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President Joe Biden is pitching himself as the savior of democracy. "I will always defend, protect, and fight for our democracy," he said at a campaign event last week in New York City. He's been saying it for four years. It's a blatant lie. He's the king of censorship, silencing his critics like a despot and even trying to defend his censorship regime before the Supreme Court.
At high-dollar fundraising events last week from Manhattan to Silicon Valley, Biden bragged the survival of democracy hinges on his reelection over the MAGA Republicans. He'll reiterate that theme again in Phoenix on Thursday.
But democracy depends on a free marketplace of ideas. Biden is busy destroying that marketplace. He and his staff have masterminded a vast censorship scheme, coercing media platforms such as X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to take down views that challenge the administration on everything from vaccine safety and gas prices to Biden family mischief.
On Sept. 11, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found the Biden White House guilty of threatening and coercing social media executives to do what the federal government is constitutionally barred from doing on its own -- censoring the public. The judges ruled that bullying these companies into doing the administration's dirty work violates the First Amendment just as much as if government muzzles the public directly.
The Fifth Circuit issued an injunction, barring the Biden White House, surgeon general, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and FBI from trying to "coerce or significantly encourage social-media companies to remove ... content containing protected free speech."
Undeterred, Team Biden has gone to the Supreme Court to fight this limit on censorship. It's easier to win reelection if you can silence your critics.
Justice Samuel Alito paused the Fifth Circuit's order until today, Sept. 27, when the Court is expected to take further action.
Meanwhile, Biden is weaseling around the First Amendment's prohibition on government censorship by moving his social media attack dog, Rob Flaherty, from the White House to his campaign staff. Flaherty, who largely masterminded the White House's censorship operation, will now be operating from a new, nongovernmental perch.
Biden's lawyers argued in court that the tech platforms made their own decisions. That was a lie, and the judges saw right through it.
The evidence shows Biden threatened the social media platforms with punitive regulations, such as repealing liability immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and enforcing antitrust regulations, if the platforms didn't do his bidding.
In 2020, candidate Biden told a New York Times editorial board that Section 230 immunity should be revoked because media companies like Facebook failed to censure rival Donald Trump's political ads criticizing him.
After winning, Biden issued arrogant censorship demands, more like a despot than a believer in democracy.
On Feb. 6, 2021, Flaherty emailed Twitter to immediately remove a post that parodied Hunter Biden's adult daughter Finnegan. Twitter complied.
Over time, the censorship operation evolved into regularly scheduled meetings between Biden officials and tech employees, follow-up reports from the platforms on their compliance with Biden dictates, and special portals through which the Biden administration could request immediate action.
The New York Times depicts the legal battle against Biden's censorship as a challenge to "the government's ability to combat false and misleading narratives about the pandemic, voting rights and other issues that spread on social media."
Wrong. The Gray Lady presumes government can be trusted to decide what is false.
In reality, this is a case about protecting the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans to post their views and freely access the views of others.
It is also a case about the future of democracy. If Biden's censorship scheme survives Supreme Court review -- an unlikely outcome -- democracy will be the worse for it.
Expect Biden to continue parroting the claim he's defending democracy. It's far easier for him to campaign against a pretend threat than deal with real issues such as the economy and immigration, where his approval ratings don't break 30%, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Biden's censorship and the fight he's waging to continue muzzling the public -- the U.S. Constitution be damned -- show he's no champion of democracy. The judges of the Fifth Circuit didn't believe it. And you shouldn't either.
Joe Biden and the Democrats are playing this government shutdown game again.
They want to keep spending and they don't want to be checked in any way, despite the rising debt and the continuing annual deficits. I'm not even sure Joe Biden knows the difference between the two concepts, since he keeps confusing them.
But 80-year-old Joe Biden is stuck back in the past when in any fight over a government shutdown, the GOP often got blamed by the public.
Now, Biden claims he cares about not having a government shutdown and that it would be bad.
Yet he isn't doing anything at all to stop it, as we can see when the media questioned White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the subject Friday.
They don't have any meetings with Congress, and KJP doesn't even know when Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) last spoke. "It's not on us to fix," KJP says.
It's Friday, and Saturday is the deadline. Where's Joe Biden? He reportedly took an early lid for the day at 2:42 p.m. EST. It's very hard to "work" four hours a day, have one or two events in a day, and then be off for vacation most weekends.
Biden also has no events scheduled on Saturday or Sunday. So, he's not even pretending to be busy. He just can't be bothered, despite what he says.
But if Biden thought he could just sit back, grouse about Republicans, and pretend things aren't the fault of the Democrats, CNN's data guru Harry Enten has a big surprise for him. As Enten explained, the plurality of voters would blame Joe Biden and the Democrats for any government shutdown.
