In 2010, along with the birth of the Tea Party movement conservative websites also began springing up all over the place. Sites such as Townhall, Drudge Report and Breitbart had been going strong for years but suddenly other sites (including PolitiChicks.tv) began giving voice to more and more awakened conservatives.
The Left hadn’t counted on any of this. The Tea Party had already caught them off-guard, so when conservatives also began utilizing the Internet this really ruffled their feathers. They weren’t used to dissidents; they weren’t prepared when we actually had the audacity to “talk back” to them.
The Silent Majority wasn’t so silent anymore and the Left did not like it--and no one seemed angrier about the conservative use of the Internet than Obama and his administration.
Canadian Free Press columnist Doug Hagmann recently wrote a very cloak-and-dagger article outlining a conversation he had with a “DHS insider” who told him the administration is getting ready to shut it all down:
“[T]his is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. This administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list…”
When Hagmann asked exactly how they plan to do this, he was told:
“First, they intend to use the Justice Department to silence journalists like in the Rosen case, but they won’t stop there. They will use a host of national security policies, laws, letters, whatever to take out the bigger threats…Next, they will use some sort of excuse, an external threat, and I believe it will be a combination of the economic collapse and a Mid-East war that will begin in Syria to throttle the information that is accessible on the Internet. And you know what? People will believe it!”
As a conservative who runs a website, these thoughts have of course crossed my mind many times. We’ve often seen Obama giving blatant hints regarding his great disdain of the Internet, including the 2010 commencement speech he gave in which he called the Internet a “distraction”:
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