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Truth: whatever D/S/Cs say is true. As Joe Biden said, they believe in truth over facts.
Facts: whatever can be warped to support D/S/C “truth.”
Falsehood: anything opposed to D/S/C thought, whim or policy.
Fack Checker: People who suppress anything opposed to D/S/C thought, whim or policy.
Objective Truth: Whatever D/S/Cs say it is, unless it’s so overwhelmingly obvious they can’t deny it, in which case, they’ll ignore it or say it’s so yesterday and the public wants to move on.
Reality: whatever best supports D/S/C policy and intentions at the moment. The opposite of real reality.
Disinformation: anything to which D/S/Cs object (see “reality”).
Misinformation: anything to which D/S/Cs object (see “disinformation”).
Malinformation: anything to which D/S/Cs object (see “misinformation”).
Debate: there is no debate because the consensus is whatever D/S/Cs want it to be. The science is settled, so anyone who disagrees is a racist hater, so shut up you raaaaaaacist hater!
Here’s another definition from Dictionary.com:
*false information, as about a country’s military strength or plans, disseminated by a government or intelligence agency in a hostile act of tactical political subversion: Soviet disinformation drove a wedge between the United States and its Indonesian allies.
*deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda: Special interest groups muddied the waters of the debate, spreading disinformation on social media.
The second definition is clearly a recent addition. Older dictionaries would not have such a politically correct definition. Here’s a bit of clarification From George Orwell’s 1984:
[The Ministry of Truth] was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 metres into the air. From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Finally, let’s review the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now, gentle readers, let us boldly stride in to the future of the suppression of disinformation and the establishment of truth, reported by Charles Spiering at Brietbart.com:
The Department of Homeland Security is setting up a Disinformation Governance Board in an attempt to combat “misinformation” online.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke about the “just established” governance board during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, arguing it would help reduce domestic threats to the United States.
The team will focus on irregular migration and Russia, according to a report from Politico’s Daniel Lippman.
I’ve often thought those who really want jobs as politicians and federal bureaucrats are precisely the people who should be rejected. And of course that’s all they’ll focus on, though one wonders if they didn’t already have employees doing that? What then to think about someone who really, really, wants a job telling Americans what’s true and what’s not? Meet:
Nina Jankowicz, a fellow for the Wilson Center, confirmed reports that she would direct the board, sharing her official government portrait on her social media profile.
‘Cat’s out of the bag: here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months,’ she wrote.
She claimed the new board was created to ‘maintain the Department’s commitment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.’
Commissar Jankowicz will tell us what’s free speech–nothing–how much privacy we get–none–and what our civil rights and liberties are–also none. All hail the Party! All hail the Ministry of Truth!
Conservatives immediately called out Jankowicz’s role in downplaying information from Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020, asserting it was likely ‘a Russian influence op.’
Jankowicz has long been an advocate for social media censorship and regulation.
In October 2020, Jankowicz testified to the House Select Committee on Intelligence on the dangers of misinformation and conspiracy theories and how to stop it online.
‘Disinformation is a threat to democracy,’ she warned and criticized the government and social media platforms who have ‘all but abdicated their responsibility’ to address ’domestic disinformation.’
In other words, government hasn’t done nearly enough, and hasn’t jailed nearly enough regime domestic enemies. The horror. And did you know Jankowicz is an internationally lauded “expert on disinformation?” She and Alejandro Mayorkas say so, so it must be true.
During her testimony, Jankowicz recommended that Congress start spending more taxpayer dollars to fund a ‘robust public media’ and work on a global effort to combat disinformation.
Oh, like NPR?
She also hailed Twitter’s efforts to censor users during the 2020 election and urged more technology companies to follow their example.
‘Twitter is the best example of a platform moving in the right direction in this context, but the U.S. political environment would be better served by more transparency and equity around its enforcement of these measures,’ she said.
Sure. Mary Poppins will be happy to transparently and equitably arrest enemies of the government.
Why this, and why now? The invaluable Victor Davis Hanson explains:
So what are the catalysts for this sudden assault on free speech? Why is the Left now so worried after holding all the reins of power for 15 months? Why their embarrassing new Nineteen Eighty-Four-like Ministry of Information and Truth? And again, why now?
