I have taken quite a bit of flack on social media and elsewhere for my decision, a long and tortured time in the making, to vote for the re-election as President of a man whom I have always, for more than a decade, correctly identified as lacking most of the crucial abilities and characteristics that an American President must have. Primary among these is a commitment to ethical conduct. To these critics, President Trump’s irresponsible conduct in personally attempting to lead a public protest against the 2020 election—much as his political opponents mounted a protest against his election on 2016—proved the folly of my decision..
It did not. The President behaving as I always knew he was capable of behaving merely demonstrated why my decision was such a difficult one and so extended in the making. To the contrary, the conduct of those anti-democratic, totalitarian-tending foes of Trump and the basic American values of which he, in a sick twist of fate, stood as the most reliable and powerful guardian, has convinced me that my decision was the correct one. The Axis of Unethical Conduct has made it undeniable in recent weeks that it intends to abridge speech, stifle dissent, restrict civil rights and weaken Constitutional liberties to the extent it can get away with to cement one -party rule and ideological conformity with Leftist cant.
This is the result I began to fear in late October of 2016, when I decided that I could not in good conscience vote to give power to a party, the Democrats, that I no longer believed were committed to the core values of the United States of America, nor to the rule of law. This is the result I realized was inevitable if President Trump, as awful as he is, was defeated. I was correct. Like all iron-booted parties of totalitarian regimes, Democratic leaders are calling for the punishment of their political opponents. Their allies have begun unprecedented measures to prevent opposing views to be widely circulated, and not just views, but facts. The disgusting riot in the Capitol is being exploited to rush through restrictions on free speech and political discourse while emotion is ascendant and Republicans and conservatives are restrained and embarrassed. As one of Joe Biden’s soon-to-be henchmen famously said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” The Democrats aren’t, and are creating a far greater one.
I would expect principled Democrats and progressives to see how dangerous and un-American this strike against pluralism by their friends and idols is, but so far, I don’t see it. Maybe there are no principled Democrats and progressives. More likely, they have been cowed and intimidated into the lockstep compliance that today’s Left demands.
Here is the latest attack..
In a blog post titled “We need more than deplatforming,” Mozilla argued that Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Trump from its platform didn’t go far enough in weeding out “hate” on the internet, arguing, in a non-sequitur, that “white supremacy is about more than any one personality.” It continued,
“We need solutions that don’t start after untold damage has been done.Changing these dangerous dynamics requires more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms.”
Mozilla, the maker of the popular browser Firefox, called for “tools to amplify factual voices over disinformation.” It wants research to determine how social media may be damaging society and what can be done to “improve things.” Now there’s some ominous ambiguity for you. It called for better internet controls to “withstand” challenges, presumably like those created by non-conforming voices like President Trump’s.
The problem with such plans is that no one is qualified to rule on what is factual and what is not, or what needs to be communicated for the public to be fully informed. If the news media’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story proved anything, it proved that. Elsewhere, Mozilla stated that the unrest at the Capitol was the “culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President.” This is what Mozilla and its allies among the rapidly organizing censors call “factual.” In my informed opinion, the statement is false and demonstrably so,
Firefox is my browser and has been so for decades. I don’t trust Google Chrome, or indeed anything associated with Google, (and neither should you.) Nor is Microsoft trustworthy. As juvenile, unethical and self-evidently hypocritical Mozilla’s statement is, this is what American liberty is facing, and the challenge is existential.