Barber: Left’s Orwellian Censorship Campaign

By J. Matt Barber

Liberal theologian William Ellery Channing once observed, “The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated.”

War has indeed been declared. Channing’s contemporary liberal counterparts have declared a war for our culture. But while Channing presumably held to the oft-bandied supposition that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism,” today’s secular-progressive has no choice but to endeavor that “all opposition should be hushed.”

Liberals recognize that when arguing on the merits, they cannot prevail. Not only are their morally relative, redistributionist philosophies untenable and utopian, but they read the same polls demonstrating that reasonable people reject their ideas outright. In fact, Americans identify as conservative over liberal by a two-to-one margin. Even those who call themselves “moderate” lean conservative.

It makes sense. The “progressive” movement wars against natural law, pushes perpetually failed secular-socialist policies and places — above constitutionally safeguarded individual liberty — thickheaded tenets of postmodern political correctness. Liberal elites demand tolerance for all things perverse and find intolerable all things righteous.

And so, the final, desperate act of the left-wing, lemon-hocking charlatan is to marginalize, smear and ultimately shut down the competition. As a result, liberals obfuscate, propagandize and strive to silence all dissent. They no longer even try to hide it.

The evidence of this calculated assault on free speech is overwhelming, but the most recent and high-profile examples include carefully orchestrated campaigns by three well-funded, interconnected, George Soros-linked organizations: Media Matters for America (MMFA); the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

After years of trying to censor the conservative voice of Rush Limbaugh, for instance, the George Soros-funded Media Matters recently pulled out all the stops to get him booted from the airwaves.

The pretext was Limbaugh’s unfortunate word choice in describing Georgetown “reproductive justice” radical Sandra Fluke’s attempt to compel the Jesuit university to violate its own Catholic doctrine. Democrats held a mock hearing in the Capitol building wherein Fluke demanded that Georgetown underwrite her admitted fornication practices and fork out free birth control. Limbaugh said this made her sound like a “sl*t” and a “prostitute.”

The hard-left Media Matters pounced, rolling out a pre-packaged campaign against Limbaugh. It has targeted radio stations with ads and continues a floundering crusade to get Limbaugh’s radio sponsors to drop him. Ironically, this has resulted in a revenue increase for Limbaugh, and his already millions-strong listening audience has grown significantly.

Another example of this Orwellian censorship crusade involves the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, an outfit that, until recent years, was viewed as a relatively credible civil rights organization. Unfortunately, the SPLC has now cashed in most of its remaining political capital, taking the same cynical path as its fellow travelers over at Media Matters. The SPLC too has become little more than a mouthpiece for left-wing extremism.

In a “too cute by half” attempt to marginalize those who observe the traditional Judeo-Christian sexual ethic, or who embrace a constitutionalist view of government, the SPLC has moved from monitoring actual hate groups like the KKK and Neo-Nazis, to slandering mainstream Christian and tea party organizations with that very same “SPLC-certified hate group” label. Indeed, in its promotional materials and on its website, the SPLC indiscriminately lumps well-respected, highly influential Christian organizations like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association together with domestic terrorist and white supremacist groups.

But the SPLC’s transparent guilt-by-false-association ploy has largely backfired. Whereas the strategy was intended to discourage media outlets from engaging these Christian groups, the scheme has, instead, had the unintended effect of significantly marginalizing the SPLC. You can only cry wolf so many times before people ignore you.

Finally, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has picked up where the SPLC left off. This radical homosexual pressure group recently ramped up its tried-and-true practice of employing the very outrage it purports to oppose: defamation.

One of the left’s favorite pejoratives is “McCarthyism,” yet liberals employ it — as they mean it — masterfully. In an effort to strong-arm mainstream media outlets — already sympathetic to their cause — into blacklisting, once and for all, conservative and Christian professionals who oppose liberal sexual identity politics, GLAAD has issued an enemies list of 36 top pro-family leaders and luminaries (a list upon which yours truly is most honored and humbled to be included).

