Biden Administration Tops Orwell with ‘Disinformation Governance Board’

CommentaryCommunism comes in various stripes. The Soviets had their version, the Chinese have theirs—these days quaintly called “Socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The North Koreans have “Juche!” The Cambodian Khmer Rouge had theirs (thankfully short-lived) and the Cubans a pretty traditional Marxist-Leninist state with the creepy addition—they have long embedded secret police in the neighborhoods to keep an eye on everybody. But they all have in common what they most loathe: freedom of speech. Joining them in this abhorrence of the cornerstone of democracies is now the current U.S. administration that is about to install, through its Department of Homeland Security, a “Disinformation Governance Board.” How Orwellian can you get! But to call that Orwellian is both an understatement and an insult to the great George Orwell whose “Ministry of Truth” was a far more clever construction that contained the ironic overtone intended by the author. There’s nothing ironic about the bureaucratic Biden era locution that seems thought up by the totalitarian dullards of our Deep State as a warning lest we peons get out of line and think for ourselves. It owes more to Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels than to the author of “Animal Farm” and “1984.” We could also call it—using Chinese rhetoric, since it is their form of communism ours most now resembles—“Socialism with American Characteristics.” As in China, this allows for an oligarchic class to continue to enrich itself without untoward intrusions from the lowly serfs. That this comes from Homeland Security and its chief Alejandro Mayorkas is more than slightly ominous. Adding to the threatening intent of the initiative is his choice to lead this assault on the First Amendment, Nina Jankowicz. Jankowicz was such an “expert” in the field of “disinformation” that she was one of those most loudly calling the Hunter Biden laptop story Russian disinformation, which makes her either an idiot or a liar. I’ll go with the latter. She was also involved in “strategic communications” (“Deep Statish” for propaganda) in Ukraine during the days all the hanky-panky was going on with Burisma. But it’s worse still. Via Breitbart, we learn that the “talented” Ms. Jankowicz recorded a song on YouTube with the lyrics “Who do I have to [world’s most well-known expletive deleted] to be rich, famous and powerful?” Well, we now know the answer: the American people. Second answer: the Bill of Rights. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has said he thought it was “satire” when he first heard of the “Disinformation Governance Board.” He also called it a “monstrosity.” Indeed. Kevin McCarthy awakened from his slumber to deem it—what else?—“Orwellian.” Others chimed in. One is tempted to blame this all on Biden, but, at this point, his cognitive abilities are so far gone it’s impossible to know what he is directing or even understands. This may just as well have come from the Easter Bunny that was whispering to him during the White House egg hunt earlier this month. Nevertheless, the immediate finger must point to Alejandro Mayorkas, who, as far as we know, is well in command of his faculties. But just who is Mayorkas, anyway? His policies seem built to destroy the United States as we know it. Illegal aliens from all over the globe stream with impunity across our Southern border as never in our or anyone else’s history, no one having any idea how many are drug dealers, human traffickers, terrorists, or all three combined, not to mention infected with COVID, Bubonic Plague, or who knows what? All this as drug deaths mount to record numbers and dead bodies are strewn across our benighted border towns and cities, while the only ones profiting from it all are the ruthless cartels who grow in strength and number. Is this what Emma Lazarus meant by “Give me your tired, your poor…” from her poem on the Statue of Liberty? Hardly. Those people were coming through Ellis island legally. Solving the immigration problem wouldn’t be all that difficult—how about shutting down the border, for starters, while increasing something called legal immigration—but Mayorkas seems immune to suggestion. Instead, he establishes a “Disinformation Governance Board” to prevent him from getting any or to besmirch any that somehow manage to get through. Although Mayorkas left Cuba with his parents at the age of one in 1960, just after the Cuban Revolution, and attended, of all places, Beverly Hills High School (beats a reeducation camp on the Isle of Youth), I have to admit it has occurred to me that he is a Cuban intelligence agent. Yes, it’s outlandish, it’s entirely conjecture, and I have absolutely no direct evidence. It’s probably not true, but he certainly acts as if it were. He’s the kind of person that would assert the United States suffers from “systemic racism.” Yet how could that be when people of color are streaming into this country from all over the world? Didn’t they get the message? Tha

Biden Administration Tops Orwell with ‘Disinformation Governance Board’

Commentary

Communism comes in various stripes.

