February 28, 2022: Democrats will take away our freedom to compete.
The war in Ukraine proves how much we are hurt by the left’s radical climate agenda.
We don’t need Democrats to spend billions on their progressive climate priorities for American businesses to compete. Nor do we need to put unions in charge of our workforce for U.S. manufacturing to thrive. What we need is for Democrats to stop using our businesses to promote a dual climate and socialist labor agenda that puts big government in charge at the expense of our industrial sector’s freedom.
Democrats promote H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act as a panacea for industry:
The America COMPETES Act lays the foundation to guarantee America leads the global economy, invests in American workers and manufacturing, and ensures that critical goods essential to our economy and national security are made right here in the United States.191
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), the Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis was more transparent about the agenda behind this bill:
The America COMPETES Act will strengthen supply chains for U.S. solar manufacturing, invest in critical equipment for our electric grid, and help train the next generation of clean energy workers,” said Chair Castor.192
This is the real plan:
This is how we win the 21st century: by empowering our domestic industries to lead the world in manufacturing electric vehicles, clean energy components, and other climate solutions. We have the infrastructure. We have the know-how. And we have the workforce. Now we need the right policies in place to make it happen.”193
Nancy Pelosi adopted a decidedly socialist tone while promoting this legislation:
This is a piece of legislation that will enable our President, our government – whatever it is, but at this time our President – to declare us independent, self-sufficient in terms of how we address the factors of production needed for us to prevail.194192
Kamala Harris is all in on handing over our industrial workforce to big labor:
In keeping with the direction and guidance provided by Vice President Harris and Secretary Walsh, the Task Force has developed a set of recommendations that, when implemented, will promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for federal employees and for workers employed by public and private-sector employers.195
This is not a road map for competition. This is a plan for failure, the kind of failure that’s staring us smack in the face thanks to Joe Biden’s attack on U.S. energy production and his obdurate refusal to change course despite the consequences presented by the war in Ukraine.
Our businesses don’t need the Democrat Party’s climate agenda to prevail. We don’t need unions to take over our private workforce to compete. These are things the Democrat Party needs and wants for its donors that will not make America a self-sufficient, manufacturing powerhouse.
Biden and the Democrats took away the freedom provided by energy independence because it ran afoul of their progressive priorities. Now our businesses are paying higher prices for energy, for freight and shipping, and for the materials needed for production because Democrats denied the freedom provided by self-sufficiency. Instead, we’re buying oil from Russia and terrorist state Iran. Worst of all, our president took decisive steps to help Vladimir Putin dominate the energy market in Europe instead of maximizing that advantage for America.
Taking away the freedom for our industries to be self-sufficient and making it easier for big labor to infiltrate the private sector is how Democrats plan to help themselves while they flap their lips about helping American businesses compete. It’s a roadmap to certain failure, but since their agenda takes precedence over reality failure is not an issue they are concerned with.
UPDATE March 8, 2022:
The White House ban on Russian oil imports takes your freedom away and it’s not Putin’s fault.
Joe Biden wants you to know that freedom has a cost that just went up with today’s decision to end Russian oil imports to the U.S.:
This is a step that we’re taking to inflict further pain on Putin. But there will be costs as well here in the United States. I said I would level with the American people from the beginning. And when I first spoke to this, I said defending freedom is going to cost — it’s going to cost us as well, in the United States.196
Anyone who has visited a gas station or grocery store recently knows very well who is paying that cost. Rest assured it is not Biden, who in all likelihood is not even risking his political career given that he’s barely functioning now and 2024 is a long way away.
The American people understand the costs Biden is talking about. We also understand that he is not telling the truth in favor of a shrewd political calculation that hurts Americans for the sake of progressive politics.
Trying to shift the blame for our energy prices to Putin is like blaming Donald Trump for the war, which the administration has also attempted. Putin may be a murdering dictator, a thug, and a war criminal, but our gas prices are not his fault despite what Biden claims to shift the blame away from his failed administration:
The decision today is not without cost here at home. Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump.197
The problem with our gas prices is not “Putin’s war.” It’s Joe Biden’s war against the American energy industry. He needs to end it now. As gas prices and everything they are tied to go up, our freedom is taken away.
