Is the Sleeping Conservative 

Dragon Finally Waking Up?

Victor Davis Hanson
American Greatness

June 1, 2023

(Emphasis by the author)

Conservatives and traditionalists are often exasperated at the ongoing woke cultural revolution in their midst.

How can America be turned upside down, as it is, when there is little public support for the things happening around us?

They don’t see much backing for the current wide-open borders and unchecked illegal immigration, yet it continues.

Conservatives feel that most Americans reject the trend of biological men dominating female sporting events.

They fear American jurisprudence has become now vastly weaponized and warped.

Certainly, Donald Trump will be more likely indicted by a politicized New York City prosecutor for supposedly overvaluing his net worth over a decade ago than would be a current violent street criminal clubbing a subway commuter.

In 2020 torching a federal courthouse or massing at the White House grounds, in efforts to get at the president, earned either few arrests and little or no jail time. In 2021, if one entered the Capitol and illegally paraded around like a buffoon, he could get a five-year prison sentence.

Traditionalists feel that sky-high energy prices, out-of-control urban crime, a depressed economy, high interest rates, and a politicized FBI, CIA, Justice Department, and Pentagon are all needlessly self-created messes.

How then did these extremist policies that have little popular support become institutionalized?

Conservatives, by their nature and unlike the Left, are more inclined to accept existing institutions rather than to radically alter or destroy them.

They were asleep at the wheel in 2020 when left-wing-funded lawsuits radically transformed Election Day in many states into a mere construct. Some 70 percent of the electorate in key precincts voted by mail or early, with far fewer ballot audits or authentication.

They focus on nominating more conservative judges, not packing the court itself. They work to take back the Senate, not to end the filibuster or bring in two new states with four new senators.

Traditionalists often feel they have no time for politics. They prefer to focus on their families, jobs, communities, and churches. Until recently they shunned organized boycotts. They abhor massing outside the homes of left-wing politicians and judges.

They shrug and concede that universities, teachers, government unions, the corporate boardroom, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, the media, entertainment, and professional sports are hopelessly activist and left-wing.

The environmental, social, governance (ESG), diversity, equity, and inclusion, and LGBQT+ agendas were unfathomable acronyms to Middle America and thus mostly ignored.

So conservatives often slept through the woke revolution.

Yet suddenly they realize their apathy allowed the country to descend into something the nation’s founders never imagined or intended, and antithetical to what most knew as America just a couple of decades ago.

So conservatives are awakening from their slumber. And they are discovering that they too can boycott, agitate—and roar.

The woke Target corporation in just a few days has suffered a more than $10 billion loss in its stock value. Millions of shoppers shunned its 2,000 stores after the chain showcased its “pride”apparel. The displays featured “tuck pieces”—veritable cod pieces– that are intended to facilitate “women’s” male genitalia.

Anheuser-Busch came up with the bright idea that it would highlight Dylan Mulvaney, a transgender performance activist, to hawk its Bud Light brand. But beer seemed incidental to the self-absorbed Mulvaney’s fixation on promoting transgenderism.

So Bud Light-drinking, red-state America got turned off by Mulvaney’s in-your-face-advocacy.

An ensuing informal boycott cost the company nearly $16 billion in lost stock value. Hundreds of millions of dollars of unsellable light beer stagnated. Stores can’t even give it away. Meanwhile, Bud Light’s competitors coped with meeting record Memorial Day consumer demand.

Ditto the defiantly woke Disney Corporation.

The now politically activist entertainment corporation insisted on pushing woke agendas down the throats of its family-centered audience.

The result? Its online entertainment services are bleeding millions of subscribers. Disney stock has lost $16 billion in value. Its overpriced theme parks no longer count on continually increased attendance.

Sometimes traditionalists prefer simply to drop out rather than boycott wokeism. One result is that the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards now have a fraction of their previous televised audience.

In 1998—when the United States had a population of 275 million—the NBA finals earned on average 29 million television viewers. This year the NBA bragged its finals averaged a pathetic 4 million viewers in a contemporary America of 335 million.

The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team reinvited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—a self-identified performance art “queer” group—to headline the team’s “pride night.”

The all-male “Sisters” usually put on anti-Catholic pornographic skits that mock Jesus Christ and sexualize Christian rituals.

That Dodger indulgence is not going over well with its fan base, especially the city’s millions of Catholic Latinos.

The woke Left still enjoys enormous advantages over the Right. The bicoastal elite has far more money, controls all the major American institutions, and dominates the dissemination of knowledge through the media and Silicon Valley.

But the Left does not enjoy majority public support. And now it has managed the impossible—to goad the normally comatose conservative dragon to awaken.

And it is just starting to breathe fire.

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Franklin Graham just sounded the alarm on one spiritual battle he fears may overwhelm the world

Photo by Matt Johnson, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr,

Over the past few years it’s become abundantly clear that the world is falling apart at the seams.

Political and social leaders constantly force ideas on the working class that only serve to prove they are morally bankrupt.

And now Franklin Graham just sounded the alarm on one spiritual battle he fears may overwhelm the world.

“There is a storm coming” and Christians should “be prepared”

We live in a world where the ruling class elite is made up of the most morally bankrupt people on the planet.

They’ve used their wealth and power to quench their unquenchable thirst for power and control by attempting to control every aspect of the working class’ lives while utilizing propaganda and indoctrination to brainwash people into believing the ruling class knows best.

Rev. Franklin Graham has spent his life traveling around the world spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He’s made a name for himself by pushing back on the satanic forces that are infiltrating society while encouraging people to head to church and repent their sins.

Now, Rev. Graham is sending a message to loyal Christians around the world, and it’s not the good news.

