Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made one of the most ludicrous statements imaginable recently. And that is saying something in the context of today’s society. She tweeted: “Denying Dr. Ford an FBI investigation is silencing her. Forcing her into a sham hearing is silencing her. And pushing through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is silencing her.” No on all counts. Granting her the opportunity to testify about the totally unsubstantiated accusations she has made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the opposite of silencing her. It is providing her a sanctioned, formal, forum for speaking about those totally unsubstantiated accusations.
The hearing won’t be a sham, at least in the sense that Gillibrand meant. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has offered Ford a public hearing, a private hearing, a public staff interview and a private staff interview. He said he’d even be willing to have his staff travel to California, or anywhere else she’d care to meet, in order to obtain her testimony. This is, again, not “silencing” Ford, but the opposite…a willingness to provide numerous alternatives for her to talk.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), on the other hand, recently said that men should “just shut up.” That is a clear attempt to silence not just one person, but an entire gender. It was not immediately clear if Hirono believes that women who identify as men should be silenced, too.
Leftists have a long and complicated history with language. They are exceedingly fond of certain words, such as “racist,” “Homophone,” “bigot,” “misogynist,” “marginalized,” “inclusive,” “safe space,” “genderqueer,” “impeachment,” “abortion,” and “Stormy.” They do not, however, like engaging in principled, rational debate. Nor do they like it when conservatives are allowed to talk. They no longer like the words comprising the Second Amendment. Or the First, Fifth, Sixth or Tenth.
They do take an almost religious zeal, ironically, in adamantly asserting that many words mean exactly the opposite of their actual dictionary definition. Therefore, encouraging someone to speak is “silencing” them. Yet, progressives think conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh should be permanently shut up via “The Fairness Doctrine.”
Leftists label true stories as “fake news.” They believe averring that “All Lives Matter” somehow means “Let’s Kill Black People.” They think “justice” is achieved by racial quotas and affirmative action and that “merit” is synonymous with “racist.” They call the mass killing of babies “women’s health care.” They apparently define “antonym” as: “one of two or more words or expressions of the same language that have the same or nearly the same meaning.”
Orwell understood this tactic. Ergo: “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” and “ignorance is strength.”
Today’s socialist Democrats really seem hell-bent on proving that last one.
“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”—George Orwell
“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”—George Orwell. (Hence, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Freedom, as long practiced in the West, is fading out of the world, too).