Doubling Down on Doublethink

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August 9, 2012 by Ish

Status Quo is Change.

The Pro-Obama Super-PAC, Priorities USA Action, has sent its founder Bill Burton out to make the rounds defending the group’s attack adthat basically blames Mitt Romney for killing woman by stealing her cancer meds.

“The point of this ad is that — you know, it’s to tell the story of one guy, Joe Soptic, and the impact on his life that happened for years, and to this day, as a result of decisions that Mitt Romney made,” Priorities USA founder Bill Burton said Wednesday night in an interview with CNN.

The ad’s content is bullshit, although professional fact-checkers are going with the more polite ‘simply outrageous.’ Soptic’s wife, Ranae, died six years after Romney left Bain and that she had health insurance through her own employer.

Burton said the purpose of the ad was to highlight the consequences of Romney’s decision at Bain, and not to hold the presumptive GOP nominee personally responsible for her death.

“We’re not saying Mitt Romney is culpable for that. What we’re saying is that Joe Soptic was fired from his job, and as a result of that, he wasn’t able to get —he wasn’t able to hold onto healthcare benefits that were promised to him. And as a result, when his wife got sick, he didn’t have healthcare.”

In his seminal work Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell explained the INGSOC word and concept of Doublethink: “The holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… Telling deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed.” We have in this example a clear and concise example that Doublethink is alive and well in the land of AMSOC…


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