If you wanted to draw up a blueprint intended to destroy our fundamental rights to free speech, what would you do? I have the plan though you might think me a plagiarist. My plan will sound somewhat familiar.
1. First of all, I’d get everyone in line on all my liberal issues and I’d send them to re-education camps if they resisted.
A good example can be seen in the recent tweeting catastrophe concerning Don Jones. Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones tweeted “omg” and “That’s horrible” when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on TV upon learning the St. Louis Rams picked him up.
I too would fine Jones, suspend him and then send him to an Orwellian re-education camp.
Re-education camp!!! Hello!
He apologized of course. Everyone is always apologizing ad nauseum for everything they say these days.
2. Never let a good crisis go to waste. An example of this is when an 82-year old bigot with a little dementia has a private conversation with a dingbat girlfriend expressing his bizarre prejudices. I’d take all his rights away after the girlfriend illegally turns over the taped conversation to a gossip channel. He doesn’t have free speech because we don’t like what he said.
3. I would prevent dissenting opinions from being expressed in public forums such as colleges. If anyone is offended by something that is said, it’s easy to convince people that shutting down their free speech is acceptable.
Recently, Rutgers withdrew their offer of an honorary law degree and an opportunity to speak from Condoleeza Rice. The people making the demands were Muslim students and their communist sympathizers. They claimed she was responsible for the wars and they therefore couldn’t tolerate her presence or her receiving a degree. The fact that it offended a handful of radicals on campus was excuse enough.
They took no offense to Snooki as a $32 thousand dollar speaker two years earlier.
This isn’t an isolated incident thanks to the anti-free speech crowd. In the Rutgers case, the creepy, cranky professors attempted to say their problem was the honorary degree but no one believes that. We’d have to be stupid.
An anonymous online petition was enough for Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, to withdraw as the commencement speaker at Smith college. She’s too capitalist.
Brown University, a supposed bastion of free speech, shouted down Commissioner Ray Kelly last year. The reason they did it was they didn’t agree with his stop and frisk policy. They didn’t want a debate. They chose to shut him up. Great idea!
4. Menacing students who offend anyone with their speech is a good way to weave the concept into the tapestry of society.
Indiana University Southeast and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, prohibit “any act of ridicule…or embarrassment,” and Northeastern University, in Boston, prohibits the use of university computer resources to “transmit or make accessible material, which in the sole judgment of the University is offensive.”
“This gives the university carte blanche to censor any electronic communication of which it disapproves,” Robert Shibley, Senior Vice President of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) noted. “You’re teaching [college students] that they’re not equipped to live in a free society.”
5. A favorite of mine is the free speech zone.
Many colleges, where we should be teaching our students about free speech, now have free speech zones. I’d definitely go for that as part of my plan.
Setting up free speech zones is a great way to eliminate free speech. It gives people the impression that this country isn’t a free speech zone, only areas designated as such are.
When Cliven Bundy fought with the government, he had two points that made his case worth noting. For one thing, armed agents surrounded his farm, hiding behind berms, ready to shoot his family because he didn’t pay his grazing fees. That was before one person came to his aid and he and his family were alone.
The second point is the government cordoned off a free speech zone and that was the only area where the family and their supporters were allowed to speak. They even shut down Internet air space. Cool!
That’s a little scary when you think about it.
6. Another move I’d make is to shut down dissenting media such as Fox News and Talk Radio. I might put through The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 so I can monitor and bully the media or I might conduct a Critical Information Needs Study (CIN) and use that to shut down stations or require them to give equal time to liberal viewpoints while not demanding the same of liberal networks.
7. One who hopes to shut down free speech can only sing the praises of Dianne Feinstein who is trying to shut down alternative media. Alternative media doesn’t follow the rules.
8. Then, to be sure I completed the job of eliminating free speech, I’d go after investigative reporters, news services, and anyone who works for Fox. I’d even tell a FISA court that a reporter was a traitor so I could spy on him and his family.
9. I’d certainly go after religion. I’d declare Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox Jews terrorists and put that in the training manual for army recruits while at the same time removing the words “jihad” and “radical Islamist” from the same manual. I’d make certain that “God” and bibles were considered proselytizing and ban it from the military. I’d even add some atheist chaplains, an oxymoron if ever there was one.
