Walt Kelly once said through his comic strip "Pogo," "We have met the enemy, and he is us."
Recent news events confirm that big brother is indeed watching, listening and he’s everywhere. But he’s not the government envisioned in "1984" by George Orwell. Big brother is the intolerant left, and the Constitution is its biggest victim.
The latest example involving a celebrity is comedienne Chelsea Handler, who wants nothing less than the arrest of anyone who says anything offensive. She tweeted Sunday:
Seriously? Apart from the fact that the First Amendment protects all speech — whether you find it offensive or not — she clearly didn’t think through her tweet.
Handler viciously mocked first lady Melania Trump, claiming that she wouldn’t have her on her Netflix show because "she can barely speak English."
With this in mind Handler got handled on social media.
In addition to her on-air appraisal of the first lady, Handler has a habit of mocking her at every opportunity on twitter, claiming that Melania needs an interpreter whenever she speaks and that a speech delivered by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in Spanish was more easily understood.
Yet she wants "laws here for people who think racism is funny."
The most egregious example — and the one involving Big Brother — occurred last week when actress Lena Dunham claimed that two American Airlines employees had engaged in what she called "transphobic talk."
But rather than confronting the pair for committing the unpardonable sin of stating their personal opinion, Dunham, who was cast last month to appear in Season 7 of "American Horror Story," used social media to rat them out to their employer:
At that point, American told Dunham that her comments “concerned” the air carrier, and asked that she continue their conversation via direct message rather than the public forum. She complied, but then posted the messages to the public on Twitter.
Long story short, American told Fox News that that after launching an investigation, it was "unable to substantiate" the actress’s claims.
This isn’t surprising. Dunham is a self-described "unreliable narrator," who accused someone she referred to as "Barry" in a 2014 memoir of sexual assault while she was a student at Oberlin College.
That claim appeared to be fabricated and she ended up (sort of) apologizing.
Earlier this year she gave her shelter dog Lamby to another facility in Los Angeles, Calif. claiming that the animal’s prior life of abuse led to "four years of challenging behavior and aggression," which she could no longer cope with.
The Brooklyn shelter from which Lamby was adopted disputes all Dunham’s claims.
The latest example involves a Google employee who outed himself by emailing an internal memo titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber." It criticized the Internet giant for promoting mentoring and diversity programs while "alienating conservatives."
Rather than use the memo as a starting point for debate on company policy, Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired the employee, an engineer named James Damore.
The irony in all three cases is that the left would choose to deprive others of their fundamental Constitutional rights — freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, and the right to bear arms — while promoting "rights" not enumerated — healthcare, unrestricted abortion, and freedom from hearing personally offensive views.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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