Engaging a scheme eerily reminiscent of the former Soviet Union, GLAAD’s euphemistically and paradoxically tagged “Commentator Accountability Project” enlists fellow progressives to dutifully report on a designated website anytime a pundit identified on the blacklist appears in media.

Because “hate is not an expert opinion,” GLAAD then takes the reports and browbeats the offending media outlet into disengaging the “inappropriate” conservative pundit.

As feeble justification for its censorship efforts, GLAAD provides a list of out-of-context, cherry-picked quotes — some accurate, some not — the organization finds offensive. This is paint-by-numbers, Saul Alinsky style: Rule 12, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”

In their manuscript, “After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s” (1989, Doubleday/Bantam), Harvard-educated marketing experts Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen meticulously laid out GLAAD’s approach — something they called “jamming.”

“Jamming” refers to the public smearing of Christians, traditionalists or anyone else who opposes left-wing sexual identity politics. “Jam homo-hatred [i.e., the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic] by linking it to Nazi horror,” wrote Kirk and Madsen (sound familiar, SPLC?). They go on to suggest that activists should try to associate all who oppose homosexuality with images of “Klansmen demanding that gays be slaughtered,” “hysterical backwoods preachers,” “menacing punks” and “Nazi concentration camps where homosexuals were tortured and gassed.’”

“In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to adopt the role of protector,” they wrote. “The purpose of victim imagery is to make straights feel very uncomfortable.”

George Orwell famously said: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” Today, conservative truth tellers are revolutionaries, fighting a guerilla war against an elitist establishment that blankets free speech with bunker-buster bombs.

Their motives are disgraceful, their tactics are cowardly and their actions are un-American. But these things rank high among the progressive “book of virtues.”

Paraphrasing Voltaire, British author Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

It’s little wonder that today’s progressives reject this noble sentiment. The success of the left-wing socio-political agenda relies upon deliberate suppression of the reality-based conservative alternative.

Such is life for the pamphleteer of bad ideas.

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President ofLiberty Counsel Action (LCA on Facebook)

» Sowell: The ‘Progressive’ Legacy » Commentary — GOPUSA

Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago.

Many of the trends, problems and disasters of our time are a legacy of that era. We can only imagine how many future generations will be paying the price — and not just in money — for the bright ideas and clever rhetoric of our current administration.

The two giants of the Progressive era — Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson — clashed a century ago, in the three-way election of 1912. With the Republican vote split between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt’s newly created Progressive Party, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, so that the Democrats’ version of Progressivism became dominant for eight years.

What Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had in common, and what attracts some of today’s Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who claim to be following in their footsteps, was a vision of an expanded role of the federal government in the economy and a reduced role for the Constitution of the United States.

Like other Progressives, Theodore Roosevelt was a critic and foe of big business. In this he was not inhibited by any knowledge of economics, and his own business ventures lost money.

Rhetoric was TR’s strong suit. He denounced “the mighty industrial overlords” and “the tyranny of mere wealth.”

Just what specifically this “tyranny” consisted of was not spelled out. This was indeed an era of the rise of businesses to unprecedented size in industry after industry — and of prices falling rapidly, as a result of economies of scale that cut production costs and allowed larger profits to be made from lower prices that attracted more customers.

It was easy to stir up hysteria over a rapidly changing economic landscape and the rise of new businessmen like John D. Rockefeller to wealth and prominence. They were called “robber barons,” but those who put this label on them failed to specify just who they robbed.

Like other Progressives, TR wanted an income tax to siphon off some of the earnings of the rich. Since the Constitution of the United States forbad such a tax, to the Progressives that simply meant that the Constitution should be changed.

After the 16th Amendment was passed, a very low income-tax rate was levied, as an entering wedge for rates that rapidly escalated up to 73 percent on the highest incomes during the Woodrow Wilson administration.

One of the criticisms of the Constitution by the Progressives, and one still heard today, is that the Constitution is so hard to amend that judges have to loosen its restrictions on the power of the federal government by judicial reinterpretations. Judicial activism is one of the enduring legacies of the Progressive era.