One of my favorite tactics by the Pentagon came when an army chaplain wasn’t allowed to write “there are no atheists in foxholes” in an article for the “Chaplain’s Corner” of an army newsletter.
10. I’d do my level best to take God out of schools even if it means a student can’t mention God in a commencement speech. That’s too much free speech. We can’t have that. It might offend an atheist or a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
11. Going after Catholics is always popular because they cause so much trouble. They don’t want to pay for birth control and they have those pesky ideas about abortion.
12. Harassment laws and protected classes of people are a good way to go. The Department of Justice set some new harassment rules in motion that are in line with this thinking.
The DOJ issued new extremely broad harassment rules for colleges that are, according to them, an agreement that “will serve as a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country to protect students from sexual harassment and assault.” Their footnotes make it clear that every institution that takes one dollar in funding will be affected.
The DOJ wrote in a letter that “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence.” (on p.4) By including verbal, they are including any speech! Asking for a date could be a problem.
They further stated that “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.”
They ruled out all objectivity when they said that objectively offensive has been used as a factor in determining if a hostile environment has been created but that is not the standard to determine whether conduct was ‘unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’ and therefore constitutes ‘sexual harassment.’”
In other words, the conduct, which includes speech, does not have to meet any standard of reasonableness. It simply has to be unwelcome conduct for any reason.
The DOJ is attempting to do the same thing with race.
13. As an anti-free speech advocate, I’d certainly throw my full support behind porn scholars who beat up on pro-lifers with placards as Mireille Miller-Young did at the University of Santa Barbara recently. She still has her job of course.
14. If I were the Governor, I’d tell the conservatives to get the hay out of my state as Andrew Cuomo recently did. They are not welcomed in New York!
15. Every conservative group would be targeted by the mighty and terrifying IRS.
16. Then there are the little things we can all do as a member of the collective.
I’d make certain that any rodeo clown teasing the president is declared a racist and banned from the rodeo for life. Those little messages are important. They frighten people who need to earn a living and they will fall into line.
Vilified rodeo clown
The Politically Correct thingy to enforce tyrannical limitations on free speech is effective. I like the Massachusetts ban on the word “illegal”, for example, when referring to “illegal aliens” even though that is the terminology in our law.
Having a president behind limiting free speech is most helpful. When President Obama spoke to the UN in September 2012 about the faux video protest in Benghazi, he said this: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” He added that slander against Christianity must also be condemned.
I don’t buy either of those but, like I said, if I wanted to get rid of free speech, this would be one way to do it.
17. Going after the Internet is a given. Net neutrality and turning the Internet over to nations run by dictators is ideal!
18. That white privilege garbage is great. Invented in the 1960’s and later promoted by a leftist professor, the theory has been used to shut down white people and everything they say. Under white privilege and critical race theory, all white people can be declared racist, sexist, and just plain evil simply because they are white.
When TV host Bill O’Reilly dismissed it as a legitimate theory a few days ago, he was attacked by the leftists, especially the George Soros websites. They were right on top of his dissenting opinion.
19. Let’s not forget the common core standards and tests which will be completely controlled by the federal government. We need to train children to obey our mandates on speech from their first words. We need to start indoctrinating them when they’re two. It would eventually negate the need for the other 18 methods.
Isn’t it great when you see these complaining parents carried off by the police in handcuffs for peacefully protesting porn books on the high school reading list or objecting to the Core in general?
If we find this isn’t enough, we could establish a Ministry of Truth and dispatch the Thought Police as necessary. There won’t be violence of course, just re-education camps.
We already have a Newspeak official in the State Department who spends his days looking for potential PC offenses. He’s my idol. He even goes back into historical derivations so he can tell people not to use certain words or expressions.
The word “handicap” is out according to him (I guess it’s too clear and descriptive). Phrases like “hold down the fort” and “rule of thumb” are insulting as is “going Dutch” which is a “negative stereotype portraying the Dutch as cheap.”
“Rule of thumb” is out because, according to women activists, it refers “to an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband’s thumb was the legal size of a switch or rod allowed to beat his wife.” Further, he explained, “If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the ‘rule of thumb.’”
Today I heard that students in one school in Fargo, North Dakota won’t be allowed to sing the song “YMCA” because it might be racist. A parent complained that one of the singers is dressed as a Native-American while dancing. The school cancelled the performance. Yay! Way to go statists!