“Ministry of truth?!”

Are we living in a “Game of Thrones?!”

This just keeps getting better and better!

Please tell me more about this “Ministry of Truth!”

Brian Flood of Fox News reports that, “Media watchdogs [a dying breed] are shocked and appalled that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Congress is looking into media literacy initiatives, including a commission to help ‘rein in’ misinformation in the wake of last week’s deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol – and one critic slammed AOC’s suggestion as ‘wholly un-American.’”

Ya think?

“During a lengthy live stream on Instagram on Tuesday night, the leader of the so-called ‘Squad’ discussed the aftermath of the Capitol riot, how she feared for her life during the chaos and what needs to be done going forward.”

It has become quite apparent that the democrats plan on using the capitol riots as an excuse to implement more of their un-American ideas, much like they used the pandemic.

“At one point, Ocasio-Cortez read a question from a viewer who asked if there is discussion in Congress on ‘truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives’ to help with healing.”

What?

“Media literacy initiatives?” 

Who are these deranged and misguided people who are her viewers?

I’m sorry…, did I really just ask that?

Let’s just proceed. 

‘“I can say, there is absolutely a commission being discussed but it seems to be more investigatory, in style rather than truth and reconciliation, so I think that’s an interesting concept for us to explore, and I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.”

That would be great, Alexandria…, but I can’t see your “commission” reining-in CNN, MSNBC, or the Washington Post!

‘“Fox & Friends’ anchor Steve Doocy said he was ‘a little troubled’ by Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion and enlisted The Hill media columnist Joe Concha to help figure out who would decide what media gets reined in under the progressive lawmaker’s plan.”

‘“Let’s unpack this proposal.  She wants to basically establish a Ministry of Truth.  We’ve all read ‘1984’ and, you know, to determine what is truth and what is not. So, who sits on this committee exactly? Eric Swalwell? Adam Schiff? Because they seem to have some challenges when it comes to telling the truth,’ Concha said.”

I’m afraid many of our friends haven’t read ‘1984,’ Joe, but they definitely should.  It would help people recognize, more readily, what’s going on in our country today.    

‘“How does Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez define truth exactly? She was asked in a CNN interview, this was a couple of years ago after she was fact-checked on some very dubious claims, about those particular claims and she said, ‘People want to really blow up one figure here, or a word there, I would argue they are missing the forest for the trees, I think there is a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, semantically correct than being morally right,’ Concha said.”

‘“Oh, so it’s not about being factually correct, it’s what she sees as being right and wrong from a moral perspective,’ Concha continued. ‘Let’s say I want to argue against defunding the police or adding two states, which therefore would add four Democratic Senators, does that make me morally wrong and therefore do I have to testify before this committee? Am I pulled off the air? That’s the thing when you have a Democratically controlled Washington — Congress, Senate and White House – this sort of thing in terms of government regulating speech should stay in China, or stay in North Korea or, I don’t know, “1984.”’”

“Concha feels it’s ‘stunning’ that Ocasio-Cortez’s statement hasn’t received more attention [That’s because the democrat propaganda media doesn’t want to let this cat out of the bag just yet.].  But one person who took notice was conservative columnist David Harsanyi, who penned a New York Post opinion piece headlined, ‘AOC and other progressives have a new goal: Silence the press.’”

‘“Perhaps in the political systems favored by AOC, citizens are impelled to look to government for ultimate truth, but that’s not the case in the United States. At least, not yet. Here, the Constitution “reins in” Congress from intruding on the speech of citizens, journalists, or any private institutions, not the other way around,’ Harsanyi wrote.”

‘“We need only point to our media “fact-checkers,” journalists with political and ideological biases who have regularly, and arbitrarily, labeled completely debatable contentions as falsehoods, while either ignoring or justifying scores of other unsettled contentions,’ Harsanyi wrote. ‘Are these the arbiters of facts who will be manning the government commission appointed by those storied truthtellers in congress?’”

“He noted recent mainstream media and big tech gaffes, such as Twitter censoring damning stories related to Hunter Biden and endless promoting alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as an example of why the press shouldn’t sit on AOC’s hypothetical commission.”

Bingo!

‘“Has anyone ever proposed a truth commission to heal the nation from those wounds?’”

The answer to that would be “no.”

Or more appropriately, “of course not!”

‘“The less powerful would either be left to contour their speech to please the state’s factcheckers or be branded liars. The press should be challenging those in power, not obsequiously trying to earn gold stars from unelected bureaucrats on a state-run committee,’ Harsanyi continued in the scathing column.”

Well said, Harsanyi.

‘“It’s just creepy, not to mention wholly un-American, for an elected official to advocate the state as adjudicator of veracity of our political speech. It’s also crassly hypocritical. If anyone could use a truth commission, it’s Congress,’ he concluded.”

