in Big Brotherville, for now, we still have the First Amendment and I would suggest you read it again if you have forgotten it.
A progressive move that makes Mr. Orwell’s Party characterization similar in nature to Delaware County, is the appointing of board members. Appointments to the county fair board was required to be evenly distributed among the parties. Since this didn’t happen, the next best thing is to just change the ordinance to fit the appointments.
This is progressive thinking, folks. (Sorry there is no link. The county link takes you to the EDIT fund ordinance.)
In the city of Muncie, we’re clipping right along. How can you not vote for someone who worked so hard to get screens and bulletin boards in his work place? The assurance Mayor Elect Tyler was able to work across party lines can’t be any more clear than this:
Asked if he expected to name any Republican department heads, Tyler laughed a little and said, “I doubt it. We have more than enough qualified Democrats.”
For District 34 State Representative, the Party precinct committee members chose Mike White over Lewis Coulter. The only surprise was that Mike White was even considered for the position. Mike believes his work as a ’60’s activist will serve Delaware county well in Indianapolis. He certainly has the look for it.
The City and County elected officials have their own consolidation going on.
Can’t find qualified Democrats in the city to fill administration’s slots? Let’s branch out to the county and pull from their pool of employees. If the best of the best is being recruited to work for the city, where does that leave the county?
As we live precariously in the past, a letter to the editor imploring Mayor Elect Dennis Tyler to bring back Ron Bonham. Certainly, the city can afford to pay an additional $140,000 to keep Prairie Creek reservoir open. And why stop there, as soon as possible, let’s get Mr. Bonham back into the Commissioner’s seat. We can always use a new sewer system.
The position has been filled, and it wasn’t with Ron Bonham. Maybe now, he can finally retire in peace.
Of course, I hope most of you understand this is written in jest. Nevertheless, we are totally represented by one party sect in the City, most of the County and State. I hope you realize that every person appointed to positions of power and to boards are deeply vested in this same party. Come January 1st, they own the good, the bad and the ugly.
If Mr. Orwell was alive today, perhaps he could write a sequel to 1984. The perfect title? 2012.