To John Kerry, Any Knowledge at All is a Dangerous Thing

Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry, yesterday said the following: “Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism,” he said. “It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on. The fact is we have to stand together, and the United States is standing with Bangladesh in this fight.”

What’s the expression? Wow. Just wow.

He actually means it. “People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” Look at what he’s saying, in full context. It’s better for people not to know what’s going on.

Do you still doubt that people of Kerry’s political persuasion want to suppress free speech? Wouldn’t some kind of speech restrictions logically follow from what he’s saying?

Kerry’s premise is that knowledge is a dangerous thing. It’s better for people not to know. That way, the government can presumably do what’s proper for it to do, in order to keep the country safe. Why let annoying facts and objections get in the way?

If it’s true that knowledge is a dangerous thing, as Kerry says, and that government can do its job better without people knowing so much and the media reporting so much, then it logically follows that freedom of speech gets in the way. Even if Kerry himself would not support media restrictions, you can better believe that his successors will. The logic of their assumptions demands it.

Psychologically, this is a man who doesn’t want accountability for his wrong ideas or bad policies. In other words, if terrorist attacks continue to escalate on his watch, then all he can think to do is criticize people for talking about those terrorist attacks. This is so elitist, so statist, so incredibly arrogant and ultimately so totalitarian in its motives it’s hard to know what else to say.

Kerry is a Democrat. The valid criticism of Democrats is that they favor the will of the majority over and above the rights of the individual (minority or majority) in a Constitutional republic. However, in this instance, Kerry doesn’t even care about the majority. He actually admits to wanting the majority ill-informed or not informed at all, when it comes to terrorism. That way, people will be unable to think for themselves and conclude something like, “Wow, this giveaway to Iran, this gutting spending for the military, this apologizing for America and insisting that Islam is a valid force for peace in the world…maybe these policies are not the best idea. Maybe we ought to reverse course, since the terrorist attacks are growing more intense and more frequent, all the time.”

It’s not just John Kerry. It’s Obama, it’s Hillary Clinton, and it’s all the others who pursue their kind of policies. Their policies are toxic, they don’t work, and they enable terrorists rather than destroying them. And now they want the media and the rest of us to shut up about it.

Sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me. Americans had better wake up, realize there’s still a First Amendment, and be ready to defend it with everything they’ve got. Including against their own government, if it comes to that.

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