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Op-Ed: Bob Ehrlich: There Is Common Ground Between Right and Left – The Rejection of Authoritarian Censorship

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The right half of a divided America continues in a state of frustration. A year since its world was turned upside down to what can now, if viewed, be classified as the recipe for a perfect storm.

Take a polarized America, sprinkle a no longer happy tweet-happy president in an election year, drop in the daily death toll and fear of a global pandemic, add a heavy downpour blood-in-water politics after a real-time live video death in Minneapolis that included race at police, and promote it in a deadly riot protest that took place in the hall of our Capitol building – and you have it here.

Last year, several experts saw the dramatic effect of COVID-19. In fact, the expert class spent the first months of the pandemic softening the risk. Recall the WHO’s early announcement that the Chinese communists controlled everything, to Dr. Anthony Fauci early firm assurances that masks are unnecessary and by Speaker Nancy Pelosi late February plea for tourists to visit San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Of course, these and other similar assurances are made to disappear from public consciousness during the 2020 campaign. Mr. Trump just needs to go – and the advocacy media will do everything in its power to ensure that a “negligent” response to COVID, regardless of its rationality and inevitable successes, will be the dominant narrative until Nov. 3.

George Floyd’s death was the second dramatic event, as protests were large and sometimes riotous in many of America’s largest cities. Requests to “provide police” were heard, sometimes uttered and later rejected by elected officials. Yet the political class was silent, shocked at the sheer force of the protests and the extent of a re -energized indictment by an allegedly “racist” country.

But anger is nothing like “Seize Wall Street” – the last protest movement in society to gain cultural strength. At this time, Wall Street join the dissenters, as did Big Tech and large segments of corporate America.

Requests for a national race dialogue have (again) been raised. But how about a new enthusiasm for cancel the culture and does censorship fit a “reckoning” into America’s once ugly history of racial injustice?

And then came January 6, when a hundred thousand Americans showed up in Washington to express their dissatisfaction with vote counts in many select swing states, and a small group of criminals broke into the Capitol and make a fuss in its halls. A clear public clarified its disgust at the actions of the offenders. There is no simple justification for the criminality involved.

But it’s political Washington, where the popular advice of former Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, “Don’t want a serious crisis to go to waste” is always in vogue.

And so far Capitol Hill looks like an armed camp – with a very large National Guard presence that could reach into the summer. To boot, somehow some pundits (and members of Congress) seek to include the illegal actions of a few in a political movement that garnered more than 74 million votes in the last election.

Eight weeks into Biden’s administration there are signs that an increasing number of Americans are starting to say, “enough is enough.”

After a year of school shutdown, parental power is condensed, often with objections by teachers ’unions with vision and executive authorities.

Momentum is building because science has made it clear in a short time that children of learning age are at little risk of COVID-and there are serious and obvious mental health consequences to extend the school lockdowns.

Similarly, entrepreneurs increasingly go to court – sometimes even boldly rejecting lockdown orders – to save their small business. And their advocates even the best jurisdictions are grateful. Witness the bipartisan remember the effort directed by lockdown-friendly Gavin Newsom in California.

And then there are better late than ever warnings from free -speech liberals. (Witness Glenn Greenwald’s at Kay Noon Wolf compelling interview with Tucker and Carlson in recent weeks).

While the culture of cancellation continues to eat away at its own, expect more anti-authority speech-friendly liberals to speak out. After all, like this is the most basic basis between right and left.

In fact, a bridge so far removed from censorship is the last thing we need if there is to be real engagement on the ongoing questions of race and class and freedom in America.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.

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