Great article by Matt Taibbi today:
“The Democrats’ Disastrous Miscalculation on Civil Liberties”
The Democrats’ Disastrous Miscalculation on Civil Liberties
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
As he notes at the end…
Instead of facing the boiling-ever-hotter problem underneath, the managerial types decided — in the short term only, of course — to mechanically deamplify the discontent, papering things over with an expanding new bureaucracy of ‘polarization mitigation,’ what Michael calls the Censorship-Industrial Complex. Instead of opening society’s doors and giving people roles and a voice, those doors are being closed more tightly, creating an endless cycle of anger and reaction.
Making a furious public less visible doesn’t make it go away. Moreover, as we saw at the hearing, clamping down on civil liberties makes obnoxious leaders more conspicuous, not less. Democrats used to understand this, but now they’re betting everything on the blinders they refuse to take off, a plan everyone but them can see won’t end well.
Of course, even if it did “end well,” it would be wrong…and regardless of whether their intent is noble.
I could have added this as an update to an earlier post today, but it deserves its own entry. Well-written, thoughtful piece by Mary Harrington:
The tyranny of a Covid amnesty
A self-righteous cabal has delivered a public that is sicker and poorer
The penultimate paragraph:
We all knew every pandemic policy would come with trade-offs. The lawn-sign priesthood forbade any discussion of those trade-offs. I don’t blame the class that so piously dressed their own material interests as the common good, for wanting to dodge the baleful looks now coming their way. But no “amnesty” will be possible that doesn’t acknowledge the class politics, the corruption of scientific process, the self-dealing, and the self-righteousness that went to enforcing those grim years of lawn-sign tyranny.
P.S. That may be the first time I’ve ever used the word “penultimate.” Did I do it right? 🙂
UPDATE: Francis Turner has a point:
Try Saying Sorry First
So there’s this Atlantic article getting a lot of comment, mostly negative as far as I can tell, for suggesting we need an amnesty of Wuflu actions. Now to a degree I get where the writer is …
I’m willing to forgive people but has to be a quid pro quo that is an acknowledgement that there is something to forgive.
In this article:
We Need Pandemic Accountability, Not “Pandemic Amnesty”
Emily Oster’s article misses all three “R” requirements of meaningful forgiveness: Remorse, Repair, and Not Repeating.
It has an interesting prerequisite to forgiveness:
After watching this video, I was reminded of the “Three R’s” of forgiveness promoted by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, talk show host, and author. She was one of my must-listen-to hosts in the early 1990s…
The approach Schlessinger offered to avoid “toxic forgiveness” involved Remorse (expressing real regret), Repair (taking action to fix the consequences of behavior), and Not Repeating the action.
That is worth considering.
Leaked Documents Outline DHS’s Plans to Police Disinformation
Under the guise of counterterrorism, the government is accelerating pressure on social media companies to crack down on speech the feds deem disinformation.
You can hear one of the authors, Lee Fang, discuss the article with Tucker Carlson here:
Report shows social media outlets worked with Biden administration to monitor ‘disinformation’ | Fox News Video
The Intercept investigative journalist Lee Fang discusses evidence that members of the Biden administration worked with Twitter and Facebook to monitor ‘disinformation.’
More commentary here:
The Department of Homeland Security has betrayed its constitutional obligations
There are few terms more calculated to cause a political ruckus than “deep state.” Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidency almost six years ago, “deep state” has been a catchphrase for anything connected with the U.S. government that is opposed to Republicans.
There are few terms more calculated to cause a political ruckus than “deep state.” Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidency almost six years ago, “deep state” has been a catchphrase for anything connected with the U.S. government that is opposed to Republicans .
For a few reasons, I broadly oppose the use of the term. But now we have incontrovertible evidence that, since President Joe Biden took office almost two years ago, powerful federal agencies have acted in exactly the manner that many Republicans feared. They’ve colluded with Democrats and Big Tech companies against free speech and conservative interests.
UPDATE: This is a worthwhile read: Read More
Worth a read. We should not forget…
Lockdowns: The Great Gaslighting ⋆ Brownstone Institute
More than two years since the lockdowns of 2020, the political mainstream is just beginning to realize the response to Covid was an unprecedented catastrophe
Charity toward fellow human beings died during the pandemic…
The Demonization of the Unvaccinated: A Look Back ⋆ Brownstone Institute
These vaccine passes and the illiberal fad of stigmatizing the unvaccinated were unscientific, unprecedented, ineffective, totalitarian, brutal, and dumb.
I miss Reagan…
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.
Reagan says it best himself:
Famous Ronald Reagan Quotes and speeches: “The top 9 most terrifying words in the English Language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Although, my comment probably was more applicable to her response:
This is worth a read. It does not mean we don’t have a gun violence issue. Instead, you should read it, because truth matters.
EPIC thread uses actual data to DRAG gun-grabbers like Everytown for ‘inflating’ school shooting numbers to scare people
Gun-grabbers want you to think mass school shootings like Uvalde happen every week. That’s a LIE.
Most of the press will ignore this news, but the Russia-Trump narrative that Mrs. Clinton sanctioned did enormous harm to the country. It disgraced the FBI, humiliated the press, and sent the country on a three-year investigation to nowhere. Vladimir Putinnever came close to doing as much disinformation damage.
Opinion | Hillary Clinton Did It
Her 2016 campaign manager says she approved a plan to plant a false Russia claim with a reporter.
You should read the whole article. It’s short and to the point.
I get the sense that Tucker Carlson isn’t bothered by The New Your Times’ hit piece on him. 🙂
Interesting article in today’s NYT:
A Crusade to Challenge the 2020 Election, Blessed by Church Leaders
Some evangelical pastors are hosting events dedicated to Trump’s election falsehoods and promoting the cause to their congregations.
Fellow ministers…and Christian churches in general…it’s not your pulpit, it’s God’s. We need to treat it with reverence. Not just the pulpit: any association that could be rightly considered blaspheming His name.
Final note: I am not commenting on the legitimacy of the 2020 election nor whether one should question it.
If you’ve been reading my Nibble Ninja blog, you know I lean conservative. However, I really wanted a good home-delivered paper, and the Denver Post doesn’t fit the bill (and not because of its liberal slant).
So, I am trying out The New York Times. First issue came today, and I have to admit I am impressed. It’s too early to know if that’ll equate to me continuing to spend what it costs to have it on my doorstep, but credit where credit is due.
Having said that, being that I am more conservative than most of its writers, I suspect I am more aware of cases in it where they are providing opinion instead of factual journalism. Can you also spot it in this front page article?