The Open Threat of Draconian Tactics

 

Cancel culture is real. Huge, powerful social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are censoring peoples’ posts and comments. They call it ‘fact-checking’ and will remove posts they don’t like. In some cases, they suspend the author from their platform or even cancel their membership completely. How many people will they have to cancel? Probably not many. Just the open threat of such draconian tactics will likely be enough to shut down dissenting voices. People will just start to go along. It’s easier.

Democrats used to call us Republicans. Then, they called us ‘Trump supporters.’ Then, they started accusing President Trump of being a racist vicious white supremacist, every day, every day, every day – for four years. Then, they started calling anyone who doesn’t publicly denounce Trump a ‘white supremacist.’ If you support someone that we call a white supremacist, then you are a white supremacist. So we went from being called Republicans to being called white supremacists in just a few years. Eh, sticks and stones, right? Well, no:

President Biden recently appointed Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense, who says his first course of action will be to purge the military of white supremacists: “The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.” So how many people will be kicked out of the military for being Republicans (or, as we are now referred to, white supremacists)? Probably not many. Just the open threat of such draconian tactics will likely be enough to shut down dissenting voices. People will just start to go along. It’s easier. And then, the Democrat party control of the military will be complete, for all intents and purposes.

Some students applying to colleges have had their admission offers revoked because it became known that they were conservative Republican Trump supporters white supremacists. Once admitted to college, if a rumor gets out that a student is not a committed leftist, their life can be made very difficult, and many of them choose to simply drop out of college – the social stigma can be just brutal. How many students will they have to actually kick off campus? Probably not many. Just the open threat of such draconian tactics will likely be enough to shut down dissenting voices. People will just start to go along. It’s easier.

After the most recent election, Democrats control the Presidency, with a razor-thin margin of victory. And their president is not a forceful, brilliant, charismatic leader who can build popular support. Their president is Joe Biden. He barely won, and he’s not likely to even finish his first term. His weakness is obvious even to other Democrats.

They also control both houses of Congress, but by razor-thin margins. And they could lose control of both houses of Congress in the next election, which is only a little over a year and a half away.

My point is that while Democrats do control government right now, their position would appear to be tenuous. Their hold on power is weak and would appear likely to change soon.

So why is it that their hold on power appears so overwhelmingly dominant?

Because dissent has been removed. Remember Hillary Clinton saying that ‘dissent is the highest form of patriotism?’ Well, not now. There are very, very few remaining dissenting voices on social media, in the military, or in our educational system.

And the government didn’t even have to ban free speech. It just happened, with a little help from their friends.

You can still express your independent thoughts. But you don’t really want to do that, do you? Just go along. It’s easier. If you might think for some reason that the Democrats aren’t as ruthless as they may seem, go check out the Capitol building sometime. Or, at least, look at it from a distance.

Add in the obvious changes in elections recently, and what do you have?

Well, you can’t speak your mind, and you can’t vote for change. Well, you can, of course. But you don’t really want to do that, do you? Just go along. It’s easier.

So why do such razor-thin electoral margins result in power that looks so dominant and unchallengeable?

Because it’s no longer just the government that conservatives and patriots must contend with.

How does a weak president like Joe Biden establish a leftist tyranny?  Does he ruthlessly utilize draconian tactics?

No, just the open threat of draconian tactics from government, and most other powerful organizations from social media to the educational establishment.  All in lockstep, all at the same time.

That should be sufficient.

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  1. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
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    I just want to put in a word on behalf of the much-maligned Draco.

    Although his name has become synonymous with harsh, unreasoning laws, and you are using the adjectival form to describe the undermining of the rule of law that Democrat control entails, Draco was the antithesis of rules-for-thee-but-not-for-me. The whole advance that Draco symbolizes is that the laws were written down and able to be applied to Athenians regardless of who they knew or what influence they had.

    So, there’s my $0.02. Perhaps “lawless” tactics is more apropos?

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  2. Dbroussa Coolidge
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    @Dbroussa

    Throw in SCOTUS tossing out the last of the election challenges and what can you count on?  You cannot speak your mind if you want to keep your job, your friends, or even your family.  You cannot vote for change when the outcome can be easily “protected”.  You cannot go to the courts for redress as the Frenchians would have you do.

    What options does one have left?

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  3. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    I just want to put in a word on behalf of the much-maligned Draco.

    Although his name has become synonymous with harsh, unreasoning laws, and you are using the adjectival form to describe the undermining of the rule of law that Democrat control entails, Draco was the antithesis of rules-for-thee-but-not-for-me. The whole advance that Draco symbolizes is that the laws were written down and able to be applied to Athenians regardless of who they knew or what influence they had.

    So, there’s my $0.02. Perhaps “lawless” tactics is more apropos?

    Draco supporter . . .

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  4. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
    @CBToderakaMamaToad

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Dracist supremacist?

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  5. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Dracist supremacist?

    I like it!  Now, how many Ricochetti are “never-Dracoers?

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  6. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
    @CBToderakaMamaToad

    Stad (View Comment):
    I like it! Now, how many Ricochetti are “never-Dracoers?