First, the looming midterms well may see the greatest repudiation of leftwing politics in the last 100 years. Rarely do hardcore leftists gain the reins of the Senate, House, and presidency. And more rarely are the Democrats foolish enough to go full socialist and emulate failed statist regimes abroad. And yet they have now done both—and have managed to alienate much of the country.
Rarest of all is to have both a president and vice president who are force multipliers of the disasters that ensue from their policies. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are no JFK, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama. Instead, they make Jimmy Carter seem Ciceronian in comparison.
The one cognitively diminished, the other blindly confident in her puerile ignorance, only add to the public anger over their disastrous 15 months. Surging crime, a nonexistent border, historic inflation, sky-high energy prices, record deficits and debt, racial polarization and appeasement, war, and humiliation abroad were all self-inflicted catastrophes, the logical bitter fruit of a diseased socialist tree. So fear of not just losing in November but also losing in humiliating fashion has made the Left more desperate than usual.
Second, leftwing politics are the operational face of a much larger social and cultural revolution that has also sickened the public and alienated the majority of voters—and also is about to “circle back” on its creators.
The media, Silicon Valley, CEOs, deep state, Wall Street, academia, Hollywood, and professional sports represent a vision of the future of America that most voters do not want. The scolding faces of the rich and pampered political, corporate deep state, and celebrity progressive crowed—Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, John Kerry, the Disney crown, George Soros, Anthony Fauci or James Comey, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick—grow wearisome and bore the public.
This erosion of our culture reflects the growing political discontent in insidious ways: the fall-off of Netflix subscribers, the utter corruption of Black Lives Matter, the humiliation of Disney, the rapid collapse of CNN+, the grassroots revolt against critical race theory and transgender tyranny.
Third, the Democratic Party no longer exists. It is now hard-left, as sanctimonious as it is shrill. Such zealots will not discard their ideology. Rather they would prefer to embrace dogma and stay unpopular than adopt and gain public approval.
The public, particularly Normal Americans, must not be allowed to vote as they please. When they get to do that, they fall pray to dis/mis/malinformation and vote the wrong way. Thus do we have the Disinformation Governance Board to tell us, as the formulation goes “their truth,” and surely to put us in jail until we acknowledge it. By all means, take the link and read the whole thing.
An important question is: why this, and why now? It’s no coincidence. Apart from the looming mid-terms, Elon Musk bought Twitter and is threatening, horror of horrors, to allow free, not government authorized, free speech! Not only have various conservatives suddenly seen their privileges restored and their number of followers magically jump upward, it appears frightened Twitter employees are taking proactive measures:
Barack Obama, that great champion of liberty, recently argued for suppression of free speech. Obviously another amazing coincidence:
Congressman Troy Nells has the right idea:
[CNN analyst David] Zurawik said, ‘I think there’s a bigger problem that when we focus on the personalities of people like Elon Musk and people say ‘Oh, I think Elon is thinking this or that,’ there’s a bigger problem here about how we are going to control the channels of communication in this country. In 1927 we had the Radio Act, 1934 the Communications Act. Congress stepped in. We made rules. FCC wasn’t great, but it’s still regulating the broadcast industry. You can’t use vulgar language and do all of these things with speech. We gave over what amounts to our airwaves or internet waves to Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, and we are in so much trouble because those guys believe in making money.’
He continued, ‘This is dangerous. We can’t think anymore in this country. We don’t have people — I’m serious, we don’t have people in Congress who can make regulations, that can make it work. I think we can look to the western countries in Europe for how they are trying to limit it, but you need controls on this. You need regulation. You cannot let these guys control discourse in this country, or we are headed to hell. We are there. Trump opened the gates of hell, and now they’re chasing us down.’
“We’re headed to hell” because the wrong billionaire owns Twitter and may actually follow the First Amendment. Zurawik and others have had no complaints about Jeff Bezos who owns The Washington Post, and none at all when negative, factual stories about D/S/Cs have been ruthlessly suppressed. And now, we must look to the example of Europe; they don’t have a First Amendment. We’re the only nation that does—for now. But I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about. Alejandro Mayorkas says so:
[CNN] Anchor Dana Bash said, ‘Let’s talk about what your department is calling, The Disinformation Governance Board that you unveiled this week. Republicans are calling it Orwellian and comparing it to the ministry of truth in the novel 1984. Can you clarify what exactly is this? What exactly will this disinformation governance board do? Will it monitor American citizens?’
