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Lauren Southern’s Kafkaesque Facebook Persecution

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In one of the greatest Saturday Night Live skits, a spoof toy advertisement attempts to sell the audience on a product called Happy Fun Ball. The joke comes when the actual portions of the ad devoted to talking up the toy are eclipsed by increasingly surreal product safety warnings tinged with Lovecraftian horror. The funniest, and most infamous, of these is the warning, “Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.”

I bring this up because judging by the experiences of my long-time friend, the young nationalist firebrand Lauren Southern, Facebook has a similar warning in its terms of service.

Allow me to explain the situation: Lauren recently celebrated President Trump’s temporary suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Obama-era executive order by posting a cartoon mocking so-called “DREAMers” for acting like Mexican nationalists while in America, only to scream in terror when sent to the country they allegedly love. The cartoon still survives on Twitter, though Facebook is another story, as you’ll soon see.

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The point of the cartoon, to anyone whose brain is not fried by social justice, is obvious: If you’re going to move here, let alone illegally, you should at least not slander your adoptive country, and you certainly shouldn’t act as if the one you left is better. After all, that surely raises the question of why you left in the first place. Is the cartoon’s humor a little cruel? Sure, but the cruelty is clearly directed at people for being unpatriotic, not merely for being immigrants.

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Nevertheless, Facebook banned Lauren’s fan page for 3 days for posting it. This much is a garden variety bit of Leftist overreaction, and doesn’t on its face merit being specifically singled out. What does merit being singled out is what happened when Lauren returned from her forced absence and posted the following defiant message accompanied by a winking, grinning picture:

“Fresh off another 3-day ban from Zuckerberg for saying ‘offensive’ things about illegal immigrants, like ‘they should go back.’ Don’t worry, I’m really sorry and I’ll never do it again ;)”

Facebook’s response was to block Lauren again, this time for a week, and to threaten her with a permanent ban if she kept it up.

Now, one can respond to this in multiple ways. First, and most obvious, we should note that it’s not at all clear why Southern’s second message would get her banned. The less worrisome explanation would be that Southern’s snark triggered the thin-skinned Facebook moderators and that, as a result, we should laugh at them for being so weak and pathetically lacking in self-awareness. This would be a comforting explanation, if an infuriating one.

But there is a second, and more troubling explanation, which is that Southern actually was banned for saying that illegal immigrants “should go back.” Because if this is the bar for “hate speech” on Facebook, then we have a real problem.

Deportation of illegal immigrants isn’t some fantasy cooked up by crazy people. It’s been a mainstream policy position, and indeed, a common policy action for decades. President Obama himself engaged in mass deportation of illegal immigrants, though the exact magnitude of those deportations is obviously a subject for debate. The idea that at least some illegal immigrants should “go back” is bipartisan.

Of course, Southern’s post all but explicitly states that every illegal immigrant should go back, and granted, this is a more partisan position. But it’s also a partisan position with a long history in mainstream Republican politics, and was around well before President Trump turned up. Mitt Romney famously called for self-deportation in his 2012 campaign, which functionally amounted to a call that illegal immigrants “should go back” voluntarily. Does 2012 era Mitt Romney get banned on Facebook?

Maybe so, and outside of Southern’s particular circumstances, that should worry us. Because what that suggests is that the technocrats at Facebook have decided to silence entire national policy debates by simply defining one side of those debates out of respectable conversation as hate speech.

Even worse is that Facebook’s ads are a lot less restrictive – and I mean a lot less restrictive. Until recently, you could literally set up Facebook ads to only reach “Jew haters.” Combine this ultra-lax stance on advertising with Facebook’s painfully oversensitive monitoring of speech, and the message that emerges from the treatment of Southern and others like her is less, “You can’t say that,” and more, “You want to say something we don’t already agree with? F—k you, pay us.”

So consider this your notice, Facebook. People notice when you pull this sort of thing. You can’t define anyone who won’t buy your ads out of a policy debate just because you don’t like their position. And if you try, you may well end up regulated like the money hemorrhaging public utility you really are. You don’t like Trump deporting illegals and building a wall to keep them out? How about you stop deporting users for the wrong politics, and building firewalls to keep them out?