Here, here!!!

“Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce also blasted Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that the free press needs to be reined in.”

‘“When she was talking about media literacy I thought she was talking about herself and about the Democrats in general. Look, they’ve already got the commission, it’s called the legacy media,’ Bruce said Thursday on ‘Fox & Friends.’”

‘“They already obey… they’re an arm of the Democratic Party,’ Bruce said. ‘What they’re talking about are dissenters, talking about arguments like this… a conversation that critiques and dissents within the framework of what they’re doing but it also exposes, doesn’t it, the idea of the power that they think they have.’”

“Bruce said Democrats should be keeping Americans safe from foreign adversaries, in addition to helping slow the spread of coronavirus, but instead they worry about controlling what people are allowed to say.”

‘“They’re down at their little desks looking at what it is they can do to control the conversations in the United States,’ Bruce said. ‘Considering what we’ve just been through, and the imperative of transparency, we need more conversation. We need more openness, and of course the American people… know very well what they want to hear, what’s good, what’s not good, but it also presumes… that the American people are babies, that they need to be controlled by government.’”

“The office of Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

They didn’t “immediately respond,” nor will they ever respond.

I’m sure they want to “rein in” any potential “misinformation,” like what AOC actually said.

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Are you kidding us, Twitter?!

Andrew Mark Miller, Social Media Producer for The Washington Examiner, repots that, “Twitter condemns Uganda for blocking social media apps and censoring internet before key election.”

You have to be kidding us!

You have to be kidding us, right, Twitter?!

Well, apparently not.  

“Twitter [and their goofy CEO, Jack Dorsey] is openly condemning internet service providers blocking social media apps in the run-up to an election in Uganda, as it takes criticism for alleged censorship on its own platform.”

“Alleged?!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

There is NOTHING “alleged” about Twitter’s censorship leading up to the 2020 presidential election in the United States.

NOTHING!!!

Let’s just get that straight. 

‘“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,’ the social media giant posted in a statement on Tuesday.”

‘“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,’ the statement continued.”

“The company argued that ‘access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.’”

Please don’t tell us you read what you wrote to the Ugandan government, and then sent it to them anyway with a clear conscience.

Please don’t try and tell us that you actually believe what you wrote there.

YOU CANNOT BE ANYMORE HYPOCRITICAL OR DISINGENUOS THAT TWITTER WAS IN ITS STATEMENT TO UGANDA!

I’ll say it again…, YOU CANNOT BE ANYMORE HYPOCRITICAL OR DISINGENUOS THAT TWITTER WAS IN ITS STATEMENT TO UGANDA!

“Last year, Twitter was widely criticized for censorship on its platform, including the spiking of a bombshell New York Post story on President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings [with The Ukraine, Russia and China].

“In recent weeks, the social media platform was slammed by conservatives after the company permanently banned President Trump and appeared to purge tens of thousands of followers from many prominent conservative accounts.”

And Twitter said that, “access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”

AHHHHHHHH!!!

C’MON, TWITTER! 

And, again…, YOU CANNOT BE ANYMORE HYPOCRITICAL OR DISINGENUOS THAN IN YOUR STATEMENT TO UGANDA!

You just can’t be.

“Conservatives on Twitter quickly blasted the social media company in response to the Uganda statement.”

‘“Are there no mirrors at twitter,’ Blaze social media editor Jessica O’Donnell tweeted.”

‘“You don’t say…’ Spectator USA contributor Stephen L. Miller sarcastically responded.”

And, ‘“What kind of monsters would block the right to free speech!!!’ policy writer and commentator Anuraag Saxena tweeted. ‘Oh wait!’”

“Twitter declined to answer a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.”

That’s odd.

“Uganda has banned social media and stepped up security days before the presidential election between President Yoweri Museveni and his challenger Bobi Wine [Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu]. Museveni apologized for the move but claimed he had ‘no choice’ after Facebook removed several posts supporting his party.”

I guess censorship deserves to be censored!

How can you argue with that?!

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“Liberals” aren’t liberal anymore!

Please refer to my blog, published November 6, 2017, “O True Liberals, True Liberals, wherefore art thou True Liberals?”

https://mrericksonrules.com/2017/11/06/o-true-liberals-true-liberals-wherefore-art-thou-true-liberals/

I guess I was a little bit ahead of my time.

Yes, it’s true…, “liberals” aren’t the real “liberals” anymore.

And they haven’t been for a while.  

In a strange reversal of roles, the “conservatives” have become the new “liberals!”

Don’t believe me?

Well, let’s take a look at what’s been happening in our country.

