May 30th, 2024


The Freedom To Think . . . Like Us

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published Feb. 15, 2021

The Freedom To Think . . . Like Us
What happens when the "last best hope on earth" is gone?

Where do people go after the United States of America becomes just another totalitarian government with limited personal freedoms?

Freedom of speech, once the cornerstone of our nation, is on its way out thanks to politically correct policies and radical leftist agendas which have shut down true free speech and independent thought.

The emergence of internet social media sites as the primary means of communication has sped up the process. It's called "cancel culture." Go contrary to popular leftist dogma and you will be shunned, shamed, and possibly lose your job. People might find out where you live and target you and your family. On FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media sites you have the freedom to express your ideasÉ. as long as they conform to the leftist ideology of the web masters.

Did you vote for President Trump? If so, you are labeled racist, crazy, and a danger to society. You do not deserve to be employed, your views shouldn't be heard, and you must be shut off from participating in normal society. Actually, you should be imprisoned.

Since the presidential election President Trump has completely disappeared from the American scene. He has been vanquished from social media sites, for all intents and purposes he has lost his ability to freely communicate publicly. He has been banned from Twitter, once his best way of communication to the public. Television networks and other news media only cover him to ridicule him, they will not allow him to speak his mind. Businesses who once worked so well with him have cut him off. The left will not rest until they have completely and forevermore destroyed the man.

But this isn't only about President Trump, it's about everyone who supported him and his policies. President Trump is only the poster boy for all Americans who value individualism, freedom, and the traditional American ideal that anyone can make it in this country. The American dream that with proper education, hard work, and perseverance every person has a shot at success. This way of thinking has been completely dismissed in today's educational system and elite circles.

It is no longer a good value to believe in rugged self-reliance, now it is all about group identity. Tribalism has replaced individualism. To turn Martin Luther King's words upside-down, it is no longer about the content of your character, it is all about the color of your skin. Or your gender preference, or your biological sex. To believe otherwise clearly means you are a racist, homophobic, misogynistic goon. And no, you may not use our social media websites!

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The well-known phrase attributed to English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,"Êhas been used for decades as a way of illustrating the principle of freedom of speech. But you'll notice that you don't hear anyone saying that anymore. The thinking now is, "If you say something that I disapprove of, you are engaging in hate speech and therefore you must be silenced."

In George Orwell's prophetic sci-fi novel, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" one of the ministries of the dystopian government in the book is called "The Ministry of Truth." This ministry is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history to change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect.

Flash forward to 2021 America. So-called experts have been urging President Biden to appoint a task force headed up by a "reality czar" to focus on dictating and mitigating the dissemination of certain types of information. On February 2nd an article in the New York Times called for experts who could "help fix our truth-challenged information ecosystem" filled with "hoaxes, lies and collective delusions" created by people such as QAnon supporters, One America News watchers, and YouTube conspiracy theorists.

One of the solutions proposed is for the Biden administration to take action following the deadly Jan. 6 mob riot at the U.S. Capitol to establish a "truth commission" to investigate the siege. Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

Welcome to Orwellland. You can live a relatively nice little existence here as long as you only talk in approved language, go along with the approved programs, believe only what the elite majority tells you, and never, never question authority. Government will take care of all your necessaries; your schooling, your health, your job, your children's welfare, your pension, and your final days. Remember it's all about group identity not individualism. And the Marxist authoritarians control it all.

To paraphrase another George Orwell book, "Animal Farm," "Everyone is equal but some are more equal than others." Clearly, we are not all equal when it comes to expressing our ideas in public.