By John McClaughry
An unforced error is when a politician volunteers or says something stupid and/or politically harmful without realizing its effects. President Joe Biden offered an excellent example of an unforced error when last month when he announced formation of a Disinformation Governance Board, and dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to build support for it.
Mayorkas explained that this new Ministry of Truth “works to ensure that the way in which we address threats, the connectivity between threats and acts of violence are addressed without infringing on free speech — protecting civil rights and civil liberties, the right of privacy.”
Hogwash. This is a partisan government office created to pass judgment on any speech that might diminish support for the Biden administration’s program and performance.
Tom Gallatin of Patriot Post said, “The great irony here is that the Biden administration seeks to trample all over Americans’ First Amendment rights, using a dubious rationale in order to prevent the promulgation of what they claim are objectionable political opinions.”
He added: “The government’s job is to protect the American public from those who would silence them, not to ‘protect’ them from ‘disinformation’ by silencing them. The government cannot become the absolute arbiter of truth. … The Biden administration’s [argument] boils down to an effort to declare to the American public what is and what isn’t truth. What bigger threat can there be to the Republic than Big Brother monitoring and censoring speech?”
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.