by Doctor Science
In September 2012, Paul Krugman observed that Mitt Romney's talk about "the 47%" being "lucky duckies" was precisely the sort of thing on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh:
The “lucky ducky” trope is clearly, obviously nonsense; equally obviously, it was originally created in an effort to dupe people who didn’t know better. It was and is what Orwell called “prolefeed”, junk aimed at the ignorant masses (ignorant by design), the people who are ready to believe at a moment’s notice that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.The most surprising thing to me about the 2012 election results was that Romney and his people really seem to have thought they would win, as did Karl Rove and the gang at the Ministry of Truth aka Fox News. It became overwhelmingly clear to me at that point that there is no difference between the GOP proles and the Inner Party: both get the prolefeed, both buy into it, both have always been at war with Eastasia.
In Orwell’s vision, however, the Party – and especially the Inner Party – wasn’t supposed to consume this same tripe. It was supposed to understand the true Party agenda and vision (a boot stomping on a human face forever).
What Orwell got wrong is thinking that the Inner Party would have better knowledge, especially of history, than the proles. Doublethink works MUCH better when you don't have actual knowledge to muck it up. In a real life MiniTrue, history is bunk for *everyone*, there is no secret true knowledge at the center of the conspiracy.
Republican lawmakers, of course, do know that Obamacare is a law, not a bill-- they just keep calling it a "bill" to make it sound unsettled, something they can oppose and even undermine without betraying their oaths of office.
Are they being liars and/or hypocrites? Not *exactly* - this is doublethink. They believe both that they are upholding the law, of which Obamacare is an example, *and* that Obamacare isn't really a law, but a bill with delusions of grandeur. They can take an oath to uphold the Constitution and work for the good of the people and government, and also plot to undermine the law and destroy the government because their side didn't win an election.
What Orwell got wrong is that the Inner Party's vision of the future would be "a boot, comforting and being upheld by a loving human face, forever." And they would see nothing in this to which *anyone* could reasonably object.