Thursday, we brought you the latest on the left’s “war on domestic terrorism,” an attempt to control the 75 million Americans who supported Trump. Former CIA Director John Brennan had spoken out against an “unholy alliance” of various groups, including such frightful dangers to America as libertarians and “religious extremists,” which were not defined.
The stretching of the term “domestic terrorist” to include Trump supporters is particularly ironic considering that some ACTUAL state sponsors of terrorism, in between their chants of “Death to America,” are celebrating Biden’s inauguration.
But no, leftists say it’s Trump supporters our nation should worry about. We’ve reported on a letter circulating in the publishing industry rejecting book deals for “traitors” --- meaning anyone ever affiliated with the Trump administration. FOX NEWS said on Thursday that 547 publishing professionals have now signed the letter, which says, “No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal. And no one who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021, coup attempt should have their philosophies remunerated and disseminated through our beloved publishing houses.”
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Astonishingly, they even invoked so-called “Son Of Sam” laws to equate former Trump administration officials with convicted felons who aren't allowed to profit from book deals after being incarcerated.
By the way, we’re still scratching our heads over the reference to performing “involuntary surgeries on captive women.” For when you have time (it’s very long), here’s an absolutely stellar rebuttal of the letter by Israel-based journalist Ruthie Blum.
Full disclosure: In case you’ve spent the past few years on the planet Mars, my daughter Sarah worked in the Trump administration as press secretary and faced accusations of lying virtually every day, simply for relaying facts and opinions at odds with those of the leftist media.
Thursday on FOX NEWS, legal expert Jonathan Turley called this censorship on the part of publishers “chilling” and “insidious.” He said colleagues have written him to express their fear of speaking out, lest they lose their professorships.
“And that’s exactly the point,” Turley observed. Those in media and education will use that fear to shut down dissenting speech.
He called this "the most anti-free speech period since the Red Scare," saying "the difference is that that period was largely brought about from the right, and universities and media helped resist that effort. This is coming from the left, and they’re much better at it...This anti-free speech movement really is focusing on private companies, and creating a type of ‘digitized mob’ that sets upon anyone that says anything off the narrative.
"And so, what we’re really seeing is something that is so stifling and so dangerous. There was a time when this sort of letter would have had a hue and cry arise from the free speech community. But the silence is perfectly deafening.”
We’ve quoted from a similarly dogmatic FORBES op-ed that said, “Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists [listed] above, and FORBES will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie....”
Turley said that “people of good faith have got to join together. This is not about Trump; it’s about us, and it’s about free speech. And we have to say no to blacklists and yes to a free speech system.”
On Wednesday (inauguration day), THE EPOCH TIMES posted an excellent analysis by Peter Svab entitled “Ideological Alignment Pushing America Towards Totalitarianism, Experts Warn.” It’s offered on their premium subscription, but I think they’ll let you read it on a one-time basis. If not, a premium subscription would be well worth your while.
Caution: this will chill you to your marrow, as it talks forebodingly about the alignment of the most influential forces in our culture. “The formation of a totalitarian state is just about complete in America,” it says, “as the most powerful public and private sector actors unite behind the idea that actions to stamp out dissent can be justified...”
It sounds like a monstrous conspiracy theory to say that elected officials, government bureaucrats, large corporations, academia, think tanks, nonprofits, the mainstream media and new grassroots movements are working together to this end. Most Americans have been caught off guard or still don’t realize it's gone this far.
But Michael Rechtenwald, a retired liberal arts professor (does it seem that most of those speaking out happen to be retired?) at New York University, doesn’t see it resulting from some big conspiracy --- just “ideological realignment and some informal coordination.” The power is “not yet absolute,” he believes, but the effects are being seen throughout society. “Some figures of power and influence are sketching the next step,” he told THE EPOCH TIMES, “labeling large segments of society as ‘extremists’ and potential terrorists who need to be ‘deprogrammed.’”
Indeed, that's just the way John Brennan was talking. And who are the 'extremists'? Why, Trump supporters, of course. And the feds don’t even have to silence them, as Big Tech in the form of Facebook and Google are eager to do their dirty work for them.
As Peter Svab has previously pointed out, the so-called “fact”-checkers at Facebook are dominated by left-leaning organizations. Here’s how the certification process works.
He asks the question, “Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?” Well, in this newsletter, WE often do, and we’d put the objectivity of our two-person research staff up against that of all the "certified" members of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).
Svab quotes Richard Shorten in “Modernism and Totalitarianism: Rethinking the Intellectual Sources of Nazism and Stalinism, 1945 to the Present”: The element “that holds totalitarianism together as a composite of intellectual elements” is the ambition of fundamentally reimagining society –- “the intention to create a New Man.” This is why then-candidate Obama’s comment in 2008 that we were “five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America” was so disturbing to some of us even at that time.
Democrats hardly mention “compromise” any longer and now demand one-party rule. Former FBI Director James Comey recently said the Republican Party needs to be “burned down or changed.”
So, how do we fight back? First, we must remember that we as individuals have unalienable, natural, sacred rights, given to us by GOD. Even someone whose belief in God is shaky or nonexistent should consider the rights themselves to be sacred and precious.
The short answer to how we stop this: Leftists can’t fulfill their dream of being dictators if HALF THE COUNTRY refuses to allow it.
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