Oh, and one quick message to Mark Zuckerberg. We’ve seen your posts about gallivanting around the country trying to get people excited for Big Brother 2020. They’re embarrassing. Your Silicon Valley sensibilities don’t belong in Iowa, Texas, or in the White House, and it’s painfully obvious. You never should have left the monument to hypocrisy that is your giant, walled-in mansion. In fact, I’ll put that more bluntly, Mr. Zuckerberg:

You should go back.

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Lauren Witzke Clashes With Richard Grenell Over His Promotion of Transgenderism; Con Inc. Wants Her Cancelled!

What happened to “America Uncancelled?”

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Where do we draw the line between what is ‘conservative’ and what isn’t ‘conservative’? Well, for many establishment Republicans, also known by many as ‘Conservative Inc.’, the only two distinctions between right and left are free markets and principled constitutionalism. However, traditionally, conservatives have sought to protect Christian and American values. Things like preserving the family, promoting law and order, and protecting the sacred tradition of marriage between a man and a woman had been the backbone of the conservative movement. It seems as if nowadays, these values have been completely thrown aside. Big League Politics has previously reported on establishment conservative organizations, such as Turning Point USA, pushing transgenderism and homosexuality on Republican college students.

Rather than bend the knee to the left, as most Republicans do, social conservatives like Lauren Witzke have decided to take a stand and say: “Enough is enough.” Witzke, who is the Spokeswoman for Hold the Line PAC, recently clashed on Twitter with former Trump Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, who is openly a homosexual.

The whole debacle began when Lauren Witzke replied to a tweet by Grenell, praising the GOP for its inclusivity to transgender people, referring to transgenderism as ‘mental illness’:

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Grenell tried to downplay Witzke’s take, effectively saying that celebrating transexuality is a celebration of God, in which Witzke replied that it was instead demonic:

Grenell rebuttaled, asking Witzke if she was ok with welcoming gay conservatives into the GOP. Witzke responded saying no, and that it would be a useless act of appeasement.

Seemingly in an act to publicize Witzke’s wrongthink, Grenell then quote-tweeted her and asked her the same question once more:

True to her nature, Witzke sarcastically mocked Grenell for repeating himself and solidified her stance:

The two would both go on to throw several more jabs at each other on Twitter, but you get the point. Richard Grenell believes that the Republican Party should have no moral stance on any issue, while Lauren Witzke believes that the GOP should strictly conserve our Christian values.

We reached out to Lauren on Twitter for a quick statement and she gave us this:

“The Republican Party was founded on Christian Conservative Principles. We believe in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a women. Gay fiscal conservatives are more than welcome to vote for us, but should have no place in leadership to advocate for their progressive ideals.”

Lauren Witzke previously ran as the Republican nominee for US Senate in Delaware, but lost to the incumbent Democrat Senator Chris Coons. Despite living in a blue state and running on a nationalist platform, Witzke impressively secured roughly double the votes as her Republican predecessor in 2014.

After the lengthy and, as of right now, still ongoing battle between Grenell and Witzke, conservative commentator Elijah Schafer reached out to both parties to ask if they would come onto his BlazeTV show to debate each other. Witzke immediately accepted, while Grenell has yet to comment:

Despite conservatives supposedly leading the charge against cancel culture, in actuality a good portion of cancel culture happens within the conservative movement. Although CPAC’s motto this year may have been ‘America Uncancelled’, moderate conservatives still seem more than happy to ostracize their socially conservative counterparts. Many establishment Republicans and friends of Richard Grenell took to Twitter, demanding that Lauren Witzke be cancelled for supporting traditional marriage. Mind you, the vast majority of Republicans were against gay marriage just 6 years ago.

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Host of America First and popular conservative commentator Nicholas J. Fuentes called Grenell a member of the ‘Gay Mafia’ and accused him of using leftist tactics to try and intimidate Witzke.

While it doesn’t look like the argument will end anytime soon, it remains clear that there are still social conservatives within the GOP, and the establishment is going to use any means necessary to get them out. As our country rots and decays under Joe Biden, Republicans think that they can just become the left (but with free markets). That isn’t the case. America is not merely and idea or an economic system, America is a nation. A nation is nothing without its people, and America is at it’s greatest when strong family values are promoted by the state and the people see themselves as one nation under God. We’ve included a more miscellaneous tweets from the feud below for interested readers.



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