“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)
IN TODAY’S DIGEST
If you believe, as we do, that Impeachment 2.0 was a farce, you’re about to become even more convinced.
How so? Evidence continues to mount that the January 6 riot at the Capitol was planned well in advance of President Donald Trump’s speech just beforehand. And if it was planned well in advance, the Democrats’ impeachment claim that the president incited the violence by whipping up a frenzied mob with his speech that very day begins to fall apart.
The relevant portion of the Democrats’ article of impeachment, “Incitement of Insurrection,” reads as follows:
Shortly before the Joint Session commenced, President Trump, addressed a crowd at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. There, he reiterated false claims that “we won this election, and we won it by a landslide.” He also willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless action at the Capitol, such as: “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Thus incited by President Trump, members of the crowd he had addressed, in an attempt to, among other objectives, interfere with the Joint Session’s solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, unlawfully breached and vandalized the Capitol, injured and killed law enforcement personnel, menaced Members of Congress, the Vice President, and Congressional personnel, and engaged in other violent, deadly, destructive and seditious acts.
But as Ian Schwartz reports at RealClearPolitics, “Investigative journalist John Solomon [of Just the News] said the D.C. Metropolitan police has denied his news company’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the department’s investigation into the Capitol Hill riot. In an interview with ‘Real America’s Voice’ host Eric Greitens on Wednesday, Solomon said police are keeping interviews with key capitol security officials secret because there is something ‘embarrassing.’ … Solomon said he has ‘significant evidence’ that the Capitol Police, FBI, and Congress had prior warning of a planned attack and it was not a spontaneous riot emanating from President Donald Trump’s speech that day.”
Can a president be unimpeached? Inquiring minds want to know.
There’s plenty that we still don’t know about last Wednesday, and some of the key players seem pretty tight-lipped about it. “The question I have,” says Solomon, “is what did Nancy Pelosi, what did Mitch McConnell know about these threats beforehand? If they didn’t know, it’s an intelligence failure of the police. If they did know, there’s something they didn’t tell us before we went into this impeachment round today.”
As Solomon noted Wednesday in an interview on “Actionable Intelligence with Eric Greitens,” it was “a drive-by impeachment.”
While thousands of people approached the Capitol and milled around outside, those who led the charge to breach the building don’t appear to have been garden-variety Trump supporters. One of them, in fact, was a Black Lives Matter agitator named John Sullivan. He was arrested in Utah yesterday. As the Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy reports, “A self-styled Black Lives Matter activist who filmed himself encouraging the storming of the Capitol last week and was nearby when a police officer shot and killed a woman trying to climb through a window outside of the House speaker’s lobby was charged in federal court Thursday. John Sullivan, the founder of Insurgence USA and a leftist protest organizer, was charged in an 18-page criminal complaint. … The complaint notes Sullivan wore a ballistics vest and gas mask when he entered the Capitol through a broken window and pushed past U.S. Capitol Police once inside.”
There was even a video — since removed by YouTube whitewashers — of Sullivan bragging about having posed as a Trump supporter and breaking windows at the Capitol.
One more question about Sullivan: He’s reported to have been near Ashli Babbitt, the unarmed woman who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police lieutenant while climbing onto a window outside the House Speaker’s Lobby. Did Sullivan encourage or provoke her?
Others, as the Associated Press reports, came from the far Right: “Among the most prominent to emerge is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and decorated combat veteran from Texas who was arrested after he was photographed wearing a helmet and body armor on the floor of the Senate, holding a pair of zip-tie handcuffs.”
Suffice it to say: 74,223,755 Americans voted for Donald Trump on November 3, and tens of thousands of them came to Washington on January 6 to peacefully protest what they sincerely believe to have been a stolen election. A relative handful of extremists — those who led or otherwise encouraged the violence at the Capitol — and a Trump-hating mainstream media have unfairly tarred them.
Finally, we’d argue that one lefty agitator charged so far by police doesn’t discount our story last week: “No, It Wasn’t Antifa.” The understandable reaction from many grassroots Trump supporters, including some who were there and told us about the rally, was to blame the Left for a “false flag” operation of sorts. More than a week out and as police investigations continue, that just doesn’t appear to be the case.
Never fear, Joe Biden has announced his “American Rescue Plan,” a $1.9 trillion proposal to “change the course of the pandemic [and] build a bridge towards economic recovery, and invest in racial justice.” Wait… “racial injustice”? Why does everything have to be about this leftist canard?
