January 8, 2021. As a conservative political writer, which I’ve been for some time, Friday night had the weird feel of a surrealistic, conservative-thought-purging Kristallnacht.
First and most surreal, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter permanently banning the account of the President of the United States. Not for some singular awful thing Donald Trump did, said, or tweeted — but for what he might do, say, or tweet in the future. That is profound.
For that reason, Dorsey, in all of his smug, left-wing arrogance, said, in effect, “F**k you!” to 74 million Americans who supported and voted for Trump, “You don’t matter.”
But that was just the beginning.
As the day and evening unfolded, we learned that Google had suspended conservative-leaning Parler from its app store, pathetically citing an “urgent public safety threat” as its reason, and Apple had given Parler a 24-hour ultimatum to, in effect, clean up its conservative act. Coincidence? Not a snowball’s chance.
I hope you can now see that the virtual Reichstag building has been burned down. pic.twitter.com/K1LsDLLdgl
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 9, 2021
In a letter to Parler, Apple said, in part:
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.
“The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”
Apple further said, “to ensure there is no interruption of the availability of your app on the App Store,” Parler was required to submit an update and a “requested moderation improvement plan within 24 hours of the date of the message.”
Apple said if it did not receive an update from the company within that time frame, the app would be removed from the App Store.
A few hours later, Google issued a similar ultimatum telling Parler that its app’s listing in the Google Play store would be suspended until it implements a moderation plan that will address “this ongoing and urgent public safety threat.”
Parler CEO John Matze defiantly said his platform would not cave to the pressure.
“We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we WON’T cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”
“This is not an attack on Parler. This is an attack on our basic civil liberties and the right to free speech. They know that the most powerful thing in the world is your voice and 1A.”, Matze correctly added.
And that headline tells you all you need know about Google https://t.co/ce0aQnvbHK
— ♥️ 𝐿𝑎𝑑𝑦 𝐻𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑎 𝑅𝑒𝑑𝑏𝑢𝑠ℎ ♥️ (@CraftyOldHen) January 9, 2021
But there was more.
YouTube on Friday banned former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast for violating its terms of service. The president’s former chief strategist’s podcast was live earlier Friday before being taken down by YouTube, Washington Examiner Breaking News Editor Daniel Chaitin tweeted.
In addition, the Post-Millenial’s Andy Ngô tweeted that conservative journalist Elijah Schaffer was banned from Facebook and Instagram on Friday following the Capitol hill riot on Wednesday, about which, Schaffer reported from on the ground.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 8, 2021
And finally, as reported by Washington Examiner, conservative activist Brandon Straka announced on Friday his #WalkAway page on Facebook has been removed.
Conservative activist Brandon Straka announced that Facebook has removed his page with over half a million followers and also banned members of his team.
“FACEBOOK has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has BANNED ME and EVERY MEMBER of my team!!!” Straka, founder of the #WalkAway movement, tweeted Friday morning.
“Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE,” he added. “Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway.”
🚨🚨🚨FACEBOOK has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has BANNED ME and EVERY MEMBER of my team!!!
Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE. Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway. pic.twitter.com/WxoKu1HpSb
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) January 8, 2021
Clearly, this was a planned, coordinated attack. Just as clearly, it was an ominous harbinger of more to come. In a word, conservatives, I’m afraid we ain’t seen nothin’, yet. As Friday evening continued to unfold, I found myself pondering the answer to one question:
Why are they so afraid of us?
Certainly, there are precedents. Lenin’s Russian Revolution and Mao’s Long March come to mind. Less historical but with similar implication, universities protesting if not banning on-campus speeches by conservative activists, such as Ben Shapiro, Ann Coulter, and others.
Again, why are they so afraid of us?
From Lenin and Mao, to America’s universities, to Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, to CNN pressuring cable carriers to drop Fox News, what are those who seek to silence the voices of others so damn afraid of?
CNN Dwarf King’s Morning Call: “Stop Fox News!” pic.twitter.com/PD0rG5mbXy
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 9, 2021
They are afraid of us because they are afraid of the truth.
By that I mean they are afraid of the truth destroying their narratives. Isn’t that the way it’s been throughout history? The first thing a totalitarian does is eliminate a free press. That, and execute intellectuals and free-thinkers.
America’s left-wing-agenda universities — and their left-wing students — desperately attempt to block free speech because conservative free speech is anathema to their left-wing agendas.
Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and other Big Tech autocrats suppress conservative content because they view it as a threat to their support of so-called “progressivism,” which, ironically, “progressively” attempts to censor only speech it fears.
CNN seeks to see Fox News removed from cable because Fox News exposes CNN lies and biases, not to mention keeps CNN and MSNBC ratings in the toilet where they belong.
While those who fear us and seek to censor us will never admit it, they respect us — in an odd, ironic, and twisted way. They respect our ability to get their way — to disrupt their narrative. If they did not, they would not work so feverishly to silence us.