“The dictatorship means — take note of this once and for all — unrestrained power based on force, not law.” Vladimir Lenin.
As America waits on the final attempt to square the round hole of the 2020 elections, the radical Democrat Socialist Party and the media-entertainment complex have wasted no time in revealing to anyone paying attention that they intend to shred the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights if they finally succeed in claiming the White House in January. It is imperative.
First up? Free speech. Yours. And, the previews to this movie have been playing for four years.
The radicals are employing the age-old tactics of the communists, Nazis, and assorted totalitarians of the twentieth century, which is, above all else, “Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.”
The dictum is variously attributed to Russia’s revolutionary communist leader Lenin or the American communist writer and activist Saul Alinsky. But, it’s in the bloodstream of today’s Democrat Party.
Even before Donald J. Trump was inaugurated, his overthrow was planned out. Straight from the Oval Office in January 2017, for which there are contemporaneous notes, one of the weakest and most unaccomplished presidents in the modern era (move over Jimmy Carter), Barack Obama, set the backdrop for the contrived, elaborately choreographed Russian collusion hoax. It was controlled at the highest levels of the Department of Justice, FBI, and CIA. (The “Federalist” gives two excellent summaries here and here).
Of course, it was on top of the illegally sanctioned electronic surveillance on the Trump Campaign before the election, acquired with falsified FISA warrants.
Thus started four straight years of fact-less allegations encased in the most vicious, demeaning lies imaginable, including the famous “pee” dossier fabrication.
When the mountain of inter-office and inter-agency emails, texts, and documents from those same agencies destroyed the whole “Russia Hoax” and demonstrated that was no evidence whatsoever, it didn’t matter.
The discovered facts in these agencies’ own communications became “misinformation” in the media-entertainment world.
See how this works? The radical Democrats keep repeating the same mantra, and the media picked up the slack. The fact that the Trump Administration was far harder on Russia over many issues (especially on Ukraine and Syria) than was the Obama Administration became background noise.
The whole phalanx of the elite, ruling class media-entertainment complex played their crucial role without as much as a blush. Study after study has demonstrated a consistent 95-97% negative-to-positive news coverage for the President. No space of the President’s life was left unexamined and unreported upon – the exact opposite of his predecessor’s experience where virtually nothing from his early life was reported on, even though a great deal was known.
While running a premeditated campaign to remove President Trump from the White House, the uniformly corrupt American media complex lighted a backfire story – synchronized – giving substantial energy to identify the President and his supporters as “Nazi’s (ironically the Democrat Socialists and the media complex don’t know what the word means), racists, misogynists, homophobes, and on and on. They have made the charges part of the fabric of discussion.
The now infamous “60 Minutes” interview on October 25th is a prime example of how this radical-totalitarian mindset works in practice (full interview text here).
When the President provides an example that the media never ask Mr. Biden hard questions, Lesley Stahl, a famous newsreader for CBS, states that none of what the President claims is true. Here is the exchange:
President Donald Trump: I don’t mind it. I don’t mind it [sparring over hard question]. But when I watch him [Joe Biden] walk out of a store, and he’s walking with an ice cream. And the question the media asks him, ‘What kind of ice cream? What flavor ice cream do you have?’ And he’s in the midst of a scandal. [Referring to the Biden family taking millions of dollars from foreign governments, including the Chinese and Russians.]
Lesley Stahl: He’s not.
President Donald Trump: And he’s taking
Lesley Stahl: He’s not, no–
President Donald Trump: Of course he is, Lesley.
Lesley Stahl: Come on.
President Donald Trump: Of course he is.
President Donald Trump: It’s the biggest — second-biggest scandal. The biggest scandal was when they spied on my campaign. They spied on my campaign, Lesley-
Lesley Stahl: Well, there’s no– real evidence of that.
