Republicans in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation on Tuesday to shut down President Joe Biden’s DHS-led Disinformation Governance Board by defunding it, arguing that it is unconstitutional and “un-American” for the White House to try to limit speech, according to The Washington Times.
The White House has called criticism of the board “overheated” and said that it is only an in-house attempt to deal with people spreading disinformation to specific communities.
“The Biden administration wants a government agency dedicated to cracking down on what its subjects can say, an idea popular with Orwellian governments everywhere,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said. “This board is unconstitutional and un-American. My bill puts a stop to it.”
“This government censorship bureau needs to be shut down before it even gets off the ground,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), who signed the bill, said.
Senate and House GOP united
In the House, more than five dozen Republicans introduced a companion bill.
“Following in the steps of Mao and Stalin, Biden’s unconstitutional, dystopian ‘Department of Propaganda’ is trampling on the First Amendment and trying to control what people can and can’t say,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who spearheaded the House bill, said.
Republicans do not currently have enough votes to pass the legislation in either chamber without some help from Democrats, but they are not waiting until they are back in power, likely after the midterms, to make a move against Biden’s constitutional overreach.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) warned during a campaign speech last week that a new bill by Democrats could add a “prosecution arm” to the board by classifying hate speech as disinformation.
“Now we have the ‘ministry of truth,’ and then there’s a bill, guess what, that we’re probably going to be voting on, maybe next week when I go back to Washington, that could potentially add a prosecution arm to the ministry of truth through the Department of Justice,” she said as the audience gasped.
What is truth?
The problem with a government having a disinformation board and why it has always been unconstitutional lies in one fundamental question: who gets to determine what “disinformation” is?
There is a wide divide between Republican and Democrat perspectives in the country, and for the government to codify one of them and potentially prosecute people for giving different or contradictory information is a recipe for authoritarianism and propaganda.
Part of what makes America great is that she has allowed everyone to have their say and trusted Americans to sort it out for themselves, but the Biden administration has already seen where that is going. To keep their power, and for Democrats to have any hope of keeping theirs, it has become necessary for them to put their finger on the scale.
If America is going to stay free, the left cannot be allowed to get away with this.