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Democrats Are Becoming the Censorship Party

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2023
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A Pew Research poll released July 20 found that 70% of Democrats think the government should restrict what appears on social media, a dramatic change from five years ago when a majority of Democrats supported a free marketplace of ideas.

It’s no wonder, considering the drumbeat of warnings from leftist politicians and their liberal media allies about “disinformation” and “misinformation.”

But be warned: Democracy cannot survive for long if one of the nation’s two major political parties wants to put blinders on the public, limiting their access to information and canceling political opponents. That’s a rigged system. Ask the Iranians, Russians or Chinese.

A House hearing on July 20 held by the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government showed that the Biden administration is already censoring social media on a massive scale, putting blinders on all of us.

Hearing witness D. John Sauer, special assistant attorney general for Louisiana, described preliminary findings by a federal judge that Biden staff in the White House, the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and almost every other executive department meet regularly with social media executives and pressure them to remove or demote criticisms of Biden economic and energy policies, Biden family members and even items that depict the first lady in an unflattering way. According to Sauer, “millions of American voices” have been silenced in violation of the First Amendment.

Sauer cited some 18,000 communications from Team Biden to tech executives orchestrating a vast ongoing censorship operation.

Yet Democratic lawmakers were unfazed by this shocking evidence, and hardly questioned the witness. The U.S. Constitution and the future of our democracy be damned.

Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) laid out the Democratic Party’s distorted interpretation of the First Amendment, insisting that not all speech is constitutionally protected and offering hate speech as an example.

Plaskett and like-minded Dems need a refresher course on the Constitution and American history. The Supreme Court has ruled again and again that all speech, especially speech we like the least, is protected. That includes Nazi marches and cross burnings, as odious as these are. Who needs a constitutional amendment to protect speech everyone likes?

In 2017, the Court ruled unanimously in Matal v. Tam that the First Amendment requires “we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate,'” citing Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s dissent in the 1929 case United States v. Schwimmer.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) aimed his wrath at witness Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose views on vaccines and other pandemic policies were censored. Connolly said this censorship “was not big brother government trying to exercise its will on an innocent population. It was public health measures to protect lives.”

Connolly’s wrong. Censoring scientific debate was a lethal mistake. If competing scientific viewpoints, especially about masking and lockdowns, had been considered, harm to schoolchildren, business owners and many others might have been prevented. Turns out, official government policy was based on “misinformation” and “disinformation.”

During the hearing, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.) battered Kennedy with accusations of antisemitism and racism for his outrageous comments about the disparate impact of COVID on different ethnic groups. But when he tried to respond, she barked “reclaiming my time” and “ask the witness to stop talking.”

Whether you think RFK Jr. is loony or a viable presidential contender, as a witness he should have been treated with civility. Wasserman Schultz’s abuse is reminiscent of how Sen. Joseph McCarthy browbeat witnesses during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. Those hearings ended abruptly when McCarthy was asked, “Have you no sense of decency?” Wasserman Schultz should have been confronted with the same question.

The attacks on RFK Jr. were a sideshow. The main event was the Democrats’ concocted defense of censorship. The Democrats’ own witness – civil rights attorney Maya Wiley – testified that “the ability of every person to have access to accurate and reliable information is a cornerstone of our democracy.”

Wiley’s slippery language is meant to evade the real issue: Who decides what is accurate and reliable?

Wiley was asked directly by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “Do you trust the government to determine what facts and views the American people are exposed to?” She replied, “I think I’m struggling with the question.”

Tell Democrats the answer is a resounding “no.”

Trusting government to be your eyes and ears is crazy.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey.

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PaulE
PaulE
11 months ago

What do you mean “becoming”? The Democrat Party has been the party of censorship for quite a number of years now. How many years do you want to go back and seriously review? What do you think the strategic use of the MSM and social networks has been all about for well over a decade?

That the Democrats have turned their ire on JFK Jr. should NOT be hard to imagine. He stands in the way of the planned coronation of Joe Biden as the defacto Democrat candidate in 2024 by the financial powers that back the Democrat Party. So obviously, the entire Democrat machine, including the MSM propaganda arm, will to unleashed to crush him.

Doug C
Doug C
11 months ago

They are NOT Democrats, they are Communists!! Let’s get the rhetoric correct.

Melinda
Melinda
11 months ago

I applaud JFK for having the guts to put himself out there and exposing himself to democrat ridicule and personal attacks. Even if he knows he can’t win, he is exposing his party as devious and shameful.

Foley
Foley
11 months ago

It’s the “democrat” party, not the democratic party. We are a “republic” not a democracy. Any legitimate writer would point that out when quoting others. No wonder the USA is failing when the entire press can’t get it correct.