President Donald Trump: Of course there is. It’s all over–
Lesley Stahl: No–
President Donald Trump: –the place. Lesley, they–
Lesley Stahl: Sir–
President Donald Trump: –spied on my campaign and they got caught–
Lesley Stahl: Can I– can I say something? You know, this is 60 Minutes. And we can’t put on things we can’t verify-
President Donald Trump: No, you won’t put it on because it’s bad for Biden. Look, let me tell you–
Lesley Stahl: We can’t put on things we can’t verify–
President Donald Trump: Lesley, they spied on–
Lesley Stahl: And–
President Donald Trump: –on my campaign.
Lesley Stahl: Well, we can’t verify that–
President Donald Trump: It’s been totally verified.
Lesley Stahl: No.
President Donald Trump: It’s been– just go down and get the papers. They spied on my campaign, they got caught.
Lesley Stahl: No.
President Donald Trump: And then they went much further than that and they got caught. And you will see that,
Lesley. And you know that. But you just don’t wanna put it on the air–
Lesley Stahl: No– as a matter of fact, I don’t know that.
President Donald Trump: Okay.
In part, the President was alluding to the Biden family scandal presented in extensive detail by the New York Post (here). This reporting was in addition to a previously released video of Mr. Biden bragging about forcing the Ukrainian President to fire a prosecutor looking into his son, Hunter Biden, and his financial connections to a corrupt Ukrainian energy company. (Remember they blamed the President for doing what Mr. Biden actually admitted to doing, trying to intimidate the Ukrainians!)
With the aid of a recovered laptop owned by Hunter Biden, the Post detailed texts, emails, wire transfers, cell phones, public information, and a business partner’s evidence, and exposed that the Biden “family” business, including the former Vice-President, was raking in tens of millions of dollars through a series of “business arrangements” with China, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries. (The FBI subsequently verified that the evidence was authentic and was investigating the matter.)
Incredibly, the big tech oligarchs at Twitter, Facebook, Google, and the rest of the media-entertainment complex banned the story in October and have labeled any mention of it as “misinformation.” It is the most audacious power-grab by the media in history. And, they got away with it.
The most significant power of the media is not what it reports but what it doesn’t.
Now that Mr. Biden is fumbling around as the purported President-Elect, the long time goal of clipping the wings of the First Amendment has taken on a new life. We already have several Democrat Socialist Senators and Congressmen making public statements about banning Breitbart News, Gateway Pundit, and other conservative websites, and “disinformation” generally. Of course, Mr. Biden himself has made statements in the past about curtailing too much “misinformation” in social media (here) and attacking religious freedom while he’s at it (here).
Mr. Biden has also appointed a First Amendment hater and former Obama staffer, Richard Stengel, to be his communication “Transition Team Lead.” Mr. Stengel caused a stir with a Washington Post op-ed calling for hate speech controls on the media (here). One of Mr. Stengel’s gems is, “All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting “thought that we hate,” but not speech that incites hate.” Got it?
Not to be outdone, former President Obama (the all-time world record holder for using the pronoun “I”) is out and about pushing his new book. He proves again that he is the ring-leader to America-hating mischief. Besides labeling America as, evidently, irredeemably “racist” even after whites elected him twice to the Presidency, he set out a new standard for the First Amendment (here). “I think we’re gonna have to work with the media and with the tech companies to find ways to inform the public better about the issues and to– bolster the standards that ensure we can separate truth from fiction.”
The rub to all of this is simple. The First Amendment is unique to the world. It removes from the government the right to interpret your speech, your opinions, and your thoughts. It leaves to individuals the job of sorting fact and fiction, truth and falsehood. And hanging from the support beam of free speech hangs religious liberty and freedom of association. It is a package deal. No single liberty can be disrupted without doing so to all.
The radicals are determined to finally insert the government – someone else – the task of defining truth for you. Once that right is disassociated from you, the government can, and will, define itself. History is the story of how that works out.
The only question is, do you care about your freedom of speech, and what are you willing to do to preserve that right?
[Note: Over the decades I’ve written about the Free Speech and the First Amendment dozens of times. It is a right that governments hate more than any other, and it will be a right always in jeopardy. My more recent articles on Freedom of Speech over the last five years can be found archived on The Bull Elephant. MG]