Two recent actions by the Biden administration are indicative of a campaign against traditional American values enshrined in the US Constitution. Those liberties at stake are freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary.
The administration’s establishment of a censorship board and Biden’s acquiescence of the intimidation of Supreme Court justices, in which the administration refuses to enforce the law, are steps taken by authoritarian regimes. They are generally alien to American thought and exercise. And yet, the current federal leadership embraces this repression with a passion.
Given Marxist and authoritarian socialist elements are easily discerned amongst this administration’s policy and personnel, could these moves be the precursors to a more wide ranging attack on the Constitution and basic American freedoms? It is sadly a legitimate question to ponder.
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Other administrations, though they may have dreamed of it, never went so far as to officially make an effort to stifle the free speech of a political opposition. Yes, John Adams and Woodrow Wilson came close. But they tried to mask their repression with a national security rationale. Not the Biden administration. Their censorship board makes no pretense. They are out to label political speech they disagree with as “disinformation” and then ban it.
With this they hope to shut down a Twitter owned by Elon Musk, perhaps Trump’s new social media platform, and anything else that runs astray of hard left orthodoxy. But, we shouldn’t be surprised.
Decades ago, when we first heard the blatantly Orwellian term “hate speech” and then saw it codified into law, many of us knew that the left’s assault on the Enlightenment ideals of the Founders was just beginning. It has proceeded apace with the disinformation board.
Recently, as pro-abortion protestors harassed Supreme Court justices at their homes, the law was broken. Specifically, 18 U.S. Code § 1507. Which reads, “Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Nothing in this section shall interfere with or prevent the exercise by any court of the United States of its power to punish for contempt.”
The Biden administration and its DOJ know this and yet absolutely nothing has been done. Why? Because the administration wants to encourage the attempted intimidation of justices to pressure them into changing their votes on the Roe decision. Apparently, it’s not working. The high court is solid.
But the very attempt to physically intimidate the Supreme Court is an act no administration committed to freedom would countenance. As with the censorship board, Americans can only look at this development with concern for the future of this nation and with a newly found desire to keep their powder very dry indeed.