Mayorkas said, ‘Dana, I’m very pleased to do so. It’s clear, I mean, those criticisms are precisely the opposite of what this small working group within the Department of Homeland Security will do. And I think we probably could have done a better job of communicating what it does and does not do. The fact is that disinformation that creates a threat to the security of the homeland is our responsibility to address. And this department has been addressing it for years.’
“Addressing?” How exactly?
He added, ‘So, what it does, it works to ensure that the way in which we address threats, the connectivity between threats and acts of violence are addressed without infringing on free speech, protecting civil rights and civil liberties, the right of privacy. And the board, this working group, internal working group, will draw from best practices and communicate those best practices to the operators because the board does not have operational authority.’
“Operators?” Most Americans forget the Department of Homeland Security is a law enforcement agency. They have uniformed and non-uniformed “operators,” arrest powers and lots and lots of guns and ammunition. And what are these “best practices?” I’m sure they’re the things the DOJ and FBI has been doing since at least the Obama Administration. You don’t suspect they’d “operate” do you, or at the least, actively assist Ministry of Truth operators as they practice best practices? So Jankowicz and those like her are the commissars, the definers and protectors of truth and political virtue, and they’ll tell the people’s security “operators” upon whom to practice “best practices.”
We’ve seen plenty of Harris/Biden/Whoever Administration “best practices” used against Americans in the last 15 months.
Bash asked, ‘Will American citizens be monitored?’
Mayorkas said, “No, no, the board does not have any operational capability. What it will do is gather together best practices in addressing the threat of disinformation from foreign state adversaries, from the cartels and disseminate those best practices to the operators that have been executing and addressing this threat for years.’
Of course. Our government would never do anything like monitor innocent citizens. Just ask the DOJ, FBI, NSA, Capital Police, etc. Senator Ed Markey has contributed a new term:
Musk, you see, has talked about making the algorithms Twitter uses to censor the speech of Normal Americans public so everyone can see what Twitter is doing. Markey is alarmed, because that wouldn’t be “algorithmic justice.” Apparently algorithms now have constitutional rights, so long as they’re used against D/S/C enemies. And what of Musk? He doesn’t appear to be a conservative, but he’s now right of center because D/S/Cs keep moving the center leftward:
He’s also keeping an eye on the weeping and ass covering at Twitter:
Final Thoughts: a great deal has already been written on this topic. Is the Ministry of Truth unconstitutional? Certainly, and when this Ministry of Truth begins operating against Americans, that’s going to work its way to the Supreme Court. It’s no coincidence that for the first time in history, someone—probably a leftist law clerk—has leaked to Politico a draft decision apparently overturning Roe vs. Wade.
By the time this article is posted early evening on 05-03-22, expect renewed Congressional calls for packing the Court, violent “protests,” and doubling down on the righteousness of the Ministry of Truth. It will be even more valuable now that we need to be told the “truth ” about abortion, and all related disinformation is suppressed. Even expect D/S/Cs to use this potential decision as an excuse to once again unlawfully rewrite state election law and to commit vote fraud on a scale dwarfing 2020.
The Babylon Bee, previously banned by Twitter, is already on the case:
That article is darkly funny, because the fall of any part of the First Amendment will be the fall of every part, which is precisely what D/S/Cs want. The fall of any part of the Bill of Rights is the fall of the entire Constitution.
They’ll also use the Ministry to establish all manner of new “truths.” Observing this kind of thing only goes on in totalitarian countries is hardly original, but that any American government would so much as think of such a thing is a chilling indicator of how far we’ve fallen from the ideals of the founders. That they would establish a Ministry of Truth is an abomination to free men and women everywhere, and a clear and present danger.
How many, gentle readers, Congressional D/S/Cs have publically decried the Ministry of Truth? How many have taken a stand for our Constitutional Republic, for individual liberty? As this is written, none that I have seen.
This is an irrevocable step over the line. No American who loves liberty and who honors the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands who have died to bequeath it to us can ever again trust D/S/Cs with power. They’ve crossed lines no sane person dares cross, and this is arguably the most dangerous thus far. How much farther will they go before the Normal Americans who just want to be left alone realize that’s not going to be possible and decide they’re going to have to do whatever is necessary to preserve our constitutional republic? It’s a question Andrea Widberg asked today, and I commend her excellent article to you.
But for the time being, we’re living in interesting times, thanks to D/S/Cs and Biden’s handlers. They may be our undoing.