Vacations, meals out, birthday and Christmas presents for your kids, home repairs, and almost everything you do in your day to day life is tied to how much cash you have on hand. When that cash goes into paying the higher prices of the Biden economy your freedom to do things to make your life better is compromised. For some, so is the freedom to do things they cannot do without. The cost of the prescription drugs Nancy Pelosi keeps promising to make cheaper may not be affordable because your long commute to work is suddenly too expensive. Doctor’s visits get skipped. Cheap, unhealthy food is swapped out for healthy food. The list is long. You get the idea.
For those who argue that our suffering is nonexistent compared to what the people of Ukraine are experiencing, I could not agree more. The difference is that the suffering of the American people and the restrictions on our freedom caused by higher prices is a consequence of the president’s pandering to radical progressives. Banning Russian oil imports will make it worse and yes, it is the right thing to do but Democrat Party politics is the reason it will inflict pain.
UPDATE March 25, 2022:
We lost more of our freedom yesterday and most of us probably didn’t notice.
Nothing threatens our sense of security like the words “food shortage.” Obviously, food is something we can’t live without and restricting its availability takes away our freedom to live our lives.
Food shortage was one of the dismal takeaway messages from our president’s press conference yesterday:
With regard to food shortage, yes, we did talk about food shortages. And — and it’s going to be real. The price of these sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia, it’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well. And — because both Russia and Ukraine have been the breadbasket of Europe in terms of wheat, for example — just to give you one example.
The other was the shocking threat that we would respond to a chemical attack “in kind,” whatever that means.
For all the criticism heaped on the president for bungling practically everything he gets his hands on, here he deserves some credit. After fifteen months of ramping up the misery inflicted on the American people, Biden found a way to make life in America even more unhappy and desperate than it already is by threatening one of our most fundamental human needs.
Democrats are firmly entrenched in power, making decisions in line with their progressive orthodoxy instead of what’s best for America. The result? We’ve suffered a shortage of COVID tests to deal with the omicron surge and listened to an agenda-driven FDA explain how identity politics should determine how we dole out lifesaving drugs. Gas prices are through the roof. They impact almost everything we buy. The White House didn’t address the supply chain crisis until well after it had reached crisis limits and gave us a preview of Biden’s food shortage to come. We did too little too late to help Ukraine in its war with Russia and even now can’t send a decisive message to Putin to deter him from committing further war crimes.
Perhaps the president’s handlers forgot about the pandemic run on stores and the resulting, unnecessary shortages created by frightened hoarders. Hearing the words “food shortage” from America’s president is precisely what we need to elicit the same behavior all over again. That worry takes your freedom away because it’s almost impossible to engage in the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by our Constitution when we have to worry what new disaster is around the corner, including putting food that’s already too expensive on our tables.
UPDATE April 24, 2022:
Don’t forget these 10 freedoms you’ve already lost to Democrats and Biden.
With a growing list of avoidable catastrophes on their hands the one thing Democrats have going for them is that it’s hard for voters to keep track of everything that’s gone bad since January 2021. As their party works with the White House to progressively ruin everything that was running like a Swiss watch while Trump was in charge, American freedoms so basic we don’t even think about them are vanishing one after another.
Not surprisingly, those who gave up the most freedom are also the ones hurt the most by the myriad punishments doled out by the Biden economy. While liberal political elites preen for their media the Democrat Party’s base suffers and waits for the litany of lies we can depend on during this year’s desperate midterm races.
Here are 10 freedoms Democrats and Joe Biden took away. In their absence life is less free and equal for the American people.
1. Freedom to travel.
No, I don’t mean the kind of freedom Climate Envoy John Kerry enjoys on his climate-destroying jet. Losing the freedom to travel because of Biden’s energy prices hurts people with far more pedestrian concerns. When you can’t afford gas your movement is restricted. You might not even be able to afford to commute to work. Luckily, that family vacation to Disney World probably doesn’t sound all that appealing anymore. You’ll save a bundle that can go in your gas tank. If there is anything left over you can feed your kids.
2. Freedom to buy the things that you need.
For years Democrats have demanded that we raise the federal minimum wage. They are pretty quiet about the impact their inflationary economy has on lower wage earners who have to decide whether to buy gas, food, prescriptions, or pay the rent. The equation is simple: the less money you have available to spend, the less freedom you have to live your life as you choose.
