Michael Schmidt is a born and raised Wisconsin boy. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA-History. In January 2016 he started a blog called Conservative Thinker in order to open up people's eyes and hearts to saving our republic. He resides in Cullman, Alabama, and in his free time enjoys photography, hiking, and traveling.

Let me forewarn you, if you are a conservative thinker, the thought police are alive and well and coming for you.

Following the events at the US Capitol last week, Twitter used its iron fist to begin purging conservative accounts on its social media platform. Google and Apple decided to ban Parler from their app download stores on smartphones. This was followed by Amazon denying Parler access to and use of its servers.

Yes, the big tech monopoly wants everyone to know they are the enforcers of what constitutes legitimate thought and what is deemed hate speech. Welcome to George Orwell’s “1984”. He could have entitled it, “2021”.

This should send chills down your spine. Some will say these are businesses and thus they are allowed to choose who is on their various platforms. It’s not a free speech issue they say and it doesn’t bother them at all. While Twitter and Facebook are perfectly free to purge their users under their user agreements it should be a warning of what is to come. Remember big tech companies control much of the Internet.

These platforms have become the public square in a high tech world. When they begin removing people for being “dangerous” or engaging in what they deem “hate speech” and they explicitly target conservatives while continuing to let groups like Antifa and BLM post objectionable materials you see a clear double standard. It’s a slippery slope into a world like China, North Korea, Cuba, and other countries with totalitarian regimes.

The Biden Administration

What will stop a Biden administration from going after conservative talk radio? You may think I am being melodramatic. I assure you I am not. The left has tried for years to shut down conservative talk shows on radio and TV. They have failed and it irks them to no end that these programs have a high volume of listeners.

Is it out of the realm of possibility that a government being controlled by Democrats would order radio stations either you remove conservative talk shows on your stations or we will pull your broadcast license and you will be shut down completely? Imagine that or, imagine the FCC instituting a set of new standards that radio stations must follow. New standards could include not allowing any broadcasters on the air that it deems to be engaged in incitement, or hateful rhetoric.

In a liberal environment, who would define what language is hateful, what statements might create unrest or, the potential for endangerment? Those in power control the language and thus they would be the final arbiters. Free speech be damned.

A Quick History Lesson

Let’s remember how Democrats and their followers treated Donald Trump the last four years. They were relentless in targeting him and his administration. From creating the absurd Russian collusion story to the Ukraine phone call story to the entire impeachment showcase we saw how the Democrats and the mainstream media mesmerized their base with a false reality. Their followers bought into the narrative that President Trump was another Hitler and his administration and deplorable followers were Nazis. Day and night they plotted and pontificated, hoping to remove him from the White House.

None of the actions taken by Democrats and the media were about Donald J. Trump. It was about all of those millions of people who elected Mr. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. President Trump was just the face. The real target was and continues to be the Silent Majority.

The Democrats and their followers despise conservative thinking people. They despise God-fearing, gun-clinging, bible-carrying people who have the ability to think rationally and critically about issues. These are a threat to them as they continue on the road of transforming America into a communist state. Recently, some on the left have said removing President Trump will be the easy part while trying to “cleanse” America of his followers will be more difficult. That’s pretty incendiary language. What do they infer by cleansing?

Would you have thought even ten years ago that Americans would submit their freedoms and liberties so easily for a virus? You see how many people freely submitted to draconian lockdowns and mask mandates giving up individual liberty for the collective good of society. Now imagine those same “Karens” that have flipped out on people without masks reporting people with conservative thoughts to government authorities. To many, this does not seem to be much of a stretch anymore. How far will it go? We don’t know. However, we should remind ourselves of how far the Third Reich went to cleanse Germany of Jews.

Throttling Free Speech Means Tyranny

When freedom of speech, free thought, and free flow of information are throttled you move from our constitutional republic into a tyrannical totalitarian regime. This is what China does to its citizens. This is what happens in North Korea and Cuba.

Curbing free speech is completely antithetical to the American way of life and our founding fathers’ principles. The actions by high tech this past week should be extremely alarming whether you are on the right or the left. This won’t end well if the Democrats and their rabid base continue to collude with high tech to limit the free speech of conservatives.

On January 20. 2021, Democrats will have full control of all the levers of government. Speaker Pelosi has already limited what Republicans will be able to do in the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer will attempt to do the same in the Senate. After consolidating power they will go about the work of eliminating the free speech of their political opponents.

This is what history shows us happens under totalitarian regimes.

A historical word of warning to those on the left side of the aisle: You might despise Donald Trump and have no problem targeting conservatives in a concerted effort at retribution but be very careful what you wish for.

Democrats might begin with banning the speech of conservatives but they won’t stop there. They will target other groups. They will eventually eat their own. Even the Antifa and BLM activists will eventually outlive their usefulness and be purged. The beast must continue to be fed as it grows in tyrannical control.

When you find yourself being hunted you might also discover there is no one left to come to your defense. It will then be too late to ask, what have we done?
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