“There’s a storm coming, and we’ve all got to be prepared,” Graham proclaimed.

The message was delivered in a keynote address during the opening session of the annual National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention.

Big Tech firms own our data and “want to destroy Christian organizations”

Graham said that “the world has deteriorated so quickly,” and that “every demon from hell” has been released in our culture today.

He encouraged the audience to not be “deceived’ or “fooled,” and suggested that people need to be “prepared” to push back on the demonic forces.

The world renowned evangelist pointed to Big Tech and their rights to consumer data.

He called out Amazon as one that “owns the cloud,” and said that they are weaponizing it against the public.

“We are living in a cancel culture, and they want to destroy Christian organizations,” Graham added.

Amazon pushed back on Graham in a statement to Fox New, claiming that “it’s completely false to claim that AWS [Amazon Web Services] discriminates on customer viewpoints,” before adding that they provide “services to millions of customers across political, business, and ideological spectrum.”

But Graham said that it’s not safe for Christians in today’s cultural landscape.

Don’t back down, “just tell it the way it is”

Graham said that the only thing that can protect people from cancel culture is to not “talk about sin” or “preach the gospel.”

He said that if you “try to proclaim the Gospel, they are going to try to shut you up.”

But he encouraged the audience to step up by illustrating his point with the story of Jesus from Matthew 8: 23-27.

According to the Bible, Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a horrific storm came upon them.

While the disciples panicked as waves crashed onto the boat’s deck, Jesus slept soundly, and when he finally awoke, he calmly ordered the storm to stop, leaving his disciples in total disbelief as he could “control the wind and waves.”

Graham said that this is the spirit of Jesus that Christians should invoke today.

Even though they thought “they had no way out,” and that they “feared for their life,” the disciples trusted in Jesus to deliver them from the chaos that threatened to drown them.

“Just tell it the way it is,” Graham declared. “Don’t be afraid to stand up and speak out.”

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“[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.” (The Catholic Controversy, by DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Pope Confirms Communing Some Adulterers

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016


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Pope Francis has confirmed that Amoris Laetitia allows the divorced and remarried to receive Communion in some instances.

Last week the website LifeSiteNews published an unsettling report of a leaked letter purportedly written by Pope Francis stating “that there is ‘no other interpretation’ of Amoris Laetitia other than one admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion in some cases.” []

When I hear it said that this is only a pastoral change, and not a doctrinal one, or that the commandment prohibiting adultery is a purely positive law which can be changed (and I think no righteous person can think this), this signifies that yes a triangle has generally three sides, but that it is possible to construct one with four sides. That is, I say, an absurdity.

Cardinal Caffarra also discussed the notion of “development of doctrine,” which is at times used to invoke the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to Communion.

He said that “if there is one clear point, it is that there is no evolution where there is contradiction. If I say that S is P and then I say that S is not P, the second proposition does not develop the first, but contradicts it. Already Aristotle had justly taught that enunciating a universal affirmative principle (e.g., all adultery is wrong) and at the same time a particular negative proposition having the same subject and predicate (e.g., some adultery is not wrong), this is not making an exception to the first. It is contradicting it.” – Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in CNA [] 





[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”

(The Catholic Controversy, by DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

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“[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.” (The Catholic Controversy, by DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

Pope Confirms Communing Some Adulterers

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016


Pope Francis has confirmed that Amoris Laetitia allows the divorced and remarried to receive Communion in some instances.

Last week the website LifeSiteNews published an unsettling report of a leaked letter purportedly written by Pope Francis stating “that there is ‘no other interpretation’ of Amoris Laetitia other than one admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion in some cases.” []

When I hear it said that this is only a pastoral change, and not a doctrinal one, or that the commandment prohibiting adultery is a purely positive law which can be changed (and I think no righteous person can think this), this signifies that yes a triangle has generally three sides, but that it is possible to construct one with four sides. That is, I say, an absurdity.

Cardinal Caffarra also discussed the notion of “development of doctrine,” which is at times used to invoke the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to Communion.

He said that “if there is one clear point, it is that there is no evolution where there is contradiction. If I say that S is P and then I say that S is not P, the second proposition does not develop the first, but contradicts it. Already Aristotle had justly taught that enunciating a universal affirmative principle (e.g., all adultery is wrong) and at the same time a particular negative proposition having the same subject and predicate (e.g., some adultery is not wrong), this is not making an exception to the first. It is contradicting it.” – Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in CNA [] 





[T]he Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.”

(The Catholic Controversy, by DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)

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I ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS for Rene Henry Gracida



FIRST DAY: Please Join The Catholic Monitor St. Joseph Novena to Celebrate Bishop Gracida’s 100th Birthday that will be on June 9

The novena will begin June 1 which is tomorrow:


St Joseph Novena - Day 1

Saint Joseph, you were privileged to share in the mystery of the Incarnation as the foster-father of Jesus. []

Let us for nine days enter St. Joseph’s workshop for nine days as Jesus did and pray for Bishop Rene Henry Gracida in celebration of his 100th birthday on June 9.
 “When you invoke St. Joseph, you don’t have to speak much. You know your Father in Heaven knows what you need; well, so does His friend St. Joseph.” “Tell him, ‘If you were in my place and Bishop Gracida’s place, St. Joseph, what would you do? Well, pray for this in Bishop Gracida’s behalf.’” – This prayer is adapted from a St. Andre Bessette prayer. Also, say the Hail Joseph prayer:

Hail Joseph the just, Wisdom is with you; blessed are you among all men and blessed is Jesus, the fruit of Mary, your faithful spouse. Holy Joseph, worthy foster-father of Jesus Christ, pray for us sinners and obtain divine Wisdom for us from God, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. – St. Louis Marie de Montfort

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Transgenderism – the shapeshifting ideology of the devil – is sacred in our culture whereas Christianity, one of our major religions, is not. 


