I wonder if Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro was mindful of The Ministry of Love from George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, “1984,” when he created his newest cabinet post, “the Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness?  I wonder, will the new ministry will have a Room 101?

(To tune of, “Happy Talk,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein from Broadway show, “South Pacific.”)

For happiness they’ve formed a ministry.
But what’ve we got to be happy about?
Inflation rates that soar?
Crowds heading for the door?
A Ministry for happiness? What for?

For happiness they’ve formed a ministry.
Better be happy or they’ll call you out.
With no shoes on your feet.
And not enough to eat.
A ministry for happiness? How sweet!

Orwell said it right.
They’ll tell you day is night.
Their formula for happiness is fear.
If despots will survive
Then 2 plus 2 is five.
Room 101 is waiting for you dear

For happiness they’ve formed a ministry
Government telling you just how to feel.
But people aren’t blind.
They’ve two eyes and a mind.
A ministry for happiness? Get real!

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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