Despite the fact that I write at an established news and opinion site, I’ve always had a really hard time referring to myself as a journalist. I think of myself more as a commentator, not just because it’s probably more accurate but because of how the word “journalist” has become synonymous with “propagandist,” at least in my eyes.
It’s also become a word too closely associated with elitism. I’m not sure how many people would consider RedState the “elite” and any declaration that it is so would elicit arguments from me. As for myself and my colleagues, I’ve always viewed us as that ragtag bunch of regular folks that found out how to make our opinions worth reading. Our families don’t come from old money with connections to people in high places of influence. You won’t find many ivy league grads among our writing staff.
At the risk of sounding cliche, you and I aren’t that much different. I read your comments both here and on our YouTube channel with the same amount of interest I’d have if I were hearing them at a bar we both happened to get into a conversation at.
My point is, their efforts to censor me are the same as their efforts to censor you. While I admittedly have a little bit of a larger platform than most, I would hardly compare myself to someone like Ben Shapiro or Steven Crowder. You could begin gathering your own following and have more of a platform than I do in half a year.
This makes you, an average person, a dangerous entity in the eyes of the radical left. I’ve written this not long ago, and I want to reiterate it here because you should really understand how they see you:
You, the person they scoff at while they fly over you, are a terrible force of nature that could, at any moment, speak even a little and begin the domino effect that will bring their empire of sand down on top of them. They don’t want you to know this, but you’re that powerful.
This is why they work to shut you up at every turn and use any opportunity to censor, ban, or minimize you. They know you know the truth and they shudder at the idea that you’ll gain the ability to speak it.
Now, we’ve seen this week that their plans to create a “ministry of truth” within the government was just an outward manifestation of something they were already doing. To be clear, we kind of already knew it was happening, but now we have proof in our hands.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has been hosting meetings with internet platforms and allowing those platforms to flag for deletion any material to which they object. This until now secret program resulted in the federal bureaucracy meddling in the 2020 elections.
You can read the whole 48 pages of minutes at this link.
The documents were obtained by Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Eric Schmitt as part of an investigation he is conducting. The left-wing site The Intercept did the initial reporting.
The Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Misinformation and Disinformation Subcommittee meetings began during the 2020 election. That means it was organized and operated under President Donald Trump’s appointees in an organization he created in 2018.
In coordination with this committee, Facebook developed a web portal where “partners” can identify material that the “partner” doesn’t want distributed, and Facebook will see to taking it down or making it nearly impossible to share. The portal, facebook.com/xtakedowns/login, was in operation as I wrote this.
Here’s the kicker. They weren’t just silencing websites, they were silencing you. They stopped you from sharing information. They may have shadowbanned you, terminated your account, or suspended it for a length of time in order to teach you a lesson. This was done at the behest of the government.
You’re living in an Orwellian time and it’s up to you to get yourself out of it.
I often end articles like this with “vote accordingly.” This usually means “don’t vote for the Democrat” but it’s now more than that. This means that we need to start voting in people that not only aren’t Democrats but are willing to tear the Democrat’s favorite systems down, including the foundations. If it allows for overt authoritarianism, we want Republicans to look at them like targets, not unfortunate institutions that take too much time and effort to take down.
You want policy unmakers. No more “go along to get along” Republicrats.
Anything short of this will only make this nightmare worse. You are being targeted for silencing. They’re declaring your free speech a risk to their power, and they are taking action against you. Not just me. You and yours are the targets.