The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech

The Intimidation Game How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech From Kimberley Strassel one of the pre eminent political columnists writing today and member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board THE INTIMIDATION GAME is an insightful alarming look at how the

  • Title: The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech
  • Author: Kimberley Strassel Jennifer Edges
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  • Page: 103
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  • From Kimberley Strassel one of the pre eminent political columnists writing today and member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board THE INTIMIDATION GAME is an insightful, alarming look at how the Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech For nearly forty years, Washington and much oFrom Kimberley Strassel one of the pre eminent political columnists writing today and member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board THE INTIMIDATION GAME is an insightful, alarming look at how the Left, once the champion of civil liberties, is today orchestrating a coordinated campaign to bully Americans out of free speech For nearly forty years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals, and the path to cleaner and freer elections This narrative will show, through disturbing, first person accounts, how both have instead been hijacked by the Left as weapons against free speech and free association, becoming the most powerful tools of those intent on silencing their political opposition Democrats have in the past decade used them to sic the IRS, the federal government, state prosecutors, and activists on those who violate these confusing regulations, and that campaign continues Timed to arrive at the height of the 2016 presidential season, THE INTIMIDATION GAME will shine a much needed light on how liberal governance and the Democratic machine bullies the political process.

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    1. A sobering, sometimes infuriating account of the deliberate and ongoing efforts to shut down free speech of which the left does not approve. A must read for people of all political persuasions; for this movement effects and endangers us all

    2. Readers with a political interest will either embrace or else not read this book, so this review is not an attempt to change minds.Thought Kremlinologists were only needed for Russia? The Intimidation Game lays bare the intensive, aggressive approaches the left has adopted to strangle all opposition.Strassel presents case after case of a totalitarian left's actions to close down any groups or speech with which it disagrees, starting with Lois Lerner's use of the IRS as a bludgeon against grassro [...]

    3. Frightening look at the Obama administration's abuse of powerHave you hesitated to express your political opinion? Why? Because if it is not PC, or just poorly worded, you might be publicly humiliated. Imagine the President of the US personally calling you out for public humiliation for donating to Romney. Obama did just that to ordinary Americans, and much worse. If you think, as I do, that Nixon abused the power of his office, by the end of this book Nixon looks like a five year old filching a [...]

    4. This book is so frightening and infuriating. Under the pretense of "transparency," the Left has used disclosure laws to assemble lists of their political enemies and then punishes anyone who dares to oppose their government overlords. The IRS denies applications from Tea Party groups, persecutes them, and demands names of donors. The SEC goes after companies that donate to conservative groups. The FEC intimidates political groups on the Right. The President and senators give names of private cit [...]

    5. Simply chillingEverybody on the left should be as disturbed by this book as those on the right. The abuse of government power to stifle speech, even by the little guy, is staggering. Those of the left might reap what they have sown. The alphabet soup of federal agencies, personal networks, et al, that have striven to stifle the first amendment, quite illegally, is remarkable. Recent efforts to criminalize "climate deniers" is not covered here, but is merely the latest advancement in the process [...]

    6. Chilling. Strassel writes effectively on how the State at all levels seeks to stifle citizens' free speech. Whether the gov't uses the IRS, FEC, or the SEC to hound groups that object to its policies or has AG's and the police raid and subpoena those who it deems are acting against the State's interests --at all times the gov't institutes a Left ideology from its roots to its tips.Tea Party groups are denied their rights and subjected to years of time wasting harassment, Wisconsinites are raided [...]

    7. If there was ever an important book to read at this time in our nation's history, this is it!!I didn't realize just how deeply our American way of life is being threatened. It's clear to most that we are being threatened from Isis and other outside forces but not as many are recognizing the threats from within our own government and nation.In our nation's history, many have protested Nixon's Watergate scandal and Joseph McCarthy's red scare and rightly so. But what Kimberley Strassel reveals in [...]

    8. Kimberly Strassel does a comprehensive job of documenting her case in an easy reading and interesting way. Her acknowledgements indicate she has diligently dug out the facts to support her premise. It is no surprise to this reader the extent to which our government and politicians will go and have gone to gain power and to influence the outcome of elections. We should all be alarmed at the attack being made on the first amendment to our Constitution, the freedom of speech. It is being done by bi [...]

    9. It's scary what our government gets away with while we focus on the entertainment of "politics." Perhaps even scarier is many many people will find nothing wrong with these blatant government violations of people's first amendment rights.

    10. My advice to all and sundry: READ THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU VOTE! Then think carefully, review the options and consequences of your selection because it will influence the state of America for decades to come. If one party hijacks the system to the detriment of the other, there will no longer be a viable two-party system or a workable democracy. Too many people are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes, and sadly, they seem disinterested because it may not affect them directly, in the present mom [...]

    11. On targetExample after example of how the left uses disclosure laws to harass, intimidate and even jail those who disagree with the agenda. The final chapter offers real solutions to these tactics but right minded politicians would have to show some backbone. Yeah, sure thing.

