Conservatives have been using the term Orwellian for quite some time when discussing the Obama administration’s proclivity to speak without actually saying anything of substance. Team Obama also likes to twist language in an effort to not offend anyone by telling the straight truth of a situation. Thus, the conservative response the Obama administration’s twisted version of Orwell’s “Newspeak”.
It’s okay when conservatives notice things like this because everyone expects conservatives to find fault with a liberal government. However, what will happen when liberals also start to notice the Orwellian language emanating from the White House?
We may be about to find out…
On this past Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher just could not seem to wrap his head around why the Obama administration was being so evasive about the evils of Islamic terrorism, even saying “this idea that we cannot even call it Islamic terrorism seems Orwellian to me.”
Here are his remarks in context –
This idea that we cannot even call it Islamic terrorism seems Orwellian to me. It seems like we’re paying a very high price for this which is we can’t discuss it even rationally. Can’t we at least say that there are a number of factors that are involved? And the religion is certainly one of that.
[President Obama] presented this idea that it’s poverty and education. It is poverty and education, also. But why are they impoverished and uneducated? It’s mostly because of the religion. That’s mostly why. The U.N. did a study in 2002, they found out that only 300 books had been translated into Arabic that year. In madrassas they only teach one book — I don’t have to tell you which one.
(Please be forewarned this is HBO and these are liberals; most of what they have to say is likely offensive and some is just plain foul.)