Turley On The Democrats’ Open Advocacy For Totalitarian Censorship

That sound Jeff Goldbloom and Sam Neill hear at the end of that clip is a newly freed Tyrannosaurus Rex, which I would much prefer having in my back yard than have what Democrats want to inflict on the nation.

I was all set to vote for Hillary Clinton, disgusting oozing metaphorical warts and all, a few days before Election Day 2016 when some new revelations sunk in, and I concluded that her party was an ideological outlaw, bent on destroying the basic foundations of our nation to ensure their power while using that power to corrupt the culture further. Boy do I hate being right about that—but I was.

The most chilling T-Rex roar yet may be the revelation during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing this week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkashas. He revealed that his department is setting up a new board designed to counter what it deems to be “misinformation and disinformation” “Our Undersecretary for Policy, Rob Silvers is co-chair with our Principal Deputy General Counsel, Jennifer Gaskell, in leading a just recently constituted misinformation disinformation governance board….the goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat.” New director Nina Jankowicz’s focus will reportedly be on “irregular migration and Russia.” That’s supposedly the “threat.”

Biden’s minions are so stupid, and so contemptuous of the public! True, many of them are as illiterate and badly educated as Democrats want and need them to be, but Mayorkashas might as well have announced that he was setting up a Ministry of Truth. This is why the news media have been almost completely silent on this (except for Fox News). They realize it sounds ominous. Right now what we know is ominous is only that Biden’s lackeys are so casual about throwing around the idea of the State determining what is “misinformation” and acting on the determination. They also didn’t think people would notice that the new “misinformation and disinformation” czar, Jankowicz, pushed the Biden false narrative that “50 national security officials, and 5 former CIA heads” were certain that the Hunter Biden laptop story was “a Russian influence op.”

It’s hard to be terrified of would-be totalitarians who are this incompetent, but what progressives these days lack in brains they make up for in arrogance and ruthlessness.

I’m not going to weigh in on Jankowicz’s ministry until I know what it really will be doing, but Prof. Turley, in his most recent article for USA Today (its there because none of the real newspapers like his focus on the Left’s ethics rot) does a superb job of blowing the whistle on Democrat-driven State censorship efforts that are exactly what they appear to be. Read it all, but here’s an excerpt…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has declared Musk’s pledge to restore free speech values on social media as threatening Democracy itself. She has promised that “there are going to be rules” to block such changes. She is not alone. Former President Obama has declared “regulation has to be part of the answer” to disinformation. For her part, Hillary Clinton is looking to Europe to fill the vacuum and called upon her European counterparts to pass a massive censorship law to “bolster global democracy before it’s too late.”

For years, the First Amendment distinctions have been the focus of liberals who discovered a way to circumvent constitutional bans on censorship by using companies like Twitter and Facebook. Now, that successful strategy could be curtailed as shareholders join figures like Musk in objecting to corporations and media acting like a surrogate state media.

Faced with that prospect, Democrats are falling back to their final line of defense – and finally being honest about their past use of corporate surrogates. They are now calling for outright state censorship…

As is often the case, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stripped away any niceties or nuance. Clinton called for the European Union to pass the Digital Services Act (DSA), a measure widely denounced by free speech advocates as a massive censorship measure. Clinton warned that governments need to act now because “for too long, tech platforms have amplified disinformation and extremism with no accountability. The EU is poised to do something about it.”

Clinton’s call for censoring disinformation was breathtakingly hypocritical…her call for censorship came just weeks after special counsel John Durham offered more details about the accusation that her campaign manufactured a false Russian collusion theory. One of Clinton’s former lawyers is under indictment for the effort. Clinton personally tweeted out the disinformation that is the subject of the federal prosecution. And the Federal Election Commission recently fined her campaign for hiding the funding of the Steele dossier. Given that history, it would be easy to dismiss Clinton’s calls as almost comically self-serving. However, the 27-nation EU just did what she demanded. It gave preliminary approval to the act, which would subject companies to censorship standards at the risk of punitive financial or even criminal measures.

If implemented, it might not matter if Musk seeks to restore free speech values at Twitter. Figures like Clinton are now going to the EU to effectively force companies to continue to censor users.

