Animal Farm

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

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  1. On October 26, 2017 The Washington Post reported President Trump stating, “We have, actually, great unity in the Republican Party.”

    This is like one of the Seven Commandments on the barn wall in Animal Farm, in which, despite all evidence to the contrary, the Commandment (or the President) states what he wants people to believe, despite how it may fly in the face of obvious reality:

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    “Nevertheless, some of the animals were disturbed when they heard that the pigs not only took their meals in the kitchen and used the drawing-room as a recreation room, but also slept in the beds. Boxer passed it off as usual with ‘Napoleon is always right!’, but Clover, who thought she remembered a definite ruling against beds, went to the end of the barn and tried to puzzle out the Seven Commandments which were inscribed there. Finding herself unable to read more than individual letters, she fetched Muriel.

    ‘Muriel,’ she said, ‘read me the Fourth Commandment. Does it not say something about never sleeping in a bed?’

    With some difficulty Muriel spelt it out.

    ‘It says, ‘No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,’’ she announced finally.

    Curiously enough, Clover had not remembered that the Fourth Commandment mentioned sheets; but as it was there on the wall, it must have done so.
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    Sooo many things he says are in this Animal Farm Commandment category! Not true, it seems but it is there on the wall!

    Similarly, on July 26, 2017 Politico reported the results of a poll in which half of Trump voters say Trump won popular vote. And Trump himself asserted in late November that he won the popular and the electoral vote.

    Incredible. If you say anything enough times, people will simply begin to believe it’s true. It really is like Animal Farm.

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