In reality, the Constitution was amended four times in eight years during the Progressive era. But facts carried no more weight with crusading Progressives then than they do today.

Theodore Roosevelt interpreted the Constitution to mean that the President of the United States could exercise any powers not explicitly forbidden to him. This stood the 10th Amendment on its head, for that Amendment explicitly gave the federal government only the powers specifically spelled out, and reserved all other powers to the states or to the people.

Woodrow Wilson attacked the Constitution in his writings as an academic before he became president. Once in power, his administration so restricted freedom of speech that this led to landmark Supreme Court decisions restoring that fundamental right.

Whatever the vision or rhetoric of the Progressive era, its practice was a never-ending expansion of the arbitrary powers of the federal government. The problems they created so discredited Progressives that they started calling themselves “liberals” — and after they discredited themselves again, they went back to calling themselves “Progressives,” now that people no longer remembered how Progressives had discredited themselves before.

Barack Obama’s rhetoric of “change” is in fact a restoration of discredited ideas that originated a hundred years ago.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is


The Progressive effort to bypass, ignore, and trivialize the American Constitution is fully embraced by the Obama administration and current “leadership” of the Democratic Party. Mob rule is the war cry of Progressive’s worldwide.

Pernicious Ideology embraced by Progressives

An essay by Robert Firth





Man is, by nature, little more than an animal. Left to himself, he has and would wallow in filth and lie around like a pig in a sty. In his early days, he hunted, ate, defecated and procreated. He wore the skins of animals he had killed and eaten. He didn’t grow anything. Man, until recently, was a hunter gather, he had no morality (that he was consciously aware of) and no sense of ethics- he lived in and for the moment, doing whatever felt good….


Sometime around 3000 years ago, things began to change. Man had contact with a higher power. God entered into his life and nothing has been the same since. Man now had direction in the form of things not to do- the Ten Commandants!


No longer could he fornicate and defecate whenever and wherever he wanted. There were laws now and God told him how he should be living. By not doing what felt good, by not giving into his base instincts man could please God and, if he lived by the law, God would take him into heaven and he would have eternal life. Conversely, if he broke the commandants and lived as he pleased, God assured him that a terrible fate awaited him, hell!


For 2000 years mankind, at least those of Judeo-Christian persuasion, fought their natural instincts and tried to live up to the precepts of “The Good Life.”

Laws and constitutions were written by men of faith that more or less paralleled God’s words. Man tried to be “good,” he struggled with the forces of Baal and worked to be decent and moral. In America, this effort to live according to God’s word continued right up until about the middle of the 20th century.


WWII, started by a German lunatic, spelled the beginning of the end of Christianity and almost ended Judaism in Europe. Hitler, proving that evil exists, replaced Christ’s cross with the Swastika and, after the war, due to the horrendous explosion of evil and death during those tragic years, a majority of Europeans gradually lost faith in a God who could allow such hideous evil to exist.  Europe, before America, drifted into secularism, atheism and debauchery embracing their base nature, allowing the old evil once more to erode and dominate their civilization.


But, man has free will. This is one of the fundamental characteristics of the Judeo-Christian faiths. Man can choose to do good or evil. In fact, without one the other wouldn’t be recognizable. For everything there must be its opposite, day has to have night, light isn’t anything without darkness. Truth can’t be defined without the lie. In exactly the same way right has to have wrong and good must have evil. We know evil when we see it. A crazed Muslim murdering his daughter is purely evil with no possibility of it being judged otherwise. Wild eyed Mexican drug smugglers slicing off the heads of other Mexicans and Americans is equally purely evil.


By contrast, The Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa performed only acts of kindness and good. For those of us with a moral compass (provided by our faith) we can easily identify the difference and we know positively that evil most certainly exists. Evil has always existed as a force, sometimes subtle, like a kid enticing another to smoke some crack and, sometimes so pervasive that it infects entire groups. The Hutsies and Tootsies hacked each other to bits in a mad frenzy of rape and murder. They used any weapon at hand, sticks, shovels, machetes, guns, it mattered not so powerfully had evil infected their psyches.


