Apologies to subscribers for not getting this piece posted last week as promised. After celebrating a lady friend’s graduation most of the weekend, I was scrambling Saturday and Sunday to take care of other posts and putting together exams. I also overindulged in Civilization VI on Sunday night, so there’s that.
About a month ago, the Biden Administration announced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, an Orwellian appendage to the already Orwellian Department of Homeland Security. After a wave of backlash, DHS is backing down temporarily, putting a “pause” on its plans to create the board.
That’s reason to celebrate, but it’s cold comfort. I have little doubt that the Biden Administration will attempt to impanel this board as soon as it thinks it can get away with it.
The very fact that Biden’s puppeteers think they could create such an organization—which, I think we all understand, will almost exclusively target conservatives and others with views contrary to the ruling regime—suggests their overconfidence in the security of their position, as well as their utter contempt for the rest of us.
If the situation were reversed, the Left would cry foul—and rightly so. A government that actively proclaims certain language, speech, opinions, or news as “disinformation” is playing a very dangerous game with free speech. Even if we knew the people in charge of such an organization were striving towards complete impartiality—if such a thing were even possible—the temptation would be incredibly strong for a corrupt or compromised president to bend the board to his will.
Of course, we know the board will be used as yet another bludgeon—a brutal pretext—with which to smash conservative and dissident voices in as many venues as possible. Sure, there will be the “controlled opposition” voices, but the rest of us will find ourselves in a bad spot, indeed.
That’s why it’s imperative we continue to ridicule the government for even dreaming up such an institution.
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