    I was actually talking about how great Draco was with my 7th grader this morning. She had been reading about Rome’s Twelve Tables, stone tablets mounted in the Forum enumerating rights and responsibilities of Roman citizens, and we were talking about how important knowing what the law is is to ensuring the rule of law.

    I’m an always-Dracist. Thank you, Draco!

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  7. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius
    @Clavius

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    So true.

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  8. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    @lowtech redneck

    If we had a real opposition party, they would be sounding warnings that those who violate the rights of enlisted men on ideological grounds will themselves be held accountable.

    But we don’t have an opposition party, we have the mostly useless, if not outright Vichy, Republican party.

     

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  9. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):
    The whole advance that Draco symbolizes is that the laws were written down and able to be applied to Athenians regardless of who they knew or what influence they had.

    So, Democrats and establishment Republicans would be never-Dracoists.

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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    I have bookmarked this.

     

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  11. Boss Mongo Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah.  I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

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  12. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    I still express my thoughts on my personal blog.  In fact, I just did a new post on this issue.  Thanks very much, Dr. Bastiat!  You are a great inspiration to me!

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  13. Zafar Member
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    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Slytherin 

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  14. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Slytherin

    Here!  Proud Slytherin!

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  15. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah. I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

    You are genetically aberrant. Most people are like zebras and for good reason. 

     

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  16. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: Democrats used to call us Republicans. Then, they called us ‘Trump supporters.’ Then, they started accusing President Trump of being a racist vicious white supremacist, every day, every day, every day – for four years. Then, they started calling anyone who doesn’t publicly denounce Trump a ‘white supremacist.’ If you support someone that we call a white supremacist, then you are a white supremacist. So we went from being called Republicans to being called white supremacists in just a few years.

    Your point is right but your chronology is wrong. The left has been calling anyone who disagrees them on anything racists and homophobes or whatever is convenient at the time since the late 1960s. So that’s fifty years of slander against people of good will who have a different opinion.

    The reason that Limbaugh and Trump were so popular is that instead of reciting The Gulag Archipelago or Thomas Sowell about how an all powerful government hurts poor people and minorities, Rush and Trump insulted them the left. Famously, Rush coined the term feminazi after being called a sexist for saying that taxes were too high or something or other.

    Trump is famous for insulting anyone and everyone. He did that because the left was never willing to have an argument without insulting someone they disagreed with. I don’t like Trump petty bullying but what can you do against an entire establishment that will call you an ist or a phobe no matter what.

    It is worth noting that black-Americans, homosexuals or other minority groups who are conservative or lobertarian will be insulted with equal or greater viciousness than straight white guys. Additionally, the left excommunicates other lefties who are insufficiently left-wing with a zealotry similar to an inquisition.

    This isn’t new. This is an old story. Like you, I fear it is reaching a dark climax.

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  17. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    The left has been calling anyone who disagrees them on anything racists and homophobes or whatever is convenient at the time since the late 1960s.

    That is correct.

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  18. I Walton Member
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    @IWalton

    We face totalitarians and continue to act like they’re just Democrats, some are but they’re cowards.  Since they seem totally in bed with the Chinese I don’t see that there is a risk to splitting the country, or not more risk to splitting the country than just going along and hopping we can win an election.  This bunch will not allow free elections, some states may still be able to have Republican congressmen and governors, but probably not enough to make a difference if we just sit and hope.  We need to take the constitution and leave.  The fact is they’ll keep Washington and a few big cities, but we can take most of it and we need to start thinking along those lines.  If nothing else it may make rational democrats come to grips with the radicals and crooks that have overtaken their party.

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  19. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah. I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

    It’s just your good luck that you’re a shrinking violet who doesn’t like to be noticed. Keeps you out of trouble.

    But I’m with you. I’m 60, the kids are out of the house, I don’t have a boss, and everyone involved in my modest social life has come to terms with who I am. So damn the censors, damn the scolds, and damn political correctness.

    Keep talking.

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  20. Stad Coolidge
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Slytherin

    Here! Proud Slytherin!

    I just want the Sorting Hat to put me in the House where all the babes are . . .

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  21. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    I don’t like Trump petty bullying but what can you do against an entire establishment that will call you an ist or a phobe no matter what.

    I don’t look at Trumps actions as petty.  The best way to beat bullying is to fight it as a bully yourself . . .

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  22. Front Seat Cat Member
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    I keep going back to the eight years of Obama, then the following election. Obama, the community organizer wins eight years. It was supposed to be a milestone, first black president and life would get better for minorities and everyone. All good right? I thought and hoped so because we were stuck with him. I never hated his administration – I wanted them to succeed for the country’s sake. I just didn’t vote for him. But something seriously changed at that time – nothing to do with race or minorities. The multi-gender bathrooms? A distraction. I educated myself on Saul Alinsky, who dedicated his book Rules for Radicals to Satan. Both Obama and Hilary studied his tactics – Hilary even did her thesis at Wellesley on it.

