"War Is Peace
Freedom Is Slavery
Ignorance Is Strength"
These contradictory statements appear in the onset of George Orwell's 1984, introducing the concept of doublethink, a demonstration of Big Brother's ability to convince its electorate to accept whatever they say, however illogical or contradictory, through a constant state of fear-mongering propaganda and rhetoric.
The abundantly absurd Republican positions are manifesting doublethink as the second coming of Ronald Reagan donned in star-spangled ignorance, hitting American voters at the speed of a magazine fired from a fully automatic weapon, albeit at a 4th grade level.
The GOP is lush with predominantly cookie-cutter conservatives determined to work in government to destroy government. Their bastardization of Christianity and manipulation of American exceptionalism leads to increasingly ridiculous and irrational "policy" arguments and false assertions.
Unfortunately, many people in their voter base accept these positions at face value, no mater how nonsensical, and correlate escalating conservatism with an affinity for patriotism.
This series will introduce multiple incidents of Republican inconsistencies and how many voters fall into doublethink by failing to see the irony of some of their absurd "policy" positions. This post will discuss the first line of Big Brother's party slogan and liken it to the GOP's elementary-level rhetoric.
"War Is Peace," is the concept that a common enemy keeps a population united. Given the animosity surrounding the Iran deal and the propensity to declare war as if foreign policy is a game of "Risk," this expression is quite literal when applied to the Republican's desire to achieve peace and ignite nationalism through everlasting conflict.
Current frontrunner Donald Trump has offered a simple tactic in defeating ISIS, the nascent terrorist group of Iraq and Syria who pose a national security threat.
"I would knock out the source of their wealth, the primary sources of their wealth, which is oil," he said on MSNBC's Morning Joe program. "And in order to do that, you would have to put boots on the ground. I would knock the hell out of them, but I'd put a ring around it and I'd take the oil for our country."
But that strategy may not achieve its intended goals, according to military experts who have observed Trump's proposal.
"There are limits to military power," Gen. Raymond Odierno said when asked about Trump's plan. "It's about sustainable outcome. And the problem we've had is, we've had outcomes, but they've been only short-term outcomes because we haven't looked at, we haven't properly looked at, the political and economic sides of this. It's got to be all three that come together. And if you don't do that, it's not going to solve the problem."
Ben Carson, another major presidential contender, maintained a similar position in a FOX News interview that he would "put men on the ground ... to drive ISIS out of Iraq."
This commitment to military strength also extends to the Iran deal, which virtually every candidate described as disastrous, a victory for radical Islam and the beginning of the end of America's leadership of the world.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz promised, "If elected president, on the very first day in office, I will rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal."
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina described it as "a very bad deal. Obama broke every rule of negotiation."
Mike Huckabee portrayed the Iranian nuclear deal as President Obama "taking the Israelis and march[ing] them to the door of the ovens."
Florida Senator Marco Rubio asserts it allows the Tehran regime with a "radical Shia cleric with an apocalyptic vision of the future" to achieve nuclear weapons capabilities and long-range rockets that can strike the U.S.
While the Iran deal isn't perfect, Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy both confirm this treaty prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons for 15 years, averting a potential war and deemed by proponents as the most pragmatic outcome to a once bleak international strife.
This landmark treaty should be a shift in American foreign policy from imperialist-driven conflict to diplomacy-centric coalitions, but every Republican candidate seems determined to wage more war and ignore any alternative option, even though these policies have been a drain on tax dollars and largely contributed to destabilizing the region and allowing radical terrorist groups to flourish.
Their rational is to establish America as a leader in building peace through bombing everyone and perpetuating wars. At this pace, their next party platform will involve promoting Michael Bay to five-star general and turning the Middle East into a real-life Transformers movie franchise.
This xenophobia isn't exclusive to foreign policy; it's also domestic, as the Republicans rally their voter base around Mexicans, the scapegoat of our economic woes.
Pew Research reports 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., which accounts for 3.5 percent of the American population. Mexicans constitute 52 percent of illegal immigrants in the U.S. The amount of undocumented immigrants and Mexicans migrating across our boarders has been declining since 2007.
Regardless, the sun-bleached, skunk tail-haired microwaved circus peanut of a business tycoon has made building a 2,000 mile wide Trump Plaza along the Mexican boarder a staple of his presidential pageantry.
Meanwhile, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal all called for ending birthright citizenship, even though this would result in Jindal and Marco Rubio expediting back to their parent's native countries.
Seems fitting that they fulfill Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign promise of "self-deportation."
The next post will focus on how the GOP has successfully utilized Christianity to mobilize angry, overly zealous religious Americans to vote against a nanny state that provides them universal health care but dictates the personal lives of millions Americans because "Freedom is Slavery."