Americans have been told a dangerous and uncertain world requires stronger managers and less freedom, but the decline of civil liberties is what started this mess
I can’t believe Democrats put me in a position to side with Jim Jordan. Unreal.
I can't believe Allred, with a straight face, just refers back to "Russian Disinformation". These people have such a high degree of "selective fact recognition", and an almost addict-like need to re-confirm their own narrative since 2016, that you can put the facts found in the Twitter Files in front of them... You can literally hand them the evidence of the security state doing something we all know is wrong, and because all roads lead back to Donald Trump, they will laugh it off. I honestly never thought it possible to live in a United States where such blatant fact denial was possible.
Matt asks: "The big question remains: why did this happen?"
I think the first aspect, as Matt says, is the enormous chasm that has opened up between the elite ruling class and the rest of the country (which may be at a similar level as the chasm between nobles and plebes in pre-Revolutionary France): our globalist elites are almost entirely postnational and have walled themselves off from the rest of us and have zero loyalty to America and its citizens, culture, history, traditions (in fact, more than no loyalty they have deep hostility toward all these things). Also, upscale white liberals absolutely despise downscale white conservatives, have no interest in sharing a country with them, and would rather silence and impoverish them than compromise. Trump 2016 hit our progressive oligarchy like a declaration of war, a total psychological assault, and instead of pausing to ask why America elected a cheesy and sleazy game-show host as president, they went straight into permanent tantrum mode aka The Resistance.
And secondly, the fact that we all live on the internet now presents just too juicy a target for any aspiring tyrants to resist.
The famously demented Emperor Caligula famously said "I wish all of Rome had one throat, so I could cut it", and that is the position our global ruling class has arrived at. Sometime in the past decade it seemed to dawn on everyone at the top of the food chain, from the WEF to the NYT etc: Our society does have one throat! (Or one voicebox) And this presented too tempting a prize not to be fought for: imagine that with a few clicks the FBI, DHS, NIH, FDA etc could coordinate between themselves to craft a single reigning narrative, and then imagine that w a few more clicks they could get their friends at Big Tech (who are the mouth of our social voicebox) to make their narrative the sole permissible one, while censoring all dissent and silencing or banishing all dissenters. With a few keystrokes, they made themselves omnipotent, omniscient, godlike.
Our entire ruling class, from the most useless bureaucrat at the DHS or NIH up to Gates, Zuckerberg, Soros & Sulzberger etc, couldn't resist the temptation: they have been able to grab more power than even the immortal Emperor Caligula dreamed of, and didn't even have to shed a drop of blood (and it even made them more $$).
To mix my Roman metaphors, aiming for total social control is their Rubicon, and they've crossed it and are not turning back.
Dear Rep. Goldman -- If you and your party don't believe that our First Amendment applies to the government, especially in matters of public policy, then:
1. You have no place in our Congress
2. Your party has no place in our government.
That is all there is to it.
After 52 years as a Dem, I dropped my party affiliation 6 months ago. I’m now unaffiliated. I joke about how if I drop Netflix, I get a “sorry to see you go” email. I think the Dems have lost their minds. Matt, I was so upset to see how you were treated at the hearing. I was equally happy that I am no longer associated with them. My immigrant grandparents who adored FDR and had a portrait of him in their foyer would be as horrified as I am. Joe Biden goes to Ukraine to promise pensions, among other things, but says he’ll go to East Palestine, OH “at some point”? We’re in the Twight Zone. Keep up the great fight, Matt!
I have been watching the House hearings on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. While I am not under any illusions that the Republicans are in this for the “right” reasons, I am appalled by the deliberate misdirection by the Democrats. They are deliberately missing the point. Our government agencies led, if not outright directed, social media sites to censor voices that did not fit the narrative they wanted presented. This was not just done to conservatives by any means. This was done under, at least, the last two presidential terms so, again, this should not be a partisan issue but a free speech issue. This should be a chilling wake up call that our government is grossly overstepping its bounds.
I read that Andrew Sullivan article and I will probably be pissed for the next few hours. Maybe I am just learning to accept my hate at the people who keep bringing things to the brink while pretending they are trying to save everything. Sometimes I wish they could get a good old Twentieth Century jackboot on their throats for a while so they might have a clue what totalitarianism really is. It is not mean tweets, distrusting bullshitters, holding on to your rights, telling experts who are always wrong to kiss your ass, or treating institutions with less than sacred reverence.
I love how, whenever Democrats take or re-take power, they like to preen how "The adults are back in the room."
Most schoolchildren are better behaved than the Democrat "adults" sitting on that panel.
Matt - you are too generous (not just in this post, but in others) when portraying interactions such as that between Allred and Hayes as misled at best and disingenuous at worst. These establishment actors are giving your Twitter Files reporting a full-court press worth of obfuscation and misrepresentation. It’s not just the dolts like Rupar that are engaged in it: the whole machinery is winding up to quash this story. Pete “Insurance Policy” Strzok is leading Twitter attacks against you for goodness sakes.
My suggestion: you know you have a winning argument in the public sphere (the Munck Debate performance is empirical proof enough). Start playing more aggressive offense with these people to break through their full-court press (pardon the Selection Sunday-inspired analogy). It’s high time there was more concerted pushback against this intensifying suffocation of civil liberties.
Watching these hearings made me ashamed of our government; I feel so hopeless. Sadly you will have to get used to writing..."my former friend..."
Listen here you little shit. Only "WE" can say when there's a vast conspiracy.
Russia, Russia, Russia.
These are not your parents' democrats.
Too much democracy isn't the problem. Too much profiteering through dishonesty is.
Congress is incredibly corrupt, a tool of the moneyed interests. You, Matt, tried to point out a tip of that iceberg of corruption, and for that you were smeared and slapped and held up as a "direct threat" to the system.
And so the HMS America keeps steaming toward that iceberg, ignoring those few like you who see clearly the calamity awaiting us.
And the consequence of this is political homelessness.
I tried a case against Dan Goldman. He’s as sanctimonious and disingenuous in court as he was during the hearing.
You know how people unsubscribe because they get all pissed off at the author because they disagree or feel mislead?
I may have to unsubscribe because there is too much truth and I agree too much with Racket. I read and part way through I begin softly weeping at what has become of our political system, until I reach the end, convulsed by sobs. Okay, not really, but kinda really on the inside.