3. Freedom to feel safe.
Visiting a tony urban district like Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is now a safety calculation. Is a shopping trip worth the risk? Car jackings and smash and grabs are extending into city suburbs thanks to criminals who know their careers will never get better than they are right now thanks to woke law enforcement officials like Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and L.A. District Attorney George Gascon.
While Democrats tick off their talking points about background checks, white supremacy, ghost guns, and get out of jail free legislation, bullets fly through living room windows and bedroom walls in low income neighborhoods. When you can’t be safe in your own home you have lost a fundamental freedom to live without the constant fear of sudden death hanging over you and your family.
Democratic elites don’t care because they don’t live in violent neighborhoods. They can afford to hire private security and they can always lie about the causes of crime when they run for reelection. For some reason their base keeps coming back for more.
4. Freedom to send your kids to school and know they are not being used as political pawns by gender weirdos.
Do your children’s’ values come from your family or woke Democrats, activists, teachers’ unions, and gender weirdos who want to use children as their political pawns?
As you read about the left’s newest campaign of lies and hate directed at parental rights in Florida, ask yourself: should these awful people be in charge of what your children believe or for that matter, do you want them near your children at all?
5. Freedom to live in a country respected for its greatness.
Since WWII enormous freedom has come to the American people thanks to our status as the world’s preeminent economic and military superpower.
Now, thanks to Biden and the Democrat Party we’re a global embarrassment. How can our allies trust a president who is dragged away by a lackey suited up as the Easter Bunny because he answered a question? How can our adversaries not take advantage of this obvious weakness?
There is freedom in security and strength in greatness. We’re losing that freedom because Democrats don’t believe America is worthy. Their every word and deed is focused on making the case that we’re not nearly as good as everyone thought. This undermines our greatness and with it the freedom to not be prey for global bad actors.
6. Freedom to receive reliable public health information in a crisis.
Do you remember disinfecting your groceries at the beginning of the pandemic? How about searching the internet for the safest distance to walk past others outdoors?
In retrospect these things were understandable as the pandemic got underway. As Democrats realized the benefits of politicizing the virus, Americans realized that the guidance coming from our massive public health administration was less than trustworthy. Public health regulations restricting our freedom were arbitrary and capricious. Sickness and death skyrocketed despite lockdowns, shelter in place orders, and mask mandates.
The freedom to know that the guidance we receive from state and federal health bureaucracies is reliable and free of politics is important. That freedom is gone. Never again will we trust the CDC, the FDA, state governors and their departments of health, the White House, and especially career bureaucrats like Anthony Fauci during a national health crisis.
You’re on your own, folks. That freedom is better for your health.
7. Freedom to not be attacked by politicians, the media, prominent voices, and the public school system because of the color of your skin.
There is freedom in equality. Equity? Not so much, but now equality is out and equity is in. If you’re white, then everything the left despises is your fault. You probably don’t even understand why. Not to worry. If the woke corporation you work for won’t instruct you in the racist beliefs you didn’t know you had, your kids can probably enlighten you.
The lies would be tolerable partisan nonsense if so much of the nation didn’t lap them up like so much toxic woke Kool-Aid. Your freedom is restricted when laws are passed and policies enacted because of the liberal lie that America and our white majority population is fundamentally racist. This might mean you don’t get a job because you are white or your child is not accepted to a college because of their skin color.
Worst case? Being attacked for your skin color by our government could deny you the freedom to live.
8. Freedom to be allowed lifesaving medication regardless of the color of your skin.
Severe case of COVID? Are you white? Too bad.
Democrats don’t talk much about this, but it happened on Joe Biden’s watch. His newly-woke FDA adopted COVID treatment policies that add skin color as a risk factor for severe illness. As Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued in a January 11, 2022 letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock this is a racist, un-American policy. During Biden’s phase of a pandemic where the availability of treatments like monoclonal antibodies is up for grabs, this takes away the freedom for Americans to feel secure knowing they have unfettered access to lifesaving medications without regard to their race or ethnicity.
We can never, ever forgive or forget that liberal politicians and bureaucrats were willing to accept this racist, equity-based health agenda that hurts and potentially kills people because of their whiteness. The other, even more important issue here is not the availability of COVID treatments, but where else covert, race-based health policies are implemented out of the public’s eye?
