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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

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The real threat to free speech in the Alex Jones saga

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about how Apple, Facebook, YouTube, and others have removed Alex Jones and his Infowars program from their platforms recently for violating their code of conduct regarding the use of so-called hate speech.

While Jones’ rants fall more under the category of insanity than they do insight, his program has been accepted in many conservative circles, along with members of #Cult45 due to his rabid support of Donald Trump, and Trump has returned the favor. In an appearance on Jones’ radio show, Trump praised him for his “amazing” reputation.

Considering Jones’ established reputation as a conspiracy theorist and all-around nut case, the timing of his removal from the platforms of these major players in the internet world created by Al Gore would be suspect except for two things: Donald Trump and the upcoming election.

As Steve Deace accurately concluded, targeting Alex Jones is forcing faux-conservatives who support Trump to defend Jones’ indefensible behavior — much as they do for Trump — in the days leading up to an election where the GOP is already preparing for a Blue Tsunami.

So-called conservative media and Donald Trump, Jr. are also defending Jones.

Targeting Jones in this manner also allows the left to control the narrative by connecting true conservatism to the actions of a conspiracy theorist … and Alex Jones too.

Jones, his Infowars groupies, and some in the so-called conservative media are crying about how his First Amendment rights are being denied. Of course, nothing can be further from the truth. Businesses have the right to run their business as they see fit and can refuse to associate with anyone they choose — unless, of course, you’re a Christian baker or Christian florist.

Jones’ website is still up and running, and unless Congress attempts to make a law to take it down, his First Amendment rights are still protected. If he disagrees with business practices of companies operating with a left-wing bent, he can go somewhere else to spread his conspiracy theories.

Even though Jones is wrong to claim that his First Amendment rights are being denied, the actions taken against him are creating a real threat to free speech, especially when Washington decides to get involved.

Even though he’s calling on free market businesses indirectly do his dirty work, Sen. Murphy believes that shutting down an individual’s individual rights is necessary for America to survive. Unfortunately, he’s not alone because Republicans are also getting in the act.

As I wrote a few days ago, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) has proposed a bill that would put protesters in jail for 15 years if they wear a mask while “threatening” or “intimidating” someone — in other words, ANTIFA protesters.

In some ways, Alex Jones and ANTIFA are alike because they’re unbalanced, unhinged, and unstable. In other words, they’re insane. That’s why I will never support or defend their actions.

However, I do support and defend liberty and the Constitution, and I will oppose any effort by the government to directly or indirectly deny anyone their Constitutional rights. It’s frightening that there are so many who are willing to trade freedom for tyranny, and it’s likely to get worse because there are too few willing to defend our God-given rights.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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President Trump reacts to Jim Acosta’s press pass decision: ‘Not a big deal’

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President Trump reacts to Jim Acostas press pass decision Not a big deal

He’s right. This isn’t a big deal. CNN’s Jim Acosta should never have had his hard pass revoked in the first place, either. That made it a bigger deal than it really ought to be. But it happened and now a temporary order has been placed by a judge.

What does this mean for future press conferences? A lot. What does it mean for the 1st Amendment? Not so much. It’s a blow to the President and a win for the free press, but this won’t be an issue that will ever come up again.

It shouldn’t have come up in the first place.

Some are asking why the White House needs to publish rules of decorum for the press when they weren’t needed before. That’s just it. They weren’t needed before. This is a different President, but it’s also a different press.

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio, the star of the Arkansas dashcam shootout, is an illegal immigrant

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio the star of the Arkansas dash cam shootout is an illegal immigrant

It’s an odd headline. The lede in this story should the shocking dashcam footage showing suspect Luis Cobos-Cenobio firing on police who were trying to pull him over. Unfortunately, immigration status is either buried or ignored altogether by mainstream media, so we thought it was necessary to point out up front that the man who allegedly tried to shoot and kill police officers is an illegal immigrant.

You can read the details at Fox News, one of the only outlets I’ve found so far that mentions his immigration status:

Dashcam video shows moment illegal immigrant suspect opens fire on Arkansas police officer

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dashcam-video-shows-moment-illegal-immigrant-suspect-opens-fire-on-arkansas-police-officerCobos-Cenobio has been jailed on $500,000 bond, and has had a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

If he is convicted on any or all of these charges, he’s going to jail for a long time. There’s no way to know at this point how many Americans he’s harmed in the past. Sadly, as a criminal illegal immigrant, there’s no reason for him to be here in the first place.

Mainstream media doesn’t want you to know that part of the story, though. Some went so far as to avoid the topic altogether.

For example, this article from ABC News is nearly 400-words in length and never even hints at his immigration status. Many stories simply noted as deep into the article as possible that he had a “federal hold” or “detainer request” without indicating that almost certainly means he’s here illegally.

Mainstream media is desperate to bury or cover up anything that pertains to illegal immigrants. This story, with its amazing and terrifying video, was too “good” for them to pass up. That didn’t stop them from hiding his immigration status.

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To advance conservatism, nobody gets a free pass

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To advance conservatism nobody gets a free pass

Before the midterm elections, most of the writers here spent a good chunk of their copy space helping Republicans in their campaigns. They focused on exposing Democrats for what they are (as well as what they’re becoming) and often turned their back on the negatives associated with Republican candidates.

This was intentional and I allowed it. Like many proponents of limited government, I compare the rhetoric and actions of the two major parties and I see one that’s pushing for big government and another that’s pushing for even bigger government. The fallacies in the Democrats’ proposals are obvious and universal. Republicans have a mix of good and bad; for example, lowering taxes was good, but simultaneously increasing spending was bad.

I allowed the pro-Republican approach because in the world of partisan politics, we’re stuck in a lesser-of-two-evils scenario. While I personally didn’t get involved in party politics and focused my posts on fighting for conservative and limited-government federalist values, I didn’t ask my writers to do the same. Any who chose to promote the Republican agenda, which was most of them, were allowed to do so.

They still can. I’m not censoring anyone. However, I want to be clear about the true purpose of this news site.

We are not a partisan site that is pro-Republican or anti-Democrat. We are a pro-American site that understands the importance of limiting government, defending freedoms, and protecting life, plus many other ideas that are usually associated with conservatism and/or classical liberalism.

Now that the election is over, we are relaunching our GoFundMe page.

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The description of our site on GoFundMe encapsulates what we are.

Our society is rapidly deteriorating into helplessness. Ideas such as self-governance, conservatism, patriotism, personal responsibility, limited-government federalism, and civil discourse are being threatened by a sharp leftward lurch. It isn’t just progressives who are veering to the left. The center is shifting to the left and as a result, many who are or were conservative have become more open-minded to the cultural and geopolitical shifts.

We are losing our ethical, traditional, and logical cores as a society.

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1) Expose the fallacies of this leftward lurch that is making progressives more unhinged and conservatives more malleable.
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America deserves better than what mainstream media feeds us.

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Moving forward, we are going to focus on our three goals. It doesn’t matter if someone is a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or whatever. If they aren’t helping to limit government, defend freedoms, and protect life, we’ll call them out.

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