Veteran
Veteran
11 months ago

Time to finally censor the Democrat Party, and ban this symbol of racism, and hatred which has opposed our Constitution, freedom, faith, and personal property for as long as it has existed since the days of Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears, and pre-civil war slavery, to the KKK, and now BLM, and CRT.

George Washington's Admirer
George Washington's Admirer
11 months ago

Censorship is the democrats’ forte. Why are we expressing ourselves? Does not saying anything help? Does saying something help? Does having an opinion help? Does having an hypothesis help? Does belonging to a party help? Does listening to a debate help? What does help? Pray tell. President George Washington probably would want us not to lose faith. And, let’s not lose faith in the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and the three branches of government. (So, long as we still have three branches of government.) “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” From the 1906 book entitled: “The Friends of Voltaire” by Evelyn Beatrice Hall. We have a wealth of quotes from Our Founding Fathers. May God Help Us To See The Wisdom of Our Founding Fathers & May God Bless & Protect These United States of America!

Glen
Glen
11 months ago

The Democrat Party is not “becoming” it is the Democrat/Socialist/Communist Party! Run by Puppet Biden and handler’s, directed by Barry, controlled by WEF, CFR, Bilderbergers ETC, ETC.

Sevcik Vern
Sevcik Vern
11 months ago

Interesting that the party that wants censorship of JFK Jr. for his views on Covid issues also wants censorship of anything opposing abortion, transgender drugs and surgery, CRT, DEI, etc. Are the progressive Democrats of today opposed to all debate of any issue they support? Can their issues not stand the test of the light of day?

Rik
Rik
11 months ago

The Democratic Party Leadership believes in Free Speech for me but not for thee! Communism believes in TOTAL Government controlled power over the populace to dominate period!

Stephan
Stephan
11 months ago

Democracy cannot long survive if one of the countries two major political parties wants to put blinders on the public.What democracy? The United States is a Constitutional Republic. Quit pandering to the leftist Democrats. A democracy is just a system waiting to be absorbed by the socialist Borg of the world.Support our Republic.

Tom
Tom
11 months ago

Becoming?????

The forgotten man
The forgotten man
11 months ago

The Democrats are the replacement for the Nazi fascists who supposedly were .defeated in 1945

Larry
Larry
11 months ago

Holy cow. Amazing how BRAZEN these people, no hiding. To HELL with the Constitution and the AMERICAN people. Our ball and we do not share your philosophy. May GOD BLESS AND KEEP AMERICA in the right straight channel. Praise the Lord.

David Shingledecker
David Shingledecker
11 months ago

It’s a bit funny how we automatically go straight to Nazis and the KKK for equivalency when comparing something we think is atrocious. We don’t need to go back that far into history. Instead of the following:”The Supreme Court has ruled again and again that all speech, especially speech we like the least, is protected. That includes Nazi marches and cross burnings, as odious as these are.”we should be happy with this:The Supreme Court has ruled again and again that all speech, especially speech we like the least, is protected. That includes BLM marches and statue defacing, as odious as these are.

ME, too.
ME, too.
11 months ago

Here’s an idea…Democrats should just STAY OFF of social media so they don’t have to decide what’s true or not and leave it for people who want to hear both sides of the issues.

invictusjr
invictusjr
11 months ago

The Democrat party is also the very same which created and developed the sinister Ku Klux Klan (c. late 1880s). They have been stepping on each other’s necks trying to hide, scrub, and delete that bit of fact. The Democrat-KKK tactics included ‘censoring’ blaks and other minority groups to prevent them from voting and sharing information between themselves and others. During the earlier plantation days of the Democrat party, those who were enslaved were seldom permitted to go beyond the planatation land borders. Plantation owners (Joe Biden-Democrat party et al) feared the slaves would not only escape, but also will inform neighboring cities of the cruel abuses occuring against them.

Morris
Morris
11 months ago

The racist democrats spew all the racial hate that they can to divide us. They want to use skin color to keep all of us separated in what we believe. How foolish this is for anyone to fall for this racism. Our skin color, hair color,eye color are the way that God made each of us and we should never be separated for any of those reasons. Those are things that made Adolf Hitler murder over 6 million Jews. Is that where we are headed with all this insanity? Please……..

David Millikan
David Millikan
11 months ago

Excellent article.
Time to not only boycott Social Media that censors but also abc, cbs, nbc, msnbc, cnn, Fox News, TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp. And sue biden and his administration including all federal agencies for violating the 1st amendment.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
11 months ago

Goes Both ways, & awaiting till they censor more aside RFK & see the reactions to having to be censored for unknown reasons

1960s and 2020s; history repeats itself
Helena, Montana / November 3, 2020: Woman election official directing voter where to park and vote, man in vehicle holding ballot, voting from car outside polling station, poll worker
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