9. Freedom from Democrat Party Kangaroo Courts.
I’m still puzzling over how our constitutional republic can be so fragile that January 6 almost changed the result of a presidential election. No one has explained this. Are Democrats implying that next time conservatives don’t like the winner all we need to do is mount a protest and the results will be reversed?
Democrats have such low regard for this country that they gleefully telegraph to the world that all it takes to overthrow our government is a disorganized, directionless riot like we saw on January 6. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi’s partisan tribunal is hard at work and no doubt preparing for an assortment of explosive pre-midterm revelations about insurrectionist-minded Republicans.
It’s been many years since a Wisconsin senator went down a similar path. Democrats didn’t learn the lesson, but they will. By the time Pelosi’s kangaroo court releases its findings (October?), Americans will be more than fed up with her party’s nonsense and more than willing to take our freedom back including the risks to our liberty imposed by this kind of sweeping partisan witch hunt.
10. Freedom to not read blog posts about losing your freedoms.
Is the hemorrhaging of our freedoms ever going to stop? That’s up to the American people. We own the government. That’s why the Constitution begins with “we the people” and not “we the Democrats.” It’s time to return all of our freedoms and liberties to where they belong. That will take another election in November that will tell us just how willing Americans are to give up the freedoms that Democrats took away simply because they could.
UPDATE April 30, 2022:
The threat to your freedom that is much more ominous than Biden’s scary new Disinformation Board.
Despite overwhelming evidence that it’s time to shift gears and start working for mainstream America instead of radical left activists, the Biden administration went in the other direction last week with the announcement of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board.
Citing the Hunter Biden laptop story, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) put our cards on the table in an April 27, 2022 letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas:
The Biden Administration has not proven itself to be a credible arbiter of “disinformation.” Instead, it has taken steps to silence information that is unflattering to this Administration under the guise of “disinformation.”199
During her Friday press conference Jen Psaki resorted to the standard liberal fallback as she tried to explain what the administration is up to:
What I will tell you about the board and what the board is doing: This is a continuation of work that began at the Department of Homeland Security in 2020 under former President Trump.200
Psaki is reportedly bound for MSNBC, which should put her flattering endorsement of board Executive Director Nina Jankowicz as “an expert on online disinformation”201 in proper context.
The joint media-Democrat Party manipulation of information during the 2016 and 2020 elections defines disinformation. Disinformation is anything that contradicts the Democrat Party’s narrative or portrays any Democratic candidate in a negative light. Quashing disinformation is why voters in 2020 didn’t hear about the Hunter Biden laptop story. It’s why we’re having a special counsel investigation of the 2016 election’s Trump-Russia collusion hoax. It’s the reason why an unknown number of conservative Twitter users, including myself, have had our voices cancelled. It’s also why DHS Secretary Mayorkas feels empowered to tell the American people that the southern border is “effectively managed”202 despite all evidence to the contrary including the recent death of a Texas National Guard soldier who tried to rescue migrant drug smugglers from the Rio Grande.
Rest assured none of this would be considered disinformation by those newly in charge of monitoring our free speech. On the other hand, you can be confident that Mayorkas’ Disinformation Board won’t take remarks like this from Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) lightly:
My constituents want you impeached because they believe that you’ve committed treason,” said Rep. Buck following Mayorkas’s testimony. “They believe you are a traitor and compare you to Benedict Arnold.”203
This is scary stuff to be sure, but it’s only part of the big picture. The Biden administration is signing on to a much greater, potentially global threat to our First Amendment freedom to share ideas.
Declaration for the Future of the Internet is a looming threat to beware.
While right and left warred over the Biden administration’s newest threat to freedom, free speech, and democracy, a much greater threat emerged with the announcement that we are joining 60 countries to secure the future of the internet.
Why is this necessary? According to an April 28, 2022 White House Fact Sheet:
Yet it [the internet] has also created serious policy challenges. Globally, we are witnessing a trend of rising digital authoritarianism where some states act to repress freedom of expression, censor independent news sites, interfere with elections, promote disinformation, and deny their citizens other human rights.204
Sound familiar? The only reason our Democrat-controlled federal government has not yet actively censored news and information is that it doesn’t have to. Media corporations dedicated to the party’s leftist narrative actively suppress opposing news and viewpoints while they disseminate disinformation favorable to the left. In so doing they interfere with elections and deny Americans the freedom to be informed and to freely express their views.
