Every terrible historical turn is preceded by silencing opposition and criminalizing speech. America, the Constitution, was our firewall against this subjugation and oppression. No more. The party of treason and election fraud has shredded our Constitutional rights.
Who decides what speech is good and what’s forbidden? The same people who called the burning looting, and destroying of American cities the “summer of love”?
America’s intellectual leadership has collapsed.
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced. Putting up with speech that offends is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.
Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.
A free society is by its nature one in which people put up with others being uncivil and offensive. The alternative is a quiet authoritarian society in which only one opinion is allowed and the others are silenced, and ultimately sent to the camps.
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White House ‘Domestic Extremism’ Report Puts Target On Democrats’ Political Opponents
By: Jim Hanson, The Federalist, June 17, 2021:
It is such an obvious attempt to try to crush political dissent, you wonder if they thought no one was paying attention.The Biden administration just released a “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.” It calls for abuses of state power to combine elements of totalitarian government with social and cultural engineering. They decided the Constitution and those pesky old individual liberties won’t stop them from making America the Wokest Place on Earth.
It is such an obvious attempt to try to crush political dissent, you wonder if they thought no one was paying attention. If you aren’t, you need to be, because this is marching orders for a whole-of-government approach to crushing Democrats’ political enemies. They are banking on the natural instinct of most Americans to oppose terrorism by branding some constitutionally protected practices “domestic terror.”
There are legitimate domestic terror threats, and we must treat them seriously. I devote several chapters to this in my new book, “Winning the Second Civil War Without Firing a Shot”: “When does peaceful protest and petitioning the government for redress of grievances become insurrection or sedition? Are the violent acts committed in the current conflict domestic terrorism or an internal insurgency? Those are complicated concepts that unfortunately we are watching play out on the streets of this country.”
Yet the Biden team seems incapable of seeing any domestic terror threats on the political left. Their aim is directly at right-wing groups and causes, which unsurprisingly dovetails perfectly with their goal of remaking our whole country. And they’re not shy about saying so. From the strategy:
That means tackling racism in America. It means protecting Americans from gun violence and mass murders. It means ensuring that we provide early intervention and appropriate care for those who pose a danger to themselves or others. It means ensuring that Americans receive the type of civics education that promotes tolerance and respect for all and investing in policies and programs that foster civic engagement and inspire a shared commitment to American democracy, all the while acknowledging when racism and bigotry have meant that the country fell short of living up to its founding principles.
It reads like a press release from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not a serious look at the dangers we face. But the left has never seen a “problem” that didn’t need a serious dose of more government control. So, in their usual mode of not letting a crisis go to waste, they are crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of state power. More strategy:
Although the U.S. Government must do everything it can to address enduring challenges like racism and bigotry in America, the Federal Government alone cannot simply ‘solve’ these challenges quickly or on its own. On the other hand, tackling the threat posed by domestic terrorism over the long term demands substantial efforts to confront the racism that feeds into aspects of that threat. We are, therefore, prioritizing efforts to ensure that every component of the government has a role to play in rooting out racism and advancing equity for under–served communities that have far too often been the targets of discrimination and violence. This approach must apply to our efforts to counter domestic terrorism by addressing underlying racism and bigotry.
I don’t want you to think they skip talking about terrorism as they build their brave new world. They are plenty worried about it, and they’re pretty sure they know who the bad guys are: “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race) and militia violent extremists are assessed as presenting the most persistent and lethal threats.”
Discussion of the violence directed at Asian-Americans and Jews by attackers ignores the fact these disproportionately come from black Americans. There is also not a single mention of Black Lives Matter (BLM) after a year-long riot spree that caused an estimated $2 billion in damage, injured thousands of police, and caused dozens of deaths. The Biden team keeps their allies out of the crosshairs.
The massive effort by the FBI and Justice Department to identify and charge, often overcharge, anyone they could tie in any way to the riot at the Capitol was a preview of the lack of equal treatment under the law. BLM and their partners in destruction, Antifa, were allowed to skate while anyone of the wrong political affiliation got a kick through their door by the federales.
Antifa rioters who destroyed property and set fires during the Trump inauguration saw their arrest records expunged. Many of those arrested during the 2020 riots had their charges dropped. Contrast this with the 500-plus arrests and solitary confinement without bail for Capitol rioters.
The Biden domestic terror strategy looks to institutionalize this unequal treatment and shut down the ability of citizens on the political right to exercise many constitutionally guaranteed natural rights. They start with free speech and propose to partner with the tech tyrants to further marginalize or eliminate ideas they dislike or disagree with: “These efforts speak to a broader priority: enhancing faith in government and addressing the extreme polarization, fueled by a crisis of disinformation and misinformation often channeled through social media platforms, which can tear Americans apart and lead some to violence.”