Anyway, back to the economy, which Democrats are such experts at fixing. Headlining Biden’s plan is $400 billion earmarked for a national vaccination and testing program, with the expressed focus to reopen schools and protect vulnerable populations. Biden also wants Americans to receive another round of stimulus checks of $1,400 per person, adding to the $600 recently distributed in Congress’s last COVID-19 relief bill to reach the $2,000 sum that President Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer stumped for last month.
Biden’s plan also includes one of the Democrats’ favorite and ill-advised agenda items — a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage. Small businesses are already struggling with the economic burden of COVID. Forcing them to pay extra to hire back workers is not going to help them or workers who still won’t have jobs. But it sure will appear compassionate.
Aside from a few leftist goodies like that, however, when compared to the actions the Trump administration has taken in response to the pandemic, the truth is that Biden is still largely plagiarizing. His plan is more about how he talks about the pandemic than any real substantive change in action. Of course, he’ll have the advantage of a supportive press to praise his “decisive” action, and we predict the novel virus will soon stop dominating the headlines for that reason.
Meanwhile, almost as if on cue, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to begin releasing his state from his draconian economy-stifling lockdown shackles. Sounding ironically like Trump, Cuomo argued, “We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass — the cost is too high. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Cuomo’s not the only Democrat leader pushing reopening in the midst of what Biden once warned would be a “dark winter.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also insists that the city must reopen bars and restaurants “as soon as possible.” She swears, “I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those. So that’s a conversation that I will have with the governor. But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”
It’s funny how as soon as Biden is about to take up residence in the White House, Democrat are suddenly concerned about getting the economy up and moving again, even as the number of COVID infections and deaths continue to hit records. The Chicago Tribune reports, “State health officials on Thursday reported 6,652 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average of new cases hit 6,377, roughly the same it was a week ago after spiking to 6,990 average daily cases for the week ending Sunday. In all, there have been 1,052,682 known cases statewide throughout the pandemic.”
We argued right from the beginning of the pandemic that Democrats would exploit it to force the economy into recession in order to defeat Donald Trump. Naturally, now that Joe Biden is coming to the “rescue,” those same Democrats find it politically advantageous to call for reopening the economy. Don’t get us wrong — we want economic recovery and have been calling for it since the beginning. But now that Democrats want to end “15 days to slow the spread” after a mere 10 months (and after all election challenges had played out), we’re just calling a spade a spade when we say it’s a cynical play to make sure Ol’ Joe gets the credit.
Aside from some unexpected victories in House races and some gains at the state level, the 2020 election and its aftermath have proven disastrous for the Republican Party — especially the dual Senate defeats in Georgia. The party now also has two factions: those who will go to the wall to defend President Donald Trump, and those who long for the times when the party’s agenda was more suitable to the Chamber of Commerce and the Beltway think tanks. Frankly, there’s a third group caught in between — genuine grassroots conservatives rooting for Trump’s agenda while being appalled by his methods. But the real battle is between the two factions.
The first clear sign of the GOP’s course came last week when the Republican National Committee selected its leadership for the next two years. Pro-Trump RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel was reelected by acclamation, but her co-chair Tommy Hicks faced opposition from several candidates before prevailing to win another term. Even so, there were RNC members who worried that the party was going in the wrong direction.
“What’s our strategy for surviving and doing well in a post-Trump world?” asked New Jersey committeeman Bill Palatucci. “We don’t have a future as a party if we can’t win Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. It’s an important self-examination we need to go through to figure out how we do better, and it is a waste of time to chalk it up to just saying, ‘It was stolen from us.’”
To that end, there were several possible 2024 GOP contenders at the RNC event, including popular governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
At the RNC, McDaniel touted her 2020 fundraising and ground game, claiming the party raised a record amount and “talk[ed] to more voters — 182 million of them — than any other campaign in history.” But the Democrats made all that irrelevant when they greatly expanded mail-in balloting.
For example, as election lawyer J. Christian Adams noted back in December, “Two things happened [in the 2020 election]. First, COVID led to a dismantling of state election integrity laws by everyone except the one body with the constitutional prerogative to change the rules of electing the president — the state legislatures. Second, the Center for Technology and Civic Life happened. If you’re focused on goblins in the voting machines but don’t know anything about the CTCL and what they did to defeat Donald Trump, it’s time to up your game.”