The internet declaration sounded deceptively positive during a call by senior White House officials:
But here we’re calling for it — or we’re agreeing on it, politically, more directly and in all kinds of areas, whether it’s unlawful surveillance of your citizens, whether it’s blocking legitimate news sources, whether it’s shutting down the Internet, and whether — or whether it’s, what I would say, interfering with elections of other countries.205
Election interference is a primary concern in this declaration despite the fact that Biden benefitted from anti-Trump disinformation in the 2020 election and continues to reap its benefits. Thanks to a complicit media he didn’t have to worry about any positive news or facts about the Trump administration or the impact of a damning story about his son Hunter’s laptop. Nevertheless, the Biden administration is promoting a document that demands we:
Refrain from using the Internet to undermine the electoral infrastructure, elections and political processes, including through covert information manipulation campaigns. 206
Mayorkas’ Disinformation Board is a short-term threat to our First Amendment freedoms, but any international declaration on the future of the online flow of information is a looming catastrophe for free speech. Consider that Justin Trudeau’s Canada is one of the signers. That alone should make us seriously worried about what this entails for the future of conservatism and our freedom of thought and speech that was already under active attack by America’s media before the announcement of Biden’s new vehicle for federal censorship.
Update May 3, 2022:
Harris’ remarks on Roe v. Wade neglect to mention how Democrats took away your freedom of choice.
Unlike the usual pile of garbled, condescending gibberish we’ve learned to expect from Vice President Kamala Harris her remarks today on the potential Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade were clear and concise. What she failed to do was reconcile the Democrat Party’s oppressive pandemic policies with her appeal to our freedom to make decisions about our bodies.
For most of the COVID-19 pandemic Democrats ran roughshod over Americans’ freedom to decide how to manage our health. The Biden administration went to the extreme of attempting to enforce a vaccine mandate for large employers. Many Democrat-run cities did the same for critical employees like police, health care workers, and teachers because they firmly believed they could get away with it. They followed up with regulations demanding citizens show proof of vaccination to avoid being ostracized from public life. Their actions were unprecedented and of questionable legality. It didn’t matter.
After spending two years justifying the government’s right to take away our freedom because of a virus we heard a completely different argument from Democrat Harris in the wake of the leaked draft SCOTUS decision:
What is clear is that opponents of Roe want to punish women and take away their rights to make decisions about their own bodies.207
She followed up with a threat that Biden’s White House already made good on with its failed vaccine mandate:
The rights of all Americans are at risk. If the right to privacy is weakened, every person could face a future in which the government can potentially interfere in the personal decisions you make about your life.208
Does she include personal decisions like whether you can freely move about your city or travel to another state, whether you have to wear a mask in public, or whether you can be forced to submit to a government vaccine as a condition of employment?
Democrats support personal decisions when those choices fit their liberal narrative. When they do not, they take away your freedom.
Those who oppose the possible Roe decision have already destroyed their argument about the right of women to make personal decisions about their health. Whoever wrote Harris’ remarks – and considering their unusual cogency we’re assuming it wasn’t the vice president – neglected to take this into account. Rest assured you will hear a lot about the freedom to choose in the unpleasant days, weeks, and months ahead. Democrats didn’t leave themselves a rhetorical backdoor after their pandemic oppressions expired. Now they will suffer the political consequences earned from taking away our freedom to make decisions about our lives.
UPDATE May 19, 2022:
Democrat Party attacks on Tucker Carlson are a growing assault on your freedom by politicians who are not responsible for a single word they say.
Most Americans probably didn’t know about replacement theory before last Saturday’s shootings in Buffalo, New York. Democrats are performing a dangerous balancing act by bringing the term to the forefront of their unfounded attacks against conservatives and one personality, in particular.
Replacement theory replaces police brutality and systemic racism in time for midterms.
Replacement theory is a likely candidate to replace policy brutality and systemic racism in time for the midterm campaign season thanks to Democrats who are politicizing a horrendous tragedy committed by one crazed individual. President Biden set the stage:
But, you know, you have folks on television stations talking about the “replacement theory,” scaring the living hell out of people who don’t have a whole lot of emotional stability, taking advantage of — on the Internet and other means by talking about how we’re going to be “overtaken.”209
If Biden is concerned about scaring people he should stop frightening Americans with unfounded threats of right wing extremism that are far less of a threat than an outbreak of 2020’s liberal political violence because of the pending Roe v. Wade decision. Democrats are avidly fanning these flames because they know they will not bear any accountability despite demanding accountability from their opposition for what happened in Buffalo.