Faced with liability across Europe, the companies could be forced to base their policies on the lowest common denominator for free speech…

Take it, Burnsie…

Now you take it, Geena!

The Democratic Party’s socialists and censors are always lauding Europe as the model the U.S. should follow in many policy matters, especially since it doesn’t have that annoying Bill of Rights thingy. In an international business etting, the only way the U.S. could fight the kind of censorship Clinton, Obama and Biden’s minions/puppeteers are advocating would be to threaten harsh sanctions on Europe for undermining the rights of U.S. citizens. Biden won’t do it. Democrats won’t.

They want to make certain only their kind of misinformation gets to gullible ears and eyes.

You know—the good kind.

7 thoughts on “Turley On The Democrats’ Open Advocacy For Totalitarian Censorship

  1. Given the same broad legal interpretation “establishment of religion” has developed, how is the existence of this department even Constitutional re “freedom of speech”?
    Do they have to actually act before they can be challenged in court?

  2. I think the Department of Homeland Security has proven itself to be worse than the disease. Mayorkas is the actual border czar and seems to think that his duty is to expedite illegal immigration, not discourage it. The DHS was formed in the aftermath of the September 11th terror attacks. It’s alleged purpose was to catch terrorists before they acted. Ukrainian refugees are crossing into the US illegally through Mexico. DHS is no longer placing a priority on potential terrorists; their border policy has resulted in more than 100,000 illegal aliens to enter the US, deliberately avoiding any interaction with law enforcement. I’d be surprised if none of those 100,000 – which are just the illegal aliens we’ve detected, not accounting for those who entered undetected – had ties to terrorism or other violent crimes.
    Between Mayorkas & other members of the Biden administration, I have no doubt that this new responsibility taken on by Jankowitz will be a non-fictional MiniTru, memory holes included.

  3. I would like to see Twitter deal with the EU issue fixed via a version of internet porn gatekeeping. It would work like this:

    Twitter allows users to flag things as hate speech or misinformation. Being the internet, everything including pictures of hamsters would be flagged this way.

    When you visit Twitter, a pop-up asks if you are in an EU member state.

    If you click yes, it filters out everything anyone, anywhere has flagged. As a result you will be able to see maybe 10 tweets on any given day.

    Everyone with two brain cells will learn to click “no, I am absolutely sure I’m not in an EU member state!”

    …but Twitter accepts their self-verification. It is totally dedicated to making sure anyone who says they’re in the EU sees absolutely nothing offensive to anyone.

    If people in the EU are seeing hate speech or misinformation, the EU can take it up with the people who are lying about where they are.

  4. If I were Elon Musk, I would lay off the thousands of European employees immediately, and unplug every server located in European territory. Any fines would be paid by surrendering a mothballed server farm.

    Hillary Clinton’s advocacy is particularly eggregious and hypocritical. She spend the past 6 years complaining about Russian advocacy in US politics, and now she is openly advocating in European politics.

  5. Two co-chairs and a director right out of the gate? They’ve certainly stocked up on six-figure personnel to take the fall when this blows up spectacularly. I wonder if there are going to be any rank-and-file workers, or is it going to just be all “leadership” roles?

    My prediction: the structure already sounds too top-heavy, and the various co-chairs, directors, executive co-vice-chairs, assistant regional managers, and assorted other Grand Poobahs lining up to wet their breaks on this latest boondoggle will be too busy with career-building strategizing against each other to keep an eye on the little Eichmanns under their supervision. Abuses will occur, and the entire operation will collapse in a circular during squad of blame-shifting and consequence-avoidance.

    I could almost feel sorry* for this Jankowicz woman, because she doesn’t seem smart or cunning enough to know that she’s going to be set up from the beginning. A true “useful idiot” whose zeal for The Party will be used by those with a better sense of self-protection to shield themselves from harm when the Jenga tower they’re building inevitably collapses.

    * But I don’t. She a censorious hypocrite who clearly has no regard for basic civil liberties. I hope she gets thoroughly fucked over by those bureaucratic weasels.

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