Sentenced to rest while my injured back heals, I took time yesterday to fiddle with a few of this blog’s static pages, updating text and swapping-out a couple of images, Sharp-eyed regular readers may notice a subtle addition to the header.
That tiny bird means that Ubi Libertas Blog is now on Twitter.
I have a vague memory of setting up a personal Twitter profile many years ago, in the platform’s early days, though I don’t recall ever tweeting anything. This time my presence is dedicated to this blog — that is, I intend to tweet links to my posts. I’ve also followed a few dozen like-minded profiles.
My primary reason for being on Twitter now is curiosity, to observe dynamics as Elon Musk asserts his free-speech vision (or doesn’t, or is prevented from doing so). A number of the accounts I’ve chosen to follow were suspended until yesterday — Tucker Carlson, The Babylon Bee, Charlie Kirk and Libs of TikTok to name a few. (By the way, if you have a high tolerance for dumbassery I recommend following Libs of TikTok.)
In just one day on the platform I’ve witnessed an interesting phenomenon. Even though Musk’s ownership and direct control still are months away, already there’s been a remarkable surge on the Right. Many report huge increases in followers, almost overnight, as if “shadow banning” and content-moderation protocols suddenly were relaxed.
Maybe so, maybe not. I’m more inclined to attribute it to “The Trump Effect.”
Elon Musk isn’t yet running Twitter, but at the moment he serves as a beacon to those whose speech has been suppressed. That’s not unlike what we saw with Trump — beyond the impact of public policy, his presence alone inspired confidence, emboldening true Americans who’d been driven from a public square poisoned by progressives. He also intimidated the hell outta the opposition.
That’s a good thing, of course. It’s also a leadership thing.
Speaking of Trump, some of you may wonder if I’m on TruthSocial — and the answer is not yet. As soon as the platform offers an Android app I’ll give it a look.
Picture, if you will, a two-lane road that leads to a bridge spanning a wide, deep canyon. Now imagine that the bridge collapses, creating a deadly hazard to motorists. Not only does the highway department refuse to post warnings, erect barricades and set to work fixing the bridge — it re-paves the road and widens it to six lanes so that even more travelers plunge to certain death.
That’s exactly how the current regime is responding to the unprecedented invasion of illegal aliens at America’s southern border. Faced with an obvious crisis, The Permanent State is making sure that the crisis grows as efficiently as possible.
I don’t have to exaggerate that kind of absurdity. The (bobble)head of Homeland Security testified to Congress yesterday that this is, indeed, the administration’s official policy.
None of that should surprise readers of this blog (or any right-thinking American). But something else came out of yesterday’s hearings that’s just as disturbing, and it’s not received nearly the attention it should.
Operating under DHS oversight is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Judging by its dot-gov website, CISA seems to be strangely preoccupied with domestic “information manipulation.” The agency has published a barrelful of “infographics” to help citizens spot anything that doesn’t follow The (State-approved) Holy Narrative. On its face that’s utility-grade propaganda, the sort of thing we expect from a bloated bureaucracy.
But wait — there’s more. The DHS (bobble)head told a House committee yesterday that the department has established a “governance board” that will “coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia.” Leading the new Disinformation Governance Board will be a radical leftist think-tanker who lists “disinformation fellow” — seriously — on her curriculum vitae.
It is, quite literally, Orwellian. We’re watching the dystopian fiction of Nineteen Eighty Four come to pass — America, officially now, has a Ministry of Truth.
This sinister tool of the State was disclosed just days after The World’s Richest Man promised to return free speech to Twitter. That’s no coincidence.
Now, for those not acquainted with the four ministries described by Orwell, this passage from Nineteen Eighty-Four should tell you all you need to know:
“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.”
Sound familiar? Need a hint? Consider that this regime’s Department of Homeland Security concerns itself with facilitating an invasion.
Meanwhile, you and I remain on the DHS radar. I know, I know, we’re not terrorists. But according to Democrats and other progressives, American Patriots are a problem — a big problem. Here’s what the department (bobble)head said yesterday:
“Domestic violent extremism poses the greatest terrorism-related threat to our homeland.”
He expanded on that assessment in submitted written testimony;
“Domestic violent extremists are US-based lone actors and small networks who seek to further political or social goals wholly or in part through unlawful acts of force or violence, without direction or inspiration from a foreign terrorist group of foreign power. These actors are motivated by various factors, including biases against minorities, perceived government intrusion, conspiracy theories promoting violence, and false narratives often spread online.”
It all comes back to the Ministry of Truth. Biases, theories, perceptions, false narratives… if it’s not blessed by the State it poses a danger to powerful elites and must be subdued.
Case-in-point: The Constitution for the United States of America. The State does not approve.
You know I’m right about that. Conduct yourselves accordingly.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.