Indeed it was not. In these past 14 years, I fear the GOP has become Orwell's INGSOC Party, where truth with them is inconsistent, they change positions on the issues and geopolitical allies and enemies. FOX NEWS is their Ministry of Truth. They call for ceaseless war. The people are manipulated by them into voting against their interests. They seem to have no other objective than the pursuit of power. It's frightening!
In a part of "1984", it's said that the governement took the proles quite also with stupid and degenerative tv programs. I don't know well how it's in the rest of the World, but exactly it's what's happening in Italy from 20 years ago.
Not only in Italy but in Hungary as well. Just like everywhere else, I suppose. I can agree with the quote and as far as I remember the book... it feels like we're heading that direction. And we shouldn't. Maybe that's why that those ones who sees the world as it is are sad and disappointed in life/humanity. :-/ But I really hope I'm only too pessimist and not right. Have a nice day you all, through.