Wednesday, January 17, 2007

You Still Can

On the battlefield of language, every political class has a right to win. It depends on whose argument is the best to win over the gullible public (who often stun the politicians with their wisdom as has happened with the US mid-term elections). Still, I’ve come to appreciate the cunning words for a misled President penned by a staff-writer. Mr. Bush -in his address to convince the public of his “urge for surge” in American troops in Iraq- still feels war is inevitable as it is “the decisive ideological struggle of our time.”

A neo-con wordsmith could only have written such a cheeky catchphrase. Decisiveness of the struggle subtly commands that Bush has the right to make the decision as well as the might to enforce that decision. Nobody can hardly suspect an “ideological” messiah if he has a greater good to do. But, Bush is a different deliverer. In the boxing-ring of language, democrats are painlessly knocked out. And, still Bush needs a revitalizer during the boxing-intervals: his customized version of the Son of God. Ideology is a calamity for anyone to strongly adhere to; one has to be loose enough to withhold a creed, yet escape from its stranglehold. And no “time” has passed away without any ideological struggle.

The prolific English writer, George Orwell (1903-1950) never thought ideology would become a favorite word for warmongers. Otherwise, he would have at least used it scantily in his acclaimed essay: “Politics and English Language.” In it, he wrote how well an incurable communist can croon about “Russian totalitarianism”. Instead of out-rightly conceding his support for the ideology, he would re-phrase it such that nearly all kinds of ideologies -from humanitarianism to totalitarianism- can be coaxed to listen to the argument. How nicely you can justify killing rivals is even more pleasingly pepped up with language. Otherwise, Stalin and Hitler wouldn’t be popular in history.

Not that I’ve given in to the democrats, but still I can hardly resist the charm of the junior senator and an aspiring-President, Barack Obama (b. 1961). He carefully chooses Biblical passages in his passionate attempt to repair the world. Not nearly the very way in which my instant inspiration, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) had tried to liberate his “second-class” people in a “first-class” nation. Rev. King’s use of language was thundering and echoed a wise voice, using words to wham the reality ridding it of whims. Mr. Bush, learn from this Baptist minister how one has to refuse to accept a concocted reality. I still believe you can do it. Good luck.

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