Enten went on to explain this is very different from prior shutdowns. Joe Biden, who seems frequently stuck in the past to his detriment, may be stuck in the past on this issue as well, thinking this is not going to adversely affect the Democrats and not understanding what Enten is saying.
He and the Democrats haven't done one thing to curb spending or to compromise with the Republicans. Biden just thinks it's his way or the highway.
If Biden is playing games here, it sounds like it's going to come back and hit him in the fanny, and it would be well-deserved.
In his September 21 speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, Joe Biden called rapper LL Cool J a “boy.” That grabbed attention but something of greater significance escaped notice.
“Our intelligence people say the greatest threat is domestic,” said Biden. “That’s the greatest terrorist — is domestic. Because far too often it’s still the case that you can get killed or attacked walking the streets of America just because you’re black or because you’re wearing a symbol of your faith.” Then, moments later:
“And let there be no question: Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to spread anger, hate, and division. They seek power at all costs. They’re determined to destroy this democracy.” That is boilerplate from Biden’s September 1, 2022 speech. The anniversary passed with little if any notice, and that invites a look back. Biden’s handlers swathed him in red light with Marines in the background, like something from an Oliver Stone movie.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” Biden said. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.” The MAGA Republicans “refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.” The Delaware Democrat wasn’t done.
“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,” representing a “clear and present danger to our democracy.”And so on, with a taut-faced Biden repeating “MAGA” a full 13 times. In the view of the Delaware Democrat, people who want to make the nation great pose the greatest threat, but there’s more to it.
The composite character president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama looked the other way at Islamic terrorism and targeted his domestic opposition. For example, in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security released Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1979-2008. This study classified persons judged to be “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing terrorists.”
In 2013, Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right, from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, warns about the “anti-federalist movement.” Members of this movement “espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights.” Faithful to the composite character president, the Delaware Democrat transforms his domestic opposition into terrorists.
In the spirit of John Lennon, “imagine” a victorious Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 calling the Stevenson Democrats a threat to the nation for being soft on Stalinism, then on the march around the world. Imagine Nixon in 1972 denouncing McGovern Democrats as a clear and present danger for advocating unilateral disarmament in the face of a massive Soviet military build-up. Nothing of the sort happened until Biden’s White House residency.
“We just need to remember who we are,” said Biden on September 1, 2022, and repeated last week. The people would do well to remember who Joe Biden is. That would be the plagiarist, serial prevaricator, and fall-guy, but there’s more to the man.
In law school the Delaware Democrat was a bottom feeder and even hagiographical hooey like Mark Bowden’s “Biden: The Salesman” noted that Biden seldom cited any writings of importance. Biden’s ignorance has been confirmed on many occasions, including a 2020 debate covering historical and military affairs.
Joe Biden never served in the military and on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, yelling “Allahu Akbar” as he fired, gunned down 13 unarmed American soldiers The victims included Pvt. Francheska Velez, who was pregnant, and Hasan wounded more than 30 others.
For the composite character president, this was “workplace violence,” not terrorism or even gun violence. Remember, the true terrorists were now his domestic opposition, not Islamic jihadists like Hasan. For his part, vice president Biden expressed sympathy for the families of the soldiers “who fell today.”
Biden named not a single soldier who “fell,” and failed to name or condemn the shooter. For the Delaware Democrat, the terrorist mass murder was a “senseless tragedy.” For further reading, see “Lessons from Fort Hood.”
Last March 27 at a Nashville school, Audrey Hale, a woman who thought she was a man, gunned down nine-year-olds Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney and Evelyn Dieckhaus, and adults Mike Hill, Katherine Koonce, and Cynthia Peak. Biden did not name or condemn the shooter, failed to name a single victim, and did not attend any of the funerals.
Recall the disastrous Afghan withdrawal, which he called an “extraordinary success.” Recall the raging inflation, destruction of the border, all that business with son Hunter, the claim that Chinese Communists are “not bad folks,” and so on.
Whether Joe Biden is the worst-ever president is the wrong question. Better now to judge where the Delaware Democrat ranks among the worst people in American history. If that seems a stretch, consider this. With Joe Biden, as with so much going on today, it’s all about memory against forgetting.
Instead, Democrats and their radical and violent base, their mega-monied leftists, have three central goals for one party, not one country: Ideology, power and money.
To achieve this, they are now gutting America, scooping out the working parts and replacing them with Marxist-inspired controls. “Equity” dumbs everybody down. Critical race theory obliterates individuals. Environmental, social and governance policies rope everyone in to be agents of the Democratic Party state.
Check your retirement account. It’s an ESG donor now.
