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Censorship From Left on the Rise
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The Thomas Paine Cottage in 2015 (Ɱ/Creative Commons)

Here’s but a few sample headlines from the last few days:

Newsmax: Twitter Suspends mRNA Vaccine Pioneer, Mandate Critic.

NewsBusters: Facebook and Instagram Censor Founding Father Thomas Paine

NewsBusters: SHUT HIM UP! Twitter Suspended Just The News Founder John Solomon for Doing Journalism.

Go back a few days and months beyond that and one finds:

The Federalist: Facebook Censors Article About Dangers Of COVID Censorship.

New York Post: Facebook trying to censor posts from COVID-19 vaccine skeptics: report.

Then there was this headline from the National File in August: Facebook Censors Gold Star Mother Of Fallen Marine Kareem Nikoui.

That story reported this:

Shana Chappell, the mother of fallen U.S. Marine Kareem Nikoui, had both her Facebook and Instagram accounts censored after posts that were critical of Biden. Nikoui, 20, was one of the 13 U.S. Marines killed in the Kabul suicide bombing.

“After I lay my son to rest you will be seeing me again!” Chappell said in a post in which Biden was tagged.

“Remember I am the one who stood five inches from your face and was letting you know I would never get to hug my son again, hear his laugh and then you tried to interrupt me and give me your own sob story,” she continued. “You are no leader of any kind! You are a weak human being and a traitor,” Chappell later said in the lengthy post.

In a follow-up post, the grieving mother revealed that Instagram had censored her post. Her posts were also censored by Facebook, which owns Instagram. “As soon as I posted about what happened to my son Instagram started pulling up my posts from months ago and sending me notifications that if I kept posting stuff like this that they would disable my account,” said Chappell. “Posts from months ago!”

There is no new “news” here other than the adding of this week’s targeting of vaccine pioneer Dr. Robert Malone, Founding Father Thomas Paine, and investigative journalist John Solomon to an increasingly very, very long list of censorship targets.

It is not new to say that Americans have an increasingly very, very serious problem with those who insist on silencing those with whom they disagree on any manner of topics, from the vaccine to the mother of a fallen Marine in Afghanistan to, particularly eye-opening, the legendary Founding Father Thomas Paine.

Whether it is the lords of Big Tech or the bosses of Big Media or leftist college students trying to silence a conservative speaker, the common thread is that the Left has appointed itself the authority on what can — and cannot — be said or written in today’s 21st century America.

Over there in the New York Post in July was this headline about Facebook: FB oversight member says free speech ‘is not an absolute human right’

The story reported this:

A Facebook Oversight Board member says free speech is not “an absolute” right and must be weighed against “other human rights” when deciding what content to censor.

The board member, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, said “free speech is not an absolute human right.”

“It has to be balanced with other human rights,” she said Thursday at a Politico Europe event.”

Sure. It’s wrong to yell “fire!” in a crowded theater and all of that. But alas America is long, long gone from that basic common sense.

What we are witnessing with these latest moves just this week to silence, successively, a vaccine doctor, a Founding Father, and a renowned investigative journalist is nothing more or less than an outright bid to decide what can and cannot be said in America, and even more specifically, who is and who is not allowed to speak.

There has been, finally, pushback against what is plainly tyranny. To take but three examples, former President Trump (Truth Social), My Pillow’s Mike Lindell (FrankSpeech), and former Trump aide Jason Miller (Gettr) have moved to set up their own social media outlets to break the monopoly held by Silicon Valley leftists. Good for them.

But without question, the real bottom line message here in all of this is that whether it is 1930s fascist Italy or Nazi Germany or the 20th century’s Communists in the Soviet Union or today’s Communist China silencing journalists in Hong Kong — or today’s Big Tech — the drive to censor, to silence, is always present in the human animal.

And it must be resisted at every turn. This battle between free speech and repression, sadly, is apparently never going to end.

Which is why it is all the more important to cheer on those who are willing to stand up and fight back as they support that most basic of American constitutional rights — the right to free speech.

Happy New Year.

And keep speaking out.

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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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