By: Judd Garrett

Objectivity is the Objective

May 30, 2023

(Emphasis added)

Reverend Franklin Graham recently stated that “every demon from hell” has been “turned loose” in our culture today. That may sound like hyperbole, but if you look at what is going on, you will see that the demon of the woke ideology is on an unrelenting mission to infiltrate and convert every aspect of our culture. In March, Bud Light decided to put the face of transgender TikTok influencer, Dylan Mulvaney, on its beer cans in an attempt to use the popular beer brand to promote transgenderism. Not to be outdone, fashion designer, Calvin Klein decided to run an ad with a transman wearing a bra, and North Face released an ad featuring a drag queen who encouraged customers to “come out” with the brand. Transgenderism is one of the leading demonic ideologies that is permeating our culture. The devil is the ultimate shapeshifter, that’s why he took the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden. Transgenderism, believing you can change your biological sex, is a prime example of shapeshifting. It is an ideology aligned with the devil’s worldview.

It is interesting that no matter how much backlash these companies face or how much their stock prices drop, they keep plowing ahead with their woke agenda. It appears that they are more concerned about promoting the woke ideology than promoting their own products and brands. In anticipation of Pride month, retailer Target partnered with a London-based company, Abprallen, to release a line of clothing that contains messages such as “Live Laugh Lesbian,” “Cure Transphobia Not Trans People,” “Too Queer For Here,” and “We Belong Everywhere.” Abprallen also sells apparel with satanic imagery such as pentagrams, horned skulls, devil references, and t-shirts with the message that says, “Satan respects pronouns.” That message is in fact correct; Satan does respect pronouns in the same way the LGBTQ community does. When Jesus came upon a man who was possessed, he asked him, “What is your name?” And the demon replied, “My name is Legion for we are many.”(Matt 5:9) So, the devil’s pronouns would be “they” and “them”, which are the same pronouns that many transpeople use.

Our popular culture has been embracing Satan and Satanism for some time now, and many of our most popular stars openly admit it. At the 2019 Golden Globes, in his acceptance speech for best actor, Christian Bale thanked Satan when he said, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.” The Church of Satan praised Bale’s speech by tweeting, “To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty, and individualism. … Hail Christian! Hail Satan!” During the 2022 Grammy’s, pop star Lil Nas X put on a satanic performance complete with glittering black robes and simulated sex with the Devil. And this past February at the Grammy’s, singer Sam Smith followed suit when he performed on stage with a transgender person, dressed like Satan surrounded by demons, and performed his Satanic song, Unholy.

At the same time Satan is being promoted throughout our culture, Christianity is under attack. In an attempt to promote “diversity and inclusion”, the Los Angeles Dodgers invited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – a group of oversexualized drag queens, dressed up as nuns who openly mock Christianity – to the team’s Pride Night on June 16. The Dodgers released a statement, saying that “In the weeks ahead, we will continue to work with our LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen the ties that bind, and use our platform to support all of our fans who make up the diversity of the Dodgers family.” So, to the Dodgers, mocking and ridiculing Catholic nuns is an essential part of their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in their community.

This is where we are as a culture. In a stage revival of the Monty Python movie, The Life of Brian, which parodies the life of Jesus, the producers were forced to cut out the scene from the movie which parodies a man who wants to become a woman. So, in the play that makes fun of Jesus Christ and Christianity, they were not allowed to make fun of transgender people and transgenderism. So, transgenderism – the shapeshifting ideology of the devil – is sacred in our culture whereas Christianity, one of our major religions, is not. 

So, the LGBTQ community can ridicule nuns, and they can mock Christianity, but no one is allowed to make fun of them. This is how the left operates as a whole – extreme tolerance for everything that they believe in and extreme intolerance for anybody who believes anything different from them. If somebody mocked the LGBTQ community the way that they mock Christianity, that would be called hate speech, and it would be reported to the FBI as an example of violence against the LGBTQ community. These people are not about diversity and inclusion. They are single-minded in their belief system and reject inclusion or tolerance of any other points of view. But don’t fret. Remember Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” (Matt 5:11-12) He also said, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.” (John 15:18) So, we are in good company.

The present-day LGBTQ community is nothing like the gay community from 20-30 years ago who simply said, ‘You live your life and let us live our lives. Let’s stay out of each other’s bedrooms.’ The LGBTQ community, today, is no longer about mutual tolerance, they are all about indoctrinating as many people as possible into their lifestyle and belief system. And they’re not only going after adults, they are targeting young children, and they know exactly what they are doing. The human brain is not fully developed and is not fully cognitive until the age of 26, so it is much more easily influenced and susceptible to indoctrination before then. That is why they want to get to kids as early as possible, even as young as six and seven years old, in their school classrooms, because it is then when they can do the most damage.

Some believe that the people on the left are doing all this because they want to tear the country down, so they can rebuild it in their communist vision of the world, to make America part of their Marxist New World Order. But there is a strong segment of these people who as Alfred said to Bruce Wayne in the movie, The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” And this is what we are witnessing in our country right now. Some people just want to watch the world burn. They want to destroy the world, they want to destroy all that is good in the world, just to watch it happen.

