Just a few short weeks ago, President Joe Biden delivered an inauguration speech that echoed unifying and healing our country throughout its recitation. Howevere, a series of executive orders, congressional actions and policy decisions by Biden, and fellow Democrat Senators and Representatives, have deepened the divide to the point even some Democrats are speaking out in opposition to the direction some early decisions appear to have Biden’s “Build Back Better” Washington headed in.
Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives has focused more on the unprecedented impeachment of a former President who has already left office than they have trying to unify or heal the nation. One piece of legislation that has led everyone from 151 organizations that are members of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to former Hawaii Democrat Represenative and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, to join conservatives in denouncing is H.R. 350. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act that was introduced on Jan. 19.
In a statement by Representative Brad Schneider (D., IL) announcing the bill, he said, “Unlike after 9/11, the threat that reared its ugly head on January 6th is from domestic terror groups and extremists, often racially-motivated violent individuals. America must be vigilant to combat those radicalized to violence, and the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act gives our government the tools to identify, monitor and thwart their illegal activities.”
He goes on to say domestic terrorism and white supremacy are serious threats that must be addressed, and this is the bill to do it. Despite the fact that almost every news agency that has reported on the Washington D.C. riot has pointed out that the protestors were there because they felt the election was stolen, Schneider rewrites the narrative to fit his own agenda saying this bill is needed because those protestors were “racially-motivated” and it was “white supremacy” at the core of their motivation. Some Democrats are growing tired of fellow Democrats yelling racism and white supremacy every time they need to hide their true intentions. Gabbard says that, in reality, the bill is “targeting almost half the country” and warned it could be used to undermine civil liberties.
“It’s so dangerous as you guys have been talking about, this is an issue that all Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians should be extremely concerned about, especially because we don’t have to guess about where this goes or how this ends,” Gabbard told Brian Kilmeade of Fox News. “When you have people like former CIA Director John Brennan openly talking about how he’s spoken with or heard from appointees and nominees in the Biden administration who are already starting to look across the country for these types of movements similar to the insurgencies they’ve seen overseas, that in his words, he says make up this unholy alliance of religious extremists, racists, bigots, he lists a few others and at the end, even Libertarians.”
Gabbard went on to point to just who it appears this bill is aimed at, and why this need for extra surveillance of American citizens is being called for.
“What characteristics are we looking for as we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about? Religious extremists — are we talking about Christians, evangelical Christians—what is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?” Gabbard questioned. “You start looking at, obviously, has to be a white person, obviously likely male, Libertarians, anyone who loves freedom, liberty, maybe has an American flag outside their house, or people who, you know, attend a Trump rally.”
She said the proposed legislation could “create a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our Constitution, and a targeting of almost half the country.”
As members of Congress such as Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, and Schneider appear to be bent on targeting half the country under the guise of racism and insurrection, the tech giants in Silicon Valley continue to do their part by silencing half the country. Case in point, last Sunday, the Catholic World Report (CWR) had its account frozen by Twitter for violating Twitter’s “rules against hateful conduct.”
The CWR is an international news magazine that covers issues related to the Catholic Church published by Ignatius Press for the past 30 years. As the Supreme Leader of Iran continues to operate his Twitter account, you may be asking, if he’s still accepted by Twitter, then what extreme offense did the CWR perpetrate to be banned for hateful conduct and promoting violence or harassment? What could be worse than screaming “Death to America” routinely?
This is the Tweet in question, verbatim: “Biden plans to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman who has served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary since 2017, to be HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Levine is also a supporter of the contraceptive mandate. (With a link to the news story).”
Everything the CWR stated in that tweet are verified facts that every news organization in America would report as indisputable.
CWR appealed, asking for clarification on how this violated Twitter’s terms. Twitter simply replied that they reviewed it and determined a violation occurred with no further explanation.
“It seems describing Levine as “a biological male identifying as a transgender woman” is now hate speech,” said CWR editor Carl E. Olson. “Since Levine is “transgender”, it’s curious why Twitter would think it’s harmful or hateful to note what Levine is trans-gendering to or from.”
He went on to add, “Twitter is implicitly making CWR admit to hateful or bigoted language, even though such was never the case. Not only is such an approach subjective in nature, it is an overtly biased, unfair, and a discriminatory approach that both stifles free speech and undermines CWR’s right to report on current events.”
Unifying and healing is what this administration is saying. According to people like Olson and Gabbard, targeting and censoring is what they are doing.