    12. The Intimidation Game is real, and it is now a defining feature of today's political environment. Americans tend to worry about Washington gridlock and political dysfunction and rampant partisanship. Their greater worry ought to be the steady erosion of their own rights. Under the Obama administration, it is no secret that the size and scope of the federal government has exponentially mutated into a colossal entity with the ability to trample on people's constitutional, individual rights. But to [...]

    13. This is the most significant book I'm going to read this year. I've been a person in favor of disclosure in political finance laws. In this book Strassel makes the case against disclosure. Public disclosure, she claims, has not resulted in better government but has given the political Left a set of tools to harass and intimidate future donors to political causes.The first half of the book is about the IRS actively suppressing the creation of TEA party groups in 2013 and 2014. The IRS was led by [...]

    14. Kimberley Strassel is an outstanding columnist and commentator at the WSJ, and she has written a book that deserves to be widely read and taken to heart. Although opinionated, she is not a right wing crazy. Her thesis, amply documented, is that our government, in its many agencies, bureaus, and even the legislature itself, has engaged in an ongoing effort under the misleading guise of "seeking transparency" to determine who, corporations and individuals, are contributing to charitable or educati [...]

    15. When I first heard of this book, I thought it would be addressing main stream media and the "villainization" of conservative ideas. Instead, this book tackled a conspiracy is heard about in passing but didn't know the details of--the IRS targeting scheme and campaign finance laws. I learned so much from this book that most of the country has either ignored, never heard about, or knowingly swept under the rug. Strassell addresses how "disclosure laws" seem righteous on the surface, but actual pro [...]

    16. The Intimidation Game is unlikely to swing anyone on the hard left in the other direction, and I can just as confidently say that if the far right had been the “villains” of the piece, the same could be said about them. But prior to reading this, I had always been one of those who takes no sides because I found both sides in politics to be just as bad as each other. I sat as a spectator positioned slightly left of center (because of the right’s stance on AGW and black and white views on ab [...]

    17. The book illustrates the potential danger of the downward slope of transparency and disclosure laws that have long been observed as political norms in the United States. The very intentions of these policies and laws could easily be twisted and used against its original causes -- to limit free speech and trespass privacy. It was certainly an overlooked issue that should have caught far more attention than it currently does; nonetheless, some of the "intimidation games" described in the book are [...]

    18. Easy read, that is vey detailed yet does not get bogged down in the minutiae. Very well written.Harrowing tales of how the American Judiciary system and legal system (laws) are manipulated to silence the opposition.Will make any honest broker angry (left or right) when they read and appreciate how devious and at times evil the politicians and people in power can be; how aggressive entities and people in those agencies can so easily can halt free speech.True tales that belong with totalitarian fi [...]

    19. This is a must read for anyone who cares about our freedoms, regardless of your political leaning. This well-researched book opened my eyes to the size and scope of ”The Swamp,” with a self-sustaining bureaucracy. The FEC, IRS, FCC, etc all have their lawyers and staff working with our money to take away our freedom of speech. An aside: The sheer number of departments and committees that Strassel notes and quotes is mind-numbing.Turns out the First Amendment is under even greater assault tha [...]

    20. This is a meticulously researched account of a variety of very troubling trends in government and the social currents attached to it. Strassel documents a host of methods that are putting free speech under assault, and these are not well covered by the mainstream media. This is a very important read to gain perspective on the full scope of intimidation tactics out there, and a call for added vigilance on disclosure laws and how they are truly deployed.

    21. This was a really good explanation on how free speech (in this case money) works in the political system. It explains how that money flows and why it protected free speech under the Constitution. If you want to know about the aftermath of Citizens United and how the Left went after free speech (i.e. weaponizing the IRS to go after Conservative groups) this is the book for you. Excellent writing and a great explanation of how the Left can use the absence of law to silence free speech.

    22. This is a wake up call for Americans shows how phrasing an argument can make such a difference in how it is perceived. cutting off someones right to freely express themselves doesn't do any of us any good. Even if only 1/2 of what is discussed here is true, we must step up our advocacy for 1st Amendment rights in America.

    23. Fascinating to read as a work of rhetorical craft. I disagree with many of Strassel's views and found many of her comparisons to be false equivalencies, but it's certainly an interesting work of political analysis.Even if you disagree completely with her, I'd still recommend you read the book, if only to build a deeper understanding for how folks on the other side feel about this issue and to understand the ideological foundation for their views.

    24. Excellent expose of illegal activities of Obama Administration. Includes his use of IRS to create his enemies list.

    25. Well-documented account of liberal corruption and egregious abuse of the law to target conservatives with the goal of silencing political speech.

    26. It is a good book for people of conservative political views. I don't think that anyone from liberal political views would like it. it goes in depth in recent history to explain why things happened the wayntheyndid. Various politicians are mentioned and goes into detail to tell what happens to some of them.

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