The fallout continues from the tragic events at the pro-Trump rally last week in Washington, DC where some supporters of President Trump stormed the capitol and disrupted the process of certifying the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It was an outrageous breach of security and unprecedented assault on the peaceful transition of power that is a hallmark of our constitutional system of government. The loss of life in the process is both tragic and intolerable. I join with numerous conservative leaders, including IOF President Brian Brown, the publisher of iFamNews, in calling for all those who were involved to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, the reaction of the left to the situation, predictably, has been to use the crisis as an opportunity to score political points at the expense of conservatives. This all while claiming to want to “unite” the country in the most divisive time in modern history.
With the Trump administration in its waning days, social media giants are engaged in what is nothing short of a conspiracy to crush dissent and cancel conservative voices. First, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram banned President Trump from their platforms, effectively eliminating his ability to communicate with his nearly 100 million social media followers. Think about that – they are trying to silence the President of the United States. They claim that the president is responsible for inciting the riot at the capitol last week and thus they cannot allow any further communications from him to be transmitted. Ironically, their ban limited distribution of President Trump’s excellent statement calling for rioters to be fully prosecuted and vowing to assist with the peaceful transition of power.
The actions of these social media giants were quickly followed by other critical elements of the Internet infrastructure. At least one email provider to President Trump and his campaign, and perhaps more, has banned him from communicating with his supporters. To add insult to injury, the dominant online credit card processor in the country, Stripe, has banned the processing of any donations to President Trump’s campaign. Not to be outdone, the nation’s leading ecommerce platform – Shopify – has taken to banning the sale of all merchandise they deem favorable to President Trump. They have closed several pro-Trump shopping sites. Even the streaming music site Spotify has banned President Trump from using their site.
Seeing what Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the others were doing to President Trump, millions of his supporters flocked to a rival social media platform, Parler. For years, when conservatives have complained about censorship of their views by social media giants, we were told to build our own platform. That is exactly what the founders of Parler did. Now that they have grown to the point where they were attracting a critical mass of users, Big Tech has proved the “build your own platform” to be a lie. Apple, Google and Amazon have all openly joined the conspiracy against conservatives and shut down Parler. They lie that they are concerned about it becoming a platform for “hate speech” to exist with insufficient monitoring to protect the public. In reality, they are concerned about conservative speech having any place to be expressed and for dissent against the left’s dangerous policies to take hold. As of today, Parler is unable to function.
This crushing of Parler follows the decision of the Big Tech cabal to ban or severely limit discussion of the explosive NY Post report about Hunter Biden in the days immediately preceding the November election. Our social media overlords determined that this story did not aid their narrative that Joe Biden should be elected, so they killed it.
Crushing conservative voices is not the end-game for the radical left, it is only an important first step. By pushing conservatives from the public square, they are more able to crush our Constitution, and our national traditions so as to impose their radical agenda. What do they have in mind?
First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises to once again impeach President Trump even though he is already in his final full week in office. She wants to stain Trump as the only US President to have been impeached twice. She also hopes to prevent him from running for office ever again. To show how transparently political this action is, Pelosi will apparently hold transmission of the impeachment article to the Senate for nearly four months so as not to distract the Senate from its work to assist the incoming Biden administration with confirmation of appointments and moving forward on his agenda. Then, sometime late this Spring, Democrats will demand Trump’s conviction in the Senate and removal from office – long after he has already departed the White House. It’s insane.
Legal scholars like professors Alan Derschowitz and Jonathan Turley have noted that this move does great harm to the Constitution, because it weaponizes both the impeachment and 25th Amendment clauses of the Constitution. To impeach a president over lawful, even if disagreeable speech, as they intend to do with President Trump’s remarks to the rally last week means that any president can be impeached or removed from office under the 25th Amendment for any cause whatsoever.
But the left doesn’t care about the Constitution any more than they care about conservative voices or values. They are hellbent on imposing their agenda at all cost. The mayor of Washington, DC has called on Democrats to make the District of Columbia the 51st state within 100 days. The Governor of Puerto Rico has also demanded that Democrats deliver on their statehood promise to them. The country’s soon-to-be newest Senator, Raphael Warnock of Georgia, adamantly refuses to answer questions about whether he will vote to pack the US Supreme Court to give liberals a majority.
These things and many other radical policies would require the Senate to get rid of the filibuster rule which effectively results in a 60-vote requirement to pass most legislation. If all the Democrats held firm, they could do so in a straight party-line vote. Incoming majority leader Chuck Schumer has said that this should be on the table, but Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, has said he will not vote to eliminate the filibuster. Will he be able to resist the pressure that will be put on him by his colleagues and the radical left — no doubt amplified by the Big Tech overlords? Last month, Manchin said he “absolutely opposed” president-elect Biden’s desire to send $2,000 stimulus checks to millions of Americans. Now he has apparently walked that position back, with a spokesperson indicating that he may be open to it “at the appropriate time.”
You can see that the radical left with their allies in Big Tech and corporate interests are in a headlong rush to remake America to solidify their hold on power. Chuck Schumer promised us this would happen if Democrats won the two Senate seats in Georgia, which they did. That’s what this is all about, and it has extremely dangerous implications for all pro-family groups.
It used to be that defenders of the natural family and traditional family values would be forced to debate the issues in a one-sided fashion. Groups like IOF and the National Organization for Marriage on one side and Hollywood, corporate interests, big time sport leagues, celebrities, the LGBT lobby and technology companies on the other. Little did we realize that situation, as unfair as it was, may turn out to be the ‘good old days.’
This cannot be allowed to continue. With Democrats soon to control the House of Representatives, US Senate and White House, there is no hope that Big Tech will change their crushing behavior anytime soon. I call upon all Republican state Attorney Generals to work together to bring anti-trust lawsuits against each and every participant in the Big Tech cabal. These companies must be broken up in the public interest. There is no other realistic alternative to eliminating the voice of half the country when it comes to politics, policy and our collective future.