This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
'All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others'
Elizabeth Vaughn 9/11/2021 3:23 PM
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It's very disconcerting to watch as a political satire plays out in real time before our very eyes.
Given the current state of the U.S. government, I recently reread George Orwell's "Animal Farm."
If, like me, you haven't read the book since high school, Orwell presents the evolution of an oppressed group of animals that rebels against the corrupt humans who own and operate their farm only to see the same cycle of corruption repeat itself in their new society.
Orwell despised Joseph Stalin, even as he was allied with England when the book was written in 1944. The story mirrors the "events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union."
Once the animals have expelled the humans from the farm, they set down seven "commandments" they will live by, their version of a constitution.
The animals start out working together to realize their dream of freedom from tyranny. Almost immediately, a small group of pigs, controlled by Napoleon, position themselves as the leaders, the "elites," because they are the smartest animals on the farm.
Slowly, the pigs assume more and more power. As each line is crossed and the other animals question their authority, a slick pig named Squealer, who acts as Napoleon's press secretary and spinmeister, explains away everything.
As the pigs become increasingly more corrupt, Squealer quietly alters each commandment to reflect the new reality and is able to convince the animals that their memories have failed them.
Even the animals' anthem, the “Beasts of England,” a song that symbolizes the animal's rebellion against the humans who oppressed them, becomes a casualty of the increasing corruption.
By the end of the story, the pigs have eliminated all but one of the seven commandments, which is then altered to reflect the new world order. The remaining commandment, "all animals are equal," is changed to: "all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."
Orwell's novel was a satire and the pigs' power grab is fictional.
Unfortunately, the Biden Administration's power grab is not. Oblivious to the constitution and what's best for America, the party is on a tear and they've already caused great harm to the country.
1. Biden's insistence on abandoning Bagram Airfield and pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan before evacuating all Americans and our Afghan allies was the biggest foreign policy blunder by a U.S. president in any of our lifetimes. It was made even worse because he was well aware that the Taliban had been taking control of huge swaths of the country and he did it anyway. He also failed to alert America's closest allies beforehand. Our allies no longer trust us and our enemies are emboldened.
2. Biden's reversal of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico policy has led to a crisis on our southwest border. Rather than trying to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, the Biden Administration, seeing them as future Democratic voters, welcomes them.
3. The Democrats have tried to ram through the dangerous voter rights bill (H.R. 1/ S. 1.), which they call the anti-corruption bill. Passage of this legislation would end voter ID, federalize elections and guarantee Democratic rule in the U.S. for generations to come.
4. The administration's massive spending and our soaring national debt have caused inflation to spike. The July consumer price index came in at 5.4 percent. High inflation affects all Americans. (August result will be released on Tuesday.)
The rising inflation rate doesn't seem to bother Biden or any of the Democrats. They're trying to ram through a $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill. Thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, the final bill could be whittled down to $1.5-$2 trillion, which is still excessive and inflationary, but obviously better.
Passage of this bill will also create new entitlements which, once implemented, are not easy to reverse.
5. Under former President Donald Trump, the U.S. achieved energy independence. While the Biden Administration is not the sole reason for the increase in gasoline prices, his war on the fossil fuel industry has been a major contributing factor. Inflated prices at the pump have the same effect as a tax on individuals and hits lower and middle income wage earners the hardest.
6. On Wednesday, Biden announced his plans for a sweeping and unconstitutional vaccine mandate to include businesses in the private sector with more than 100 employees.
7. The Biden Administration has politicized the U.S. military.
8. Biden has declared white supremacy and climate change to be the greatest national security threats we face.
They would also like to abolish the filibuster so they can pack the Supreme Court and grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. And I am just scratching the surface.
Much like the pigs in Orwell's Animal Farm, Democrats have become drunk on power. It's a good thing that White House press secretary Jen Psaki can't make stealth edits to the U.S. Constitution like Squealer did to the commandments or we would be in bigger trouble.
Their tentacles are reaching into every aspect of our lives, including our public school systems.
And they've done it all in just eight months. It is likely Republicans will win back both or at least one chamber of Congress in the midterms, which will prevent major legislation from passing. But Democrats still have one year and four more months of single party rule. And whether it's Biden or Kamala Harris, the President will still be a Democrat for three years and four months and he or she controls foreign policy.
America is in deep trouble.
In the final scene of the book, the animals are staring into the farmhouse where the pigs are entertaining some of the local human farmers. Napoleon, Squealer and the other pigs are walking on two legs and are wearing clothes. They are drinking whiskey. The animals realize they've been played.
"But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? ... The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which."
Unlike the pigs, we still have an opportunity to redeem the situation. However, the window is rapidly closing and the time for action is now.
Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance reacted to Biden's vaccine mandate on Wednesday by saying it's time for civil disobedience.
It IS time for civil disobedience ... and more.
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Elizabeth Vaughn is a contract writer at The Western Journal and a current contributor to American Free News Network. She is a former contributor to RedState, Newsmax, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN, Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit, Ricochet and other sites. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.
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