The other day a friend of mine posted a report on the
world’s largest social media platform regarding newspapers cancelling the
Dilbert comic strip. The issue has
become somewhat controversial. (Was Dilbert
'Cancelled' as Comic Creator Scott Adams Suggests? (newsweek.com).
in fact, too politically incorrect? Did Scott
Adams, Dilbert's creator just in end up on the “wrong side” of the political divide in this
country? These are good questions. But in all fairness, newspaper comics have
been dying for a long time and newspapers are cutting back on that space. So maybe Dilbert is just one of many…or maybe
I simply responded to his post with an old
quote from Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda: “Think of the
press as a great keyboard on which the government can play”. I credited the quote to Goebbels for context. This prominent social media platform promptly
took it down and notified me that I was banned from making comments or posts
for thirty days. Interesting.
I guess I
got a digital time. But this action
simply confirms the very issue in question. If I had made some sort of “Woke” endorsed
comment about Dilbert being canceled, I
am confident there would have been no backlash. But even the hint that perhaps
our government, directly or indirectly, is influencing what we read, hear,
write or speak is somehow forbidden. And
having the audacity to connect such practices to those of the Nazi’s is just a
line you do not cross. Nazi is the other
N word these days…unless, of course, it happens to be The View using it to describe
a white gun owner. History is only
relevant if it can be used to support certain agendas. Otherwise, it’s off
And just to put a fine point on it; you may have missed this story if you only follow mainstream media, but it’s a very real and very scary example of what’s going on these days: Groundswell of Support for Mark Houck, Catholic Father of 7 Arrested in FBI Raid| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com).
Once upon a
time I could not have imagined federal agents showing up at a citizen’s front
door to haul him off for purely political purposes. But it’s happening these days. This is
McCarthyism on steroids. Be warned, it’s not a big leap from social media
cancellation to things like this….or much worse.