We have a choice between Sam Smith and Jesus Christ, and many are choosing Sam Smith. We have a choice between the Prince of Darkness and the Prince of Peace, and many are choosing the Prince of Darkness. We are living in a country filled with self-hating narcissists, people who find virtue in their immorality, who brag about their feigned humility, and who promote intolerant tolerance. They are walking contradictions. But they don’t care because they live in their delusional worlds where they are able to create any reality that suits them. And that is the worldview that is most aligned with Satan, where there is no universal truth, only individual truths, where they are not expected to conform to an unbending reality, but believe they can mold reality to conform to their unbending narcissism. And the end result, as we are witnessing in real time, will be a destruction of all that is good and true in the world.

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The Official Truth?

The End of Free Speech

That Will End America

Now that the government has fully inserted itself

into the news and information industry,

the criminalization of free speech is a very real threat.

By: J.B. Shurk

Gatestone Institute

May 28, 2023

If legacy news corporations fail to report that large majorities of the American public now view their journalistic product as straight-up propaganda, does that make it any less true?

According to a survey by Rasmussen Reports, 59% of likely voters in the United States view the corporate news media as “truly the enemy of the people.” This is a majority view, held regardless of race: “58% of whites, 51% of black voters, and 68% of other minorities” — all agree that the mainstream media has become their “enemy.”

This scorching indictment of the Fourth Estate piggybacks similar polling from Harvard-Harris showing that Americans hold almost diametrically opposing viewpoints from those that news corporations predominantly broadcast as the official “truth.”

Drawing attention to the divergence between the public’s perceived reality and the news media’s prevailing “narratives,” independent journalist Glenn Greenwald dissected the Harvard-Harris poll to highlight just how differently some of the most important issues of the last few years have been understood. While corporate news fixated on purported Trump-Russia collusion since 2016, majorities of Americans now see this story “as a hoax and a fraud.”

While the news media hid behind the Intelligence Community’s claims that Hunter Biden’s potentially incriminating laptop (allegedly containing evidence of his family’s influence-peddling) was a product of “Russian disinformation” and consequently enforced an information blackout on the explosive story during the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, strong majorities of Americans currently believe the laptop’s contents are “real.” In other words, Americans have correctly concluded that journalists and spies advanced a “fraud” on voters as part of an effort to censor a damaging story and “help Biden win.” Nevertheless, The New York Times and The Washington Post have yet to return the Pulitzer Prizes they received for reporting totally discredited “fake news.”

Similarly, majorities of Americans suspect that President Joe Biden has used the powers of his various offices to profit from influence-peddling schemes and that the FBI has intentionally refrained from investigating any possible Biden crimes. Huge majorities of Americans, in fact, seem not at all surprised to learn that the FBI has been caught abusing its own powers to influence elections, and are strongly convinced that “sweeping reform” is needed. Likewise, large majorities of Americans have “serious doubts about Biden’s mental fitness to be president” and suspect that others behind the scenes are “puppeteers” running the nation.

Few, if any, of these poll results have been widely reported. In a seemingly-authoritarian disconnect with the American people, corporate news media continue to ignore the public’s majority opinion and instead “relentlessly advocate” those viewpoints that Americans “reject.” When journalists fail to investigate facts and deliberately distort stories so that they fit snugly within preconceived worldviews, reporters act as propagandists.

Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley recently asked, “Do we have a de facto state media?” In answering his own question, he notes that the news blackout surrounding congressional investigations into Biden family members who have allegedly received more than ten million dollars in suspicious payments from foreign entities “fits the past standards used to denounce Russian propaganda patterns and practices.” After Republican members of Congress traced funds to nine Biden family members “from corrupt figures in Romania, China, and other countries,” Turley writes, The New Republic quickly ran a story headlined ‘Republicans Finally Admit They Have No Incriminating Evidence on Joe Biden.'”

Excoriating the news media’s penchant for mindlessly embracing stories that hurt former President Donald Trump while simultaneously ignoring stories that might damage President Biden, Turley concludes:

“Under the current approach to journalism, it is the New York Times that receives a Pulitzer for a now-debunked Russian collusion story rather than the New York Post for a now proven Hunter Biden laptop story.”

Americans now evidently view the major sources for their news and information as part of a larger political machine pushing particular points of view, unconstrained by any ethical obligation to report facts objectively or dispassionately seek truth. That Americans now see the news media in their country as serving a similar role as Pravda did for the Soviet Union’s Communist Party is a significant departure from the country’s historic embrace of free speech and traditional fondness for a skeptical, adversarial press.

Rather than taking a step back to consider the implications such a shift in public perception will have for America’s future stability, some officials appear even more committed to expanding government control over what can be said and debated online. After the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in the wake of public backlash over First Amendment concerns, halted its efforts to construct an official “disinformation governance board” last year, the question remained whether other government attempts to silence or shape online information would rear their head. The wait for that answer did not take long.

The government apparently took the public’s censorship concerns so seriously that it quietly moved on from the collapse of its plans for a “disinformation governance board” within the DHS and proceeded within the space of a month to create a new “disinformation” office known as the Foreign Malign Influence Center, which now operates from within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Although ostensibly geared toward countering information warfare arising from “foreign” threats, one of its principal objectives is to monitor and control “public opinion and behaviors.”

As independent journalist Matt Taibbi concludes of the government’s resurrected Ministry of Truth:

“It’s the basic rhetorical trick of the censorship age: raise a fuss about a foreign threat, using it as a battering ram to get everyone from Congress to the tech companies to submit to increased regulation and surveillance. Then, slowly, adjust your aim to domestic targets.”

If it were not jarring enough to learn that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has picked up the government’s speech police baton right where the DHS set it down, there is ample evidence to suggest that officials are eager to go much further in the near future. Democrat Senator Michael Bennet has already proposed a bill that would create a Federal Digital Platform Commission with “the authority to promulgate rules, impose civil penalties, hold hearings, conduct investigations, and support research.”

