Democrats and Big Tech Taking Advantage of DC Riot to Censor Criticism, Curtail Free Speech

Robert J. Hutchinson
Disputed Questions
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6 min readJan 14, 2021

In 1933, the newly elected Nazi Party used the excuse of a firebomb attack on the German parliament building, the Reichstag, to push through what was called the Reichstag Fire Decree (Reichstagsbrandverordnung).

This hastily crafted “emergency” law striped German citizens of most of their civil liberties and authorized unprecedented punitive action against a host of political parties — socialists, German conservatives, Catholic centrists, Jewish organizations, anyone who didn’t toe the Nazi line.

It also allowed for the censorship and even outright suppression of publications critical of the Nazi regime.

This was temporarily necessary, the Nazis said, for “the restoration of public security and order” and to maintain constitutional government. The Reichstag fire proved the government was under attack — and extreme measures were required.

Well, the Democrats and Big Tech technocrats who helped elect Joe Biden are, whether they know it or not, following the Nazi playbook to a chilling degree.

Last weekend, they unleashed a coordinated attack on Parler, a Twitter-like social media platform that does not censor wrongthink and has become a haven for conservatives.

First Google and then Apple announced they would ban Parler from their app stores if their competitor does not implement “robust monitoring” (that is, censorship) of its content — despite the fact that all the social media platforms, including Twitter, continue to host reprehensible content, including antisemitic calls for the death of Israel.

Parler’s unpardonable sin: It allows Trump supporters, and perhaps Trump himself, to have a voice.

After the usual Twitter mobs got into the act, Amazon, too, finally announced Sunday that it was banning Parler from using its massive servers, a virtual death blow.

What is happening is that the Democrats and Big Tech are taking advantage of the DC riot January 6 — just as the Nazis did after the Reichstag Fire — to squelch free speech and re-write history as it’s being made, especially speech and history supportive of Donald Trump.

Naturally, establishment Republicans are cowering before the media onslaught as they almost always do, not offering even the faintest rebuttal to the nonstop propaganda.

The official narrative is already set in stone, repeated as ritualistically and as falsely as the Very Fine People Hoax still peddled by Joe Biden: A deranged “mob” of violent Trump supporters “stormed” the U.S. government itself and, as some TV reporters put it, engaged in “the most violent attack on the U.S. Capitol since the British burned it in 1812.”

It was, the talking heads on CNN assure us hourly, an attempted “coup,” a violent “insurrection”– despite the fact that

(a) live video feeds showed police guiding protesters into the capitol building, single file, as they stayed within velvet rope guardrails; and

(b) virtually all of the protesters were unarmed, many dressed in what can only be called clown outfits.

“This week’s biggest political story was undoubtedly the violent attempted coup perpetrated by President Donald Trump’s supporters at the U.S. Capitol,” wrote Seth Masket, director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver. “[T[his long-planned insurrection coincided with, and indeed was largely motivated by,” objections to the Electoral College vote tallies.

What utter nonsense — nonsense that anyone who watched the riot unfold, even just on TV, knows first-hand.

The tiny handful of lunatic Trump supporters (two hundred at most) who filed into the capitol building did not spray-paint graffiti. Unlike the BLM and Antifa marauders who have looted American cities for seven months straight, burning entire city blocks as they did so, the Trump supporters did not set anything on fire.

On the live video feeds seen on TV, they looked more like dazed tourists than determined terrorists. One took Nancy Pelosi’s rostrum. Another sat in her chair with an idiotic grin on his face. Some may have stolen Congressional iPads.

Yes, five people did tragically die in the chaos — a capitol policeman who may have been hit with a fire extinguisher (it’s still unclear what happened) and four Trump supporters. Two of the Trump supporters were middle-aged and died of heart attack or stroke, one died of unknown health problems, and the fourth, a young woman from San Diego, was killed when an overzealous capitol police officer shot her in the throat.

And yes, it goes without saying: Of course, the decision to break into the capitol building was a monumentally stupid stunt that will have horrific consequences for America’s democratic government… yet not for the reasons the corporate media and the Democrats say.

It will have horrific consequences because Democrats never let a serious crisis go to waste, not when there’s an opportunity to seize more power and take away more civil liberties.

The Democrats and the tech billionaires who control them are about to engage in an orgy of authoritarianism — banning conservative critics from social media, trying to get even peaceful pro-Trump voters fired from their jobs, creating enemies lists, further curtailing civil liberties — that will trigger a political backlash unlike anything seen since the Civil War.

The second round of phony Articles of Impeachment that an seemingly deranged Nancy Pelosi insists on pushing through the House, days before Trump is to leave office, is enraging half of America — half of America already seething with fury over the election meddling of Big Tech billionaires.

The problem for Democrats is that no amount of Big Tech censorship can keep Americans from knowing the truth.

Many watched with their own eyes the Capitol Hill break-in happen live via unfiltered, unedited cable or YouTube video feeds.

And they know that Donald Trump did not “incite” anything.

They heard his words directly. The text and videos of his speech are available, in full, online — although if Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter have their way, not for long.

The media still refuses to quote his rambling, incoherent, and yes, irresponsible, speech, because, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out, it quite obviously contains nothing that can even remotely be called incitement:

“So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, I love Pennsylvania Avenue, and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… The Democrats are hopeless. They’re never voting for anything, not even one vote. But we’re going to try and give our Republicans, the weak ones, because the strong ones don’t need any of our help, we’re going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here, this is incredible. Thank you very much. Thank you.”

As one commentator put it, “The attentive reader may have noticed that there is nothing [in Trump’s speech] calling upon the crowd to storm the Capitol, or to overthrow the government, or to do anything but walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and encourage lawmakers to support the president.”

The bottom line is that, in taking advantage of a crisis to further squelch free speech, the Democrats, the corporate media and Big Tech are about to ignite a political conflagration that will have catastrophic consequences for the country.

By being even more vindictive, dishonest and authoritarian than the country imagined they could be, the Democrats are not going to “heal” anything. They are going to divide the country even further, perhaps permanently.

And here’s the problem: if Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and their cowering Republican enablers think Trump’s tens of millions of supporters are going to sit back and do nothing while the country is subjected to KGB-worthy information control and suppression, they are even more out of touch and deluded than anyone thought.

It won’t take much for this highly volatile situation to burn out of control… and Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats are determined to strike the match.

Robert J. Hutchinson is the author, most recently, of What Really Happened: The Death of Hitler.

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