The Republican Memory Hole

By Olivia Murray

Published: January 20, 2022 Noon EST

(2 minute read)

In Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” Winston spends his days at the Ministry of Truth in the Records Department. With ever-changing state propaganda (similar to modern America), Winston utilizes the ‘memory hole,’ a chute that ends at an incinerator.

The function of the ‘memory hole’ is to forever erase evidence, so whatever is currently “true,” has always been true. There are no prior records to “fact-check” against.

In the contemporary political world, many conservatives act as if they sit atop a ‘Republican Memory Hole,’ discarding damning evidence against “allies.” Their actions in the past cannot be counted against them; rather the “truth” of who they are and what they stand for is that which they proclaim in the moment.

Arizona governor, “Republican” Doug Ducey, has quite a history of betraying his constituents and the platform on which he claims to stand. Ducey has complete authority to secure Arizona borders, but instead places blame on Biden, while allowing human traffickers and drug cartels the freedom to operate; he signed an Executive Order prohibiting local governments from forcing the jab, but scheduled it to take effect only after Tucson employees were either jabbed or fired; and lastly, as hearings presenting evidence of voter fraud occurred, Ducey certified the reported results of the presidential election.

But then, all it took to garner massive promotion from an unwitting (or perhaps complicit) prominent Republican, was this: “What the Biden administration is doing is government overreach, pure and simple. People don’t want people hammering down on them to get this vaccine.”

Arizona Senator Wendy Rogers, promoted Ducey just 5 short months ago. It didn’t matter Ducey was allowing local governments to defy the Constitution or citizen’s rights and coerce a poisonous shot; or the border was so fluid that human trafficking rates had skyrocketed; or the fact he was a crucial element in the election theft; Rogers had access to the Republican memory hole.

Our primary concern ought to be holding our own accountable, simply to the standard of Republican values. That shouldn’t be too much to ask.