In a piece for The New York Times on Wednesday, analyst Thomas Edsall cautioned that the cultural tensions that propelled former President Donald Trump to power have not subsided and are worsening.
“Recent decades have witnessed what Dennis Chong, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, describes in an email as ‘a demographic realignment of political tolerance in the U.S. that first became evident in the late 1980s-early 1990s,'” wrote Edsall. “Before that, Chong pointed out, ‘the college-educated, and younger generations were among the most tolerant groups in the society of all forms of social and political nonconformity.’ Since the 1990s, ‘these groups have become significantly less tolerant of hate speech pertaining to race, gender, and social identities.'”
According to Edsall, this comes as the right experiments with open state-sponsored censorship.
“Jeffrey Adam Sachs, a political scientist at Arcadia University, has written about a flood tide of Republican-sponsored bills in state legislatures designed to prohibit the teaching of ‘everything from feminism and racial equity to calls for decolonization,'” wrote Edsall. “In an article in February, ‘The New War On Woke,’ Sachs wrote: ‘One of the principal criticisms of today’s left-wing culture is that it suppresses unpopular speech. In response, these bills would make left-wing speech illegal. Conservatives (falsely) call universities ‘brainwashing factories’ and fret about the death of academic freedom. Their solution is to fire professors they don’t like.'”
Republicans have declared war on “Big Tech,” attempting to dictate how online social media platforms operate – a strategy that foreign authoritarians such as the Taliban have attempted to replicate.
“It’s not too much to say that the social and cultural changes of the past four decades have been cataclysmic,” concluded Edsall. “The signs of it are everywhere. Donald Trump rode the coattails of these issues into office. Could he — or someone else who has been watching closely — do it again?”
One of Trump’s closest allies, Re. Matt Gaetz is fighting the release of phone records by “big tech” to the January 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot that Trump-inspired.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) this week after his phone and computer records were requested by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
If Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in 2022, Gaetz told Real America’s Voice that they would react by obtaining Pelosi’s phone records.
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“The reason Nancy Pelosi is doing this is that they want to cast this cloud of criminality,” he complained. “Nancy Pelosi better be careful what she wishes for because if the new tradition when one party gains power in the House of Representatives is that you investigate the personal records and the personal lives of the people who are out of power, well then 2022 and 2023 are going to be very difficult years for the Democrats.”
“Maybe we ought to look at Nancy Pelosi’s phone records with her husband,” the congressman continued, “who benefited millions of dollars off of stock trades and technology bills that were moving through the legislative process.”
Gaetz went on to name a number of other Democratic lawmakers whose records could be confiscated.
“This is unprecedented, this is Marxist and I look forward to standing up against it,” he opined.
Republicans could retaliate against phone company CEOs who cooperate with congressional inquiries, according to Gaetz.
“Resist these efforts to really weaponize the Congress against its own members and elected representatives,” he demanded.
Gaetz isn’t the only Republican lawmaker who has slammed the proposal for records preservation. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Mo Brooks (R-AL) have joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in opposing the investigation.
Gaetz, who is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly partaking in the sex-trafficking of a juvenile, allegedly broke ethics laws by failing to disclose profits from his book “Firebrand,” which was published last year.
According to Roger Sollenberger, Gaetz eventually submitted an amendment showing $25,000 in royalties from the book, indicating paltry sales of between 2,200 and 6,000 copies.
Sollenberger goes on to say that the book, which was written before the FBI investigation, contains chapters about Gaetz’s “sexual contacts” in Washington, D.C.
Gaetz amended his financial form a few days after the Daily Beast asked why the book royalties weren’t mentioned in his first report. Experts believe Gaetz appears to have broken ethical laws by omitting the royalties, but he is unlikely to face consequences because he submitted the amendment.”
The Campaign Legal Center’s general counsel and senior director of ethics, Kedric Payne stated that “the law makes it plain that book royalties must be reported. Indeed, it’s difficult to recall a recent instance of a legislator failing to disclose such money,” he said, adding that “additional data are needed.” are required.
Filing an incomplete financial disclosure report is a violation of both the Ethics in Government Act and the House rules.” stated Brett Kappel, an attorney at Harmon Curran who specializes in government compliance.
The Republican lawmaker, who is currently under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly paying women for sex, sleeping with a minor and transporting her across state lines, and possible obstruction of justice, has been heckled on the streets with shouts of “People think you’re a pedophile!” That investigation is ongoing.