Ignoring his own culpability for fear mongering, Biden fired a shot across the bow:
You know, I probably shouldn’t be saying this now, but I’m going to say it anyway: We have to not only talk about how we’re going to end the hate, but who’s responsible for generating it. Who is responsible for generating it.210
When he repeats himself it’s not memory loss. Someone in his administration is serious about what he’s saying. Democrats are engaged in a narrative-driven attack on their political opposition that trespasses into First Amendment territory and would be impossible to take seriously if the threat of an authoritarian crackdown on our freedom wasn’t very real. Remember, in concert with the media party rhetoric successfully turned a death in Charlottesville into a nationwide threat of white supremacy and fascist nationalism.
The killing of George Floyd spurred violent riots for months. Now we’re faced with another racial powder keg and a divisive new narrative to go with it.
Generalizing the unhinged thoughts of a racist mass killer to opponents of the Democrat Party is a vile, irresponsible ploy that becomes truly threatening when specific individuals are targeted. The Buffalo shootings offer an easy excuse to step up attacks on a personality that liberals hate and fear almost as much as Donald Trump:
The rise of racially motivated violent extremism is a serious threat to Americans across the country. Congress can’t stop Tucker Carlson from spewing hateful, dangerous ‘replacement theory’ ideology across the airwaves.211
Nor should it. That was from Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL). He’s correct that Congress can’t stop Carlson, but that doesn’t mean Democrats won’t try. Serial liar Adam Schiff (D-CA) took to Twitter to accuse him of promoting “racist conspiracies like “the great replacement.”” He also issued a veiled threat: “he knows the risks.”212
Schiff knows there are no risks when he spreads conspiracies, spews lies about America’s president colluding with Russia, and deceives the American people to impact an election. As a member of the House congressional majority there is absolutely no accountability for his words and deeds no matter the results.
Pompous Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) attacked Carlson and substituted equivocation about illegals for the truth:
Tucker Carlson is a leading ideologue in the white supremacist movement,” Durbin continued. “He’s even introduced racist terminology into our national discourse—like the phrase ‘Legacy Americans,’ which refers to the idea that immigrants aren’t real Americans…But here’s what’s most shocking to me: the number of elected officials who will jump at any chance to get featured on Tucker Carlson’s show, and who echo his white supremacist blather.213
Leading ideologue in the white supremacist movement? That’s a lot of misplaced credit and I’d hazard a guess that Carlson got a laugh out of it.
Like most Democrats the senator ignores the simple, albeit politically inconvenient truth that the immigrants his party is most concerned with are not real Americans. They are illegal foreign nationals summoned to America in droves by a Democrat administration that refuses to enforce our laws. Democrats don’t like pushback and they especially don’t like being called out for what they are doing by a prominent media voice that talks sense and is not nearly as dishonest as they are. Since honesty is off the table, their solution is to label, condemn, threaten, and cancel.
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also attended the post-Buffalo Tucker bashing party:
To follow up from my remarks yesterday, this morning I sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch, to Fox News executives, and to Tucker Carlson imploring the network and Mr. Carlson to cease their amplification of replacement theory on their network.214
He went so far as to demand self-censorship and an admission of guilt:
Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released a new letter sent today to Rupert Murdoch and other top Fox News executives urging them to acknowledge their role in the insidious spread of false far-right, white nationalist conspiracy theories like the ‘Great Replacement Theory’ and immediately cease all dissemination of extremist, white supremacist ideology on their network. 215
Mind you, this is from the same Chuck Schumer who helped his party peddle a plethora of anti-Trump conspiracy theories to the American people:
The Republican Party used to be anti-Russia, anti-Putin, anti-communist. But now, all of a sudden, because President Trump has created so many different diversions, because he seems to go along with what Putin wants, these Republicans have become Putin mouthpieces when it comes to these conspiracy theories. 216
Schumer also publicly threatened conservative Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, telling them they would “pay the price” and “won’t know what hit you” if they didn’t support the Democrat Party line on abortion. Does this leave us with any reason to trust Schumer more than we trust Carlson, who to the best of my knowledge has never publicly threatened anyone on his show?