Those of us who understand the dark forces of evil would never ever identify the horrendous and predictable murders of the soldiers at Fort Hood by a mad-Muslim as a “work place shooting” as did the secular- humanist progressives sitting smugly and inanely in the halls of power in Washington.  We all knew immediately that this brutal act was caused by the evil cult of Islam infecting and boiling the brain of the crazed Muslim shooter and we labeled it so. Period!


I have seen children hanging dead from trees, gutted by the crazed Cong. In Mozambique, I have seen child soldiers who had been forced to kill cook and eat their own parents. These kids were so psychologically damaged that nothing could be done to salvage them. To me, anyone doubting the existence of evil as an independent and ever-present force of nature is completely out of touch with  human history and the human condition.


For the secular-humanist progressives to be unable to believe in the existence of evil as a earth bound force bent on leading man into the darkness is purely evidence of their mental myopia and elitist atheist arrogance. In the mind of the secular-humanist, ( so called) enlightened progressive etc., everything is judged in the light of moral relativity so, to them, one religion is just as good an another (but, of course, all are stupid and must be destroyed) and all things appear to them in various shades of grey with nothing being absolutely good in a biblical sense or bad as evidence of evil. Sadly, these pathetic people of limited vision have done much damage to western civilization and to America and it is time we put a stop to their social meddling. 


In America, sometime around the invention of the pill in the early 1960’s, a few bad things happened. The young of that era decided that sex, absent the responsibility of conception, was fun ( after all, it felt good and that was the principal thing) and, perhaps more sex was better and that they should and could have sex with each other anytime and anywhere they wanted to. Thus was born the sexual revolution!


In Woodstock, they rolled, fornicated and defecated in the mud, swilled booze and ingested all kinds of drugs… The men (boys really) grew beards, women shed their bras and bared their chests….they both stopped washing and reveled in filth. The entire generation was slipping into the grasp of evil. They called them the “feel good” generation. Sadly, none of them recognized what was happening to them and why. They lost touch with their parents, many running away never to return. The psychological damage was, and remains, profound!


They protested anything and everything, they bombed, murdered and demanded that the older generations respect them for being bloody-minded antichrists. There was the 1968 democratic convention and Vietnam. There was the hippies, Yippies and ‘flower power.’ A generation dropped out and tuned in. People under the influence of mind and mood altering psychotropic drugs tried to fly out of windows. Patriotism was viewed as a sickness and soldiers were reviled. Evil, like a dark cloud, flowed out of the drug houses and intro the streets where it infected them all like a moral cancer.


Then, along came real physical disease, HIV/ AID’s burst onto the scene along with the bath-house frenzied faggots who seemed to multiply with “gay abandon.” This wasting disease was brought to America from darkest Africa by a homosexual Canadian male cabin attendant (so goes the story) who, visiting San Francisco, spread this terrible sickness to any and all who would copulate with him. This turned out to be a lot and soon the disease spread around the world, mostly, of course, infecting those engaging in immoral sexual contact with others of their kind. The disease eventually unfortunately spread to the heterosexual community (mostly in Africa) where, about 35 million have been identified as being infected. In 2010, worldwide, about two million humans have died from HIV,AIDs.


Most affected by this moral decay and pervasive dark sickness were the academics and the so-called “leader class.” These twisted social meddlers sought positions of power in our universities and government where they are easily identified by membership in the far-left wings of the Democratic Party. To give you an idea of how far we have declined, the people of Massachusetts voted for years for an avowed old queer in the personage of congressman Barney Frank. One of his male lovers ran a homo-free- for-all at Frank’s Washington apartment. Ole Barney even went to far as to “fix” traffic tickets for him. Didn’t matter, the ‘not so good’ people of Mass still voted for him. Now he’s retiring and plans to engage in holy matrimony with his male partner. I wonder what God thinks about this?


