Cancel cancel culture
By Ramblin’ Rose

“Keep your mouth shut. You have your Freedom of Speech, as long as you say what I want to hear.”

America is on “the slippery slope.” Sadly, that is true.

People are not speaking up. They are scared that they will lose their job. They are scared that they will alienate family and friends. They are afraid of the public shaming and bullying, even physical harm and death to self or family members. Their fear is real.

For decades, students have learned to regurgitate the ideology espoused by the teachers, especially in high school and university. Now it is at all grade levels as leftists rewrite our history, interject critical race theory in the curriculum, and indoctrinate our youth to hate our country. The consequences for exercising our inalienable First Amendment rights are even more frightening — it is “cancel culture” and reprehensible threats from the Leftists. They are calling for deprogramming programs, reprogramming camps for our children and civilian spies to report on family and neighbors.

On July 4th, when the country celebrates its history and values, its freedoms and dreams, President Trump spoke under symbols of leaders who have championed America’s greatness—Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. He addressed that issue as he said: “One of (the left’s) political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the definition of totalitarianism. It is completely alien to our culture and values. It has absolutely no place in the United States of America.”

The attacks on President Trump started five years ago and continue even after his term as US President ended. Leftists continue the attacks on him and any and all who treasure the same American values.

Tucker Carlson interviewed Professor David Clements from New Mexico State University on January 19, 2021. He explained that he understood the potential ramifications for his response to a letter from the administration at this university.

But before continuing with the content of that interview, please let me share my own journey to access his words. Gary Gross, author and owner of LetFreedomRingblog, told me about the interview that he had watched. He shared the URL with me so that I could view the same discussion. However, when I clicked the link two days later, the screen revealed this message: “This video is no longer available because the uploader has closed their YouTube account.” Wrong! Tucker Carlson’s videos are still on YouTube. I then tried a Google search for the segment and searched for a link with the information from the aforementioned URL. I found it. However, this time the screen was filled with cartoon characters, and I believe the language was Eastern European or Russian. Were these ‘computer glitches’ or part of the ‘cancel culture’ censorship? I later found the segment and summarize Professor Clement’s comments and add my reactions.

Like many in today’s ‘woke’ world, Professor Clements received a letter from the president of his university—the type of letter that the majority of people ignore and keep silent in order to maintain their job. For many, silence is not only expedient, it is vital for survival. Fear rules and grows each day as the Leftists promise greater and stronger retaliation against any who defy their mandates. They are the demagogues.

Professor Clements responded to the claim from his administrator that Antifa and BLM riots that destroyed significant parts of many cities in 2020 were “not a big deal.” By contrast, the MAGA “insurrection” (the word used by the university president) in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, was “a crisis.”

In October, candidate Biden declared that Antifa is only an idea, not an organization. Therefore, that group is non-violent. He called the protestors at the Capitol “domestic terrorists.” He now occupies the Oval Office. Jen Psaki, his press secretary, refused to condemn the looting and burning that occurred in Seattle and Portland the night of January 20—his inauguration. Kamala Harris has stated repeatedly that it is a movement that “should never stop.”

Tucker Carlson asked the professor to explain why he took such a risk. Professor Clements responded that the fears for his university where 20% of the faculty proudly acclaim their allegiance and devotion to the tenets of marxism. His request is for parity in denouncing violence always and not just when it is politically convenient. Additionally, his students have expressed their fears about not being able to share their opinions and/or concerns. Faculty from across the nation have shared similar trepidations with him personally. He lamented the fascination of his students with critical race theory and other communist doctrines that instill hatred of the USA in them.

He took a stand and responded at great professional risk; he does not yet have tenure at his institution. (Tenure may or may not guarantee a job. Others who have spoken out about freedom and liberty and against the left-wing propaganda have lost honorary degrees and emeritus status from prestigious Ivy League schools.)

Before this law professor entered Academia, he was a prosecutor who examined the evidence in order to defend justice. Now he attempts to defend his students who are despondent, depressed and afraid while embracing the marxist ideologies. His goal is to teach students to think critically and make their own decisions, in contrast with the indoctrination and regurgitation that is obligatory in some many other classrooms. He admits that if he does not speak out, he is complicit.

Tucker Carlson predicted that Professor Clements will face retaliation for this action. He described the professor as “brave, calm, reasonable and articulate.” These are qualities that the leftists will not tolerate.

Professor Clements is not an appeaser. In the words of Winston Churchill, “an appeaser is someone who feeds the alligator with the hope that the alligator will eat him last.”

Our Founding Fathers stated it this way: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

I fear that our Founding Fathers are also being cancelled. That’s why it’s time to cancel cancel culture.

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