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I often joke that I survived Washington because I had low expectations, but last week’s hearing of the House Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee would have tested the lowest of my low expectations. The purpose of the subcommittee is to look into the politicization of US government agencies and its effect on our civil liberties. But last week’s inaugural hearing of the committee was not at all a good look for the Democrats, who brought nothing but insults for the witnesses.

Things got off on the wrong foot very quickly, as Democrat committee Members seemed less interested in what witnesses Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger had to say than in attacking the messengers. Ranking Committee Member Stacey E. Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands, began by calling Taibbi a “so-called journalist” who poses a “direct threat” to people who disagree with the work he has done on the “Twitter Files.”

Taibbi, who to the likely dismay of the Democrats on the subcommittee is hardly a right-wing Republican, corrected Plaskett’s smear, pointing out to her that, “I’m not a so-called journalist. I’ve won the National Magazine Award, the I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and I’ve written 10 books including four New York Times bestsellers.” In addition, Taibbi pointed out that most of his journalism career was spent at Rolling Stone Magazine, which is hardly a conservative political outlet.

The Democrat decision to make this hearing a partisan political issue and attack the journalists who brought us the truth about secret US government censorship-by-proxy of Americans who hold views unacceptable to government elites is extremely unfortunate. The Democrat decision to attack honest liberals like Taibbi for bringing us the truth is baffling. Taibbi and Shellenberger and the other journalists involved in exposing government malfeasance in the Twitter Files have done a great service to all Americans concerned about the collusion between government and corporations to silence speech that the government does not like.

Matt Taibbi posted his statement to the subcommittee as another episode in the “Twitter Files” series and it may have been the most disturbing release to date. In this release Taibbi documented what he calls the “Censorship-Industrial Complex.” This is the collusion not only between government and big tech to censor “wrong” views, but also those parts of the so-called “non-governmental” sector that are directly funded by government.

This “NGO” sector, it turns out, has been a key tool in the US government’s efforts to censor Americans who fail to toe the US government line on everything from Covid to Ukraine. The “non-government” organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy, the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab, the Alliance for Securing Democracy and dozens more pose as simply good citizens concerned about disinformation while in fact they are mostly or completely funded by the US government to do the US government’s bidding.

Taibbi calls this the “absolute fusion of state, corporate, and civil society organizations,” but there is another word for it: fascism. And that is where we are headed in the United States unless all of us – conservatives, libertarians, liberals, and progressives – wake up and fight for the restoration of the First Amendment.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Censorship, Twitter 
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  1. Jokem says:

    That is what it is coming to here in North Korea, er, I mean North America…

  2. Thanks to Ron Paul for contributing.

    When I think of “Democrats” on committees/subcommittees one image comes to mind: “Chuck” Schumer, (kike of Ukrainian ancestry who has been in government since 1975), on the Waco Investigation*.

    The term ‘sleazy’ is an understatement.

    *Waco massacre 30 years ago, February 28 – April 19, 1993. 25 children killed.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  3. All of this seems inevitable. I remember a survey done ages ago, back in the Sixties I think it was, in which the majority of the respondents identified articles from the Bill of Rights as from a communist manifesto they could not support. Historically, when democracy fails, people clamor for a god-king figure to make them feel safe again. And ours demonstrably has failed, at virtually every level: because it was crafted to manage a small independent republic, not a militarized global empire. It never fails to strike me what Ben Franklin predicted when he introduced the new federal Constitution in 1787, that “this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

    • Replies: @Jokem
  4. Durruti says:

    Taibbi calls this the “absolute fusion of state, corporate, and civil society organizations,” but there is another word for it: fascism. And that is where we are headed in the United States unless all of us – conservatives, libertarians, liberals, and progressives – wake up and fight for the restoration of the First Amendment.

    Indeed, Taibbi vs the Democrat Gang was good theater. It was a one sided fight. The Democrat Gang never had a chance. The Zionist owned Mainstream Media rescued the Democrats, so the American Citizens hardly know this fun fight even took place.

