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What Kind of Country Are We, Really?

Laura Hollis on

Our ruling classes are infected with arrogance, egotism and condescension. So convinced are they of their inherent superiority that their desires, whether motivated by purported altruism or blunt self-interest, are subordinated to nothing; not even the most fundamental principles of American society, such as truth and due process.

They are doing immeasurable damage to this country and its people.

The Biden administration, its puppet masters behind the scenes, and its willing warriors in Congress and the press are all engaged in a full-blown propaganda war against ordinary Americans. This started with absurd accusations against former President Donald Trump, but quickly expanded to include anyone who voted for or supported him.

One buzzword of this campaign is "racist," of course; that's been the left's go-to smear for at least the past 40 years. But this administration has turned it up to 11; yesterday's "racists" have become today's "white supremacists" and, most significantly, tomorrow's "domestic terrorists."

These false accusations are not only being used as obfuscation to win elections (even Black people such as California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder can be smeared as "white supremacists" as long as they're political conservatives); they are being used to purge the military of patriotic men and women, to justify weaponizing federal agencies and to deprive Americans of basic due process rights.

Exhibit A is the confabulated hysteria around Jan. 6. The people who went traipsing through the Capitol were cast as "insurrectionists." Those who were arrested were thrown into prison without bail or bond and held in solitary confinement; some for months. One such prisoner, Jonathan Mellis, was denied the right to attend his father's funeral. This despite the fact that none of the accused had a weapon, and there has been no evidence of any coordinated "plan" to attack members of Congress, much less overthrow the government.

 

The United Nations considers solitary confinement for more than 15 consecutive days to be a form of torture, and has codified this principle under the "Mandela Rule," named for the former leader of South Africa who was imprisoned for nearly three decades. There is ample evidence to support this conclusion; prisoners subjected to long periods of solitary confinement suffer extreme physical and mental illness, including heart disease, depression and suicide.

This is nothing more than political persecution. Nonviolent Trump supporters are imprisoned in solitary for months, while antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters who lobbed explosives, looted, burned and destroyed throughout 2020 have their bail paid (if they are arrested at all) and charges dropped against them.

As further evidence, President Joe Biden's Justice Department is now going after parents and families who object to the imposition of racist, Marxist, anti-American indoctrination such as critical race theory into public school curricula. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement this week announcing that the Justice Department and the FBI would be implementing measures to address a "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence" against teachers, administrators and school board members.

If walking around the U.S. Capitol unarmed is an "insurrection," one can anticipate that vehement, vocal disagreement at a school board meeting can easily be characterized as "harassment" or "intimidation."

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