Our national discourse rests on a foundation of lies and evasions which are then further complicated and twisted into unrecognizable shapes by equivocations and avoidance. Still the most striking quality of the national discourse is the massive unreality of it all. Everyone seems to know the truth of what we are doing but we can never acknowledge it. We speak in code words and we may only use the safe, Orwellian, empty words and phrases that keep us inside the acceptable discourse as deemed proper by our rulers.
Facts matter not; only appearances matter. We give lip service to morality but serve evil. Women and children killed by robot drones of the empire are not “collateral damage”.