    Statesman Ron Paul is slowly approaching my often-advised road for the Liberation of our Country. Paul is calling for “the restoration of the First Amendment.” Yes, that too. It’s all inclusive. We must Restore Our Republic! All of it. Our Constitution is part of the law of our Republic, including its amendments.

    Ron Paul and most everyone else, hesitate to mention – discuss the KEY events of November 22, 1963. On that date, our Last Constitutional President, John F. Kennedy, was ASSASSINATED; and the remnants of our Republic, were overthrown in a Coup D’état. The Coup inaugurated a Series of assassinations of America’s top Political Activists. Robert Kennedy, Martin L. King, Malcolm X, and John Lennon were murdered. All were executed by the same forces, and in the same manner.

    1. Bullets

    2. Media misrepresentation of the facts, and obfuscation of the true assassins.

    3. The Imperialist War against Vietnam was pursued with all energy, The death toll was 2 million in Vietnam, and another million in Indonesia (both results of the Phoenix Plan). And the Land Thieves/Money Changers got their Nukes.

    4. America, and the World, have not recovered from the Coup. It is rarely discussed.

    Our citizens (our Nation) have not recovered 60 years later. Unfortunately, as Patrick Henry said; “We have not yet begun to fight.” Fighting is difficult enough, but it is far more difficult if – We do not understand (do not correctly outline) what we are fighting for.

    Yes, we must “wake up and fight for the restoration of the First Amendment,” – And all the rest of our Nation’s Soul, all of our Founding Documents.

    Buenaventura Durruti died fighting for his Republic.

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

  5. Durruti says:

    RFK Jr. Says He Could Be The Donald Trump Of The Democratic Party

    Listen for 3 reasons.

    1. The Political Understanding of why the Kennedys got in the way (even as they harbor/ed illusions, & too often refuse/d to open their eyes). Yes, they are also – Oligarchs.

    2. See how Jimmy Dore attempts to warn Kennedy & how he respectfully stands by his Principles. We must understand the existance of the Kennedys, Gabbards, & most of the others who attempt to pursue the pot-holed electoral path – when that path was closed on 11/22/1963. I try to respect those who do not agree with Returning the Bullets, as long as they attempt to resist (in some fashion). I will attempt to help and protect them – as best I may.

    3. They (& most on this website), see no other way to resist – so they attempt to Play the Game, even if it (the corrupted electoral path to nowhere), misdirects the Masses, and predetermines their defeat (as the cards are already dealt – and we do not even have a pair).

    Concluding points:

    * Even now, they are changing the electoral Primary schedule and NOT EVEN HOLDING A DEBATE BETWEEN THE CANDIDATES. [SAY WHAT??] [No Debate??] Democracy is impossible without the foundations of a REPUBLIC.

    **We may not criticize RFK, or Tulsi Gabbard for electioneering in a fixed/weighted system, unless we are effectively struggling for LIBERTY – at a higher level.

    ***If we are not able to take a swing, we must help others who are willing to break a sweat.

    ****Yes, there are Evil misdirectionists in the political world. We must attempt to identify & avoid.

  6. Jokem says:

    Shades of Alexander Fraser Tytler…

  7. Durruti says:

    RF Kennedy – on Dore

    How Warren Buffett & Bill Gates PROFIT Off Childhood Obesity!

    Try to place Atty RFK in a POLITICAL context.

    1. Is he legitimate? (Is he what he is?)

    2. Would he be worth defending (we doing a better job than we did with JFK, & RFK SR.)??

    3. If he is real, will he attempt to defend our Country? Would he attempt to rearrange our USA in a Sovereign direction?

    4. The same questioning approach must be directed to all who do some useful research/exposing/of American business Oligarchs & Corporate leaders & their actions.

    5. Are we Proletarian Resolutionists engaging in more useful struggles than RFK, (or Gabbard, or McKinney, or Kucinich, or Dore, or Ventura, some others)?

    RFKennedy & Rand Paul – Presidential – VP Ticket? RFK & Gabbard (leave Rand Paul in the Senate-where he is needed?). McKinney & Kucinich? Kucinich & McKinney? Ron Paul Sec of State? Dore-Sec of labor? Ventura & someone? Any combination of the above?

