Yes, I know there are many issues at stake in next week’s elections: inflation, the economy, crime, securing the southern border, and so on. But these all pale into insignificance in the face of one other issue, one that is not overtly on the ballot and has hardly even been mentioned. What is it? Preserving freedom of thought and expression.
By this point, most Americans have encountered the growing censorship gripping our once-free country, either personally or by hearing about the experiences of others. On university campuses, in corporate offices, in almost all media, any “offensive” word or remark means the person who said or wrote it is in trouble. What defines “”offensive?” The ideology of cultural Marxism, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms, largely by the Frankfurt School. More commonly known as “wokeness” or “Political Correctness,” cultural Marxism dictates that anyone who defies its dictates must become an “unperson:” fired from their job, expelled from their university, blackballed in their profession, unmentionable socially, hounded to the very gates of hell. They are “thisists” or “thatists,” in a game with words that seeks to make aspects of reality vanish by calling them names. Everyone knows it’s all cant, but they also know they will pay a price if they don’t bow down and worship its great clay god.
So far, in this country, you won’t be jailed for saying or writing something “Politically Incorrect.” But have no illusion: that is what the Democrats intend. Just look at most university campuses, where the slightest offending word means you are dragged before a kangaroo court, assumed guilty unless proven innocent and often sentenced to “re-education,” meaning learning to mouth the lies “wokeness” requires. Refuse to learn your lesson and out you go without your degree (or a refund).
But a quick look above our northern border at our once-nice neighbor, Canada, shows another picture. There, an “unwoke” remark can get you in serious legal trouble. “Hate speech,” with “hate” defined as any defiance of cultural Marxism, can mean arrest, trial before a “revolutionary tribunal,” not a real court, where the members are all cultural Marxists in good standing, and possibly prison. The same is true in a growing number of European countries, including, shamefully, England, the source of our own liberties. Not only can the same thing happen here, making it happen is at the top of the Democrats’ agenda.
That is why it is vital Americans vote in this off-year election and vote straight Republican tickets. Most oRepublican office-holders fear cultural Marxism and must be pushed into confronting it, but when the alternative is losing their base, they will usually wobble up and do it. If Republicans take just one House of Congress, they can and will prevent the Democrats from enacting more laws against freedom of thought and expression. If Republicans take both Houses, they can pass legislation designed to roll cultural Marxism back and restore those freedoms. Yes, President Biden will veto it, but by doing so he will make the Democrats’ role as the protectors and enforcers of cultural Marxism painfully clear.
There is no shortage of ways legislation can restore freedom of thought and expression. In the last year of his first term, President Trump proposed a federal rule denying all federal funding, including research grants, to any college or university that will not adopt and enforce a code of strong protections of those basic freedoms (look to the University of Chicago for a good example). That would change the balance of power on campuses overnight, because the hard sciences profs, their funding at stake, would go to the faculty meetings and outvote the nut-cases from the liberal arts and social sciences departments. I’m sure that proposed rule died a quick death when Biden came in, but Republican majorities in Congress could easily resurrect it as legislation.
Another powerful piece of legislation in defense of freedom of thought and expression would be to add “political views” to the list if discriminations prohibited in civil rights laws. Wouldn’t it be fun to make Biden veto that one? Companies could still ban, let’s say, all political t-shirts in the workplace, but they could not ban just those reflecting conservative beliefs. No Nazi tees? Ok, so long as no tees with Che or Marx or Mao on them. No Hitler salutes? Fine, so long as Marxist clenched-fist salutes got the same treatment. Any favoritism would be grounds for a lawsuit.
What it comes down to is this: if you want to preserve (and restore) freedom of thought and expression, vote next week and vote Republican. A vote for Republicans gives the finger to all the “wokeness,” the “white supremacy” crap, the “64 genders” nonsense, the demands that we all bow down to blacks, Feminists, Third World immigrants, gays, etc, the whole “woke crowd around the bar in Star Wars. Don’t be fooled by the Democrats’ “protecting our democracy” red herring. All “democracy” means is voting for Democrats. Freedom of thought and expression are issues that impact every American every day. Those are the freedoms our ancestors fought for, the freedom we are now losing, and the freedoms without which America is no longer our country. We can fight with ballots now or bullets later. Go vote.