Democrats will never assume accountability for their own inflammatory speech. It’s impossible to take anything they say about any conservative media personality seriously. This is the party that told Americans the arson and riots during the summer of 2020 were peaceful protests and judges the political value of mass killings by the skin color of the assailant.
Democrats have the full support of the media and Big Tech when it comes to making the rules for what you can and can’t believe and what you should or should not be allowed to hear. This takes your freedom away. They would like nothing better than to silence dissenting voices that call them out for what they are and what they are doing just like their social media cohorts cancel users who don’t disseminate the party line.
I’ll be watching Tucker Carlson again tonight. I don’t always agree with what he says, but between the “facts” promoted by the Democrat Party and Carlson’s thoughtful, pro-America observations I’ll place my trust in Tucker, thanks. I’ve never heard him demand that our government suppress any of my freedoms or demand that his media competitors be cancelled. That’s more than I can say for Democrats, who seem to believe that what we see, hear, and believe needs to be vetted by their party first.
UPDATE May 20, 2022:
Biden’s press secretary is right. We should not take our freedoms for granted. So why are Democrats so eager to take them away?
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is no Jen Psaki, but she does have some positive features that make her useful to the White House. She has tremendous identity politics value. More important, she is just as adept at disinformation and lies as her predecessor whether it’s the myth that Republicans are planning a tax increase on the middle class,217 or that Vladimir Putin is the one behind our soaring gas prices:
Look, when we talk about Putin’s price hike, it is a fact. It is a fact that we want to make sure that we’re communicating very clearly with the American public as what they are seeing at the — at the pumps and why we’re in this situation.218
Poll numbers show that the American people are smarter than that. We’re also too smart to believe for a moment that anyone in Biden’s White House cares about our fundamental freedoms. Jean-Pierre’s statement on the new Oklahoma abortion bill gave her a chance to use the president’s “ultra MAGA” slur to remind us of the importance of our liberties:
This is part of a growing effort by ultra MAGA officials across the country to roll back the freedoms we should not take for granted in this country.219
It’s possible that with the stress of her new job she forgot how Democrats spent the pandemic rolling back our cherished freedoms. More likely, she’s adopted the party line that freedom is an evolving partisan construct to be doled out in whatever small doses best serve Democrats. The role of the American people is to be compliant, mindless subjects, thankful for whatever measure of freedom we are granted.
This is the thinking that gave us the Biden administration’s disinformation board, a First Amendment violation so extreme that the White House was forced to place it on the backburner until it can either be hidden from public view or sold with a less threatening PR campaign and minus one far left crackpot spreader of disinformation.
Jean-Pierre reminded us which freedoms we should not take for granted:
They [“ultra MAGA officials”] are starting with reproductive rights, but the American people need to know that other fundamental rights, including the right to contraception and marriage equality, are at risk.220
That’s a pretty narrow view of our freedoms, but she also promised that the president is committed to “protecting Americans’ fundamental freedoms.”221
We have good reason to question just what “fundamental freedoms” means to this White House. The First Amendment is already deep in jeopardy. So is the Second Amendment, which we’re warned empowers white supremacist terrorist ultra MAGA Republicans.
Biden tried to use his pandemic vaccine mandate to prove that our government has the ultimate decision about our bodies, so the argument that reproductive health is an exception to a rule endorsed by a Democrat president is hypocritical, at best. Even though Biden’s efforts to force employers to penalize anyone who didn’t comply with his vaccine mandate failed, Democrat-run state and local governments had his back. They promptly turned the unvaccinated into pariahs with restrictions on their freedoms and like Biden, tried to take away their livelihoods.
This is what Democrats do when they seize power. They take away fundamental freedoms enshrined since our founding to punish, silence, and intimidate their opponents while allowing outrageous abuses from their own angry, often violent radical base. When conservatives use the First Amendment to publicly voice opinions unpopular with the left we have to worry about being cancelled and targeted by our government as domestic terrorists. When the left uses the First Amendment to burn down cities, loot businesses, and assault innocent people they are exercising their constitutional right to protest.
Jean-Pierre warns that rights other than the right to contraception and marriage equality are at risk. She Is correct about that, but I don’t see any sign that anyone in this administration is concerned about the loss of the freedoms that make America great. When our fundamental freedoms get in the way of what the Democrat Party wants they will be cancelled as quickly as Donald Trump’s Twitter account.