I suspect not many of you read US Sen. Josh Hawley's (R-MO) op-ed in the New York Post on Monday morning. You should.
It seems rather dystopian, at least in the first few paragraphs. "Social credit score?" We have no such thing in America, you may think. It seems easy to reject.
We actually do have an emerging social credit score in the US, although it is more subtle than what the Communist Chinese do, and not quite yet as "measurable" as how the ChiComms do it. But we seem to be on our way. Just ask the credit card companies (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) the kind of pressure they're under to terminate use of their services for gun sales - and more.
Think about it. How many of you, especially conservatives, are terrified of sharing of your political views on social media, the workplace, and elsewhere in fear of being shunned, rejected, not promoted, castigated, or demoted or even fired, especially for supporting Donald Trump's reelection?
How many of you have?
How many of you were punished, scorned, defriended and deplored, if not deplatformed for your support for Trump in 2016? Or, did you dare defend or support him over an issue or two, or more? Perhaps you're an NRA member, or support the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has successfully defended against legal attacks on religious freedom, such as Jack Phillips and 'Masterpiece' cake shop in Colorado. Perhaps you dare challenge Dr. Anthony Fauci's exhortations for mandatory masks (at least since last Spring). Did you attend the "Save America" rally on January 6th but had nothing to do with the criminal Capitol breach and destruction?
Read this carefully. We are on a slippery slope towards a bad place. And if you think this is all wonderful - silencing and canceling thought you may find repugnant, or is unfashionable, just remember -- It could apply to you one day. It's why we have a First Amendment, to protect speech and associations.
In a day or two, I'm going to craft an op-ed calling for an "Equal Access" law that protects people from discrimination based on political beliefs and affiliations (short of promoting violence, criminal activity, or genuine insurrections and rebellions). It is not without precedent. But given the extensive discrimination and doxing now underway against people on "the right," it is time. And people on "The Left" may someday thank me, because some on "The Right" are now beginning to adopt your tactics.