The Biden Administration is claiming that it alone can determine truth in order to justify using the full power of government to punish dissent, former congresswoman and Democrat presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard warned on Saturday.
In her keynote speech at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, Gabbard warned of the Biden Administration’s use of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare what is “true,” and not “misinformation” – and, then, enforce its decrees.
“One of the latest tactics that they are using, as you well know, is they claim they want to protect us from ‘misinformation,’ protect us from that which they claim is not true,” Gabbard said.
“They do so backed by the most lethal force on Earth, as they appoint themselves as the sole authority and voice of the truth, of what is information,” Gabbard warned her audience:
“So, they decide what is true and false. They decide what is misinformation and what is information.
“And, those who don’t toe the line are accused of spreading misinformation and being targeted and smeared.”
“But, it’s crazy, because, rather than actually engaging in debate, in discussion, or even entertaining answering questions sincere questions based on substance, they immediately resort to smears and name-calling.”
“Even more dangerous than getting canceled is how they weaponize the government against the people," Gabbard warned, noting how President Biden is using the DHS to target anti-authority views and DOJ to go after parents who disagree with school board policies:
“Biden’s Department of Homeland Security declared that we are facing a heightened domestic terror threat in this country, based on three factors, the first of which is ‘the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.’ The number one threat.
“They’re the ones who get to decide what are false or misleading narratives – and, therefore, they get to decide who is targeted because of it.
“You know, Biden’s attorney general charged his domestic terrorist unit with going after people who hold anti-authority views – including parents. Parents who dare to stand up to their boards of education and their schools because they care about their children’s education. Think about the impact of this from a practical standpoint.”
As long as Americans are subjected to censorship, intimidation, targeting, and the threat of losing their livelihoods if they dissent from government, they’ve lost their ability to freely choose their leaders, Gabbard said:
“How do We The People vote to choose a president when we don’t even have the freedom of engaging in a marketplace of ideas, or sharing our opinion, listening to other perspectives, assessing the information that we’ve gathered and making our own informed decision about who deserves the honor and responsibility of serving as commander-in-chief?
“We can’t. We can’t do this – as long as we live in a society where we’re surrounded by intimidation and fear of being targeted, being canceled, and having to self-censor so we don’t lose our jobs and our ability to provide for our families.”
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