Democrats now depict the United States as such an awful place that it can’t be redeemed. Keyword: “racism.” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, son of the late Joseph Buttigieg, a leading American Marxist professor, states without doubt that roads are racist. The liberal media write that lawns are racist, as are Black conservatives, school choice and dissenting parents. And anyone who disagrees with them.
Leading the charge is President Biden. He characterizes America as frothing with White supremacists. They lurk everywhere, causing chaos and havoc, according to his fanciful mind. He is a grumpy president whose motive is to keep Black Americans as angry and resentful as possible.
The rampant urban crime destroying neighborhoods — thefts, carjackings, murders. Yep. White supremacists.
Underwriting this restructuring ofourcountry are socialist oligarchs led by George Soros, who funds every aspect of the left and theparty.His agenda for us peasants: open borders, no sovereignty, no criminal prosecution and defunded police. All of these have been disasters, but that’s the objective. (Mr. Soros, a billionaire currency trader, lives a life of comfort in a town that has a robust police force right down the road.)
He hates sovereignty — the right of the United States to govern itself.
“The sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions,” he wrote in his 1998 game plan, “The Crisis of Global
A political party, if truly dedicated to American greatness, would shun such a financier as Mr. Soros. But since theDemocratic Partyis dedicated to the troika of
The United Nations, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization and other global power wannabes are circling, waiting until the Soros regime takes firm control so they can pounce. They want our money, billions of it, and our sovereignty.
Mr. Biden is the Lenin in all of this. To achieve a one-party state, he first opened the southwestern border to suck in millions of future voters. The vicious drug cartels are organizing and transporting them. All Mr. Biden needed to do was change immigration rules to usher them in as fast as possible.
Never missing a chance to weaken the U.S. as a nation, left-wing groups argue that citizenship laws are filled with racism. Local blue jurisdictions are moving to let noncitizens vote.
In the District of Columbia, Democrats have prepared a law to take over federal elections now run by states. The Democrats’ proposal, which is blocked in the Senate for now, requires that states register everyone to vote who has an address.
This goes back to the Biden grand plan: Flood us with illegal migrants and weaken citizenship.
The goal of transitioning America to a one-party state permeates the left 24/7.
The Justice Department brazenly targets Mr. Biden’s political adversaries. Pro-life people are surveilled for any chance to charge them with a crime and bolster Democrats’ abortion politics. Free spirit Elon Musk took away Twitter (now X), the Democrats’ personal information playground. Mr. Biden promptly targeted him for investigation.
A growing censorship industry, including the FBI, harasses conservative media under the fake title of “fact checkers.” They target views with which they disagree and press advertisers to cut off money.
Why does Mr. Biden go soft on China? Why does he say he will not “contain” China and wants China to succeed economically?
Because Chinese money makes its way not only into the Biden family but also into Democratic Party campaigns via middlemen. Michael Bloomberg, for example, is a giant Democratic donor. He also does extensive business in China. He says China is not a dictatorship.
Mr. Biden’s campaign committee and dedicated PACs spent $1.6 billion in the 2020 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org. Then-President Donald Trump spent $600,000 less, at $1 billion.
Only one force has enough money, organization and intellectual power to stop Democrats, billionaire oligarchs and the liberal press.
It’s the Republican-conservative alliance.
Out of that movement, conservatives chose the only person they believed was tough enough to lead to a new American freedom.
Donald Trump, flawed as he is, is a natural counter-Democrat who enjoys expressing a love of America as a nation. His supporters view him as genuine. Mr. Biden brands them as terrorists. Mr. Trump exalts in their presence.
Unfortunately, in the Jan. 6 riot, Mr. Trump gave Democrats the political gift of a lifetime. He chose to listen to uninformed conspiratorialists. Thus was born the ill-fated “Stop the Steal.”
The FBI’s crimes against his presidency made him reflexively paranoid. He was not prepared for Washington’s liberal viciousness.
Who knew in 2016 that at FBI headquarters sat an angry cabal of left-wing anti-Trump activists? To destroy him, the FBI conspired with the press and Democrats to rally around a Kremlin-fed, Hillary Clinton campaign-financed hoax called the dossier.
Because of this history, he came to believe the 2020 election was just another fraud by the Democrats to deny him office.
Opinion polls indicate that the vast majority of Europeans have drunk the global warming kool-aid, at least in theory. But things change when they are confronted with “green” realities. The Wall Street Journal reports:
For years, Europe has been at the forefront of the global drive to curb carbon emissions and slow climate change, pledging to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Overwhelming numbers of Europeans say they like the idea.
Now, however, a small but growing backlash suggests a more complicated truth: Voters may like the idea more than the reality.