    The big guys in social media were almost daily visitors to the WH. There was enormous backing for Hilary, post Obama. It had to be a gift that she lost and we had the last four years to get ready. I remember reading something where Obama even said he had put systems in place that could not be undone by future administrations. Once the ball got rolling, the Alinsky Marxist tactics, they were good to go. Read The Naked Communist and the 45 “check off the box” road rules to totalitarianism. They have achieved most of them. Obama’s team is back – and also installed and aligned with the Klaus Schwab Great Reset – literally on the Board. It’s bigger than just the US. This is Obama’s third term.

    That being said, evil is destined to fail. Our forefathers were aware and planned for this day – we need to go back and take our cues from there. We still have our country. This virus – however it started, has morphed into something else, as far as freedom goes. If you haven’t heard how bad things to our North, in Canada, a supposed free country, pay attention. A pastor is in solitary for violating “the rules”. Trump thwarted Hilary’s election, but unless we understand the game, we can’t win again.

    James Coates, Canadian pastor, jailed for holding church services against COVID-19 health orders – Washington Times

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  23. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    The reason that Limbaugh and Trump were so popular is that instead of reciting The Gulag Archipelago or Thomas Sowell about how an all powerful government hurts poor people and minorities, Rush and Trump insulted them the left. Famously, Rush coined the term feminazi after being called a sexist for saying that taxes were too high or something or other.

    Never forget the immortal words of the great conservative luminary T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII:

    “Alas, as a leader in the thinking wing of the GOP it has proven impossible to completely avoid the predations of Mr. Limbaugh and his slack jawed minions. Each day he rounds up a fresh wave of uncultured baboons to the Republican cause, like some anti-intellectual Pied Piper, making it harder and harder to reposition the party as an upscale boutique brand… Despite our efforts the Limbauvian tumor seems only to have metastasized, erupting as it did in the unsightly “tea party” revolts which tormented the public squares last weekend. It has all become, at last, far too much to countenance. Before we can steer the S.S. Conservatism back to port I daresay we must now take leave of the binnacle and force Limbaugh and the rest of the mutinous cretins back to the orlop deck where they belong.”

    EDIT: I discourteously failed to link to the brilliantly funny creator, Iowahawk.

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  24. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    @lowtech redneck

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah. I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

    You are genetically aberrant. Most people are like zebras and for good reason.

     

    That’s why defiance is considered a virtue in many cultures, despite the associated problems arising from that; because its necessary  to preserve freedom or independence, and does not come naturally to most, when true consequences are expected.

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  25. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Slytherin

    Here! Proud Slytherin!

    I just want the Sorting Hat to put me in the House where all the babes are . . .

    Probably Hufflepuff, its the party house.

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  26. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    lowtech redneck (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah. I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

    You are genetically aberrant. Most people are like zebras and for good reason.

     

    That’s why defiance is considered a virtue in many cultures, despite the associated problems arising from that; because its necessary to preserve freedom or independence, and does not come naturally to most, when true consequences are expected.

    It certainly was on Twitter, and we know how much people risked by typing this into a space on a screen:

    #Resistance

    Stunningly stupid and masturbatory.

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  27. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Draco supporter . . .

    Slytherin

    Here! Proud Slytherin!

    I just want the Sorting Hat to put me in the House where all the babes are . . .

    STAAAAAADD!

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  28. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    lowtech redneck (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat: Just go along. It’s easier.

    Yeah. I’ve never been real good at doing the easier thing, Doc.

    You are genetically aberrant. Most people are like zebras and for good reason.

     

    That’s why defiance is considered a virtue in many cultures, despite the associated problems arising from that; because its necessary to preserve freedom or independence, and does not come naturally to most, when true consequences are expected.

    It certainly was on Twitter, and we know how much people risked by typing this into a space on a screen:

    #Resistance

    Stunningly stupid and masturbatory.

    Its not defiance when there’s no real consequences, but they were certainly ‘virtue’-signaling.

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  29. Cow Girl Thatcher
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    @CowGirl

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Trump is famous for insulting anyone and everyone. He did that because the left was never willing to have an argument without insulting someone they disagreed with. I don’t like Trump petty bullying but what can you do against an entire establishment that will call you an ist or a phobe no matter what.

    I was rather put off by the insults during the primaries, but when he got the nomination, and ended up winning over the Hideous Hillary, I began to appreciate his ability to smack down his critics. For one thing, the Lefties weren’t accustomed to the Right responding this way. They were used to the simpering and “good manners” and “we’re better than this” kowtowing. They didn’t act that way! They were rude as can be! They have been for decades!

    Then, the Twitter account was hysterical! I don’t do Twitter, and I don’t do nightly news shows, but even just reading the inter-webs and a paper newspaper now and then were enough.  I heard, via Rush, and Levin and their associates how every nightly news show was just an argument over what Trump had tweeted that day! Seriously…if Trump had been president during 9/11, I’m pretty sure it would have been reported like this: 

     “Today Donald Trump tweeted that he plans to go after the people who crashed the planes into New York. Hasn’t he learned anything about diplomacy?? Is this an appropriate response, to make it all about his legacy and reactions??”

     

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  30. Stad Coolidge
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    That being said, evil is destined to fail.

    I think this will happen, but only if most of the states band together to thwart them.

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