Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.
David Horowitz @horowitz39
Recently, David Horowitz got up-close-and-personal evidence of just how true his statement was. The progressive ideological pogrom against conservative speech continues apace.
The other day, Twitter blocked Horowitz’s Twitter account: [emphasis added to quotes]
One of the last things that David Horowitz was able to tweet before his account was locked was a link to an article, “How the Left is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet.” The article described how the left is using tech companies to silence political dissent. Not long after, @horowitz39 was locked by Twitter.
The censorship tweet wasn’t what triggered Twitter. But it does describe the great crisis we all face.
Instead, David Horowitz was censored for tweeting, “But if you’re a Muslim, you might not want to be sworn in on a Judeo-Christian bible, since Islam has conducted a 1500 year war against Christians and Jews, is calling for death to Israel and has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Christians recently.”
That was in response to a user who had accused him of having a “Zionist agenda”. Instead of sanctioning a bigot who had engaged in shameless Jew-baiting, Twitter censored Horowitz for telling the truth.
Twitter accused David Horowitz of violating its rules against “hateful conduct”. And that’s on a site which not only allows Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, a violently racist hate group, to use its platform, but has turned a blind eye to his top tweet, “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.” According to Twitter, there’s nothing hateful about that. …
Twitter did apparently relent, although they gave scant explanation for their “error.”
A few years back, Horowitz’s online magazine sponsored an essay contest inspired by his quote at the top of this post. From the winning essay, Inside the Progressive Mind:
The Progressive believes in precisely two things: his own magnificence and the constructive power of brute force. In combination, they lead him naturally from the role of pestiferous busybody to brutal dictator. Where the productive man dreams of the things he might create if only left alone by his fellows, the Progressive dreams of the world he could create if only the lives and property of his fellows were at his disposal. The roots of his pathology lie in that oldest and most destructive of all human vices, the desire for the power to rule over other men.
As naked power-lust is a rather ugly motive, the Progressive rationalizes his desire to rule as a concern for human welfare, seeing himself as a great humanitarian, far superior morally to the lesser beings who pursue merely “materialist” ends such as their own prosperity and who frequently object to his program for achieving Utopia. This assumed moral superiority spills over into fields of practical accomplishment, and the Progressive imagines himself capable of allocating resources and even directing entire industries far more efficiently than a free market, often despite not even having any business or scientific experience. But despite what the Progressive believes about himself, the desire to compel others to obey his orders is what drives him forward. To satisfy this desire, there is ultimately no limit to what actions he will take, for he respects none of the restrictions on government officials intended to guarantee individual freedom that have been developed and set forth in written or unwritten constitutions.
Five years later, we’re all learning just how unfortunately true this analysis proved to be.
For years the SPLC waged a war of its own on the Horowitz Freedom Center. The SPLC is also the same group that Twitter and Facebook use to
fact-checktarget and censor conservative sites.
This week the SPLC got Visa and MasterCard to block donations to the Freedom Center.
No conservative voices will be allowed in America.
The left is out for complete elimination of prominent conservative voices and publishers.
Horowitz’s organization can no longer process donations via credit card–a major blow to the free speech rights of his group.
Thank goodness for the U.S. Postal Service, which so far still carries mail and donor checks to conservative groups. Don’t be surprised if social justice warriors who work for the Post Office decide to join the political cleansing of conservatives (aka, the ideological pogrom) by, say, waylaying their mail.
One can easily imagine progressives similarly pressuring banks to deny checking accounts to conservatives. Already banks have somehow gotten away with discriminating against Second Amendment devotees:
Citi, the fourth-largest bank in America, announced in March that it would withdraw its services from weapons and ammunition stores that refuse to accept a range of progressive gun control demands, none of which are mandated by U.S. law. These included prohibitions on the sale of bump stocks and “high-capacity magazines.” A week later, an investing group claiming to represent over $600 billion in assets urged its members to cut ties with the NRA.
No matter how wild one’s imagination gets when trying to guess at what progressives will do next, progressives never fail to go beyond our wildest dreams, into the outer limits of outrageous, totalitarian behavior.
Horowitz is not the only conservative voice that progressives seek to stifle. Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch, was similarly denied the ability to process credit card donations. This is not unlike the tactic the Obama Administration used to stifle conservative groups’ voices during the 2010 mid-term elections, when Obama’s IRS abused their power and harassed and denied tax-exempt status to conservative groups. Which makes one wonder who’s organizing this progressive cabal. The Obama Shadow Government in action, aka the Resistance?
All of this is being done ahead of the mid-term elections, during which the radical progressive left (the Democrat Party) will do anything and everything in their power, by hook or by crook, to take control of the House of Representatives, with the ultimate goal being to impeach President Trump in order to stop his draining of the Swamp that is Washington DC.
Where is the Federal Trade Commission, which regulates banks and credit card issuers? How is it possible for entities as large as MasterCard and Visa to punish any organization specifically for its political stance?
Is Horowitz being punished because of his religion? Is he being punished because he tells it like it is with regard to radical Islam, in which case he’s being punished because he’s not a member of that religion? (Such an argument is used to protect atheists.) Is he punished because, as one of his detractors claimed, he’s a Zionist?
The federal government regulates interstate commerce as well as the financial industry. Is it legal, is it constitutional, to interfere in any citizen’s or group’s ability to engage in commerce on the internet? How about to conspire to interfere in their ability to engage in commerce?
Isn’t this all evidence of a conspiracy designed to interfere in an election? Aren’t we told that’s a crime?
The federal government also protects citizens when their civil rights are violated. Where is the Dept. of Justice when it’s time to protect citizens like David Horowitz?
A Breitbart writer describes this latest tactic by the progressive left as an “existential threat” to conservatism:
In online fundraising as in social media, the internet provides a tremendous advantage to those who know how to use it. When allowed, conservatives and critics of progressivism have used these platforms to great effect. …
As the left prepares for the 2018 midterms and the 2020 general election, they want to ensure that only they have access to that tremendous power. And with PayPal and Stripe withdrawing support from politically neutral fundraising platforms, they are well on their way to achieving that aim. Like the social media purges, this represents an existential threat to the conservative and pro-Trump movement.
And the progressives know it, too, which is why they do it! By any means necessary. Sound familiar?
In 2012, if not before, social media companies like Google and Facebook (in what seem like huge, unreported, in-kind donations) gave assistance to the Obama campaign and the Democrat Party specifically so that the Democrats could utilize the “tremendous advantage” that the internet supplies in the areas of organizing, getting out the message, and raising funds.
(Funny that. Those huge in-kind donations. Just what the Deep State and the progressives accuse President Trump of doing through his lawyer. Different strokes, folks. Different strokes.)
President Trump, as a candidate in 2016, owed much of his success to the fact that he was similarly able to use the internet and social media as well as, if not better than, the progressives.
This the progressives recognized and this they became determined to prevent in 2018 and beyond. Thus their stifling of conservative speech and fund raising, in collusion, in a conspiracy, with social media companies, banks, and other companies and platforms.
If the Trump administration does not recognize these threats and mobilize the Dept. of Justice and the regulatory agencies against these un-American, likely illegal, and probably unconstitutional tactics, then the swamp may never be drained and America may never be made great again.
And our Republic will be lost.