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In a May 6 posting over at Literary Hub, Nina Jankowicz, America’s aspiring Informationsführer, argued that “platforms, governments, and employers” should do more to make sure publicly minded women can engage with men online and come away from the exchange without feeling stressed out from it. And amazingly, according to Jankowicz, talking smack online about public figures who are female must especially be more thoroughly policed by those same “platforms, governments, and employers.”
As an example of what needs more thorough policing Jankowicz cites to online mockery of Vice-President Kamala Harris for having “slept her way to the top.”
Jankowicz, of course, is correct that saying Kamala Harris slept her way to the top is an outrageous lie. Sleeping with married California big shot Willie Brown only got Harris to the middle. It was Biden’s pandering on her race and gender that got her to the top.
But seriously folks, if Jankowitz gets her way, the above paragraph, mocking a female public figure, could constitute sufficient cause for enforcement action by the Department of Homeland Security, depending on how bad it makes the Vice-President feel.
So here we have it right in front of us: A Biden administration official arguing for a policy that would give Biden’s Department of Homeland Security the power to police Americans who make online comments mocking Biden administration officials who are female.
So, easy stuff first: This is plainly unconstitutional, patronizingly sexist, weirdly Orwellian, and totalitarian. But here is the point: Jankowicz, a government official, is arguing that government officials should have the right to use government power to stop citizens from mocking government officials. George III never thought that.
And to me, it is the easy, conclusory, water-is-wet-sky-is-blue way Jankowicz makes her nakedly authoritarian argument that is most disquieting. And it motivates me to vote so that neither Jankowicz, nor ANYONE else from this…what is it?….this weird, insulated, elitist, narcissistic class of over-credentialed control freaks, ever holds public office in the U.S. anywhere, anytime, ever again.Published in