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Letter: Orwellian Gov. Doug Burgum

"May I suggest that Burgum is using George Orwell’s “1984” as a guide to effective governmental doublespeak," writes Fargo resident Joe Richardson. "It’s a big government play from a small government party."

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What a choking, coffee-on-the-keyboard moment when I read that Gov. Doug Burgum was promoting a law mandating that students and government officials be given “the opportunity” to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

May I suggest that Burgum is using George Orwell’s “1984” as a guide to effective governmental doublespeak. It’s a risky play in that it depends on the electorate being too illiterate to see through a mandated “opportunity.”

Obviously, what Burgum intends is that all school and governmental bodies across the state shall be stripped of any option not to say the Pledge of Allegiance. The state shall tell you what you locals must recite.

It’s a big government play from a small government party. Burgum will smile and say he is giving you an opportunity. Next, he will give you the “opportunity” to pay more taxes.

Joe Richardson is a resident of Fargo.

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