"Free Speech" under attack
Opinion - The Woke Left Dismantles Free Speech.
America is moving closer daily to a totalitarian state.
Historically, the Left always suppresses free speech, pushing for one thought, opinion, and, as Orwell said, the collective identity.
Today, in America the Left largely controls public universities, mainstream news mediums, Hollywood, and the District of Columbia. Next to no dissent to Leftist views and values are tolerated in these arenas.
Mike Lindell of My Pillow has recently experienced massive retaliation from Left-leaning companies for one reason: he believes the 2020 election was massively fraudulent – and he’s not afraid to speak out publicly about the corruption.
Another example: Disney/Lucasfilm removed Actress Gina Carano last week from ‘The Mandalorian’ series following an Instagram post. She accused the “cancel culture” movement of using similar tactics to Germany Nazis when they began teaching people to hate Jews because they were different. Today, there’s an obsessive movement to vilify conservative people of a particular political persuasion. She previously criticized Democratic leaders’ COVID-19 policies, and this was the excuse needed to get rid of her.
Dennis Prager explains cancel culture: “the silencing and firing of anyone who publicly dissents from the left, and even ‘publicly’ is no longer necessary. The National Association of Realtors has just announced that if you express dissenting views in private, you may be fined and lose your membership in the organization — which effectively ends your career as a realtor.”
Conservatives do not silence dissent or debate. Classic liberals value differing viewpoints. But today, leftists – not classic liberals or conservatives – control the Democratic Party and are voraciously trying to hijack America.
Grassroots Americans are suddenly finding new ways to learn information. We are seeking out alternatives to the mainstream outlets, which are largely indoctrination tools of the Left. Independent sources like OANN, Gateway Pundit, The Epoch Times, The Geller Report, Newsmax, American Greatness, and others offer alternative views. However, Big Tech mind-control companies are hard at work with their “fact-checkers” (another word for censorship) to stifle and prohibit these independent voices.
Again, Prager writes, “Leftism is venerated by intellectuals. But there is little intellectual substance to leftism. It is a combination of doctrine and emotion. The proof? Those with intellectual depth do not stifle dissent; they welcome it. Now you know why the left suppresses free speech: because they have to. If there is free speech, there is dissent. And if there is dissent, there is no more left.”
Tony Perkins says, “Most Americans had no idea how bad it was until last year when Black Lives Matter was burning our cities to the ground, and how did Amazon and Pepsi respond? By sending the organization huge checks. But it wasn't just the money that bothered conservatives, it was the moralizing.”
Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy and Research, echoes this thought. "That's what a lot of Americans found so unpalatable -- that... these godless, soulless corporations like Disney and Apple are trying to dictate morality here in the United States by saying that this is a white supremacist nation, that our institutions are founded on white supremacy, that we all must bend our knees to Black Lives Matter." Then, in the same breath, these same CEOs turn around and do business with communist China. Suddenly, they don't care about racial justice. They don't mind that slave laborers from nearby concentration camps are stitching together their Nikes. It's a culture of corruption, and it's oozing hypocrisy.
In the 1930’s, part of Adolf Hitler’s strategy was to discredit the church and then control them. He knew he could not accomplish his agenda without suppressing the church’s voice. Nazis slowly and intentionally worked to make the church leaders afraid to speak against them. By the time Hitler’s agenda was in full-force, most churchmen fell silent. By the 1940’s, few clergy were willing to oppose the Third Reich. A handful did like Dietrich Bonhoeffer – and they paid for it with their lives.
Today, pastors and Christians need to stay alert. Instead of not speaking about politics and the government because it might “hurt our Gospel witness,” we are wise to engage the public square. If not, preaching the Gospel and calling people to repentance and faith will soon be labeled as hate speech and punishable by the Leftist government.
Arnn warns, “Totalitarianism will never win in the end—but it can win long enough to destroy a civilization. That is what is ultimately at stake in the fight we are in. We can see today the totalitarian impulse among powerful forces in our politics and culture.”
Pray. Love your neighbor. Speak up. Speak out.
Resist the Left’s cultural narrative. If we don’t, we may lose the window of opportunity for good.
Dr. Rhett Wilson, Sr., a freelance writer and editor, pastor and former adjunct college professor, lives in Lancaster, South Carolina, with his family. He graduated from Presbyterian College and lived for eighteen years in Laurens County. He blogs at www.wilsonrhett.com.