    One Method:

    Actively (through active struggle), expose-the controlled electoral system – as a negative example to educate & move citizens to a higher political realm – Where we may Storm-the-Heavens, (or at least the Bastille)?

    The Zio-Hollywood National electoral show is heating up. How do we approach it? How do we prepare our Fellow Americans for The Road to the Restoration?

    May Statesman Ron Paul, in a timely fashion, begin the discussion of how we may attempt to fashion a better future, one with LIBERTY!

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

    *If I am doing too much advocacy here: just throw me off, or soundly thrash me.

  8. Problem with Washington is the problem with democracy period…it will eventually be captured by scoundrels and special interest groups because to have real democracy requires every citizen to be vigilant…since we are all born innocent it means a lot of work and self development to get to a stage of critical, logical vigilance!

    Go to any gym and you will find it full of those who find building muscle preferable to building a real understanding of the world…that takes research, silence and contemplation.

    For those who are more cerebral you have education, problem is the education is structured for confusing those who have a little understanding or buying off those who are wise to the reality.

    So democracy is a lie in the West.

    An example of this is Trumps call for protests if he is arrested, watch the numbers that will protest this and contrast this to the much more important rally against The War Machine and you will see why the West is such a mess.

    Why anyone would defend a man who left Julian Assange to rot in prison beats me.

    • Agree: Durruti
    • Replies: @Jokem
    , @Truth Vigilante
  9. Jokem says:

    Go to any gym and you will find it full of those who find building muscle preferable to building a real understanding of the world

    This is known as ‘therapy’, exercise is a way to recover from emotional trauma. I have always though it lower intelligence. That is, it emphasizes memorizing facts in place of thinking. Since reason is not an effective tool for dealing with the real world, eventually people will resort to building muscle as a way to cope.

    At least IMHO.

  10. @Mr_Chow_Mein

    Why anyone would defend a man [Trump] who left Julian Assange to rot in prison beats me.

    And that UR readers, tells you everything you need to know about Trump*.

    (*Let’s not forget that Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy on Trump’s watch as well and at the instigation of the DoJ of his administration).

    • Agree: Durruti
    • Replies: @Durruti
  11. Durruti says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    Neither Casino Trump, Demented Biden, or any other Gauleiters, will be prosecuted for their real crimes, until we Restore our Republic!

    The first prosecution witness should be Julian Assange.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  12. Jokem says:

    The game is not to prosecute Trump, but to tie him up in legal battles so he cannot run for office effectively. Of course, if he was successfully prosecuted, that would be a bonus for his detractors.

    Let me say I do not like Donald Trump, I think he is a loudmouth blowhard, but to play Devil’s Advocate, he did give up originalist judges.

  13. Durruti says:

    Anger in France. The pacifism of the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes), is (apparently) a thing of the past. Pacifism against Imperialists does not work. The French have moved forward – to the next level.

  14. Durruti says:

    More Resistance – from a younger crowd (younger than the Gilets Jaunes). The French Anarchists are playing a larger role in the resistance, (and are gaining in popularity).

    Money Changing -violent- imperialists may only be defeated by Revolutionary Violence!

    The bullets (of 11/22/1963, and after), must be returned!

  15. @true.enough

    When I saw Schumer denigrating and insulting the survivors who testified I vowed that if I could ever get within arm’s reach of him, I would wipe that smirk off of his face. Catching a beatdown from his security detail would be worth it to me.

  16. Durruti says:

    Aftermath of Resistance in France. The Resisters are way ahead (at a higher level) to us in the USA. They are beginning to Return Their Bullets. They demand that puppet President Macron (former Rothschild Banker), RESIGN.

    They fought in record numbers. They fought. In one area, The Firemen joined them.

    A younger group, (than the Yellow Vests – Gilets Jaunes), mostly Anarchists, are stepping to the Front. The Gilets Jaunes were not willing to fight, so they vanish from History.

    Little discussion/news of these huge Rebellions in France on this website, or any other website.

    They understand:

    Freedom is not Free! It must be Paid For!

    • Replies: @Truth Vigilante
  17. @Durruti

    I’m not so sure that many of the present French protesters (if not a majority) are not from the ranks of the original Gilets Jaunes.

