In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, while Farmer and Mrs. Jones slept, prize-winning boar Old Major addresses the assembles animals. “Comrades . . . nearly the whole of the produce of our labor is stolen from us by human beings. There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word—Man. Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever.”
Months later, serendipity triggered a barnyard insurrection with Farmer, Mrs. Jones and their hired men “in full flight down the cart-track that led to the main road, with the animals pursuing them in triumph.”
Soon the pigs taught themselves to read. Inspired by, now deceased Old Major, informed by their newfound literacy, boars Snowball and Napoleon formulated and had scrawled on a barn wall:
“THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS”
- Whatever goes upon two legs is and enemy.
- Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
- No animal shall wear clothes.
- No animal shall sleep in a bed.
- No animal shall drink alcohol.
- No animal shall kill an other animal.
- All animals are equal.
Needless to say, over time the pigs violated most of the Commandments and the writing on the wall was reduced to:
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL
BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
Like Orwell’s Animals, had Trump’s Minions’ January 6 insurrection succeeded, its impact on America’s Presidency, Congress and Constitution are impossible to know. But, one action would summarize their belief: Amend our Declaration of Independence to, “all men are created equal, but some men are more equal than others.”