Filled with “disinformation” specialists empowered to create “enforceable behavioral codes” for online communication — and generously paid for by the Biden Administration with taxpayers’ money — the special commission would also “designate ‘systemically important digital platforms’ subject to extra oversight, reporting, and regulation” requirements. Effectively, a small number of unelected commissioners would have de facto power to monitor and police online communication. Should any particular website or platform run afoul of the government’s First Amendment Star Chamber, it would immediately place itself within the commission’s crosshairs for greater oversight, regulation, and punishment.

Will this new creation become an American KGB, Stasi, or CCP — empowered to target half the population for disagreeing with current government policies, promoting “wrongthink,” or merely going to church? Will a small secretive body decide which Americans are actually “domestic terrorists” in the making? US Attorney General Merrick Garland has gone after traditional Catholics who attend Latin mass, but why would government suspicions end with the Latin language? When small commissions exist to decide which Americans are the “enemy,” there is no telling who will be designated as a “threat” and punished next.

It is not difficult to see the dangers that lie ahead. Now that the government has fully inserted itself into the news and information industry, the criminalization of free speech is a very real threat. This has always been a chief complaint against international institutions such as the World Economic Forum that spend a great deal of time, power, and money promoting the thoughts and opinions of an insular cabal of global leaders while showing negligible respect for the personal rights and liberties of the billions of ordinary citizens they claim to represent.

WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab has gone so far as to hire hundreds of thousands of “information warriors” whose mission is to “control the Internet” by “policing social media,” eliminating dissent, disrupting the public square, and “covertly seed[ing] support” for the WEF’s “Great Reset.” If Schwab’s online army were not execrable enough, advocates for free speech must also gird themselves for the repercussions of Elon Musk’s appointment of Linda Yaccarino, reportedly a “neo-liberal wokeist” with strong WEF affiliations, as the new CEO of Twitter.

Throughout much of the West, unfortunately, free speech has been only weakly protected when those with power find its defense inconvenient or messages a nuisance. It is therefore of little surprise to learn that French authorities are now prosecuting government protesters for “flipping-off” President Emmanuel Macron. It does not seem particularly astonishing that a German man has been sentenced to three years in prison for engaging in “pro-Russian” political speech regarding the war in Ukraine. It also no longer appears shocking to read that UK Technology and Science Secretary Michelle Donelan reportedly seeks to imprison social media executives who fail to censor online speech that the government might subjectively adjudge “harmful.” Sadly, as Ireland continues to find new ways to punish citizens for expressing certain points of view, its movement toward criminalizing not just speech but also “hateful” thoughts should have been predictable.

From an American’s perspective, these overseas encroachments against free speech — especially within the borders of closely-allied lands — have seemed sinister yet entirely foreign. Now, however, what was once observed from some distance has made its way home; it feels as if a faraway communist enemy has finally stormed America’s beaches and come ashore in force.

Not a day seems to go by without some new battlefront opening up in the war on free speech and free thought. The Richard Stengel of the Council on Foreign Relations has been increasingly vocal about the importance of journalists and think tanks acting as “primary provocateurs” and “propagandists” who “have to” manipulate the American population and shape the public’s perception of world events. Senator Rand Paul has alleged that the DHS uses at least 12 separate programs to “track what Americans say online,” as well as to engage in social media censorship.

As part of its efforts to silence dissenting arguments, the Biden administration is pursuing a policy that would make it unlawful to use data and datasets that reflect accurate information yet lead to “discriminatory outcomes” for “protected classes.” In other words, if the data is perceived to be “racist,” it must be expunged. At the same time, the Department of Justice has indicted four radical black leftists for having somehow “weaponized” their free speech rights in support of Russian “disinformation.” So, objective datasets can be deemed “discriminatory” against minorities, while actual discrimination against minorities’ free speech is excused when that speech contradicts official government policy.

Meanwhile, the DHS has been exposed for paying tens of millions of dollars to third-party “anti-terrorism” programs that have not so coincidentally equated Christians, Republicans, and philosophical conservatives to Germany’s Nazi Party. Similarly, California Governor Gavin Newsom has set up a Soviet-style “snitch line” that encourages neighbors to report on each other’s public or private displays of “hate.”

Finally, ABC News proudly admits that it has censored parts of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s interviews because some of his answers include “false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines.” Essentially, the corporate news media have deemed Kennedy’s viewpoints unworthy of being transmitted and heard, even though the 2024 presidential candidate is running a strong second behind Joe Biden in the Democrat primary, with around 20% support from the electorate.

Taken all together, it is clear that not only has the war on free speech come to America, but also that it is clobbering Americans in a relentless campaign of “shock and awe.” And why not? In a litigation battle presently being waged over the federal government’s extensive censorship programs, the Biden administration has defended its inherent authority to control Americans’ thoughts as an instrumental component of “government infrastructure.” What Americans think and believe is openly referred to as part of the nation’s “cognitive infrastructure”— as if the Matrix movies were simply reflecting real life.

Today, America’s mainstream news corporations are already viewed as processing plants that manufacture political propaganda. That is an unbelievably searing indictment of a once-vibrant free press in the United States. It is also, unfortunately, only the first heavy shoe to drop in the war against free speech. Many Chinese Americans who survived the Cultural Revolution look around the country today and see similarities everywhere. During that totalitarian “reign of terror,” everything a person did was monitored, including what was said while asleep.

