When I was around eight years old, I was walking around Szeged, the small town in Hungary where my family is from, with my two cousins.
For some reason – yes, I suppose this offered some clue about my future career! – I started shouting out loud ‘Kadar is an idiot!’
Janos Kadar was then Hungary’s Communist leader and frankly I had no idea whether he was an idiot or not. I just thought it was a funny thing to say.
Except — in an authoritarian one-party state it’s not so funny.
Later that day I was taken to one side by my aunt who kindly, but firmly explained to me that shouting silly anti-government slogans on the street may be perfectly fine in England, where we lived, but extremely risky in Communist Hungary, where they lived.
They could end up getting punished by the regime for my childish antics.
That conversation has always stayed with me.
And today it’s a big reason why, as a new citizen of this country, I’m so horrified – and disgusted – by the direction America is taking under this increasingly appalling Biden regime.
Americans recoil from dark episodes in our own past when the federal government used its incredible power to crush ordinary citizens for supposed speech crimes.
Senator Joseph McCarthy’s campaign to root out Communists in the late 1940s and early 1950s stands as a stark warning against empowering federal thought police.
Nina Jankowicz (above), the new Disinformation Czar, colluded in the unconscionable and brazenly partisan establishment plot to bury negative stories about Joe Biden in the final stages of the 2020 presidential election.
But memories are apparently short — considering what we’ve seen from Biden and his gang of thuggish ideologues just in the last few months.
Biden branded his political rivals and millions of Americans, who opposed his radical plans to gut Senate tradition and pass partisan election reform, as enemies of the state.
Democrats colluded with the National School Boards Association to threaten to send federal law enforcement after parents who committed the ‘crime’ of challenging the Democrats’ destructive far-left school indoctrination.
Two weeks ago, former President Barack Obama warned that unregulated social media threatens to inflame ‘humanity’s worst impulses.’
Now – lo and behold – we have the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board, announced seemingly out-of-the-blue during a Senate hearing by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The very name conjures up images of a totalitarian police state.
But what it may do is more frightening, while details on the scope of the board’s mission are scarce.
All that Mayorkas could offer when challenged about his new board on the Sunday shows this weekend was a string of bureaucratic gobbledegook: ‘The board does not have an operational authority or capability. What it will do is gather together best practices in addressing the threat of disinformation from foreign state adversaries, from the cartels and disseminate those best practices to the operators that have been executing and addressing this threat for years.’
When asked if the board will monitor Americans, Mayorkas said ‘No.’
Excuse me if I’m not reassured.
Recall that the surveillance powers of the federal government were never meant to be turned against Americans either.
Now – lo and behold – we have the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board, announced seemingly out-of-the-blue during a Senate hearing by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (above).
That was until the FBI found a loophole that enabled them to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
When there’s a will – there’s a way.
Caught flat-footed by the announcement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week, ‘It sounds like the objective of the board is to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities…’
Without a hint of irony, she told us not to worry. ‘I’m not sure who opposes that effort?’ she chirped brightly.
Well, let’s see.
Would you be someone who ‘opposes that’ if you thought voters had the right to know, a month before an election, that a presidential candidate had entered into corrupt business deals with a hostile foreign power.
Would you be someone who ‘opposes that’ if you thought Americans had the right to know that the same party’s previous presidential candidate had commissioned a disinformation operation against her opponent, then personally promoted the disinformation as part of her campaign.
And you would be someone who ‘opposes that’ if you thought the world had the right to know that the pandemic which has killed millions and upended the global economy may have leaked from a Chinese lab linked to a rogue American public health bureaucrat commissioning risky virus research.
All these things were branded ‘disinformation’ by the ruling elite, and censored.
But Joe Biden was involved in business deals with China, and his son Hunter’s laptop did provide legitimate evidence of that.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign did order up the fabricated ‘Steele Dossier’ and the invented ‘Russia collusion’ narrative.
And while we still don’t have all the answers, the virus did potentially leak from a Wuhan lab as the result of reckless ‘Gain of Function’ experiments conceived by a shady researcher and commissioned by Dr Anthony Fauci, in defiance of Obama and Trump administration rules.
