free speech

The New 'Systemic Racism' That Is Coming

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

An amendment would allow California to start discriminating again — in favor of African Americans and Hispanics and against Asians and white men — to alter the present racial balance in state university admissions and the awarding of state contracts. If this passes, more Hispanics and Blacks with lower test scores will be admitted to elite state schools based on race, and fewer Asians and whites. Practices that were regarded as race discrimination and supposedly outlawed in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will henceforth be seen as commendable and mandatory. The BLM revolution, encapsulated: "It's our turn now!"

Yes, cancel culture is real — and it's dangerous

Editors, Washington Examiner

There are multiple ways the current climate of cancellation is so dangerous. For one thing, there is no way we can evolve into a more tolerant society if all people are deemed irremediably racist for things they wrote as teenagers and if major publications target non-public figures. Beyond that, however, the spirit of open speech and debate, in which there is an exchange of a wide array of ideas, is crucial to the survival of the republic. Shutting down voices if anybody claims they were offended is problematic when the range of things that are deemed offensive is growing and there is no room for forgiveness.

Yesterday Came Suddenly

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Who is to blame for such tragic events? Excuse me for pointing out what absurd consequences might result if we follow the logic of Progress to its possible conclusion. So much news in the headlines of the past few weeks has been absurd that I don’t think we can rule out further absurdities. Our happiest childhood memories are now subject to being denounced as hate crimes, and the history we’re not allowed to celebrate keeps repeating itself anyway, sometimes as farce, but too often as tragedy. “I believe in yesterday,” Paul McCartney once sang. Soon we may be left with no yesterday to believe in.

The Media Suppresses Anyone Who Thinks Like You

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Where is the voice expressing what those of us who aren’t leftist weirdos think? Where’s the guy or gal or gender unspecified otherkin saying, “I want to give more money to the cops, and then have them aggressively confront and arrest criminals and send the people convicted of serious crimes to jail for a long, long time”? That’s what normal people think. That’s what the people you talk to in your daily life outside the corrupted and useless institutions the left has infiltrated think and say. That’s what people who aren’t idiots say. But you never hear that eminently reasonable view in the media.

Cognitive Dissonance in Post-Obama America

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

If liberalism means anything in the 21st century, it means a profound belief that America is an irredeemably racist country. Racism is an all-powerful evil in our country, according to liberals, who believe that (a) every problem afflicting the black community is caused by racism, and (b) the GOP is the political manifestation of this evil. To vote Republican is to vote for racism, according to liberals, and therefore all 63 million Americans who voted to elect Trump president are guilty of racism. Defending that belief is what the past two weeks of #BlackLivesMatter madness has really been about.

Conservative Leaders: Get Rid Of Facebook Censorship Committee

More than 60 conservative leaders in volved in the Free Speech Alliance panned the announcement of Facebook's new content oversight board and offered this opinion of the proposed oversight board: When you announce your next 20 members, ensure that they will balance out the aggressively leftist tilt of this new venture your company has taken. Better yet: Get rid of the whole thing.

Bernie’s Abortion Comment Destroys A Campaign Finance Law Fallacy

The moral -- even if political -- response of pro-life voters to Bernie Sanders’ statement on his leftwing political imperative about abortion is compelled by conscience. But to spend money publishing these moral sentiments to defeat Sanders and other Democrats requires reporting ourselves to the government in public records, which is not only a burden on free speech, but opens us to doxing by radicals, and in today’s political environment, harassment or even violence by extremists.

Learn From The ‘Funding Father’ Of The Conservative Movement How To Massively Grow Your Conservative Organization

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
On December 10, 2019 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in Washington, DC, I and three of America’s best conservative fundraisers who happen to work for our company, American Target Advertising, as well as NextAfter, a major Internet marketing company, will be offering a FREE seminar on how to defeat the Left by using direct mail and marketing to become a world-class conservative fundraiser.

Big tech on trial

Daniel Oliver, Washington Examiner

In current antitrust law, a small degree of market power (which is not the same as monopoly power) is very common and understood not to warrant antitrust intervention. But even a trivial skewing of the marketplace of ideas by one of the giant tech information companies could have made the difference between “President Trump” and “President Clinton.” It’s time to revisit antitrust law. People who believe in competition, especially in the marketplace of ideas, shouldn’t let tech CEOs stop the clock there. Like Oliver Wendell Holmes (who switched his opinion on free speech rights in the landmark case of Abrams v. United States), we should be willing to change our minds.

