Biden thinks he’s Winston Smith

During last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Biden did his best to pose as a leader. “Six days ago,” he shouted, “Russian Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could bend it to his menacing ways.” And so the same man who spent the entire first year of his presidency trying to shake America’s foundations claimed to be the champion of the world of free thought.

Welcome to a world where down is up and up is down, where truth is a lie, and a lie is truth.

Welcome to a dark existence where good is bad and bad is good, where science is voodoo and voodoo is science.

Welcome to a bad dream where slavery is freedom and freedom is slavery.

Welcome to an opaque illusion where lemmings pretend to be leaders, and leaders lead lemmings to their own demise.

Welcome to the land of thought police and double talk.

Welcome to Big Government, Big Brother and Big Lies. Welcome to Oceania. Welcome to “1984”.

In his classic 1949 dystopian fiction, George Orwell describes, with disturbing prescience, a world where totalitarianism, manipulation, coercion and deception have prevailed. Its protagonist is a man named Winston Smith, who, as you know, ends up being more of an antihero than a hero.

After nobly fighting to resist the “threatening ways” of an authoritarian and controlling government, Smith finally succumbed. Elevating safety above freedom and material above morality, he betrays his soul, denounces his friends, and ultimately commits himself and his loyalty to the Party. All possibility of independent thought dies when Winston Smith accepts the government’s insistence that 2 + 2 = 5 and begins reciting this mantra over and over again as a symbol of his obedience to illusion rather than reality.

Listening to Mr. Biden’s State of the Union, how not to think of Winston Smith? How not to see the parallels? None of this adds up. The man is little more than an accomplice of the Party, a lying spokesman for the Ministry of Truth.

The free world is run by a man who trades in double talk. This president tells us that men are women and women are men, that breastfeeding mothers are people who give birth, that gender is fluid, but trans identity is fixed.

He talks about global warming except where the globe isn’t warming, and, well, that’s because it’s climate change rather than global warming.

He defends science but denies biology, physiology, genetics and DNA. He says masks work except when they don’t. He claims Kenosha was a peaceful protest, but Jan. 6 was an insurrection. He tells us that mRNA vaccines are safe even though, by definition, they haven’t been around long enough to prove their safety.

This is the same man who praised former Governor Andrew Cuomo as a COVID-19 hero even as this governor’s gangster sentenced thousands of New York City’s elderly to death from COVID-19. He says Rachel Levin is the highest female nominee for “her” position, even though the fact is that Rachel was given the name Robert and is not a woman.

When Rachel Dolezal said she was black, our president fell silent, yet his party continued to chastise white people for appropriating black culture. He’s a man who celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. as he dubs critical race theory which, by definition, says we should judge people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. He’s a man who thinks those who chant “Let’s go Brandon” are profane while those who shout “F—- Donald Trump” are not.

Mr. Biden apparently thinks that buying 600,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia is good for the environment, but exploiting our own oil reserves is bad. He tells us that soaring gas and grocery prices are evidence of a strong economy. He defends freedom while threatening that his “patience will run out” with those of us who defend it. He agrees with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that burning churches is “understandable”, but truckers who protest should be jailed.

It is the Orwellian doublespeak of a party that boldly declares; they cannot tolerate intolerance, they hate hateful people, they are sure that nothing is certain, they know that nothing can be known and they are absolutely convinced that there are no absolutes.

Mr. Biden is a president who believes in exclusion under the banner of inclusion and hate under the banner of love. He applauds a month celebrating pride while condemning those who preach confession. This man believes that people are defined by their desires, except when his government decides he doesn’t like our conservative desires. He is a man who defends freedom while punishing free thought.

Mr. Biden is a man who thinks 2 + 2 = 5.

Our president thinks his name is Winston.

• Everett Piper (, @dreverettpiper), columnist for The Washington Times, is a former college president and radio host. He is the author of “Not a Daycare: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth” (Regnery) and, most recently, “Grow Up: Life Isn’t Safe, But It’s Good”.

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