January 15, 2021
I haven’t slept very well since last Wednesday…
Our country is facing one of its biggest challenges in decades. From censorship to domestic terror concerns, America is rattled to its core.
An actual attack on our Capitol building took place last week. This is something I would have considered unthinkable in our nation. I mean, sure… in Caracas, Venezuela, but not here… not in the United States of America.
We’re at a crossroads unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. The coming days, weeks, and months will prove critical. We must preserve our democracy… our country… and our freedom.
I’ll never be OK with the use of violence to justify a political outcome. I’m a real conservative in that way… just like I didn’t condone the 2020 violence from Antifa or BLM activities. Looting and rioting are not the answer.
I believe in law and order. It is only through a proper legal framework (the U.S. Constitution) that we can resolve our differences. Most importantly, when the courts – in this case, the Supreme Court – make a decision, we must recognize it. Otherwise, why even have the courts if mobs can rule the day?
Unfortunately, the Left has effectively been handed a massive political opportunity and has the so-called “cover” it needs to push a liberal agenda… an agenda designed to help it grow its base and extinguish competition.
Even our friend and contributor here at American Consequences, former Texas Congressman and noted civil liberties champion, Ron Paul was targeted by Big Tech this week. (For what it’s worth, Ron Paul is actually a noted Trump critic.) Big Tech shut off access to his Facebook account earlier in the week with no explanation… no citation of an offending post. He was, effectively, censored for no reason.
If Ron Paul – who advocates for a strong economy and middle class through a return to the gold standard – can be shut off, what about the rest of us?
I joked with P.J. that our conversation felt, in some ways, therapeutic. The two of us pored through all of your questions and it was so helpful to understand what you’re thinking. Thank you for that and please keep them coming.
Bottom line, it was clear to me that so many of you who, (like me) had supported much of the Trump administration’s policy efforts and appreciated at times (though certainly not always) his candor when dealing with the criticism from the liberal media, are very disappointed.
We all want to see the success of our great nation for the sake of ourselves and future generations. So, with that in mind, now what?
After all, won’t driving the conservatives underground through de-platforming efforts just embolden them more?
Why does the Left want to create a so-called martyr out of the president? And hasn’t the answer to “bad” speech always been “more speech?”
That’s part of what differentiates the U.S. from the rest of the world. In Uganda right now, they’re holding “elections” with a dictator that has already been in charge for 35 years. Twitter, the social media giant that just permanently banned the current president of the United States, just issued a statement urging freedom of speech in Uganda.
So which is it? Ron Paul says the government and Big Tech have become the same entity and corporations are running the world. P.J. and I agree that while there cannot be militias and hate-groups looking for violent uprisings formed online, we also need to do all we can to protect our first amendment rights.
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Freedom of Speech Matters
In our talk, P.J. said,
It’s a scary moment when we can’t believe that other people have the liberty to disagree with us. I mean, it just runs against everything. And the storming of the Capitol building was besides being appalling on the face of it and appalling symbolically, was also just the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
I think that Joe Biden and the wise among his allies realized that they were about to take charge in a deeply and narrowly divided nation and that they would have to tread carefully. The mob has just given them cover that will last for four months, if not years.
We both agree it’s a deep nightmare in American politics. As someone who has covered stories around the world, and P.J., who spent 20 years as a war correspondent in the Philippines, Kosovo, and Lebanon, never truly believed this would happen here.
And, yet, as so many people in less fortunate countries around the world have told me: “Democracy, Trish, is precious. Guard it carefully.”
Our democracy is at risk. Polls, including a recent one from YouGov, suggest nearly 50% of Republicans approved of the storming of the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Big Tech thinks it can extinguish this frustration felt by so many by simply shutting down Twitter, Facebook, Parler, and other social media accounts. But, as P.J. and I discussed… Donald Trump isn’t exactly the cause of our problems right now – he is the symptom.
According to P.J.,
American politics has become much more bitterly divisive. And I don’t know exactly why that is. I mean, I have a larger theory, which is as government expands, politics starts to gain a kind of importance that it shouldn’t have in our lives. Politics should be [local and boring and] mostly confined to the county sewer commission.
You know, it’s mostly the way we decide how best to plow our streets after a snowstorm. Politics should be of minimal importance in day to day life. And as politics have grown, this is not something that we can just blame liberals for. This is something that both political parties have been responsible for.
As political power grows, it occupies a greater part of our life. We have more emotional investment in it and we become angrier at those people whom we oppose politically.
I agree… In fact, I question how much the corporate media and Big Tech have played in this larger-than-life role.
More than ever, it’s up to YOU, as a consumer of news, to seek out a diversity of opinion. Every freedom comes with responsibility, and right now, it’s our responsibility as Americans to seek out valuable, thoughtful perspectives.
President Mike Pence?
Future President Joe Biden sure has his work cut out for him. He says he wants to bring the country together… However, if there’s an impeachment trial happening in the Senate, after Trump has left office, what chance does Biden have? Once again, all the oxygen would be sucked out the room! And that would make a real mess of Biden’s all-important first 100 days.
Realistically, P.J. pointed out, there just really isn’t time for impeachment. He said, “The impeachment just takes on, first, a look of vindictiveness from the Democrats, and second, it allows Trump’s few remaining supporters to make all sorts of noise that I personally wouldn’t be inclined to allow them to make.”
Although, judging by the escalation of recent events, Mike Pence might just get five minutes as the 46th President of the United States.
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
January 15, 2021