In recent years, it is the democrats, the former liberals, who have been quashing freedom of speech and freedom of thought, at what had previously been the most liberal places in our country, our colleges and universities!

The supposed places of “higher learning!”

It is the democrats, the former liberals, who have, and who are continuing to hijack our language.

Jim Harbison of the Las Cruces Sun-News, says, “We now live in a Wikipedia society — where anyone can change the meaning of a word to satisfy some misguided or politically correct social engineering goal. Progressives have become masters of vocabulary manipulation and are constantly changing the traditional meaning of words to fit their political agenda.”

“They have co-opted the meaning of words to deceive the uninformed, uneducated and apathetic public. This is not a new concept and it has been in practice for decades. It has, however, become a more prominent tactic of the political left in recent years.”

“In the 1990s, President Clinton famously defended his conduct with Monica Lewinski by stating ‘It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.’ I think most people who completed high school English commonly understood the definition of the word to be the third-person singular present tense of the English language verb ‘to be.’ Its meaning was clear to everyone except the Democrats.”

“Liberals [the former liberals] have hijacked many words. For example, the word gay originally meant feelings of being ‘carefree’ or ‘happy.’ Now the most commonly accepted use of the word gay primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.”

“The term illegal immigration is no longer politically acceptable because it might reflect negatively upon some poor, misunderstood ‘migrant’ who entered the United States illegally seeking a better life. The liberal [formerly liberal] left now identifies them as undocumented immigrants, and sometimes called unregistered Democrats.”

“Even the concept and word ‘taxes’ has not gone unchanged. The government now prefers to call taxes ‘revenue enhancements,’ welfare or public assistance is now ‘entitlements,’ and hunger is now ‘food insecurity.’ Racism is no longer based on religion, color, creed but on political orientation, and anyone who challenges the liberal left’s agenda is branded a ‘racist.’”

We are also not supposed to use the gender specific terms, man, woman, mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, or grandfather anymore.

It is the democrats, the former liberals, who are the purveyors of widespread censorship in our country.

We are seeing examples of this by democrat held companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Apple, just to name a few.

I have experienced the wrath of Google and Facebook myself, on numerous occasions.  

And now our own government is even getting in on the act, attempting to silence any potential opposition to their agenda.

We have even heard democrats call for “reeducation camps” now, for those in opposition to their madness!

It’s actually kind of scary.

Yes, my friends…, the tables have definitely turned, and I am more than happy to assume the title of “liberal” now.

So, now when you hear these democrat, neo-fascist, socialists, communists, and Nazis in waiting referred to as “liberals,” you will know who the real “liberals” are.   

It is my hope that someday, my children, their children, and their children’s children will be able to look back on what this “liberal” stood for…, true American freedom and true American liberty, and be proud of this old man.  

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The CENSORING of America!

In recent days, we have seen Facebook and Twitter censoring articles critical of presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter.

They claim these articles are “unverified,” and therefore should not be spread on social media.

Oh…, do you mean like the unverified Russian collusion reports which were shoved down our throats for over two years?!

For over two years…, night and day!!!

Seriously?!

And the people attempting to spread these reports are having their accounts censored, locked, blocked, or shutdown altogether!

Is this really happening in America?!

I feel like we are experiencing censorship you could expect to experience in Communist Russia or Communist China…, not in The United States of America. 

 I don’t recall Facebook and Twitter censoring ANY anti-Trump, Russian hoax, anonymous source, reports.

Facebook, Twitter, and the mainstream media have shown their hands here.

They are all undeniably co-conspirators and propaganda allies of the democrat party.

Undeniably and unabashedly.

Without question.

In a related article, according to Brian Flood of Fox News, “Ex-Facebook honcho Tim Kendall says Big Tech is a ‘threat to democracy,’ and calls for social media reform.”

‘“Media Angle’ is a column [for Fox News] offering perspectives on the media landscape from the newsmakers themselves.

‘“Moment’ CEO Tim Kendall is among the stars of the wildly popular Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma,’ which tackles the negative impact social media and Big Tech can have on people — and the former Facebook executive feels Big Tech is a threat to democracy that could eventually lead to a civil war in America.” 

‘“Extreme outcomes are the logical end conclusion if there is no action on social media reform during the increasing destabilization of civil society,’ Kendall told Fox News.”

“The Social Dilemma” features several Silicon Valley insiders explaining the dark side of social media, with everyone from the co-inventor of Facebook’s ‘like’ button to high-powered executives weighing in.” 

“Kendall, who is a central figure in the film, was once the director of monetization at Facebook but now runs ‘Moment,’ a company dedicated to ‘fighting to reimagine the tech industry as one built for its users.’”

“MA: Big tech is called a ‘global assault on democracy’ in the film, and you say you’re concerned it could lead to a civil war. Why are these horrifying claims realistic?”  

