This week, the Biden administration launched a “Disinformation Governance Council” within the US Department of Homeland Security, led by a hacker who promoted Russian collusion conspiracy theory and refuse that Hunter Biden’s laptop was real.
It’s like something from George Orwell 1980–Four, and reflects a) the vanity of the left that it has a monopoly on truth; and b) the left’s desire to criminalize dissent, debate and political opposition, so that it can retain power forever.
Notably, there is not a prominent Democrat who has spoken out against the idea – although liberal constitutionalist Jonathan Turley Noted that Democrats seem to have embraced old-fashioned state censorship, now that Elon Musk is buying Twitter and threatening the left-wing corporate censorship regime. (MSNBC’s Ari Melber gave the game away when he worried that Musk might use Twitter to “ban the candidate from a party,” as if Twitter hadn’t already done that to Donald Trump.)
We are past the point where most Democrats can be convinced to abandon a bad idea by invoking abstract principles like the First Amendment – which was, after all, crafted by white men, some of whom owned slaves, and therefore zero.
The only time Democrats seem to realize what they’re doing is wrong is when Republicans do something like this to them, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis punishes Disney. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they do have a deterrent effect.
With that in mind, I would like to offer the following priorities for the Disinformation Governance Council, once it is led by strong conservatives after the 2024 election, assuming the voting system is not rigged to prevent entirely this result:
1. Climatic alarmism. Go after the Al Gores and Bill Nyes of the world, plus the types Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, who predict the impending doom of the planet and thus make us make dire energy policy choices.
2. Gender denial. Transgender people have every right to express themselves in any way they choose, but the idea that biological sex is irrelevant and can be ignored is unscientific and should in no way be subsidized by the government.
3. Late abortion. Leaving aside, for the moment, the complicated debate about the beginning of life, an unborn child or a fetus is certainly viable in the third trimester of pregnancy, which makes late-term abortion a dangerous and deadly lie.
4. The Bidens. The vast cover-up of Hunter Biden’s laptop and Joe Biden’s shady business dealings must be exposed, and the 50-odd former national security officials who falsely labeled the laptop Russian disinformation in 2020 must be punished. .
5. Collusion hoax with Russia. Not everyone who spread the false conspiracy theory linking Trump to Russia broke the law. But none of them should ever hold public office, let alone national security adviser Jake Sullivan, one of the main pranksters.
It’s just the beginning. The Disinformation Governance Council could also investigate institutions like Harvard, which this week promoted the false claim that the university was shaped by slavery. More Harvard men (117) died fighting for the Union in the Civil War than the number of slaves (70) who were employed on or around campus in the century and a half before Harvard was abolished. slavery in Massachusetts. Teaching students otherwise undermines an iconic American institution.
Normally I’m a free speech absolutist, but like many recent Democratic Party innovations, like the January 6 Committee’s right to exclude opposition members and subpoena whatever they want on pain of criminal prosecution, I can certainly see the benefits of a Ministry of Truth, when it is in the right hands.
Of course, the whole point of Biden’s new agency is to rule out the possibility that Republicans can ever fight back and win another election. But if they do, watch out.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.