Darryl W. Perry: Rand Paul’s Orwellian Doublethink

Darryl W. Perry is a writer whose articles are published in several publications, including the monthly newspaper The Sovereign.  He is a co-host on a radio show on Liberty Radio Network. He is the owner and managing editor of Free Press Publications (FPP.cc). Perry is a co-founder and co-chairman of the New Hampshire Liberty Party, a party created in September 2012 to promote secession of the state from the federal government and individual liberty. From 2010 to July 2012, he served as the chairman of a small libertarian political party, the Boston Tea Party. He has announced that he is running for president in 2016 seeking the Libertarian Party line (http://dwp2016.org/).



In 1984, George Orwell wrote, doublethink is “[t]o know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it… That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.”

It was not that long ago that Rand Paul said, “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”

On April 22, he said, “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash. I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

What happened to the trial by jury? What happened to “no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court”?

Rand attempted to clear up his comments by posting a statement, “My comments last night left the mistaken impression that my position on drones had changed.
Let me be clear: it has not. Armed drones should not be used in normal crime situations. They only may only be considered in extraordinary, lethal situations where there is an ongoing, imminent threat… Fighting terrorism and capturing terrorists must be done while preserving our constitutional protections. This was demonstrated last week in Boston.”

If someone leaving a liquor store with $50 and a weapon is not a “normal crime situation,” then I don’t know what is. Further, door-to-door searches of people’s homes without a warrant, as happened in the Boston area during the week of April 15, can hardly be construed as “preserving our constitutional protections.”

Either Rand Paul is intentionally speaking out of both sides of his mouth, or he honestly believes that his contradictory statements are compatible and true. If it’s the latter, then he has fallen into a pattern of Orwellian doublethink.


6 thoughts on “Darryl W. Perry: Rand Paul’s Orwellian Doublethink

  1. Sam Kress

    Ron Paul is very good for a big two party politician, but certainly not perfect. Rand Paul is not nearly as good as Ron Paul, but still pretty good for a big two party politician.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.