The CTCL — which benefitted in large part from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his $350 million donation — gifted large sums to local election boards in key areas. “Hundreds of millions of private charitable dollars flowed into key urban county election offices in battleground states,” Adams explained. “The same private philanthropic largess did not reach red counties. Urban counties were able to revolutionize government election offices into Joe Biden turnout machines.”
Obviously, Facebook’s bias wasn’t just online, and it’s just as obvious that, despite Trump’s increased electoral success among urban minority voters, the enhanced turnout meant he was still fighting a losing battle. Moreover, the money never reached red counties because the donor wanted them to stay home.
It could well be that some of CTCL’s largesse, along with the hard work by Stacey Abrams, was the spark that rocketed Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to victory in Georgia. Abrams, as our Mark Alexander pointed out, helped register 115,000 new voters in time for the January runoff. In order to hold the Senate, Republicans had to turn out their own voters. Obviously, they failed.
So Democrats are excited, both at Trump’s defeat and the chance to hold a slim trifecta in the federal government for at least two years. For the moment, their moderate and progressive wings aren’t at each other’s throats — but just wait until the Harris-Biden administration is sworn in.
Yet for all the unity among Republicans preached by Chairwoman McDaniel, the reality is that folks are choosing sides. New York Representative Lee Zeldin seemed to embrace the establishment line by claiming Republicans in Congress had cause for optimism because of the Democrats’ slim majorities. But that’s not the fighting spirit Trump supporters are looking for.
Asking if the Republicans will go the way of the Whigs, writer and onetime CIA agent Sam Faddis opines that the populist wing of the GOP isn’t going anywhere.
“The reality,” he writes, “is that a great many of the ‘leaders’ in the GOP have always been uncomfortable with the principles of the populist movement sweeping the nation. … They did their best to conceal this reality as long as Donald Trump inhabited the White House. Sensing he is on his last legs; they conceal it no longer. Like the Whigs, they have misjudged the moment. Trump’s apparent defeat ends nothing. … The tens of millions of Americans seething with anger at COVID lockdowns, social media ‘thought police’ and dictatorial state governors are not going away. They have seen now the reality of the GOP establishment, and they will remember.”
Faddis is representative of many of Trump’s 74 million voters — the ones who showed up at his rallies and swarmed the polls on Election Day, eschewing the mail-in ballots to express their opinion in person. Because they weren’t necessarily loyal to the GOP before Trump, they’ll be the ones who abandon the party if it once again cozies up to the Beltway elites, the think tanks, and the connected insiders.
The Republican Party has lost the popular vote in all but one of this century’s six presidential elections, and the GOP risks becoming a regional party if changes aren’t made soon. Perhaps the Democrats are doing Republicans a favor by going pedal-to-the-metal with their socialist agenda, but the GOP can’t win by simply playing defense. Donald Trump was the candidate whose boldness on hot-button issues such as immigration and tax reform brought back those who became disillusioned when the Tea Party devolved to just another group of inside-the-Beltway grifters, and the Republican establishment cooled the fiery spirits of those the Tea Party helped to place in Congress.
Trump had crossover appeal between the populist and conservative wings of the GOP because he actually fought the Democrats. Think about it: They needed three years of a phony Russian influence scandal, an impeachment, a deadly Chinese virus that tanked a booming economy, and fraud-friendly mail-in balloting to barely defeat him in a few key swing states. He was an America-first president who millions of folks believe really loves our country.
Now that he’s on his way out the door, the question may become whether Donald Trump even stays in the Republican Party or goes “Teddy Roosevelt” by creating a new third party. Trump supporters who are furious with how congressional GOP members have sold him out on the 2020 election and Impeachment 2.0 are pleading their case for the creation of the Patriot Party, which would run on the working-class concerns for which Trump advocated and back him in a 2024 matchup with Kamala Harris.
If that happens, the GOP itself may be headed toward the dustbin of history.
Brian Mark Weber
In the wake of the Capitol riot and the immediate and frequently over-the-top condemnation of President Donald Trump and his supporters, social media giants Twitter and Facebook began purging conservatives. The first to go was the president himself, but now the dominoes are falling. Big Tech platforms colluded to eliminate a competitor, Parler. Anyone suspected of being right-of-center is on the chopping block.
Before Donald Trump took office, it took a lot of effort to cross Big Tech’s conservative red line and get banned. Now, however, just question the results of the presidential election and you’ll be grouped with the same thugs who scaled walls, smashed windows, and tangled with cops at the Capitol.
