Why Does the Left Hate RFK, Jr.?

Robert Kennedy, Jr. testified before a House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government hearing on Thursday, July 20, 2023.  The Committee is investigating claims that conservatives and others are being unfairly targeted for censorship. Democrats, of course, worked very hard to have him barred from testifying.

In his opening remarks, Kennedy pointed out that the Democrats attempt to bar him was an “attempt to censor a censorship hearing.” 

“Debate, congenial, respectful debate, is the fertilizer, it’s the water, and it’s the sunlight for our democracy. Censorship is antithetical to our party.  It was appalling to my father, to my uncle, to FDR, Harry Truman, and Thomas Jefferson. …Opposition to censorship sets us apart from all other forms of government.  We need to be able to talk.  The First Amendment was not written for easy speech.  It was written for the speech that nobody likes you for.”

He stated that it was the Biden administration who invented the word “malinformation” to censor him and others. Malinformation is any information that is true but inconvenient to the government; information they don’t want people to hear.  “That’s antithetical to the values of our country.”  Previously censored by Instagram for malinformation, Kennedy noted that “there was no misinformation on his account. “Everything I put on that account was cited and sourced by peer-reviewed publications or government sources.

Kennedy testified that once he announced his candidacy, it became harder for the left to censor him forcing them to invent a new form of censorship – targeted propaganda – which they are now using in an attempt to further silence him. It is a tactic, he said “that we all thought had been discredited and dispensed with after the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s.”

“This toxic polarization is destroying our country. …This kind of division is more dangerous for our country than any time since the American Civil War.  A government that can censor its critics has license for every atrocity.  It is the beginning of totalitarianism.  There’s never been a time in history when we look back, and the guys who were censoring people were the good guys.  All of us grew up reading Arthur Koestler, Robert Heinlein, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and they were all saying the same thing: once you start censoring, you’re on your way to dystopia and totalitarianism.”

As soon as Kennedy announced his candidacy, the left-wing attack dogs came out in full force.  An article in the Washington Post, for example, claimed that for years he had been airing “controversial, dangerous” views which made him a “fringe figure” that shouldn’t be taken seriously. And that was one of the nicer things said about him.

Among his many sins against left-wing policies, Kennedy says that pandemic lockdowns were calamitous for working people and for children; that citizens should choose for themselves whether to receive vaccines; that corporate influences on government are pervasive and corrupting; that president Trump was blamed for some things he did not do; that inflation is a tax on the poor; that censorship contrived by the state is intolerable, and that it’s not racist or insensitive to say that we need to close our borders and have an orderly immigration policy.

Even worse, during the pandemic this man dared to call into question the conduct and veracity of Anthony Fauci which is something the left still regards as the most shameful assault on science since the persecution of Galileo. He was so brazen that he dared to write a book: The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, that sold more than a million copies even after the Times found it “unfit” for reviewing.

Whether or not you like him or his politics, Robert F Kennedy, Jr. certainly promises to reshuffle the deck for Democrats. He is appealing to Democrats who believe their party has gone off the deep-end and who knows how many independents or Republicans he will bring to his campaign. Kennedy is confident enough to speak to any interviewer or audience and does so with skill and an insane grasp of details unlike Biden who refuses to answer questions or Kamala who can’t.

“Kennedy brings to the contest a deepening suspicion of corporate and government authority, a refreshing willingness to junk partisan orthodoxy, and, in an age of utter cowardice, what can only be called nerve.” Andrew Sullivan, Substack

Source:  Full Replay: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Testifies At “Weaponization of The Federal Government” Committee by Tim Haines, The Hill; RFK Jr. Pleads with Fellow Democrats for More Civility and Less Censorship by Dan Hart, Washington Stand; The Real Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., by Matthew Scully, National Review; Watch: Lawyers denounce Muzzling of Kennedy at Government Censorship Hearing by Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D., the Defender

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