“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
- George Orwell’s Animal Farm
It’s been many, many years since I read George Orwell’s Animal Farm, but the message conveyed in it will remain with me forever. The book is many things, but more than anything else, it is a portrayal and critique of human nature and the political systems that we create. For those that need a refresher, or have not read the book, here’s the basic plot.
There’s a farm headed by a Mr. Jones, who drinks so much he becomes unable to take care of the farm and feed the animals. Over time, the animals (in particular the pigs), decide human beings are parasites and the pigs lead a revolt and run Mr. Jones off the property. They change the farm’s name from Manor Farm to Animal Farm and create a list of 7 commandments. They are:
- Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill any other animal.
- All animals are equal.
Rather quickly, the pigs assume leadership over the farm and one pig in particular, Napoleon, consolidates power after running his primary competitor off the property. It goes downhill from here fast. The pigs start to walk on two legs, drink alcohol and sleep in beds, amongst other things. Understanding that their new lifestyle in in direct contrast with their original seven commandments, they simply decide to make some adjustments. The adjustments are:
- No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
- No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
- No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
Rather quickly, even these adjustments becoming too binding for the glutinous and power hungry pig oligarch class. They decide to just condense everything down to one commandment: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
The above process is one for the ages, a process that has been reenacted time and time again by our species over the millennia. It is exactly what is happening in these United States right now.
The reason I spend so much time on the Constitution and civil liberties these days is because I can see the above unfolding right before my eyes. I also see an opportunity to stop it before it reaches its final, most destructive stage. Whether it’s the Department of Justice turning journalism into a criminal act, the IRS going after political enemies, or our Noble Peace Prize winning President droning thousands of innocent men, women and children all over the world with flying robots, the oligarch class in this country is dismantling the Bill of Rights one amendment at a time.