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Douglas Andrews / January 28, 2021

Tulsi Tells an Inconvenient Truth

No other Democrat will admit it, but the Left poses a far greater threat to Liberty than the Right.

Tulsi Gabbard is, in a word, interesting. A retired congresswoman and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, she was a thorn in the Democrat Party’s side throughout its presidential primary, and she continues to be as much. Why? Because she’s a woman of color who obliterates the stereotype of the down-the-line leftist, and because she’s wildly unafraid to tell inconvenient truths.

Truths like this one: “The mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country. But let’s be clear: The John Brennans, Adam Schiffs, and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies — and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.”

So, from Tulsi, a pox on both your houses: the fringy far-righters who went to Washington and stormed the Capitol, and the mainstream Left that thinks silencing a sitting president and his like-minded supporters is somehow acceptable in a constitutional republic.

Yes, this is the mainstream Left — which we might also now dub the authoritarian Left. That’s where lying scoundrels like Representative Adam Schiff and commie sympathizers like John Brennan make their living, and it’s where the damage to our civil liberties is now being done by all manner of cancel-culturing foot soldiers, from Internet service providers to book publishers to hotel chains to insurance companies to global banks to professional sports leagues.

Schiff, we know, is an easy target for Gabbard, even if he was, until just a few weeks ago, her congressional colleague. But if you think we’re being too hard on Brennan, ask yourself how many folks you know who, during the height of the Cold War, voted for the Communist Party USA’s candidate for president as a way of signaling his “unhappiness with the system.” Let’s see … Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, or the commie?

And one look at Brennan’s recent remarks — the remarks that prompted Gabbard to call him out — indicate that his authoritarian streak is as strong as ever. “The members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed,” he said, “are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of the country and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance frequently of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, Nativists, even libertarians.”

Even libertarians? Yes, John Brennan just smeared millions of Liberty-loving Americans by lumping them in with authoritarians, fascists, bigots, and racists. Thus, if you appreciate lower taxes and less government, John Brennan’s people would like to have a word with you.

“President Biden,” Gabbard concluded, “I call upon you and all of Congress from both parties to denounce efforts by Brennan and others to take away our civil liberties endowed to us by our Creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to them now, then our country will be in great peril.”

We’re not sure what the future holds for Tulsi Gabbard, who’s just 39 and seems far too young and far too engaged to be without some sort of political future. In the meantime, though, we’re happy to have her on the right side in the fight for civil liberties.

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