In today’s episode, I open with a look back to just before 1776. Seems an odd thing to have to do, but it seems like many people in our country forget what the Revolutionary War was all about. Prior to winning our freedom, we were subjects of King George III. At that time, all kings in Western civilization believed in the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. That doctrine states kings derive their authority from God, not from their subjects, from which it follows that rebellion is the worst of political crimes.
To unpack that further, Divine Right of Kings allowed monarchs to do whatever they wanted because they were picked by God and how could God make a mistake? And to rise up and rebel is akin to Lucifer and his followers waging war against God himself. Our Founding Fathers wanted to instill a government that was as far away from a monarchy as possible. And, after crafting the Constitution of the United States of America, they felt it was important to be crystal clear about the rights guaranteed by this new form of government. Those first ten amendments were encapsulated as the Bill of Rights. The very first amendment was the one they felt was the most important, which not only guaranteed freedom of religion, but also put into black and white that Congress shall make NO LAW abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
No where in that First Amendment does it say “correct” speech or “accurate” speech or “factual” speech. Yet, here we are, dealing with a brand new agency under control of the Department of Homeland Security – The Disinformation Governance Board. Look at us! We have our own Orwellian Ministry of Truth. While it sounds cute and clever to ask, who would be against stopping the spread of disinformation, the question, in and of itself, is what makes you think this is even remotely Constitutional?
At this point, as part of the Executive Branch, they are going to push forward and censor as much as they can and as fast as they can. Until it is challenged in court and/or Congress passes a law prohibiting it’s funding or it’s existence, the current administration is ready to use it’s latest law-enforcement club to beat down voices of dissent.
Before I close, I have to deal with the President’s address yesterday. First, his comment about a booming economy is just plain false. (Talk about disinformation!) The GDP shrank by 1.4%. Even CNN had to address it and did their best to dismiss it as “quirky” and “odd.” But in that same address, Biden once again demonstrated his continued cognitive decline, stumbling, choosing the wrong words, forgetting his place and then laughing a tad maniacally into the camera. It would be funny if it were not terrifying to realize he is the Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world. He should be resting in a home somewhere, just not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.