The tide of censorship and soft tyranny

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a freedom advocate. I am vehemently against any form of slavery or tyranny. I believe ardently in the rights of freedom of speech, religious expression and peaceful assembly. The pattern that we are seeing among the Democratic Party, the mainstream news media and corporations is an alarming tide of censorship and soft tyranny. If one disagrees with the group think of those in power, you will be shut down, ostracized, “cancelled,” labeled and even prevented from holding a job. This censorship is resulting in and will grow into persecution and tyranny toward anyone who doesn’t agree with or appears to disagree with the current “woke” leftist narrative.

The Democratic Party leadership is signaling that those congressmen who challenged election fraud and stood for election integrity will be censored for their actions. The FBI released a statement that the agency expects protests in all 50 state capitols during the inauguration of Joe Biden, and that it is gathering information on potential threats. This is a statement that signals the FBI will collect information on those attending any inauguration protests. In fact, the Mayor of Washington, DC has requested, and President Trump has granted, an emergency designation for over 15,000 National Guard troops for the inauguration. Citizens are being asked to stay home. These are forms of government censorship and tyranny.

On the corporate side, Amazon has shut down servers for Parlor and other organizations that are platforms for dissenting opinion of the left. Now big money is getting involved as several Wall Street firms will withhold political donations to politicians known to support Trump or his policies. Twitter has removed the President’s account and many others such Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. Facebook is shutting down accounts that use certain phrases about election fraud and election integrity. The Lincoln Project, a left-wing non-profit dedicated to outing Trump Administration workers and Trump supporters, is making a list and seeks to prevent them from getting jobs. The news media, such as CNN, is not even hiding complete disdain for Trump supporters, conservatives and Christians. Can you see the pattern?

A one-party system in league with government agencies, the media, corporations and government-approved non-profits are acting to censor, even prevent people from their livelihoods, suppressing the free exchange of ideas and ideals that has made America successful. This is all being shut down, which is extremely dangerous to freedom, especially the First Amendment freedoms. In response, let us be an Ephesians 6:18-20 people: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints; And for me that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” Speak truth in wisdom and love.

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Bill Wilson