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The Left Is Working Overtime to Normalize Fascism

Keith Ellison walks down the House steps

It is hard to believe that the president of the United States is often accused of being a fascist by the same people who advocate harassing, assaulting, and censoring his supporters. But, that is exactly what is going on now. The political left is labeling anything conservative as hateful, bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., to justify un-American suppression of non-left-wing views.

Freedom of speech is an essential American value, and restrictions on free speech aren’t likely to sit well with a majority of the American people. But, Democrats have a found a loophole: let privately owned companies do the censoring. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have long been accused of anti-conservative bias. Earlier this year, Facebook temporarily prevented my ability to promote my new book. A couple of months ago, they demanded personal information from me in order for me to have the "privilege" of paying to promote my books. I have chosen not to give them any information that could potentially be misused.

I’ve had better luck on Twitter, but  Hispanic science fiction author Jon Del Arroz has experienced repeated censorship there.

"Leftists have been successful in targeting me on Twitter every time I've reached new heights in my writing career," he told PJ Media. "When I hit #1 Amazon Bestseller, Twitter gave me a notice within 30 minutes as if I was permanently banned, giving me no reason, but the account became unlocked a few minutes later."

Del Arroz recently launched a comic book crowd-funding project on Indiegogo called Flying Sparks and found that his self-promotion on Twitter was met with a coordinated attack by left-wing authors who reported his tweets en masse. "I didn’t violate Twitter's Terms of Service, but now I'm suspended for a week and can't promote my project to my nearly 5,000 followers just as it's gaining momentum," he said.

Google is no exception either. Last year, PJ Media contributor Megan Fox found her YouTube channel demonetized after Rush Limbaugh read one of her columns on his radio show. This was by no means an isolated incident, as YouTube had been targeting conservative content creators long before that.

But throttling conservatives on social media isn’t enough for the radical left. The vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), recently wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, accusing him of profiting off the sales of materials he considers "racist" or linked to "hate groups." What exactly does Ellison mean by "hate groups"? For Ellison, he trusts the wisdom of the embattled Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Despite its history, in recent years the SPLC has become a tool of leftists to brand conservative groups "hate groups."

Tucker Carlson recently and accurately described it as "a left-wing political group that uses 'hate crime' designations to target its ideological enemies and to crush people." Several years ago they targeted the Value Voters Summit and its primary sponsor, Family Research Council, for being "bigots" and "haters." Why? Because they believe in traditional marriage and that homosexuality is a sin. The SPLC haphazardly tossing around the "hate group" label has gotten them into some serious trouble. The SPLC recently agreed to a $3 million court settlement after falsely listing Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz in its 2016 "Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists." Nawaz is a practicing Muslim. Following the settlement, at least 60 organizations branded as "hate groups" by the SPLC are considering legal action against the left-wing organization.