The Social Media Conundrum

Washington

It is a reflection of the vulgarity and even the criminality now stalking our society that social media, as it is called, cannot extricate itself from this awful question of censorship. Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media platforms that are passing judgment on what Americans say today are in the pickle that they are in because the First Amendment freedoms are extended to pornographers, common criminals, political psychopaths, and run-of-the-mill conservatives. Soon, if the social media tycoons have their way, their censorship will extend to ordinary liberals, butterfly collectors, and, who knows, maybe even stamp collectors.

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Impeachment and Throwing the Baby Out With the Bath Water

Unsurprisingly, the Right and Left have diametrically opposed long-term goals for Trump’s impeachment. The Right wants impeachment over — whatever the outcome — in short order and to prevent Trump from undermining conservatism’s populist potential. The Lefts want to make Trump a long-term issue and use him to reverse conservatives’ inroads into populism.

Trump’s impeachment calls to mind the old saying about throwing out the baby with the bath water. In this case, the “baby” is the 74.2 million Americans who voted for Trump; the “bath water” is Trump. The Right is eager to throw out the used bath water

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The WHO Hunts Coronavirus Origins

[unable to retrieve full-text content]“The WHO Hunts Coronavirus Origins,” editorial cartoon by Shaomin Li for The American Spectator, January 18, 2021.

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A Rookie Error at the Wall Street Journal

In a page 1A story in the most recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, reporters Ken Thomas and Sabrina Siddiqui start their story with this remarkable lead: “President-elect Joe Biden made uniting the nation among his more pressing priorities as a candidate.”

No, no, no, no, no. Candidate Biden said uniting the nation was among his more pressing priorities. He didn’t mean it. All presidential candidates say this. None of them mean it. Agendas, personal popularity and career prospects, the jobs and perks of political allies and friends, and the punishing of political opponents

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Hey Conservatives, Don’t Ditch Twitter

I read Scott McKay’s recent article in The American Spectator. I cannot agree more with the diagnosis nor disagree more with the solution. My opinion about Jack Dorsey and the technological nouveau riche who share an equal fondness for Vipassanā meditation and marijuana is well known. Somehow I was a pioneer in this repulsion, because years ago I published the booklet I Killed an Internet Guru (After He Tried to Teach Me How to Program the Washing Machine), a title that subtly reveals my misgivings. Then I discovered that I was not alone: it was the best-selling book

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The Silencing Fathers

[unable to retrieve full-text content]“The Silencing Fathers,” editorial cartoon by Patrick Cross for The American Spectator, January 15, 2021.

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Academics Whitewash Erdoğan, Islamism, and Terrorism in Turkish Webinar

“Islam is not a danger to democracy, but a source of strength for it,” claimed University of Pennsylvania political science professor Anne Norton during an online conference hosted by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU). She somehow missed the irony of making her claim at a forum sponsored by the elected Islamist regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has imprisoned thousands of academic and political opponents. But Norton and other American participants were in good company: Western academics ignored Erdogan’s persecution of their Turkish peers to attend conferences in Istanbul in previous years. Why would they suddenly

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Just the Facts, Mrs. Pelosi

Wednesday

1. President Trump in no way incited anyone to riot on Capitol Hill or anywhere else.

2. The precipitating cause of the riot was the astonishing incompetence of the Capitol police.

3. The rioters in no conceivable way were seeking the overthrow of the government. Seizing a few empty rooms of the Capitol offers no control of anything. To say otherwise demonstrates an almost unbelievable ignorance of how government works.

4. President Trump has been a truly heroic leader of the Free World.

5. Mr. Trump has been a spectacular friend to Israel.

6. Mr. Trump has not

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Why Trump Supporters and Republicans Shouldn’t Break Up

In his book Modern Times, historian Paul Johnson describes the 1960s and early 1970s as “America’s suicide attempt.”

So far, the 2020s have some Republicans gazing into the abyss once again. But if you’re starting to feel immortal longings, step back from that ledge, my friend. Democrats would love nothing better than to see the GOP give in to self-slaughter.

Led by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and their progressive allies in the media, Democrats are attempting a bloodless purge, demonizing, canceling, and punishing Donald Trump and the 75 million Republicans who voted for him. They’ve abused the impeachment

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The Capitol Riot and ‘Sacred Temples to Democracy’

Hours after perhaps a thousand Trump supporters misbehaved in the Capitol (while, outside, tens of thousands of Trump supporters were well-behaved), purple rhetoric was the order of the night in the Senate chamber. A lot of verbal striking was going on, but I was particularly struck by these words by Dick Durbin (D-Ill.):

This is a special place. This is a sacred place. But this sacred place was desecrated by a mob today on our watch. This temple to democracy was defiled by thugs, who roamed the halls — sat in that chair, Mr. Vice President — one that

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