Because the reality is ridiculously expensive and represents a degradation in quality of life. In Britain, the Conservative Party has been sinking in the polls, largely because of Boris Johnson’s foolish “green” policies. Now Rishi Sunak is backing off, and as a result, the Tories are again looking competitive:
This week, the U.K. said it would delay a planned ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and vans to 2035 from 2030, and ease plans to force households to scrap their gas-powered boilers for pricier but cleaner heat pumps. It also promised never to impose a carbon tax on meat or aviation, two other sources of emissions.
A carbon tax on meat? Try to sell that to Americans! Crickets and meal worms just aren’t the same.
Germany has been the “leader” in the rush to adopt bad energy policies. Its policies have caused Germans’ standard of living to plummet.
Germany has passed a new piece of legislation mandating energy savings measures across every sector of the economy.
“The new law, called The Energy Efficiency Act, would regulate energy savings in public buildings, industry, and data centers in hopes of reducing energy consumption by 26.5% by 2030 compared to 2008,” reports Oilprice.com. “In August of last year, Germany banned swimming and bathing pool heat, and capped heating above 66F in office buildings, and banned heating in certain public areas. Hot water was turned down for handwashing in restrooms, and monument and advertisement lighting was mostly prohibited.”
According to Oilprice, Germany’s energy consumption fell to its lowest level since 1990 last year, but the country is unlikely to meet its goal of cutting emissions by 35% compared to 1990.
Declining energy consumption = declining standard of living. So now, even the German government sees how the wind is blowing:
Germany, run by a coalition that includes the Green Party, also recently watered down its plans to ban new gas heaters for homes after a backlash from homeowners and opposition politicians.
“Green” policies include inflicting electric vehicles on the people, by bribing and requiring manufacturers to build them, and consumers to buy them. But this, too, is not going well. In England, electric vehicle sales are pretty much limited to heavily-bribed companies:
The vast majority of new BEV registrations this year — more than 75 per cent — were with fleets and business owners, which can take advantage of company car tax breaks, the benefits-in-kind regime and salary-sacrifice schemes that mean running an electric car attracts dramatically less tax.
In the first half of this year, 37,000 new electric cars were registered to private retail-buying motorists, or just 24.2 per cent of all BEVs. That is down from the 41,800 BEVs sold to private motorists in the first half of last year when retail buyers accounted for 36.3 per cent of all electric car sales.
The fall coincides not only with the cost of living crisis but also with the scrapping of the “plug-in car grant”, which at one stage was worth up to £5,000 off a new electric car.
People only buy electric vehicles if you pay them to.
The entire “green” enterprise is one of the most corrupt phenomena of world history. The goal is to use the coercive power of government to shift trillions of dollars in wealth from disfavored industries and people to favored industries and people. Naturally, the governments engaged in this effort receive lots of support from the people and industries that expect to receive the trillions of dollars. If the beneficiaries don’t get their subsidies, they get impatient. Thus, when the U.K. pushed back its ban on gas-powered cars to 2035:
Ford Motor sharply criticized the move, saying the company and industry were investing billions in making their cars fully electric. “Our business needs three things from the U.K. government: ambition, commitment and consistency. A relaxation of 2030 would undermine all three,” Ford U.K. chair Lisa Brankin said.
To paraphrase, they need cash plus mandates, so that consumers don’t have a choice. Until now, governments have been happy to make those promises. But now, voters are starting to get their turn.
On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill into law that will fine schools that ban textbooks based on their teachings on race, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The legislation, AB 1078, will punish school boards that choose to reject these kinds of textbooks for their students. Newsom called the measure “long overdue,” according to NBC News.
“From Temecula to Tallahassee, fringe ideologues across the country are attempting to whitewash history and ban books from schools. With this new law, we’re cementing California’s role as the true freedom state: a place where families — not political fanatics — have the freedom to decide what’s right for them,” Newsom said in a statement.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Newsom said that Republicans are pushing “extremist book bans” and described it as “discriminatory.”
In a video signing the bill, Newsom said that it’s “remarkable that we’re living in a country right now in this banning binge” and said that school boards are “banning books, banning free speech, criminalizing librarians and teachers.”
Townhall previously reported how Newsom announced that his administration will fine a school district $1.5 million after its school board voted to reject state-endorsed curriculum that includes a biography of a gay rights leader.
In an interview this week, Nicki Neily, the president of Parents Defending Education, said that “saying that a sexually explicit book doesn’t belong in an elementary school is not the same as burning a book in Berlin in 1933.”
“We’re seeing activists on the left, teachers unions, politicians really try and muddy the water intentionally to confuse parents,” Neily.
This week, it was announced that Newsom would debate GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for president in 2024, in November.