by William Haupt III, The Center Square

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

– Martin Luther King, Washington D.C., 1964

The right to petition for redress of grievances was the most important principle included in the 1215 Magna Carta, and the 1689 English Bill of Rights. During our Revolutionary War, Virginia passed a Declaration of Rights that affirmed, “Freedom of the press is the greatest bulwark of liberty!” Each colony followed, fearing independence could result in a new despotic regime. The colonies stood firm on their demand to protect free speech since it catalyzed the flames that fueled the revolution.

At the Constitutional Convention, George Mason proposed the Constitution include a canon of rights guaranteeing free speech. But James Madison argued “all civil liberties” were protected under the Constitution’s limitations on government. During the Federalist debates, colonies were assured free speech was protected. But they demanded a list of rights, and freedom of speech was added to the Constitution before they’d sign on the dotted line. The colonies knew free speech was their most important right.

Ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, precisely 228 years ago Sunday, the Bill of Rights guaranteeing the essential rights and liberties omitted in crafting the Constitution became law. Yet today, the right to free speech is being abridged beyond our colonies expectations! Language within the Bill of Rights guaranteeing our right to free speech has been circumvented with limited “politically correct” rights of “approved speech” controlled by the views on left-supporting forums.

“We’re losing our freedom of speech. We are losing freedom of religion. We are losing freedom of the press.”

– Roger Ailes

New Age censorship has brought a tempest of anger and frustration to many patriots as it drives a stake through the heart of republicanism. The new left has made “tolerance” its number one goal to promote socialism. Their intent is to victimize all groups that continue to lobby for laws and patriotic causes that prevent them from further eroding our freedom and liberty. Unlike other past coercive regimes, their tactics have been refined to skirt the letter of the law through bullying and intimation.

The Fourth Estate, once anointed watchdogs of our liberty, should be tried for high treason since they abandoned their sacred post at government’s doorstep in favor of seats in the liberal lunch rooms. Today, they are feasting on a daily diet of liberal table scraps feeding leftist propaganda to a public starving for information. Now every TV and radio station, along with every daily fish wrap, reports the exact same news stories defaming traditional center-right opinions and praising leftist causes.

“Deplatforming” is code for restricting individual political or organizational activism with an intent to shut down controversial speakers or speech by denying them access to venues to express their opinions. Tactics used to achieve this goal among leftist groups include direct action, and internet activism. It is used by social media and other technology companies to selectively suspend, ban or restrict access to their platforms by users who have different views than them.

“Social media is the only place I can express my views where I never fear being censored.”

– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Spike Magazine’s latest survey shows universities restricting on-campus free speech, newspapers and numerous forms of free speech using “platforming” is a worldwide pandemic. Banning of individuals and activist groups that adhere to beliefs some universities consider right-wing or extremist is now an intercontinental issue. Out of the 115 major universities surveyed, 108 censor or dissuade free speech in one way or another. Only seven claim to support total free speech.

“The right of freedom of speech that was enshrined in numerous constitutions is now under attack.”

– Salman Rushdie

Students were once the most vocal group against censorship. In the 1960s, Cal Berkeley students undertook a mass-movement to remove university restrictions on free speech. Led by leftists Jack Weinberg, Bettina Aptheker and Jackie Goldberg, they demanded the ban on all campus political activities be lifted. Within weeks their free speech rights were reinstated. And that empowered them to birth the anti-Vietnam War student protests that proliferated at every university around the world.

Oh, how times have changed! Nobody on the left is honoring the pledges of those students of the 60s. This year, a violent leftist protest at Berkeley shut down a lecture by avant-garde right-leaning speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was invited to speak. When Yiannopoulos arrived, leftist students joined by socialist and far left demagogues rioted on campus until police came and shut down the perilously bloody event that injured dozens. The Berkley chief of police told reporters: “It was just impossible to maintain order given the level of destruction, personal assaults and student violence.”

A Pew Research study recently focused on the socialists’ and progressives’ lack of support for net neutrality. The majority of all surveyed reiterated concerns for big tech’s political bias and outright censorship. They attribute this to Barack Obama, who manipulated media for his gain. Most agree it is OK to regulate hate speech and curtail harassing or threatening behavior but Facebook, Google and Twitter use “elastic” rationale to label hate speech, and censor conservative political views in conflict with leftist ideology. The study also revealed 77 percent of Americans condemned these tactics.

In January, Project Veritas exposed Twitter for “shadow banning” conservative profiles by blocking them from the platform without even notifying them. In June, Google listed Nazism as the ideology of the California Republican Party. Google again found itself in hot water when a top search result for a North Carolina Republican state senator yielded a photo labeling her a bigot. The list goes on. Obscenely vicious attacks on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai are published every day on Twitter.

“Social media censorship is not about hate speech but conservative ideology.”

– Leonid Bershidsky

Amid recent news about Google’s 2016 election scandals, Congressional interference, attacks on President Donald Trump, and assisting Democrats in spreading false information that fanned the flames of impeachment on false-info social media platforms, tech companies are facing unrelenting criticism from the Republican Party and traditional Democrats. According to a recent Gallup survey, 79 percent of U.S. citizens believe these companies should be investigated, punished and fined by the FCC.

Author Charles Warner wrote, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” All political censorship of free speech is an act of treason in a free society. No one has the right to censor any one, any political party, ideology, opinions, beliefs, complaints, or anything legal to print, say or write in any avenue of communication in a free republic. Free speech is the benchmark of liberty and feeds the sole of our free republic.

“When you are right you cannot be too radical.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When Lenin wished to control Russia, he outlawed free speech. The Democratic socialists have replaced free speech with political correctness. America is asking: How long will we let this go on?

“Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, conscience asks the question, is it right?”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

by William Haupt III, The Center Square

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program.”

– Socialist Norman Thomas, 1928

During a decade of political chaos that brought us the works of Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Aldous Huxley and Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell reacted to this mobocracy introducing the world to his dystopian Big Brother. His book “1984” was an attempt to dissuade existentialism in a world reinventing itself after two great wars.

During the rebuilding of politically polarized Europe, Orwell had concerns for the rise of regimes that promised liberation and freedom under the countenance of prorating free enterprise by controlling every action a citizen made. Orwell saw the past failed attempts to do this with artillery as a prime fortuity to complete this maneuver, replacing powerful weapons with words.

Words have always been a commanding form of control in adjudicating beliefs. When you short-circuit the capacity of a person’s ability to think logically, they will obey authority without force. In ancient China, the arrival of a new dynasty brought about a “rectification of definitions.” This was a ceremony in which the erosion of the meaning of tactical words used within previous dynasties was re-clarified by new rulers. The subjects were ordered to learn these new definitions and never use the old or it would cost them their heads. One who failed this litmus test and spoke wrongly was labeled a traitor. We are doing a repeat performance of this in our common core classrooms today.

After the Great Wars, it was apparent rhetoric and demography was a highly effective weapon for victory. Those who witnessed Adolph Hitler’s charisma and Lenin’s ability to sell socialism to a region after the bloodiest of battles in modern history took notice. The battlefields of the Cold War were fraught with threatening words, not deadly carcinogenic howitzers.

If you control language, you control the argument. If you control the argument, you control information. If you control information, you control history. If you control history, you control the past. We are living that nightmare right now in the 21st century.

“He who controls the past controls the future.”

– George Orwell’s Big Brother, 1984

In modern free societies, a vigorous war of words is being waged for those who know the benefit of tactical deception. Liberals call it political correctness, a phrase captioned by cultural Marxists for thought control. Operatives against republican democracy have entrenched “got-yas” in their rules for modern radicals. Progressive-socialist thought-crime laws control free speech. This handicaps expression of individualism and secularizes religious teachings with sanctioned ideology. It is now politically incorrect to scold an out-of-control government when they abuse the limited powers we relegated to them. The progressive propaganda machine must approve everything said today.

Before the rise of socialist Norman Thomas and his infusion of socialist ideology with Democratic Party politics, we saw limited threats of media manipulation in favor of the left. But the efforts of Thomas, Saul Alinsky, Henry Wallace, Mary Harris, Margaret Sanger, Barack Obama and others incited liberal thought that forced the press to betray their code of ethics. With the rise of new progressivism, media truth became a thing of the past. Our once trusted government watchdogs became lapdogs to exploit facts, exaggerate, distort and fabricate half truths and mistruths to advocate for far left progressive conceptualistic idealism.

“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

Controlling the world’s communal language has been more effectual in making dramatic changes in history than munitions. Hypnotic rogue leaders appealing to disillusioned citizens have turned them into obeying subjects without firing a shot. The right words spoken at the right time, no matter how generically empty they are, convince people that corrupt, incompetent leaders will lure them into Elysian Fields. Sometimes it is as simple as reiterating one word like “change” to electrify an entire base! But when this prodigal son leaves them with only two bits in their purse, his proletariats must invent new catch phrases to keep this flock from backsliding into the world of real communication.

If one questions why the far left firmly sits atop the pantheon of the media manipulators, they do not have to look any further than their own gullibility. Scandalous headlines defaming institutional Constitutionalism, conservative politicians, and legitimate center right current events are generated daily by media-friendly leftists. They have their own personal staff of writers, marketers and press agents influencing the news to benefit leftist causes. This enables them to keep fake news trivia in the forefront of liberalist social media giants like Facebook and Twitter where most Americans go to read news about the current events.

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

– Vladimir Lenin

Stories about the Democrats who doubled welfare and destroyed private healthcare never make headlines. Yet liberal media’s obsession to defame Trump for his Constitutional assertiveness is a phobia. While Trump is proving he is the most prodigious economic leader in modern history, not one news source mentions this! Under his watch, unemployment hit 3 percent, the lowest of this century. Black and Latino unemployment is 4.6 percent; the lowest recorded level. That’s 50 percent less than under Obama. To control the dialogue, liberal elites write vitriolic hate articles to poison the narrative of the first non-politician, non-patrician citizen elected to run America since George Washington!

During one Civil Rights march, Dr. Martin Luther King told us, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Historical revisionism is a key component for enemies of capitalism to support claims of the success of socialism.

Media mistruth and progressive lies repeated on social media, local news, un-retorted in public forums are components for the left to realize their dream of American socialism. Relinquishing control of the language is surrendering control of our republic to legitimize progressivism. The left has reinvigorated the socialist movement that took root during the Depression. FDR, who was keenly influenced by socialism, deeply wounded U.S. capitalism and we have never recovered.

“All socialism means to me is democracy with a small ‘d’.”  – Bernie Sanders

George Orwell’s predictions about unprotected democracy in many parts of the world have come to fruition. As one of history’s most intuitive social critics, his knowledge of the frailties of mankind has proven uncanny. The left has taken control of our language and now control the message. They are Orwell’s “Big Brother” we feared for decades. They have stepped from the wings onto the stage to snatch republicanism right from under our noses. We’ve lost control of free thought and liquid conversation. We’ve allowed this so long, many people think this is what our nation is really about. Everything they say and publish is taught in our classrooms and pulpits and posted on social media