When we were kids walking down railroad, tracks we would tell stories about Hobo Joe a train-riding vagabond who would get little children. None of us ever saw Hobo Joe but just the invoking of his name struck fear in our hearts. “Hobo Joe is going to get you,” we would say.
I don’t remember where we heard of Hobo Joe but he was real in our imaginations. So real that many days we ran to school across those train tracks so to avoid capture.
Nevertheless, Hobo Joe was not real. He was just a figment of our childhood imagination.
Currently to hear some Congressional leaders tell it the Tea Parties are racists and bigoted groups that enjoy picnic lunches at local lynching. On Congress’ recent summer break, many Black Congressman and woman went back to their home districts and held town hall meetings. These men and women made hatful, untrue and outrageous claims against the tea parties. Moreover, much like my childhood days these grown Congressional leaders began to spin imaginary yarns about fictional Neo White hood Klansman, “The Tea Party.” Read more... Creating Orwellian Worldview
The corruption of man, as Emerson wrote, leads to the corruption of language. And the corruption of language, Orwell foresaw, would lead to the further corruption of man.--Paul Greenberg