It’s in the South Carolina Low Country, amid abandoned plantations and cotton gins overrun with kudzu and the detritus of Reconstruction. Greeleyville has a population of 452 souls, not counting chickens, dogs, mules and mosquitoes. Passing through there today, I spied on a church marquee a sign meant for the folks way up in Washington, D.C. who will certainly never come to the terminus point of the American dream. It reads: “Big Brother, Jesus is watching you.”
Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee rolled over and approved the nomination of the most visible symbol of the new Big Brotherhood, the ultimate Nanny State Bureaucrat, General Michael Hayden. Of course, the loyal opposition sniffed its “disapproval.” Said Democrat Barbara Mikulski: “My confidence in Gen. Hayden should not be interpreted as confidence in this administration, I have flashing yellow lights about the Bush administration's willingness to politicize this important intelligence agency.”
Indeed. That’s why she voted to approve the nomination.
A "yes," you see, means "no." And the War on Terror is Peace with Strength. Ah, Orwell again: “But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”