Then there were the secular atheist movements exemplified by Madeleine Murray O’Hare, the vociferous hater of God and professional atheist. She, along with a few other like-minded empty souls and mindless servants of evil such as the ALCU and Southern Poverty Law Center, instigated the legal removal of God from our schools by law suits and federal edicts. This absurd action predictably has resulted in the murder of children by other children. Today, we have armed police in our schools and generations of young being purposely alienated from God.


Drugs flowed into younger and younger veins, delivering millions of kids to a horrible, painful and miserable existence. No one cared! The universities and colleges were and are teaching that ‘God Is dead’ and the new religion of ‘secular fundamentalism’ Is the now the law of the land.


By 2000, the age of goodness in America was a slowly fading memory in the liberal and progressive halls of government. Religion, thank God, remains strong in the American hinterlands. In what the fake media calls the “Red States” churches overflow with the faithful. Local airwaves are filled seven days a week with religions shows. These are your basic hard-working, tax- paying, tea- party people. They are the same ones Nancy Pelosi referred to as “tea-baggers” and “astro-turf.”  Boy, was she surprised in 2010!


What do you think happened when the secular-progressive American government decided to reject God? Of course, God rejected them. The result of all this has created the greatest social divide in America. Far greater than the political differences between parties is the huge and widening gulf between those who believe in good and evil and the secular- progressives elitists who, for the moment, dominate our courts and government.


Here’s the bottom line. God asks us to fight against our base nature and struggle to be better persons. The moral, religious and ethical individual works hard to perfect himself and be more Christ-like. This is an unending battle against the forces of evil. “Baal,” representing man’s base nature, preys on us over many fronts, constantly tempting and offering pleasure. Who would not rather watch a football game and drink beer with his buddies instead of dressing and heading off to church? Who would rather go to the gym for a two-hour workout against taking off to party with his pals?


George Washington worked his entire life to be a better person. Washington had a set of 110 rules which, were to him, virtues to live up to. For all of us today it would be a great benefit if we all tried to live our lives as he did. I suggest you print them (they are all over the net) out and see if you can live by these precepts. I would be surprised if even a single one of our federal court judges, congressman, government apparatchiks or members of the media have even so much as read them let alone are aware of their existence.


Doing the right thing is hard and it’s supposed to be. That tiny voice sitting on your right shoulder whispering in your ear to be good is always opposed to the raspy voice of the guy in your left ear saying, “Hey man, don’t listen to him, common, let’s have some fun, who can it hurt?” You know these guys don’t you? Chances are that you’ve been in some hot water by listening to the wrong one, right?


Self-discipline is a basic characteristic of all successful people. One forces oneself to study and work and master life’s challenges. One does not destroy his health by abusing drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. A country does not raise generations of productive citizens by telling them that God is irrelevant and that anything that feels good is just fine. Where exactly are they to learn morality- where exactly do they learn the difference between right and wrong, good and evil? To love ones country is right and good. To be told that your love of country is irrelevant and you should be a ‘citizen of the world’ and believe in man-caused climate change while embracing a one-world government led by the ridiculous United Nations is one of the strongest examples of the evil of the far left, America hating so called ‘leader class.’ These people have been identified and we must, at ,any and all cost, get rid of them all. They have to be removed from the positions of power and influence they have weaseled themselves into.  They are to be found in our courts, media, universities and government.


Today, our children are being told that morality is relative and they need be tolerant of all beliefs as one is not better or any more correct than any other. Indeed, they are being taught by secular-progressives and socialists that religion itself is ridiculous and to be rejected by all “intelligent” right-thinking people- like themselves.


Kids leaving school ignorant of what God expects and demands of them are doomed to wander life without a moral compass. A country purposely setting out to eradicate religion from its schools and public life is similarly doomed. Evil exists! If the memories of WWII are not enough, perhaps the rise of Islamic terror and the horrendous deeds of these morally bankrupt, misguided, ignorant murderers should suffice. Women are stoned and burned to death by their neighbors and brothers. Innocent citizens are slaughtered by insane bloodthirstily Islamic lunatics. Hundreds of severed human heads are turning up everywhere – even here in America. Thirty-five thousand humans have been murdered along our southern border where massive drug wars rage on, growing in violence daily and clearly they are beyond the control of the Mexican government. Meanwhile, our current administration dithers and placates, unable to take strong decisions, perhaps, one wonders, even on purpose to allow the chaos to succeed? The Obama justice department did send thousands of weapons to stir the pot of violence. I wonder why?