The Soviets had their version, the Chinese have theirs—these days quaintly called “Socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The North Koreans have “Juche!” The Cambodian Khmer Rouge had theirs (thankfully short-lived) and the Cubans a pretty traditional Marxist-Leninist state with the creepy addition—they have long embedded secret police in the neighborhoods to keep an eye on everybody.

But they all have in common what they most loathe: freedom of speech.

Joining them in this abhorrence of the cornerstone of democracies is now the current U.S. administration that is about to install, through its Department of Homeland Security, a “Disinformation Governance Board.”

How Orwellian can you get!

But to call that Orwellian is both an understatement and an insult to the great George Orwell whose “Ministry of Truth” was a far more clever construction that contained the ironic overtone intended by the author.

There’s nothing ironic about the bureaucratic Biden era locution that seems thought up by the totalitarian dullards of our Deep State as a warning lest we peons get out of line and think for ourselves. It owes more to Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels than to the author of “Animal Farm” and “1984.”

We could also call it—using Chinese rhetoric, since it is their form of communism ours most now resembles—“Socialism with American Characteristics.”

As in China, this allows for an oligarchic class to continue to enrich itself without untoward intrusions from the lowly serfs.

That this comes from Homeland Security and its chief Alejandro Mayorkas is more than slightly ominous. Adding to the threatening intent of the initiative is his choice to lead this assault on the First Amendment, Nina Jankowicz.

Jankowicz was such an “expert” in the field of “disinformation” that she was one of those most loudly calling the Hunter Biden laptop story Russian disinformation, which makes her either an idiot or a liar. I’ll go with the latter.

She was also involved in “strategic communications” (“Deep Statish” for propaganda) in Ukraine during the days all the hanky-panky was going on with Burisma.

But it’s worse still. Via Breitbart, we learn that the “talented” Ms. Jankowicz recorded a song on YouTube with the lyrics “Who do I have to [world’s most well-known expletive deleted] to be rich, famous and powerful?”

Well, we now know the answer: the American people. Second answer: the Bill of Rights.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has said he thought it was “satire” when he first heard of the “Disinformation Governance Board.” He also called it a “monstrosity.” Indeed. Kevin McCarthy awakened from his slumber to deem it—what else?—“Orwellian.” Others chimed in.

One is tempted to blame this all on Biden, but, at this point, his cognitive abilities are so far gone it’s impossible to know what he is directing or even understands. This may just as well have come from the Easter Bunny that was whispering to him during the White House egg hunt earlier this month.

Nevertheless, the immediate finger must point to Alejandro Mayorkas, who, as far as we know, is well in command of his faculties.

But just who is Mayorkas, anyway? His policies seem built to destroy the United States as we know it. Illegal aliens from all over the globe stream with impunity across our Southern border as never in our or anyone else’s history, no one having any idea how many are drug dealers, human traffickers, terrorists, or all three combined, not to mention infected with COVID, Bubonic Plague, or who knows what?

All this as drug deaths mount to record numbers and dead bodies are strewn across our benighted border towns and cities, while the only ones profiting from it all are the ruthless cartels who grow in strength and number.

Is this what Emma Lazarus meant by “Give me your tired, your poor…” from her poem on the Statue of Liberty? Hardly. Those people were coming through Ellis island legally.

Solving the immigration problem wouldn’t be all that difficult—how about shutting down the border, for starters, while increasing something called legal immigration—but Mayorkas seems immune to suggestion. Instead, he establishes a “Disinformation Governance Board” to prevent him from getting any or to besmirch any that somehow manage to get through.

Although Mayorkas left Cuba with his parents at the age of one in 1960, just after the Cuban Revolution, and attended, of all places, Beverly Hills High School (beats a reeducation camp on the Isle of Youth), I have to admit it has occurred to me that he is a Cuban intelligence agent.

Yes, it’s outlandish, it’s entirely conjecture, and I have absolutely no direct evidence. It’s probably not true, but he certainly acts as if it were.

He’s the kind of person that would assert the United States suffers from “systemic racism.” Yet how could that be when people of color are streaming into this country from all over the world? Didn’t they get the message?

That is a question that undoubtedly would not be taken up by the “Disinformation Governance Board.” But no matter. Let’s make sure they don’t get to take up any questions.

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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.