The Return of McCarthyism

In the late 1940s and 1950s, even an accused association with communism was enough to get an individual blacklisted from society or charged criminally. McCarthyism is the “practice of making accusations of subversion or treason, especially when related to communism, without any proper regard for evidence” and was a very dark time in our nation’s history. Ironically, in today’s reboot, it is the liberal, democratic socialists who are using techniques of McCarthyism to accuse others of sedition and treasonous acts. It doesn’t matter if there is proof or not, the accusation and association made by a member of the “woke” extreme left is all that is needed for someone to forever be labeled as a racist, white supremacist, insurrectionist or traitor. Woke McCarthyism has arrived!! 

To be clear, the anti-Trump and Never Trump movements have been operating since before the 2016 elections. But following the takeover of the United States Capitol, the Woke McCarthyism machine went into overdrive.

The primary targets of Woke McCarthyism have been anyone associated with the President of the United States, or any of his policies. As has been going on for four years, there are organized efforts to deny anyone who worked in the administration any form of employment. Demands have been made to educational institutions to revoke these individuals’ degrees. Extremists have gone so far as to demand the high school one Republican Representative attended over 20 years ago, to “condemn” his actions. 

Of course, Congress has its own special form of discrimination and hypocrisy. Left-wing extremists are demanding that any member who supported the vote to not certify the electoral college be expelled from Congress. Some are even calling for a commission to “rein in” media “disinformation and misinformation” and funding programs for “de-programming of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists.” 

With the takeover of the Capitol, the goal of identifying and targeting individual supporters has been greatly boosted. Anyone who was simply in attendance at the Save America Rally are being targeted. Federal, state and local governments, schools and private employers have disciplined and terminated attendees. College and universities are being pressured to expel attending students. These actions have been done not because they committed illegal acts, but just because they attended a rally the Woke McCarthyism extremists disagree with. 

Side note: I make no excuse for anyone who broke the law at the Capitol. They should be held accountable for their actions in a court of law. Period. 

Airlines are now banning travelers, not only for what they call tumultuous behavior on planes, but for simply being part of the rally. Airlines have also unilaterally decided to not transport law-abiding citizens firearms into DC area airports until well after Inauguration Day. The TSA is looking to add rally attendees to the No-Fly-List. 

The takeover of the Capitol has also provided an excuse to severely restrict access to the legislative buildings and curtail Constitutional rights across the country. Under the guise of supposed threats, new fences and barriers are being constructed. Access into the legislative chambers has been suspended. Severe restrictions on carrying firearms in and around legislative buildings have been enacted. They have even used this as an excuse to restrict their own members Constitutionally protected natural rights within the Capitol. While all the warzone like security precautions is being called temporary, it is doubtful meaningful access to our elected officials will ever be restored. 

Large portions of the District of Columbia have been closed off and 25,000 National Guard troops have been added to the local and federal law enforcement officers in the area. Of course, the troops are being screened to “weed out any whiff of domestic extremism”.  The definition of “domestic extremism” has not been disclosed.  

Add this to what is going on with the technology we use every day. Big Tech has taken it upon themselves to determine what is and isn’t “truth” and “fact” as well as what information you are allowed access to. Anyone that speaks out against something Big Tech in their indisputable wisdom says is correct has their content removed and their voice silenced. Their interpretations of their own Terms & Conditions are final. All this while the Big Tech companies decry the censorship of individuals and political groups in foreign countries.

It’s not just end users; other tech companies have had their services terminated under pressure from the Big Tech companies for not implementing the same draconian rules as they do. Firearm related sites and services have been delisted and had their services cut off without warning because their hosts have been pressured into dropping them. 

It doesn’t take too much vision to see where this is heading. A look at China’s social credit system is probably the best indicator of our future. China’s highly intrusive system punishes what it considers improper behavior including supporting certain religions, making late payments, excessive video gaming, criticizing the government, smoking or simply not sweeping in front of your house or store. 

Consequences in the social credit system include bans on leaving the country, using public transportation, checking into hotels, hiring for high-visibility jobs, or acceptance of children to private schools. It can also result in slower internet connections and social stigmatization in the form of registration on a public blacklist. In this system, there is no legal representation and no appeal. The listed goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

Perhaps our new democratic socialist society won’t be as harsh on those who speak out against unconstitutional and illegal actions by their government and its private industry enablers. But so far, it looks like Woke McCarthyism will be more than happy to punish anyone who doesn’t believe and act as they do. 

Bob

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