The Jack Dorseys of the social media world have no problem branding as a threat anyone who isn’t sufficiently woke. As for free and fair elections, though, Twitter seems to care more about an honest and open discussion of politics in Uganda than here in the United States.
So what happens to millions of conservatives who’ve been censored by Big Tech?
The answer might be creating alternative platforms, but that doesn’t work when web hosting services refuse to do business with conservatives. Just ask Parler CEO John Matze, who now says his service may never come back.
The problem is that it’s not going to stop with social media.
Former Major League Baseball star Curt Schilling’s insurance company canceled his policy for being an outspoken conservative. Senator Josh Hawley’s book deal was rescinded by publisher Simon & Schuster. Donald Trump himself is being blacklisted by banks, politicians, universities, athletes, and sports organizations. Even New York City will no longer make contracts with the Trump Organization. People who worked for Trump are being fired from other gigs.
In the end, however, it’s not just about Trump. It’s about anyone holding traditional conservative views. As Michael Goodwin writes at the New York Post, “Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and their co-conspirators in Big Media and Big Tech are proving Trump was right when he said his supporters were the ultimate target.”
Make no mistake: Conservatives will be ostracized unless they repent and conform. They’ll have no place to work or go to school, and they’ll be unable to open a bank account, get a mortgage, or travel. What’s happening is the ripping apart of our country into two parallel worlds, and what may have seemed preposterous only a few years ago now seems like a grim reality.
While those on the Left may be giddy right now as they watch the collective flogging of conservatives, this isn’t going to end well for anyone. As The Daily Wire’s Ian Haworth writes, “It’s not difficult to envisage a future where everything is split along ideological lines — lines drawn by the Left. One set of utilities for the Left, and another for those they despise. One media for the Left, and another for those they despise. Restaurants, cinemas, airlines for the Left, and others for those they despise.”
So much for national unity. But maybe we can find a way to live within the system.
The organization 2ndVote rates companies according to their liberal or conservative leanings. This helps conservatives who are politically minded enough to vote with their dollars. Yet millions of Americans don’t or won’t do that.
Another solution might be for states to divest in Big Tech. Great idea, but it’ll take more than one state to make Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook reconsider their stance on free speech.
Patriots can also elude Big Tech’s tyranny by going back to old-fashioned politicking: printing newsletters, knocking on doors, organizing groups. After all, the greatest political movements in world history didn’t need Twitter.
For now, though, the drive to push conservatives into a distant echo chamber will create a greater divide and heighten tensions. We will no longer trust one another, nor look to one another for solutions.
And we will no longer be the United States.
“Patriotism,” said the great British man of letters Samuel Johnson, “is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
It’s a clever quip, to be sure, but we’ve never much cared for it. Maybe if he’d zeroed in on pretend patriotism instead of blasting away at the behavior as broadly defined — summer soldiers versus winter soldiers, that sort of thing. He was a Tory, after all, so he no doubt knew that a nation without patriots is a nation without a future.
Anyway, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is certainly no patriot, but it’s hard to think of a more scoundrelly scoundrel. Almost like clockwork, he’s once again taken to tweetstorming both his phony remorse and his righteousness for having silenced the president of the United States.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban Donald Trump from Twitter,” he began. “We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
Dorsey then ladled out some disingenuous slop about “the real and significant ramifications” of, oh, banning U.S. presidents and “the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet.”
He continued, “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”
How do we know that Dorsey is lying about all this? Because James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has captured him saying as much. “We are focused on one account right now,” says Dorsey in the leaked video, “but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks and go on beyond the inauguration.” By “this,” of course, he means total censorship.
Dorsey is right about one thing: The precedent is dangerous. As we noted recently, “If we seem a bit obsessive about Big Tech’s efforts to selectively silence political speech and thereby restrict the marketplace of ideas, it’s for good reason. Media censorship breeds frustration, because it eliminates what we might call a pressure-relief valve. When we as citizens have no voice, we stew and we simmer, and sometimes we boil over.”
Put simply, censorship is what powerful people do when they’re afraid of losing the argument.
Censorship is what people like Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and Xi Jinping and Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey do. In a perverse way, Big Tech is paying Donald Trump a compliment: It’s silencing him because it fears what he might say. It’s trembling at the power of his words alone.