Caught flat-footed by the announcement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (above) said last week, ‘It sounds like the objective of the board is to prevent disinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a range of communities…’
Now the exact same arrogant, self-righteous establishment that presided over these deceptions and cover-ups asks us to accept the institutionalization of their Orwellian tactics in the name of ‘restoring public trust.’
How can anyone trust a word they say?
Obama lectured us recently about the ‘raw sewage’ of disinformation put into the public domain, without mentioning that he was complicit in doing just that.
Recently declassified notes revealed that in June 2016 Obama was briefed by then CIA Director John Brennan about Hillary Clinton’s Russia disinformation operation.
He was told explicitly of intel indicating that Clinton approved a plan to stir up suspicions about Trump and Russia to distract from stories about the secret email server she used as Secretary of State.
But instead of cleaning up the ‘raw sewage,’ he let it flow, for his own political purposes.
Perhaps worse still – and in a darkly ironic twist that George Orwell would surely appreciate – the person the Biden regime has now put in charge of its ‘battle against disinformation’ is herself one of its leading purveyors.
Nina Jankowicz, the new Disinformation Czar, colluded in the unconscionable and brazenly partisan establishment plot to bury negative stories about Joe Biden in the final stages of the 2020 presidential election.
Without evidence, Jankowicz claimed that the source of potentially explosive revelations about Biden family corruption – Hunter Biden’s laptop – ‘should be considered a Trump campaign product.’
America should consider Nina Jankowicz to be a Biden campaign product.
Indeed, she is a classic product of the insular, self-serving, left-leaning Washington DC think tank/media/academia/lobbyist/activist complex.
As such, the idea that she can be trusted to police our public discourse is as ludicrous as her fantastically embarrassing Mary Poppins impression on a TikTok that went viral soon after her appointment – and not in a good way.
But while we can – and should – laugh at the supercilious smugness on display in that horrendously ill-judged video, this entire episode is in fact deeply sinister.
It is now beyond dispute that when our ruling establishment – in government, the media and Big Tech – use the term ‘disinformation’ (or its equally discredited cousins, misinformation and even ‘mal-information) what they really mean is any information that contradicts or undermines the narrative they seek to impose on the rest of us.
Thus: pointing out the ineffectiveness of cloth masks; the fact that Covid vaccines do not control transmission; that inequality is not always the result of discrimination or any number of similar challenges to establishment groupthink is instantly branded ‘disinformation.’
And that’s when the real assault on our democracy begins.
Without evidence, Jankowicz claimed that the source of potentially explosive revelations about Biden family corruption – Hunter Biden’s laptop (picture recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive above) – ‘should be considered a Trump campaign product.’
America should consider Nina Jankowicz (above) to be a Biden campaign product.
Once the establishment coalesces around the verdict that a particular fact, idea or opinion is ‘disinformation’, its tools of oppression swing into action.
Big Media faithfully parrots the party line. Big Tech censors, suppresses, shadow bans and down-weights dissenting speech.
What’s truly menacing about Biden’s new disinformation police is that this whole process will now be accelerated and centralized.
We won’t even need a few days of left/elitist ‘thought leaders’ agreeing with each other on Twitter: now all it will take is a pronouncement from Nina Jankowicz and Boom! You’re canceled.
Of course, the very notion of a government bureaucrat policing what we can say – and thereby what we can think – is entirely antithetical to everything America stands for, regardless of who that bureaucrat is.
If a Republican administration made such a move, we should be equally horrified.
We must resist this creeping authoritarianism with everything we’ve got.
And it’s not just Biden’s speech police. It’s the vaccine police, the mask police, the way Big Business and Big Tech now collaborate with Big Government to push their elitist ideology and punish those who oppose it.
While all this certainly reminds me of the Communist Hungary of my childhood, it also brings to mind something even worse: the high-tech totalitarianism of Xi Jinping’s China.
Biden came into office sucking up to China for personal gain; it looks like he may leave office imitating China for political gain.
It’s hard to imagine a more shameful trajectory for a U.S. president.
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