The year 2021 has been an unfolding disaster, aided and abetted by the Biden Administration. Actually, there were major clues as to how quickly and comprehensively things would go south.
For having the temerity and legal right to challenge the election of Joe Biden on the Senate floor, on behalf of major concerns of his constituents, Senator Josh Hawley’s book with Simon & Schuster was canceled. Hawley’s book had been slated for publication in the spring.
Simon & Schuster declared said: “After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley’s forthcoming Book, The Tyranny of Big Tech.” As if Hawley had anything to do with the protest. And the only thing that turned deadly was the killing of Ashli Babbitt by Capitol police. No Capitol protestor brandished a gun.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster continued. “As a publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: At the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” Really, what a crock.
Senator Hawley responded, “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity, which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.” He then said, “See you in court.”
Factoid: in 2000, 2004, 2016 Senate Democrats protested the presidential election results. Gosh, it must be okay if they did it.
The Left’s attempt to squelch views by anyone deemed to be a Republican or conservative then picked up steam. Randall Lane, the chief content officer of Forbes Media and editor of Forbes Magazine, which most people don’t realize was sold by the Forbes Family years ago, called for destroying the careers of anyone who worked for Trump, particularly his press secretaries including Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kayleigh McEnany.
“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie,” the almighty Lane wrote. “We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.”
Can you imagine the unmitigated gall of a major business magazine editor, once considered “a capitalist tool,” seeking to diminish the livelihood, reputation, and indeed quality of life of those who served in the administration of our 45th president? Happily, the little twit was forced to back down.
So Much More
If only the blatant social, civic, and financial attempts at ostracism were confined to American publishers. In January, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — perhaps the least intelligent person ever elected twice to Congress — repeatedly called for the re-education, reprogramming, or indoctrination of anyone who voted for Trump. She was joined by legions of others calling for the same. To put this in perspective, 75 to 80 million people, in her view, require some kind of intervention for the deep and desperate crime of having voted Republican.
If you had logged on to any alternative news site — not the mainstream press — including Politicrossing, Townhall, Rantingly, The Liberty Daily, Whatfinger News, Red State, and so on, on any day in early 2021, you’d see articles of those on the Left calling for drastic measures to silence those on the right.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supposedly a ‘moderate,’ openly called for removing both Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Manchin via the 14th Amendment, over their objections to Electoral College votes. Where was Sen. Manchin in 2016 when Nancy Pelosi did exactly the same thing?
Perpetual Litmus Tests
On the heels of the Left’s attempt to squelch the freedom of speech and livelihood of those on the Right came perhaps the most egregious development of the new year. National Guard troops assembled in Washington, D.C. to ‘insure’ domestic tranquility during the transfer of power on January 20th and were looked upon by the Left in a new light. They wanted to know who voted for Trump, versus who voted for Biden, and to send the Trump voters to the far ends of the country, away from Biden.
This ideological litmus test was much more than the start of a slippery slope, it virtually guaranteed that the nation would fracture in record time.
Suppose that hereafter, within the professions, you must declare whether or not you voted for Trump. No more buying real estate using a broker who leans right. Don’t even consider getting insurance from an agent who voted for Trump. What about your doctor? Can he or she be trusted if a GOP member? Do you want to retain an attorney who voted for Republicans?
As absurd as this seems, from January on, major voices on the Left preferred this path. NBA basketball players complained to the press that they didn’t want to play for a team whose owner is a Republican.
Alas, more reasoned voices did not prevail, and did point out the absurdity of asking people for their “official papers,” much like was done throughout Europe in the lead up to and during World War II.
Today, ten months later, at the rate that the Left is asserting itself in highly un-American ways, acting like the East German Stasi, and usurping the U.S. Constitution, there’s no real reason to hold out hope.