“Kendall: The attention-based business model of social media companies is a threat to democracy. We as users are attracted to content that entertains us and reinforces our views. ‘Big Social,’ as I call it, knows this and presents information that will keep us coming back to their platforms. These corporate practices encourage online tribalism that exacerbates the societal division we see today amid unprecedented economic, climate, and public health turmoil.”

“I truly believe things will not get better until tech companies move away from creating exploitative products that drive conflict over conversation, division over unity, and misinformation over truth. Extreme outcomes are the logical end conclusion if there is no action on social media reform during the increasing destabilization of civil society.”  

“MA: A recent report showed the overwhelming majority of campaign contributions from employees at big tech firms went to Democratic candidates. Do conservatives have even more to fear than liberals and progressives?” 

I can answer that one! 

The real answer is a resounding “YES!”

“Kendall: We cannot allow the conversation around misinformation and social media addiction to become a partisan issue. Big Social does not care what content you are consuming, where you live, or what you believe so long as you are giving away your time to their platforms and helping drive up their advertising revenues.”

What do you mean, “We cannot allow the conversation around misinformation and social media addiction to become a partisan issue?”

It IS most definitely a “partisan issue.”

It IS an attack on conservatives by the liberals who control and run these social media companies. 

And “Big Social” absolutely does care about what “content you are consuming,” and they are intent on making sure they steer you on the “enlightened” and the “approved” liberal path.

“MA: What needs to happen to alleviate your concerns about social media’s impact on modern society?”   

“Kendall: I think there are three things that need to change. First, until the financial incentives are removed these companies will continue to operate by creating social media addicts of its users. Second, we need better regulation—no industry, including tech, should be in the position to regulate themselves. Third, we need innovation to help people take back their lives from their devices. This is in part why I started my company, ‘Moment,’ to develop tools that give control back to individuals.”

Okay…, so one and three won’t be happening anytime soon.

I’m not normally a big fan of government regulations, but in this case, we really have no other options. 

Discrimination calls for regulation!!!

‘“The Social Dilemma’ is now streaming on Netflix.”

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Social media is getting pretty antisocial!

According to Subrat Patnaik and Shubham Kalia for Reuters, “Twitter hid a tweet from President Donald Trump on Friday, accusing him of breaking its rules by ‘glorifying violence’ in a message that said looters at protests in Minneapolis would be shot.”

That doesn’t sound like “glorifying violence…,” it sounds like a warning or a threat.

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“Twitter’s decision to step in, at a time of racially charged civil unrest in cities across the United States, escalates a feud between [President] Trump and tech companies.”

“It came just hours after Trump signed an executive order threatening Silicon Valley social media firms with new regulations [guaranteeing] free speech.”

‘“…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!’ [President] Trump’s tweet read.”

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“[President] Trump’s message can now be seen only after clicking on a notice which says: ‘This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.’”

So nice of you to allow us to see what our President has to say!

Where the hell are we?!

We are still living in America, aren’t we?

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This is beginning to sound like more and more like George Orwell’s book, “1984.”

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It took a little longer than George thought, but it is happening.

“1984” is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell.

A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is a state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.

The book was published in 1949, and centers on the consequences of government over-reach, totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society.

The story takes place in an imagined future, the year 1984, when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, a distortion of the historical record, and propaganda.  The “thought police” are employed there as well.

“1984” popularized the adjective “Orwellian,” which represents things such as official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading terminology, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state.

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Is all of this starting to sound familiar?

“Twitter said it had taken its action over the Trump tweet ‘in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts.’”

Oh…, of course…, it was in our best interests, for our own safety, for our own good.

That’s what the Nazis told the Jews as the forced them from their homes.

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and liberal political activist, Colin Kaepernick, recently tweeted about the Minneapolis riots, “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back!”

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Now there’s a tweet that seems to be “glorifying violence.”

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Where’s the notice that this tweet violated Twitter’s rules?

We all know Twitter is just fine with Kaepernick’s tweet, but all up in arms over President Trump’s tweet.

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There are hundreds of millions of tweets every day.

This is targeted censorship.  I guarantee you that I could tweet the exact same thing President Trump did and there would be no warning or disclaimer attached to my tweet.

In fact, I can guarantee you there are tens of thousands of untruthful tweets and tweets promoting violence out there that will never be flagged.

The only tweets that will be flagged are those which, by flagging them, will advance the liberal narrative.

There’s no real concern about safety or truthfulness.

It’s ALL about advancing the liberal narrative.

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On a side note…, Twitter is based in…, where else but…, in San Francisco, California!

Well, who’da thunk it?

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Where else would the liberal word and thought police be headquartered?

WINNING!

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