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It Seems To Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

02 September 2014 @ 19:50


From Mediaite, Eddie Scarry reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to GeoffB]:

Obama was speaking at the Laborfest festival hosted by the AFL-CIO in Milwaukee, Wis.

“If I cared about these things, I’d also want more Democrats looking out for me,” he said. “I’m just saying. Because when the rest of the country is working to raise wages, but Republicans in Congress won’t, it ain’t right.”

Noting the protests in recent months from fast food workers seeking higher wages, Obama said Republicans would open up to the idea of raising the federal minimum wage.

“We’ll break those folks down,” he also said. “We’ll just stay on them. We’ll just keep at it. That’s how I got Michelle to marry me — I just wore her down. Persistence — you just stay at it.”

Hmmm…I can name that tune in less than one paragraph:

O’Brien smiled slightly. ‘You are a flaw in the pattern, Winston. You are a stain that must be wiped out. Did I not tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors of the past? We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be. Even in the instant of death we cannot permit any deviation. In the old days the heretic walked to the stake still a heretic, proclaiming his heresy, exulting in it. Even the victim of the Russian purges could carry rebellion locked up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the bullet. But we make the brain perfect before we blow it out….

Now, that’s really scarey, Eddie.

It seems to me I’ve heard that song before
It’s from an old familiar score
I know it well, that melody
It’s funny how a theme recalls a favorite dream…

One Comment
  1. annieoakley permalink
    02 September 2014 @ 22:09 22:09

    They try but they will never be certain.

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