Will it matter this time? We are living that Orwellian future. Adam Schiff rose to the occasion.
Let us recall that pivotal moment for those who do not remember or were born long after these despicable HUAC (House Unamerican Activities Committee) proceedings of 1956. Now listen to Sen. Joseph McCarthy who ruined so many careers of so many famous people as he drones on and on. Then listen to Joseph Welch’s response. It is soft spoken, crisp and direct. Uttering those famous words, “… at long last, have you no sense of decency.”
We have waited a contemporary response to the ongoing daily cavalcade of lies. The prevarications and lies. The assault on truth and decency. The modern state organ, cum Pravda / Izvestia, that is Fox “News.”
And so to this we add Rep. Adam Schiff’s response to the equally despicable, cowardly and cynical Republican call for his resignation. Watch as they squirm and fidget. The eloquence and reasoned tone in his metered sentences. This too will surely go down in history as a turning point that we cannot yet see or appreciate. Along with Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and Eisenhower’s warning of the “Military Industrial Complex.”
Orwell had so many prophetic words and warnings for us. Released last year — Orwell on Truth.
So let me leave you with these words of caution. This is the goal of the constant daily assault on our senses:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” — Joseph Goebbels