Clearly, since the victories of our élite leader class (the progressives and secular socialists in our government) over God, America has been in decline. Look at the likes of obama and compare him to our founding fathers. Clearly, we have fallen and fallen far.


Our economy is weak and weakening. The secular-progressive, constitution hating, leader class is constantly promulgating hundreds of laws and regulations further strangling industry and business under untenable burdens. Our coal mines are being closed by Lisa Jackson at EPA, a rabid environmentalist. We are borrowing .43 cents for every dollar obama spends and it seems government is unable to stop the outrageous spending. The national debt is un-payable and burdens yet unborn generations.


The barbarians are gathering at our gates. Hezbollah, Iranian terrorists and other Islamic scum are building WMD’s and training and increasing their forces in Mexico and South America. Millions of Islamists around the world are working desperately to top 9/11 with yet another horrendous event. Pakistan, who already have the bomb, may help them.


Here’s something to keep you bright eyed and bushy tailed at 4:00 in the morning. They don’t need a rocket to produce a powerful EMP (electronic magnetic pulse) in our upper atmosphere destroying all electronics in America. The weapon can too easily be loaded on any of the many Islamic airliners carrying passengers or cargo into our country. The weapon can be detonated at 35,000,’ seven miles above our cities, and the effect will be horrific. Millions will die as a result of the destruction of all electronic devices.  Cars will cease to operate as their computers are fried, banks, hospitals, and work-place computers will smoke, cell phones will die along with their owners… Food and drug stores will empty in a few days as there will be no trucks to re-supply them.


Did you know than PIA, the Pakistani national carrier, has several weekly flight to New York. The crew and most of passengers would not have to even be aware the bomb was on board. One suicidal Islamist with a cell phone or push button detonator could set it off before the decent. I can assure you that a weapon, assembled by fanatical Islamists in a standard belly container, would be not difficult to load before departure in Karachi. Millions of Muslims in Pakistan would jump at the chance to destroy the “Great Satin”!


Equally, Saudi Arabia Airlines has several weekly flights to New York. In the Saudi Kingdom, for more than two centuries, Wahhabism has been its dominant faith. These bad boys absolutely hate America.  Wahhabism, in case you didn’t know, is the most austere form of Islam. This dangerous cult insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran, meaning kill the unbelievers- that’s you by the way!


Let me close by telling you something of profound importance. Throughout the 250 years of our existence, all our leaders, teachers and those steering our industry and society were well acquainted with the precepts of Judeo Christian thinking. All knew their Bible or Torah and all were, for the most part, guided by a moral compass. For most of those years, America was great because Americans were good!


For the very first time, beginning in the 1960’s we have our government, courts, schools and media infested by thousands of individuals who are, in fact, largely morally bankrupt – and without any exposure, understanding, knowledge of our religious heritage. These are ‘empty suits’ and proud of it. They have no ability to recognize the forces’ and influences of evil because, in their closed secular minds, they cannot comprehend or acknowledge its existence. In fact, they see religion itself as a dangerous enemy to be stamped out once and for all. These are the secular-progressives of the far left. These are the evil lawyers of the ALCU and the many judges in our federal courts. They happily, destroy small schools for having biblical messages on their walls or small town courts for posting the ten commandants. Kids are banned by law from engaging in prayer before athletic events and even some for wearing the cross.


Clearly, things have gone way far too far….Can we reclaim America for decent people?  Can we make America great again? Everything depends on the coming elections. If obama and all his miserable minions can be defeated there’s a chance. America has most certainly and unarguably reached the point of no return. As a pilot, that term has serious meaning. I urge you to take a minute and let the idea sink in and share this message with your friends.


Robert Firth