Why Orwell's Warnings
Haven't Lost Any Punch
'A man may take a drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and innacurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier to us to have foolish thoughts.'
--George Orwell, writing 60 years ago in his justly celebrated essay Politics and the English Language.
'Don Rumsfeld is the finest Secretary of Defense the nation has ever had.'
--Vice President Dick Cheney, speaking yesterday at Rumsfeld's going-away ceremony.