Legal Insurrection: A blog anniversary marked by dread

Legal Insurrection: A blog anniversary marked by dread
Into the light. Legal Insurrection's William Jacobson faces the future head-on. (Image via Legal Insurrection)

[Ed. – I don’t feel the same dread expressed by our colleague William A. Jacobson, founder of the always spirited Legal Insurrection.  I roger his concerns.  But I am encouraged by the frisky and disruptive landscape of political discourse in America right now, and the many unforeseen things that are happening in every aspect of our shared cultural life.  I would be much more concerned if everything still had the deceptive appearance of the Obama years: an appearance of still being “normal,” while it was all quietly going to hell, normalizing things like “Hillary” and “bathroom wars” and “American weakness.”  Not least, meanwhile, am I encouraged by the ninth anniversary of Legal Insurrection.  Congratulations to Bill and his fine crew.]

I’ve written before how the attempts to intimidate the Electoral College electors into changing their votes was a game changer for me. That went beyond politics into attempted coup territory. It wasn’t just a matter of opposing Trump or Trump policies, which is legitimate, but an attempt to nullify an election. Criticize Trump all you want, I certainly did during the primaries, but respect the vote. If you don’t respect the vote, then you are not just political opposition, you are a danger to our system.

If the assault on the Electoral College was the game changer for me, a runner up was waking up to implications of the concentration of power in a small number of social media and internet companies who have been weaponized to shut down speech and expression. Google, Facebook, Twitter and two handfuls of other companies now completely control our ability to communicate with each other, while internet backbone companies are poised to block internet access altogether.

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