In an America now plagued with the stench of official “snitch lines,”censorship of certain presidential candidates, widespread online surveillance, a resurrected “disinformation governance board,”and increasingly frequent criminal prosecutions targeting Americans who exercise their free speech, the question is not whether what we inaudibly think or say in our sleep will someday be used against us, but rather how soon that day will come unless we stop it. After all, with smartphones, smart TVs, “smart”appliances, video-recording doorbells, and the rise of artificial intelligence, somebody, somewhere is always listening.

JB Shurk writes about politics and society.

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IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHOSE OX IS BEING GORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It Was Always Only About Power With the Left

By: Victor Davis Hanson

May 29, 2023

Why do so many liberal climate-activist grandees fly on private jets? Or why do those who profited from Black Lives Matter have a propensity for estate living? Or why do the community-activist Obamas prefer to live in not one, but three mansions?

The answer is that calls for radical equity, “power for the people,”and mandated equality are usually mostly sloganeering for those who enjoy power and the lucre it brings, and their wish is to augment both for themselves. The result is that the issue du jour of mandated equality often becomes secondary if not irrelevant. There is neither fear of inconstancy nor hypocrisy, given the central theme that governs a leftist party line is political utility—or the ends of power always more than justify the hypocritical means used to obtain it.

Spout racialist nonsense for 40 years? Harass women and young girls by blowing in their hair and squeezing them too tightly? Create a family grifting syndicate to leverage foreign cash in quid pro quo fashion? Praise racial segregationists?

Joe Biden did all those things and more. But he also did them in service to a supposed noble cause, sort of like the current board president of the NAACP promoting a black travel ban on Florida, while he lives—in Florida!

Keep political utility in mind and the baffling hypocrisy of the Left makes all too perfect sense.

January 6 vs. the “Summer of Love”

From all the tens of thousands of January 6 Capitol protesters, a small percentage entered the Capitol itself. Of that group, an even smaller number committed violent acts. Most of those seriously injured that day were among the protesters themselves. Despite official propaganda, there were not five police officers killed on January 6 as alleged by the Left.

Instead, the only likely death at the hand of another was the diminutive, 5’2’’, 14-year-military veteran and unarmed Ashli Babbitt. She was lethally shot by a Capitol officer Michael Byrd for the likely misdemeanor of trespassing and—illegally entering a broken window to the Capitol.

Yet over a thousand protesters were arrested, tried, and mostly convicted of various charges from parading without a permit to insurrection. Many of them were sentenced to long prison sentences. Some may spend most of their remaining lives in prison.

The Left has justified long sentences on three grounds: 

One, the protesters targeted iconic government buildings as the object of their attacks. 

Two, the protesters were ideologically motivated and seemed bent on insurrection to warp the political process. 

Three, the protesters were attempting to nullify an election by their massing at the Capitol and therefore questioned the very integrity of the 2020 election.

In theory, these were legitimate reasons to treat harshly any convicted of such insurrectionary crimes. But in reality, the Left cared little about its pretexts justifying harsh responses, much less proving their charges. What mattered were the political opportunities offered by January 6, and the chance to leverage the occasion to consolidate power.

Why and how can one assume that?

In 2020, for 120 days, left-wing mobs led by Antifa and Black Lives Matter wrought far greater destruction in nonstop rioting, arson, looting, and assault. Over 35 people died. Two billion dollars in property damage followed. Some 1,500 officers were assaulted and injured. Over 14,000 protesters were arrested.

Yet few were convicted of any serious crimes; fewer were sentenced to long sentences—given prosecutors, state and federal, claimed the violence was merely a result of protesters exercising their “constitutional right” of dissent.

Left-wing politicians and activists from then-vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris (“They’re not going to let up, and they should not, and we should not.”) to Nikole Hannah Jones(“Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.”)either excused the often violent protests or urged that they continue.

Far from sending in 20,000 federal troops, as occurred after January 6, the Left demanded that then-President Trump not resort to such Draconian measures.

Note that there were lots of government properties deliberately targeted in iconic fashion. A Seattle police precinct (with officers inside ) was set afire. A mob in Washington, D.C. tried to storm the White House grounds in a fashion that sent the president and secret service agents into a subterranean bunker. A historic Washington, D.C. church was torched. Violent mobs set federal and state courthouses on fire in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Portland.

Second, note these riots and violence were not random. They were coordinated and seemed to wax and wane with some sort of precise coordination—a fact deemed useful in an election year by the Democratic Left.

In her now notorious self-confessional Time essay, Molly Ball bragged that “There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs.”  “The conversation that followed was a difficult one,” Ball explained, “led by the activists charged with the protest strategy . . . We wanted to be mindful of when was the right time to call for moving masses of people into the street.”

Third, had Trump won the 2020 election, the Left was gearing up for yet another round of violence under the pretense that the election had been stolen, in the fashion of its coordinated Washington, D.C. violence on the day of Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

Left-wing election denialism—and real efforts to overturn a presidential election—were certainly not new. After the 2016 election, wealthy leftists and celebrities ran television ads begging electors to reject their constitutional fidelity and the popular vote counts in their states, and instead, in insurrectionary style, cast electoral ballots for Hillary Clinton.

Prominent leftists from Jimmy Carter to Hillary Clinton also had been on record following the 2016 election claiming that Trump was an illegitimate president and the 2016 election had been rigged in Trump’s favor due to the hoax of Russian collusion.

Hillary Clinton—who paid Christopher Steele to use Clinton-related fake sources to compile fabrications and destroy her 2016 rival—later even bragged she was joining “La Résistance.” The chairman of the January 6 committee that damned Trump’s supposed election denialism, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), himself was an election denialist par excellence, who absurdly voted in the Congress to reject George Bush’s popular vote victory in Ohio that decided the 2004 election.