Perhaps, were he around today, Dr. Johnson, having observed the actions of Dorsey and Zuckerberg and their speech-suppressing ilk, would’ve instead quipped, “Censorship is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” After all, there are precious few acts more cowardly than silencing one’s opposition, nor a more fitting word than “scoundrel” to describe the billionaire speech suppressors who are doing it.
And would that it were only Big Tech. As Fox News’s Tucker Carlson asks and answers, “Where is this going? We’ll tell you: Wherever corporate America wants it to go, because they’re effectively in charge. Corporations are now fully aligned with a political party. How much distance is there between the Biden campaign and Google, the most powerful company in the world? Right around none. Publicly held multinationals like Facebook and Twitter and Google can do whatever they want and what they want to do is become partisan actors. They’ve silenced Donald Trump, and they will silence you if you dare dissent, make no mistake.”
In the end, Dorsey tries to polish this turd of his making, but to no avail. “Our goal in this moment,” he says, “is to disarm as much as we can, and ensure we are all building towards a greater common understanding, and a more peaceful [totalitarian] existence on earth. I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant method of achieving this. I also recognize it does not feel that way today. Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together [toward a glorious socialist paradise].”
PS: The bracketed material in the paragraph above is satire. Just in case Jack’s minions are watching.
Not satisfied with President Donald Trump’s election defeat, the supposed “Republican” Never-Trumpers at The Lincoln Project are now working to compile and publicize a list of individuals who work in the Trump administration. The motive appears to be a political vendetta.
As Lincoln Project senior adviser Stuart Stevens stated when announcing the action, “We are constructing a database of Trump officials & staff that will detail their roles in the Trump administration & track where they are now. No personal info, only professional. But they will be held accountable & not allowed to pretend they were not involved.”
Clearly, the aim of The Lincoln Project is to vilify not only Donald Trump but anyone who dared to work on the political agenda of making America great. As The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board notes, “The only reason for an anti-Trump group to publicize the employment information of former officials is to deter employers from hiring them. If they are hired, progressive employees could scour the list and create petitions for them to be fired or doxed. This will deepen America’s civic strife.”
That’s putting it mildly.
No American president and no administration is ever 100% evil or 100% wrong. While political disagreements are genuine and serious, to paint all political opponents as pure villains that must be eradicated from society after serving in government will only lead to greater division and anger.
Magnanimity in victory and grace in defeat are what lead to national unity, not baseless and hyperbolic demonization. But leftists are both sore losers and winners.
Government & Politics
- Biden’s coronavirus board is in the dark on final vaccine plan (Politico)
- Democrats pressure Speaker Pelosi to expel Madison Cawthorn (Fox News)
- What could possibly go wrong? “Squad” members elevated to key House committees (National Review)
- South Carolina politico and unsuccessful Lindsay Graham challenger Jaime Harrison selected as Biden’s DNC chairman (Politico)
- Politico boss pilloried for handing over its signature news product to Ben Shapiro (Daily Beast)
- AOC wants a government commission to (unconstitutionally) “rein in” media (PJ Media)
Memo to AOC: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” —1st Amendment
- Harvard students seek to revoke Trump graduates’ diplomas (Fox Business)
- Macaulay Culkin supports erasing Trump cameo in “Home Alone 2” (Daily Wire)
Science & Health
- Large study of UK healthcare workers suggests most people immune for at least five months after catching COVID for first time (Nature)
- Mayo Clinic study: Antibody-rich plasma treatment reduced chance of COVID death by 25% (NY Post)
- 2020 (probably) sets another global temperature record (AP)
- Federal prosecutors hit MS-13 “board of directors” with terror charges (NY Post)
- Killing of Christians increased 60% in 2020, mostly due to Islamic violence in Nigeria (Disrn)
The ChiCom Chronicles
- Senior NASA scientist pleads guilty to making false statements related to China’s Thousand Talents Program (DOJ)
- Former Harvard-affiliated researcher ordered to leave country after attempt to smuggle cancer research to China (College Fix)
- MIT professor charged with hiding work for China (AP)
Business & Economy
- Weekly unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll (AP)
- Record 21 million guns sold in 2020, up 60%; women and blacks top buyers (Examiner)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
- “Kill all Republicans”: Amazon sells 204 items promoting violence and hate (NewsBusters)
- The mobbing of a Portland bookstore reminds us why Fahrenheit 451 was written (FEE)
- Memory refresher: A left-wing terrorist who bombed the Capitol building in 1983 was pardoned by Clinton and now fundraises for BLM (Not the Bee)
Non Compos Mentis
- Data shows U.S. police more likely to use force against liberal protesters (UPI)
Food for thought: Which “protesters” caused at least a billion dollars in damage via vandalism and infernos last summer? Which “protesters” committed numerous murders while causing said damage? And which “protesters” put people out of business and ruined livelihoods?
