Washington Stomps on Civil Liberty

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The insouciant American electorate is so inattentive that it routinely elects enemies of civil liberty to represent the public in Congress. Last Wednesday Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R, SC), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D, VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R , AR ), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D, TX) tried to intimidate executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google into blocking all digital dissent to the anti-Trump/Russian line taken by the DNC and military/secrurity complex and to serve as spy agencies for the CIA.

Two of the above—Gowdy and Cotton—are Republicans who have aligned themselves with the attack on Russia and Republican President Trump. What unites the members of the two parties is that they want a police state. Jackie Speier demands to know from Google why Google hasn’t “shut down RT on YouTube.” Joaquin Castro wants messages linked to Russia turned over to the US government. Trey Gowdy wants false statements blocked, which would mean that the entire print and TV media in the US would be shut down along with Congress, John Brennan, Robert Mueller, and James Comey. Gowdy does not know that the First Amendment guarantees free speech and leaves it up to the public to decide what is true and what is false.

You tell me. What kind of insouciant people are capable of electing representatives who do not respect the Bill of Rights? Is a country whose government does not respect its own Constitution a democracy? Is such a country an exceptional, indispensable country? Or is it a completely corrupt entity whose government no longer has the slightest allegience to the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution?

What is the quality of an electorate that sends those with a police state mentality to represent them in the government that has power over them? Are we witnessing the destruction of democracy by the electorate? Is the failure of the American people staring us in the face?

Are you amazed that it is the executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and not the members of Congress who have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, who point out to US Representatives and Senators that their demands for censorship and spying are unconstitutional?

What is the liberal/progressive/left, which believes that good resides in government and evil in the private sector, to make of this?

Is the hatred of dissent so great that nothing else is important?

Here is a report on Wednesday’s hearings by the House and Senate Intelligence (sic) committees on “extremist” views: Lawmakers Demand Tech Companies Censor Journalists and Conduct Mass Surveillance

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Contributed by Paul Craig Roberts of Institute for Political Economy.

About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Visit his web site at the Institute for Political Economy.

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  • There are no elections. Trey Gowdy is a barking dog, just like Trump, says everything right, does nothing about it, with all the evidence at hand, not 1 arrest.
    Russian fake news backfired on Osama & Billary, as the uncovered evidence points to them taking money from Russian special interests to boost or rig proceedings.
    Another article in this media points to the Osama Uranium sales to Russia, now this idiot is trying to flip-flop the truth.

  • MorganThePirate

    I used to like Trey Gowdy before he became a cuck for the Dems.

  • SP_88

    The entire government is corrupt. It is most noticeable when you look at how much more freedom we had decades ago vs how much we have now.
    Our freedom and liberty have been chipped away bit by bit by a corrupt government run by crooked politicians who were elected by brainwashed people who were “educated” in public indoctrination mills run by the federal government.
    All this corruption and tyrannical government overreach is a result of people’s failure to keep the government in check. People have become complacent and lazy and they have not been involved enough in politics to know what their representatives are up to. When their representatives do things that are not in line with what they were elected to do, the people do not bother to hold them accountable.
    Many of our representatives were elected to get rid of Obamacare. And when they failed to do so, very few people held their feet to the fire.
    And this is not a new trend. People have neglected to hold these politicians accountable for their lack of keeping their promises. This has allowed politicians free reign to do or not do whatever they want without any consequences whatsoever. These politicians know that no matter what happens, nobody will care. It seems like all they have to do it offer a few flimsy excuses for their failure, and they are off the hook. Then at election time, they will make some more promises, and they get reelected again. And around and around we go.
    As corrupt and crooked as the government is, we need to accept some of the blame for it.