By any fair measure, the violence of 2020 was a far greater and more deadly threat to the republic than anything occurring on January 6, 2021. But most of the 14,000 arrested perpetrators who were responsible for that incredible summer of violence were exempted because their mayhem was deemed politically useful—in the same fashion it was advantageous to turn the buffoonish Capitol protesters into seasoned revolutionaries. The common denominator was only the Left’s efforts to warp events to achieve power.

Liberalism That Loses Utility is Left Behind

California has been building massive solar farms in pristine deserts and rural areas. Many spread over thousands of acres and require disruptive supporting infrastructure. In the American Midwest, these new generations of solar farms are unlike anything in our recent past. Often in size larger than Manhattan, they take out of production tens of thousands of acres of prime farmland.

What is curious about all these next-generation projects is the relative silence of environmentalists to the radical disruptions and dangers they pose to fragile and pristine natural landscapes, rare species of flora and fauna, and quality of life for surrounding rural communities.

In the case of hundreds of thousands of lost farm acres, prior liberal advocacy for preserving America’s heartland, and its precious family farm acreage and those who work it, likewise go out the window.

Yet if any clean-burning natural gas plant, affordable housing development, a border wall, retirement community, or farming operation caused as much havoc to the environment as solar—and often wind—farms, there would arise leftist outrage replete with environmentalist-driven court injunctions. In other words, left-wing environmentalism is calibrated only by whether the Left or the Right is reengineering the landscape.

Title IX was an addendum to the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex. Through liberal lawsuits and the intervention of activist courts, the statute soon was transmogrified into a sports equity act. Title IX then began to revolutionize high school and college sports programs by demanding equity—in the sense of mandating equal budgets and facilities for women’s and men’s sports.

The rationale was that women’s athletics could only achieve parity with male sports if they were gifted the same sorts of budgets, infrastructure, and institutional support. Whatever the intent of the original statute, whatever the effects of activist court intervention, the result was that women’s sports did achieve a much higher social and cultural profile.

So how ironic, then, that a half-century of athletic transformation has been completely undermined by the current ritual takeover of the sport by biological men declaring themselves transgendered women. The transgendered have done more damage in three years to women’s sports than a century of chauvinist pigs.

In almost every category of competition—track and field, swimming, team sports—prior women’s records have been shattered by athletes who enjoy huge advantages in natural musculoskeletal mass, body size and weight, and innate strength. In the Cold War past, males competing as females were largely a Soviet or Eastern European phenomenon—most notably the Ukrainian sisters, Tamara and Irina Press. The communist bloc, as the Third Reich had earlier in the case of Heinrich Ratjen, scored propaganda points by using males to win “women’s” events.

Soon in reaction, hormonal testing and eventually DNA tests were used to ensure an equal playing field for biological women. No matter. What was once a feminist issue is now considered a right-wing hate crime of insisting that biological males not be allowed simply to redefine an entire segment of American life and culture.

Note that the Left has sided against feminism in its near-hysterical promotion of its newest cause célèbre, transgenderism. Note further that biological women do not win many, if any, events as transgendered males, despite the shibboleth that one can construct one’s own sexual identity that will be equivalent to a biological one.

Finally, note that there is no transgendered effort to create a separate category of transgendered sports. Apparently, a transgendered Olympics or NCAA event would not offer transgendered contestants and champions the attention and lucre they now achieve by dominating women’s sports. Again, “equity” and feminism were never left-wing positions, but simply useful malleable issues to embrace or reject depending on where and how contemporary political advantage was calibrated.

From Reining in Government Abuse to Cheering It

Read the contemporary news accounts of the 1975-76 so-called “Church Committee,” a select Senate committee formed to expose and rectify dangerous abuses of civil rights and constitutional norms by the CIA, NSA, and at times the FBI.

Most Democrats cheered the post-Watergate committee on, eager to virtue signal as civil libertarians and to stop the rogue and often politically weaponized antics of our investigatory and intelligence agencies.

But while there were true civil libertarians, Left and Right, who weighed in on the committee, the general left-wing giddiness over the investigations was predicated on the post-Watergate Democratic revival—one that ensued from ridding the nation of Richard Nixon and using his disgrace to discredit what were considered conservative institutions.

Fast forward to 2015-23. Over the last eight years, it is hard to imagine any illegal act that the CIA, NSA, or FBI would not commit. Their directors—James Clapper, John Brennan, and Andrew McCabe—have all confessed to lying under oath. A more insidious Robert Mueller, James Comey, and Christopher Wray simply invoke amnesiac excuses or plead ignorance when asked directly about the wrongdoing of their agencies or investigations.

The U.S. government, along with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, paid a foreign national to spy on a rival campaign, compile lies about a rival candidate, and then spread them through government and the media. The FBI arguably sought to alter both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

In this same eight-year period, a FISA court was deluded, and an FBI lawyer altered court documents. Phone records were wiped clean. Subpoenaed devices were destroyed. Key evidence that affected a current campaign was put under FBI wraps. Agents openly texted their intent to ensure a predetermined presidential election result. Americans in general were routinely spied upon. Many were framed by FBI skullduggery and had their lives ruined.

The extent of the lawbreaking and the warping of elections dwarfs anything discovered during Watergate. And yet the Left never objected to these violations of civil rights or the illegal freelancing of intelligence agencies. Far from it—the Left cheered on the illegality.

Why? Because for them hating or worshiping the CIA, NSA, and FBI—or for that matter the Pentagon, IRS, and Justice Department—was never a matter of consistent principle. Instead these bureaucracies were deemed pathological when associated with conservatism and traditionalism, and angelic when their extralegal efforts were put to use for the progressive agenda.