On a Lighter Note…
- Message in a bottle makes 1,500-mile, two-year journey across the Pacific to the shores of Papua New Guinea (Daily Mail)
- Policy: The impoverished idea of a wealth tax (Governing)
- Policy: EU’s new investment deal with China a blow to transatlantic alliance (Daily Signal)
- Humor: AOC suggests nuking sun at night when it’s colder to fight climate change (Genesius Times)
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Empire State Wants to Create Disease Detention Facilities — New York has proposed legislation that would empower the governor to send COVID “cases, contacts & carriers” to detention facilities.
Translating Joe Biden’s Progressive Message — James Linsday of NewDiscourses.com exposes the real meaning and values behind Joe Biden’s recent announcement that when re-opening the economy, he will prioritize minority groups.
The Real Threat to Democracy — Big Tech purges conservatives while letting leftist violence run wild.
Hypocritical AOC Slams Capitol Riots, Turns Blind Eye to BLM — She lies about conservatives and Republicans not calling out rioting and political violence, when they’ve literally been doing so for the entire year.
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Insight: “Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)
Upright I: “We are challenged again today to take to heart and reach for [MLK’s] vision of a brighter future together as Americans. The best way to do this is through community — not a social media community, but a real community made up of real people. … While it’s easy to feel outraged and to blame others, and it may make us feel better and even feel superior to others, outrage does not lead to action that creates hope. We need positive, hopeful action which spurs even more action and is contagious to others. Just as outrage is easily spread to others, so too is hope. You get to decide every day where you focus your energies and what your impact on others will be at the end of the day. You can choose to harbor hope or outrage within you.” —Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Upright II: “A free and civilized society cannot survive at all without a firm commitment to the truth, deeply ingrained in and exemplified by its most fundamental institutions, including government, law enforcement, educational institutions and the national media (broadcast, social and otherwise). The conflict, anger and widespread resentment we are seeing now are the consequences of abandoning honesty in favor of hyperbole, hypocrisy and hysteria for political gain. Contrary to the popular narrative, this is not recent and did not originate under President Donald Trump or because of him. But it has escalated since his inauguration in 2017 and is now at a dangerous fever pitch.” —Laura Hollis
For the record: “There is no limiting principle when it comes to the current trend of political deplatforming by tech giants that have enormous market power. It’s one thing for companies to control content on their own platforms. It’s another to use their tools to deny service to rivals.” —The Wall Street Journal
Strike while the iron’s hot: “Why did Big Tech, the media, the publishing industry, a host of corporations and a growing number of campuses double down on censoring some free speech? Why now blacklist, censor and cancel thousands of people? True, Trump gave them an opening when some rogue supporters vandalized the Capitol. But the real reason is that the left has long been eager to curtail the speech of those it opposes. Last week simply offered members of the left the sort of perfect crisis that they determined should never go to waste.” —Victor Davis Hanson
Alpha jackass I: “Osama bin Laden did not enter U.S. soil on September 11, but it was widely acknowledged that he was responsible for inspiring the attack on our country. And the president, with his words … inspired and radicalized people to storm the Capitol.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell
Alpha jackass II: “[Trump] incited a riot. He incited an insurrection. He’s arguably, at least in the 21st century, you could say Timothy McVeigh for the 20th century, but he is the domestic terrorist of the 21st century.” —Anthony Scaramucci
Dezinformatsiya: “I am never on the side of the Klan. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Klan side. Principled people, conservative or liberal, never on the Nazi side. Principled people who are conservative or liberal, never on the side that treats their fellow Americans as less than. … If you voted for Trump, you voted for the person who the Klan supported. You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the Capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers.” —CNN’s Don Lemon (“Telling 75 million Americans they’re on the same side as the Klan may get the left nodding, but further alienates 75 million Americans at a pretty critical time in American history. The media is sowing more division.” —Erick Erickson)
And last… “The antithesis of the Proverb ‘a soft answer turns away wrath’ is that a hard answer increases wrath. It can be argued that all of Trump’s personal insults of others have now circled back to attack him.” —Cal Thomas
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