    In any event, we wish the Gliets Jaunes 2.0 the best of luck in their quest to overthrow Macron’s puppet government of ZOG.

    If they are successful, it will be a template for the rest of Europe to follow and thereafter the whole world.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  18. Durruti says:
    @Truth Vigilante

    I’m not so sure that many of the present French protesters (if not a majority) are not from the ranks of the original Gilets Jaunes.

    From a careful look at the videos of the Resistance Demonstrations, the Demonstrators appear to be predominantly young (16-28 range). The Gilet Jaunes appeared to be predominantly Middle Aged, to Older. I recall them urging the younger Anarchist militants to leave their demonstrations. The Gilets Jaunes did not burn cars, or throw rocks, (even when they were being roughly treated and being shot at with Rubber Bullets & hit with Gas, and Water from hoses).

    Yes, you are correct – in that it is likely that many of this week’s demonstrators, also began their struggles as Gilet Jaunes. I believe that the younger Yellow Vests have moved on. The Gilet Jaunes achieved little. Their Pacifism did not frighten the Zionist French President, or his controllers. But the uprisings of this week, and those to come, might.

    I am not attacking the Gilet Jaunes, who placed their bodies on the line (as we say). I would no more criticize M L King in a comparison with Malcolm X. However, I would, & did clarify my agreement with Malcolm X‘s Martin Sostre‘s Paedric Pearse & James Connolly, & Pedro Albizu Campos, and the other Puerto Rican Nationalists‘ and our Minutemen’s approach to Resistance.

    I recall telling my classes, that the only criticism I had of the Puerto Rican Nationalists, (led by Lolita Lebrón), who entered the Gallery of the House of Representatives and opened fire on the Corrupt Politicians, was that “they did not bring enough bullets.”!&&p=84909bd7fb837cadJmltdHM9MTY3OTYxNjAwMCZpZ3VpZD0wOWMyNDg0My00MjlmLTZjYTItMWZjMi01YTljNDMyMTZkYWUmaW5zaWQ9NTIwNg&ptn=3&hsh=3&fclid=09c24843-429f-6ca2-1fc2-5a9c43216dae&psq=puerto+rican+separatists+attack+congress&u=a1aHR0cHM6Ly9lbi53aWtpcGVkaWEub3JnL3dpa2kvMTk1NF9Vbml0ZWRfU3RhdGVzX0NhcGl0b2xfc2hvb3Rpbmc&ntb=1

    Some years ago, I belonged to a group of Youth Against War & Fascism, the youth group of Workers World Party. We were unusual amongst the anti-war Left, in that we were NOT pacifists, and would fight if attacked. All the other Marxist Lemonists & assorted Socialists & official Pacifists, ran, or gracefully received their beatings, when attacked. When our leaders, in line with all the other ‘Marxist Lemonists’ joined the Democrap Gang (after 1975), & gradually shut down their organizations, I led the Youth out of the WW. WW was forced to shut down their Youth YAWF group, as they had no youth left.

    When Oligarchs murder our elected President, and his brother, and Malcolm X, M L King, & John Lennon, and sell our Nation’s Sovereignty to better serve the Money Changers, and these Oligarchs continue to rob, butcher millions, and destroy the very fiber of humanity, (with VIOLENCE, ever more bloody Violence, until the point that they inflict upon this world the moral ruin of Dictatorship, and humiliation, as well as the danger of Nuclear conflagration), there is only one road forward.

    The fire and rocks and broken windows of Paris is the next stage forward. The Restoration of their Republic of Charles DeGaulle (which they are calling for), is the mirror image of our American next stage forward (to the Restoration of our Republic). The murder of JF Kennedy and the occupation of our Nation – by Foreign Oligarchs, must be avenged.

    Imperialists understand only one language. “La gente de Playa Girón han dicho basta.”

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen – nom de guerre, Durruti

    • Thanks: Truth Vigilante
  19. Durruti says:

    As I was saying!

    The French resist. We Americans desist.

    We American Citizens, Patriots, must become Profiles in Courage.

    Speak to your neighbors, unions, police, fire, military. Show them this video.

    Profiles in Courage can Restore Our Republic!

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