Senate Democrats against free speech

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Senate Democrats against free speech

The Demo­c­rat Party’s brave new world: A coor­di­nated cam­paign against free speech by invok­ing RICO statutes against global warm­ing skeptics.

Dems Assigned Con­ser­v­a­tive Groups to Attack on Sen­ate Floor.List of ‘web of denial’ tar­gets cir­cu­lated ahead of cli­mate resolution

Nine­teen Sen­ate Democ­rats will attack spe­cific orga­ni­za­tions in what they are call­ing a “web of denial,” accord­ing to a sched­ule of floor speeches cir­cu­lated by Emily Enderle, a top envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy adviser to Sen. Shel­don White­house (D., R.I.), who is spear­head­ing the effort.

Lach­lan Markay lists the orga­ni­za­tions tar­geted, among them Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity, Her­itage Foun­da­tion, Hoover Insti­tu­tion, Rea­son Foun­da­tion, the Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Cato Insti­tute, and the Acton Institute.

Acton? You mean the Catholic guys?

Yes, that Acton.

Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity is a big favorite for the cen­sor­ship sweep­stakes; as you can see in Markay’s arti­cle, it’s tar­geted not once, not twice, but three times, with Harry Reid him­self open­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties, and sen­a­tor Blu­men­thal going at it on both days.

Matt Welch reports

Yes­ter­day, as nor­mal Amer­i­cans were wrap­ping up their work day, gear­ing up for baseball’s home-​run derby, or play­ingcell-​phone video games in the park, 19 sen­a­tors from the Demo­c­ra­tic Party began tak­ing to the floor of the World’s Great­est Delib­er­a­tive Body to express their col­lec­tive “dis­ap­proval” of the way 33 orga­ni­za­tions speak about cli­mate change, and to urge these allegedly “inter­con­nected” groups to coop­er­ate max­i­mally with var­i­ous ongo­ing gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tions into their uncor­rect opin­ions. The pur­pose of this two-​day name-​and-​shame exer­cise, the sen­a­tors bragged in a press release, is “to call out Koch broth­ers– and fos­sil fuel industry-​funded groups that have fash­ioned a web of denial to block action on cli­mate change.”

Sen. Eliz­a­beth War­ren (D-​Mass.), a co-​sponsor of the con­cur­rent res­o­lu­tion under dis­cus­sion, embod­ied the spirit of the exer­cise yes­ter­day by decry­ing oil com­pa­nies’ “huge secret con­tri­bu­tions” to “fake-​science think tanks,” which are “so dan­ger­ous” because they enable politi­cians “to keep right on block­ing mean­ing­ful action while the earth slowly chokes on its own filth”:

War­ren, who some want to see as Hillary’s run­ning mate, ought to know about “huge secret con­tri­bu­tions”, but I digress.

The #WebOf­De­nial/​#Time­to­Call­Out exer­cise, designed openly to crim­i­nal­ize one side of a pub­lic pol­icy debate by using such grossly inap­pro­pri­ate statutes as the Rack­e­teer Influ­enced and Cor­rupt Orga­ni­za­tions Act (RICO), con­tin­ues into its sec­ond day with an attack that adds illit­er­acy to intim­i­da­tion: Sen. Bar­bara Boxer (D-​Calif.) this after­noon is sched­uled to decry those scurvy cli­mate denial­ists at…um, the Rea­son Foundation?

Welch points out that “the tar­gets of this sham­ing exer­cise are not being afforded the cour­tesy to rebut the charges in the forum at which they are being smeared,” and, by the way, the sen­a­tors’ alle­ga­tions not only are per­ma­nently in the Con­gres­sional Record, but also sin­gle out these orga­ni­za­tions for poten­tial prosecution.

The Demo­c­rat party, which used the IRS to tar­get con­ser­v­a­tive groups and passed Oba­macare behind closed doors, is now lit­er­ally try­ing to crim­i­nal­ize dis­sent:

The sen­a­tors’ action this week is no hyper­bolic one-​off: Pros­e­cut­ing ungood cli­ma­tol­ogy is baked right into theDemo­c­ra­tic Party Plat­form. The two major Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nees for pres­i­dent agree.

As the say­ing goes, “you don’t have to fall in love, you just have to toe the line”.

Or else.

UPDATE:
Linked to by The New Amer­i­cana. Thank you!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

The Democrat Party’s brave new world: A coordinated campaign against free speech by invoking RICO statutes against global warming skeptics.

Dems Assigned Conservative Groups to Attack on Senate Floor.List of ‘web of denial’ targets circulated ahead of climate resolution

Nineteen Senate Democrats will attack specific organizations in what they are calling a “web of denial,” according to a schedule of floor speeches circulated by Emily Enderle, a top environmental policy adviser to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), who is spearheading the effort.

Lachlan Markay lists the organizations targeted, among them Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, Reason Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce,  the Cato Institute, and the Acton Institute.

Acton? You mean the Catholic guys?

Yes, that Acton.

Americans for Prosperity is a big favorite for the censorship sweepstakes; as you can see in Markay’s article, it’s targeted not once, not twice, but three times, with Harry Reid himself opening the festivities, and senator Blumenthal going at it on both days.

Matt Welch reports

Yesterday, as normal Americans were wrapping up their work day, gearing up for baseball’s home-run derby, or playingcell-phone video games in the park, 19 senators from the Democratic Party began taking to the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body to express their collective “disapproval” of the way 33 organizations speak about climate change, and to urge these allegedly “interconnected” groups to cooperate maximally with various ongoing government investigations into their uncorrect opinions. The purpose of this two-day name-and-shame exercise, the senators bragged in a press release, is “to call out Koch brothers- and fossil fuel industry-funded groups that have fashioned a web of denial to block action on climate change.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a co-sponsor of the concurrent resolution under discussion, embodied the spirit of the exercise yesterday by decrying oil companies’ “huge secret contributions” to “fake-science think tanks,” which are “so dangerous” because they enable politicians “to keep right on blocking meaningful action while the earth slowly chokes on its own filth”:

Warren,  who some want to see as Hillary’s running mate, ought to know about “huge secret contributions”, but I digress.

The #WebOfDenial/#TimetoCallOut exercise, designed openly to criminalize one side of a public policy debate by using such grossly inappropriate statutes as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), continues into its second day with an attack that adds illiteracy to intimidation: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) this afternoon is scheduled to decry those scurvy climate denialists at…um, the Reason Foundation?

Welch points out that “the targets of this shaming exercise are not being afforded the courtesy to rebut the charges in the forum at which they are being smeared,” and, by the way, the senators’ allegations not only are permanently in the Congressional Record, but also single out these organizations for potential prosecution.

The Democrat party, which used the IRS to target conservative groups and passed Obamacare behind closed doors, is now literally trying to criminalize dissent:

The senators’ action this week is no hyperbolic one-off: Prosecuting ungood climatology is baked right into theDemocratic Party Platform. The two major Democratic nominees for president agree.

As the saying goes, “you don’t have to fall in love, you just have to toe the line”.

Or else.

UPDATE:
Linked to by The New Americana. Thank you!

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.