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The Ministry Of Truth Strikes Again [Updated Below]

19 August 2010 @ 11:07

You all know about The Ministry Of Truth [‘Minitrue’ in Newspeak (not Newsweek, but damn close)], what it is and what it does right?

I would guess you remember the department from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as described over at Wikipedia:

The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.

I’m not talking about that one — the original inspiration for all of the ones that have come along since.  Rather, I’m talking about the one that exists here as part of the current national government in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

The Ministry has many different departments within it: there’s one at The White House, one over at the Senate, one in Justice Elena Kagan’s office — it’s like sh-t: it’s everywhere.  One of the most active and insidious sections of The Ministry is located in the Speaker’s Office.

So, it is therefore not surprising to find out about the following.  From CNSNewsTerence Jeffrey reporting, we learn:

The Exhibition Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, which opened at the end of 2008, has enshrined in marble a false interpretation of the Constitution that opens the door to an ever-expanding federal government.

Two of six massive marble-faced exhibit cases at the front of the hall are inscribed with tellingly edited passages from the first clause of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Another two are inscribed with tellingly edited passages from the eighth clause of that section. (The final two exhibit cases are inscribed with the First Amendment and an edited passage from the preamble.)

Let’s look at one of the marble cases, shall we?…

The full text of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 says: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”

One marble exhibit case, however, is inscribed with these selected words: “The Congress shall have Power To … provide for the common Defence.” Another bears these selected words: “The Congress shall have Power To … provide for the … general Welfare.”

As University of Montana law professor Robert G. Natelson wrote in the Kansas Law Review, this clause “did not add to federal powers; it subtracted from them. The General Welfare Clause was designed as a trust-style rule denying Congress authority to levy taxes for any but general, national purposes.”

One of the reasons the 10th Amendment was written and ratified was to ensure no one could claim Congress had an independent power to provide for the general welfare that overrode the powers enumerated in the rest of Article 1, Section 8.

Tip of the fedora to Smitty for turning me on to this report.  If you are a long-time reader of TCOTS, you are well aware that our good friend is Mr. Tenth Amendment and the Capo Di Tutti Capi of Federalists, so let’s see some of what he has to say about this:

Maybe, in her dotage, the Speaker of the House thinks that this cheerfully, conveniently airbrushed variation is what the Founding Fathers so carefully thought through when they delegated the minimal Federal powers necessary to defend the United States to the Federal government….

Maybe, indeed, the botoxed bimbo flower child is travelling through her second childhood, or maybe, like so many others of her lava lamp gazing, Boone’s Farm imbibing generation, she never bothered to make the passage to adulthood.

Nancy probably sees the carvings as doubleplusgood and anyone who disagrees with her is engaging in crimethink [and they should be investigated to see who is funding them] and oldthink, but, I think we can all agree that Ma-Damn Speaker is guilty of facecrime.

UPDATE at 1621…

As I told you above: The Ministry Of Truth has quite a number of departments in what is a vast agency that spans the whole of America.  One of those departments is the Associated Press.

Stacy McCain has published a memo from Tom Kent, Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production, that sets guidelines for AP writers filing reports on the Ground Zero Victory Mosque that only a sniveling, bum-kissing, oily weasel Obamiet apparatchiks could have created.  A highlight:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase “ground zero mosque” or “mosque at ground zero” on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

As Stacy comments:

We look forward to future AP guidelines on Pearl Harbor (“a former U.S. naval base in Hawaii”) and Treblinka (“site of a former German government detention center”).

Well, you’ve got to admire how they got that memo out speedwise so that no more AP articles would be ungood and could result in them being sent to a joycamp, and that AP reporters would realize that they cannot have ownlife.

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