By John J. Duncan Jr.
Charles Krauthammer was considered by many, including me, to be the most brilliant columnist of our time.
Unfortunately, he passed away in June of 2018 at the age of 68 from cancer.
He won a Pulitzer Prize for his columns which were syndicated to over 400 publications.
He started out as a liberal, and after graduating from the Harvard Medical School, worked in the Carter White House and as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale.
He spent most of his life, however, as a staunch conservative and regular commentator on the Fox Network.
Krauthammer once wrote: “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”
I thought of this in regard to the recent disclosures by Elon Musk, journalist Matt Taibbi, and others about the collusion between some high-ranking Democrats and powerful big-tech executives and the FBI to censor free speech by conservatives.
Almost two years ago I wrote a Focus column about how liberals were opposed to free speech for anyone who disagreed with them.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald said the left is trying to “silence everyone that disagrees with them, the very hallmark, the epitome of the fascism they claim to be fighting, but in reality they embody.”
He said this long before all the recent exposure of the censorship of conservatives by Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google that was encouraged, requested, or demanded by high-level Democrats.
Until recently, this opposition to free speech was seen most clearly on college campuses where young liberals would physically attack young conservatives and/or rudely shout down the rare times that adult conservatives were invited to speak at college or university meetings.
Candidate Biden ran as a moderate Democrat and claimed to be a unifier. Instead, he has presided over the most far left administration in U.S. history.
He has been a divider, such as his speech in Philadelphia where he implied that most Republicans were Bull Connor racists.
There is so much hatred on the left for conservatives, they seemingly have convinced themselves that everyone who voted for Donald Trump is a white supremacist, even Trump’s many black voters.
Mark Steyn, who was a guest host for Rush Limbaugh shortly before Limbaugh’s death, said the left has “invented a domestic terrorism threat that does not exist, but is breathtaking in its audacity.”
Obviously, Democrats have greatly exaggerated the number of white supremacists to get a large turnout of their black base.
Actually, the number of true white supremacists is so tiny that they are really a laughingstock. They are a mean joke.
They are what Charles Krauthammer, writing about totalitarians, described as a “fringe of the fringe. So long as they remain so, why diminish the first of all rights – speech – to deal with a threat that is not a threat?”
White supremacists are no threat, and probably about 95% of the people at the Capitol on January 6th were peaceful and no threat to any person or property.
What is a great threat is the suppression of free speech, our most cherished freedom.
Thomas A, Modesto, in The Daily Item, wrote: “With pressure and threats from the White House, FBI, Department of Justice, and 11 other agencies, it (Twitter) complied with government requests and ‘suggestions’. (Former New York Times Editor Bari) Weiss showed that the FBI tagged particular tweets, resulting in censorship or warning labels placed on them. Twitter executives set up a dedicated group in October 2020 to discuss election-related removals, evidence of a large internet company actively suppressing government unapproved political speech.”
Professor Thomas DiLorenzo wrote last December 9th: “Of course, minority opinions must be silenced and every act of the government must become sacrosanct and exempt from criticism. This was never more on display than in government responses to the ‘pandemic’ of 2020, followed by the Biden campaign and its collusion with ‘Big Tech’ to censor even the President of the United States along with massive evidence of the colossal criminality and corruption of the Biden family crime syndicate.”