The Only Media The Left Can’t Control

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The news that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has decided “his” platform will not accept political advertising for the 2020 election cycle may be the final signal to conservatives that the internet is no longer a space where liberty reigns supreme, but there is one media that the Left doesn't control and can't censor.

Twitter Tilts 2020 With an Ad Ban

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that his platform will no longer accept political advertising. He thinks being able to buy advertising is an unfair and undemocratic advantage: "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions." In the final analysis, this is all about what Jack Dorsey and his leadership at Twitter want: control of their public conversation and the ability to decide what is and is not acceptable. Advertising diminishes that power. So advertising must go.

The NBA Grovels to China

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

China is a huge and lucrative market for the NBA. If business means turning your back on freedom while defending one of the most brutally repressive regimes in human history — so be it. Meanwhile, nobody's found Colin Kaepernick saying anything about China's grip on the NBA. The man with the Nike sneaker-selling slogan of "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." is silent while Nike orders the removal of all the Houston Rockets merchandise from their stories in China. Apparently, America is still the most horrible country in the world that was founded on racism, slavery and genocide.

Censorious Chinese talk the language of US campus liberals, hopefully horrifying them

Editors, Washington Examiner

The censorious arguments from Beijing’s defenders sound like they could come from campus leftists or appear on the pages of America's liberals magazines. But the American Left is no warmer to China's strong-arm efforts than is the American Right. American liberals who cheered the political activism of NBA celebrities are now audibly lamenting their silence. There's plenty of reason to worry that parts of the American Left are abandoning the principles of pluralism, tolerance, and free speech. Here's hoping that some censorious intolerance from China is stirring up these old principles and putting the liber- back into American liberals.

Liberals Hate Free Speech When We Presume To Use It

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The liberal elite never really believed in free speech, at least not for you. It was always a pose. And now that you are able to effectively exercise that right, they are livid we peasants point out our national leadership's failures. So, don’t be like the David Frenchs of the world, always ascribing pure motives to the bad guys and being all “Oh well I never!” when we Normals fight back against the oppression the ruling caste heaps upon us. Get woke. Understand our enemy. Understand its objectives. Understand that in its hive mind, you have no rights, only the obligation to conform and obey the liberal elite.

The Self-Congratulation in Banned Books Week

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

"We work to never allow content with hate speech in our stores, and in cases when something slips through, we take quick and resolute action to remove it." The American Library Association has a new list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books in libraries. Troublemakers with time on their hands could have fun compiling a list of books that libraries choose not to stock due to controversial content. We could host a splashy celebration of Books Librarians Hate Week. They should acknowledge that some noxious books and ideas are worth protesting or ignoring. But you cannot celebrate free speech except for that which you want to ban.

University Of Florida Agrees To Stop Discriminating Against Young Americans For Freedom

The YAF chapter at UF agreed to settle its lawsuit against the university in exchange for eliminating the policies that prohibited the group from receiving speaker fees to bring in conservative speakers and $66,000 in damages and attorney fees. “...we hope it makes both students and administrators think about the value that free speech (whether we agree with it or not) brings to society..." said YAF student leader Sarah Long.

Humorless Liberals Pan Trump Appearance At Faith And Freedom Coalition

Democrats are increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans, supporting abortion and infanticide and doing their upmost to drive Christian believers from the public square. And joking about the Johnson Amendment aside, that’s the bedrock reason for Donald Trump’s popularity among Evangelicals that no Democrat has a prayer to change.

SCOTUS Renders Sort Of Victory For Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court on Monday lifted an order punishing a Christian baker in Oregon who refused to produce a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, telling a lower court to reconsider the dispute in light of the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, but the SCOTUS failed to address the larger constitutional issues raised in the case. The case is No. 18-547 Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

CAP Leaders: Higher Education Reauthorization Must Treat All Schools & Students Equally

With college campuses becoming increasingly intolerant to ideas and debate, it is more important than ever that federal policy allow diversity of views to flourish. As the HEA moves forward, conservatives urge congressional Republicans to stand firm on principles of equal treatment and fairness for all students, and all schools.

Time For Conservatives To Get Ruthless Fighting For Free Speech

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Make them provide a full and fair process regarding suspensions and expulsions, including a complete and clear report on exactly what acts underlie the punitive action as well as an appeal process and a requirement that similar acts be dealt with similarly – we’ve all seen libs do whatever they want while a conservative gets sent to Twitmo for nothing. And we should be able to enforce it via lawsuits with attorney’s fees for prevailing plaintiffs and the ability to get an injunction. As a lawyer, I can tell you that’s going to modify their behavior significantly. Or they could choose to stop screwing with us. Either way.