There are some grassroots leftists who are deluded into sincerely believing “equity” can be achieved by government confiscation and redistribution. But for most of the elite, the cause is a means to personal and professional power, a fact that explains why one day walking only on four leftist legs is alone correct, the next day just two.

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DeSantis Twitter Event Breaks Records – Brings in Massive Haul in only One Hour

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially announced his presidential campaign this week. He did it in unique fashion, taking to free speech platform Twitter. Elon Musk hosted the live event, which welcomed users to watch through the social app.

And boy, did it break records.

So many people tried to watch live, that Twitter experienced technical difficulties. After some “initial scaling challenges” the event continued. And now, we are learning just how impactful this presidential announcement was.

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis‘ special event on Twitter Spaces Wednesday evening was “by far” the most viewed in the history of the company…

Musk confirmed the news by retweeting Sacks’ tweet and replying to another tweet that noted there were more than 700,000 concurrent users on the Twitter Space at one time. 

Journalist Ian Miles Cheong tweeted: “Elon didn’t have any more than 200k concurrent listeners on his space with the BBC, which had around 3 million listeners after the recording went up. The space with DeSantis was at 701k and it was crashing long before it got to that number. That’s the highest it’s even been.” [Source: Daily Wire]

At the time of this writing, over 3 million people watched the event after it went live. But during the event, there was 700,000 users watching at one time–the most ever for a Twitter Spaces event.

But that wasn’t the only big news coming out of this event.

Within the first hour of the announcement, DeSantis’s campaign press secretary announced they brought in $1 million in donations. That number might have gone up in the hours following, with the total even higher.

There are some of the strongest reactions to a Republican candidacy announcement that we’ve seen in some time. Many Republicans have thrown their hat into this race, but we didn’t see enthusiasm like this from Nikki Haley or Tim Scott supporters.

It is possible that DeSantis will gain tremendous momentum in the coming weeks, quickly eclipsing Donald Trump as the current frontrunner.

Trump has been attacking DeSantis for months, long before the governor announced his race. It seems clear that Trump considers DeSantis the only true threat to his re-election chances. But all the mudslinging hasn’t seemed to slow DeSantis down so far.

We’ll have to see what happens next.

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IS FOX MALE OR FEMALE? FOX IS NEITHER! FOX IS WOKE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Fox News Has Gone Full Woke with Gender Rules


 Madeleine Jackson


 May 24, 2023  



The White House from Washington, DC, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

ANALYSIS – The recent firing of Tucker Carlson from Fox News has added to the perception that the cable news network is actively watering down its conservative brand. But the shocking news of just how woke the corporation has become is only now coming to light.

“Fox News devotes hours of programming to attacking ‘woke companies,’ but ironically Fox is as woke as the rest of them,” one former Fox News employee told The Daily Signal, saying that its viewers would be “astonished to find out what the company is like.” 

Specifically, this wokeness is seen in its policies toward employees.

According to the Daily Signal, the Fox News employee handbook has been imposing woke gender rules on its staff for at least two years, since the rules were published in 2021. Employees are reportedly allowed to use bathrooms that “align with their gender identity,” rather than their biological sex. 

They must also be addressed by their preferred name and preferred pronouns in the workplace. 

Cross-dressing as the opposite sex to align with their preferred, made-up gender is also allowed. Fox also offers to help employees develop a “Workplace Transition Plan” to manage their gender transition at the office. 

Using the far-left Human Rights Campaign, one of the most aggressive LGBTQ groups in the country, the Fox handbook defines a host of newly made-up gender terms such as cisgender, gender expression, gender-fluid, gender identity, gender non-conforming, gender transition, non-binary, and transgender. 

None of these terms existed 20 years ago, and none have any basis in biology or science, but there you go.

But it’s not just about how it regulates employee behavior.

These disturbing revelations come as Fox Digital is also now also using leftist activist language such as “gender-affirming care” in news stories on its website.

I have previously written about how modifying and dominating language is a key tactic of the left. Calling the genital mutilation and sterilizing effect of life-altering hormones on children as “gender-affirming care” isn’t just deceiving its diabolical.

Laws enabling these extreme procedures on children are also being used to keep them from their parents.

Fox Digital is now also consistently using female pronouns for biological males like the trans-TikTok celebrity Dylan Mulvaney of Bud Light fame, and swimmer Will Thomas who now calls himself Lia.

The Daily Signal reported that a source still at Fox said that after Carlson’s show was canceled in April, producers for the new 8 p.m. “Fox News Tonight” program was specifically told by high-level executives not to bash Mulvaney. 

I have steadfastly referred to all persons in my writings in accordance with their science-based biological sex, not made-up preferred pronouns, and will continue to do so.

A former producer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” told The Daily Signal: 

They want you to think it’s this place that supports traditionally conservative values. But in reality, they’re pushing this [woke] nonsense behind the scenes.

This ‘nonsense’ is also infecting Fox News’ programming which is airing segments favorable to the transgender agenda.

Sadly, as far as Fox’s employee policies go, it appears they are aligned with the legal requirements in New York City, where the company is headquartered, as well as California, where many of its employees work.

New York City’s insane Human Rights Law requires employers to use the preferred name and pronouns that a person identifies with regardless of their biological sex. Companies will be breaking the law if they refuse to use a person’s preferred name or pronouns. 

That law also regulates the use of single-gender bathrooms by all of the made-up genders, regardless of biology.

These obscene laws, and the corporate policies they require, sound like an excellent reason for Fox to move out of California and New York City. The problem is – the executives at Fox News may actually agree with them.

Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of Great America News Desk.

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