Friday, December 16, 2005

Owellian Quote of the Day

By Conrad Spencer

Having been recently accused of Owellian doublespeak makes me a bit of an expert, which may be why a quote in this story struck me.

Arguing for renewal of the Patriot Act, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) asks, "Should we take a step forward in making America safer or should we go back to the pre-9/11 days when terrorists slip through the cracks?"

OK, that's fine, but then he concludes, "A nation in fear cannot be a nation that's free."

Apparently, only by courageously disposing of our civil liberties can we truly be free.


At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

I think the Patriot Act is stupidly named and brings the potential for much abuse of civil liberties even if it doesn't authorize them.
Having said that, is "Owellian doublespeak" the kind where one has to really twist the tail of one's quote to make it fit one's idea, realize it won't really work, and just shrug one's shoulders and say, "Oh, well" before running it anyway?

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous SEO Middlesbrough said...

Nice quotes... thanks for sharing...


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