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Cancel Culture & Echo Chambers, Where Democracy Dies


By: Paris Procopis

Ever since the extreme Left started canceling everybody on the right, there was immediate knee-jerk canceling in retaliation by many on the right. The seeds of division were sewed and many Conservatives retreated and took refuge in their echo chambers. Yes, there is safety in the echo chamber, but we need to break out and reengage with others before it’s too late.

I will say this loud and clear, we cannot win the cancel culture war by engaging in cancel culture ourselves.

If this continues, as Conservatives, we will fail in November. We must establish a beachhead in this political battle that will determine the very future of Wisconsin and maybe even America itself.

Ever since I was a kid watching Ronald Reagan on TV, I have been interested in politics. Throughout my adult years, I have volunteered and helped organize events and rallies. I have also done my own podcast, videos, and public speaking. A lot of the time was spent preaching to the choir. Why? Because it’s exciting to motivate like-minded people who love the Conservative message. And motivation creates action.

Unfortunately, that action has dwindled because our side has disengaged. What good is an echo chamber if you do nothing with it? Sure, it’s a swift kick in the pants to get out there and work, but it does nothing if we are not increasing our numbers.

If all we do is tell people what they want to hear and what they already know, we are risking our cause.

Back in 2016, we noticed something different, then-candidate Donald Trump broke through the glass walls of the echo chamber because he was reaching out to people who had become disenchanted with leadership on both sides and needed a home. New people were hearing the Conservative message and not since Ronald Reagan, was there someone so pragmatic. The ‘Reagan Democrats’ came ‘home’ and the rest was history.

Unfortunately, because the leftist control of the mainstream media, social media, and many levels of government, there was a non-stop barrage of Trump hatred and disgust of Trump supporters. We especially saw this on the social media front. The Left developed such a visceral hatred of Trump, mainly because he committed the cardinal sin of beating Hillary. This hatred made people ‘unfriend’ Trump supporters. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube literally started censoring free speech on the Conservative side, and tens of thousands of people left the platforms, dwindling Conservative numbers.

Alternatives sprang up as a landing place for Conservatives to have a home but welcomed actual civil discourse. Sites like Truth Social, Gettr, Parler, etc, have been very successful, even though I joined all of them. What I noticed was Conservatives, once again, getting a voice. The only problem, liberals stayed away. The very people who needed to hear the message. An echo chamber on steroids.

Why am I writing about the seemingly obvious? We need to get serious about this election. America is at a crossroads, and we need to save her from the brink of Socialism. President Trump was seemingly our last chance, but his ‘losing’ in 2020 put us on the brink.

Ironically, if it wasn’t for two Democrat Senators, we would already have fallen off the cliff. We have a second chance to get in the way of this extremist left-wing ideology infesting every part of our lives.

In November, we need to get control of Congress, to do so, we need to save Senator Ron Johnson from the extremist false narrative, but also, we need to beat Tony Evers. To do this we need to break out of the echo chamber. ALL OF US!

What good is having the right message if no one hears it? We can take nothing for granted in this election. It’s not a foregone conclusion, not even close! We all have been in the echo chamber for far too long, hanging with like-minded people, watching and listening to like-minded pundits and Madison Consultants. Remember, those in the Madison Consultant class who are making it seem like a slam dunk have nothing to lose, they will still have a job no matter the outcome in November.

These echo chambers lead to complacency and complacency is what the Left wants. We need to get out and engage people, all people. If you can find a reasonable person on the Left, don’t try to change their mind, just let them know why you are supporting Conservatives and let them digest the information and change their own mind.

Even the smallest seed can become the mighty sequoia

That is only a small part of it, as they’re only a few minds that are left to be changed. Let’s be real here, this is a turnout election. There is hope around the country, just looking at Trump rallies we can clearly see where the energy is. We have the makings of that proverbial ‘Red Wave’

We just need to make sure that wave does not miss Wisconsin.

Clearly, Conservatives have the energy, but we need to do something with it.

So, here’s what I am asking. Get back on the primary social media like Facebook and Twitter. Let them hear your voice. They can’t shadow-ban everyone. Attend every rally you can but spread the word about the rallies and bring other people with you.

I have seen a seismic shift in attendees at many of the rallies and events I have been involved with. Sure, the choir is there, but I am seeing lots of new faces. Hopeful, but we can do better.

Senator Ron Johnson does not have Trump on the ballot, but they still detest him like they do Trump and are doing everything to derail his momentum and the social media algorithms. Visionaries like Elon Musk have given free speech some hope if the Twitter deal gets finalized, but he is one man, we ALL need to mobilize.

I am not telling you this to deflate, but to motivate you. The country needs us, all of us. Nobody knows what the outcome will be in November, NOBODY! To pretend otherwise is foolish. We have seven months, a political eternity, to close this deal and literally save Wisconsin and the American Way from the Socialist Left.

The Silent Majority needs to mobilize. Only a sweep with Recall level turnout will give the Left the proverbial ‘bitch slap’ it so badly needs. The election is ours to win, a chance to liberate us from the clutches of the socialist Left, right now we are just landing at our Omaha Beach.

It’s that serious, let’s roll and break out of that echo chamber and STOP CANCELLING each other!

Time to get into the fight!

“I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” – Coach Vincent T. Lombardi, Green Bay Packers

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Questions About IDs For Illegal Immigrants, Voting

(The Center Square) – Some Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to calm fears about illegal immigrants getting IDs and voting in the state.

The Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and the Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection held a hearing Thursday with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, some local election clerks and Fond du Lac County’s district attorney.

“We're not trying to get anybody into a bad spot here, or in a corner, or make accusations on that level,” Sen. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, said. “We want our clerks, who are already stressed enough, to know that we are here to be there as an assist to them.”

Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, said he wants to make sure voters have faith in Wisconsin’s electoral process.

“This is one of the topics that hit our inboxes quite a bit the last three months or so,” Krug added. “We thought it’s pretty important just to vet it out, to get all the information out to the public.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission was invited to Thursday’s meeting but didn’t attend because commissioners were having a meeting of their own. But that left lawmakers’ questions unanswered.

Wis-DOT Deputy Secretary Kristina Boardman said Wisconsin is known as a strict voter ID state.

“I want to make very clear that Wis-DOT is required to provide free identification cards for U.S. citizens that request them for the purposes of voting, and that to be eligible for that free identification card one must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years of age,” Boardman said. “Wis-DOT staff do not determine voter eligibility or register anyone to vote. Someone who has a Wisconsin ID or a driver's license is eligible to register to vote online, and that information will be confirmed with Wisconsin DMV systems to ensure that the information entered for voter registration is consistent with the DMV's records

Boardman said in Wisconsin, less than a fraction of one percent of ID requests are fraudulent.

“We put together [a] case activity report, assemble all of the documentation that we have, we have the investigator that had the case pull that together, and we do refer that to law enforcement so that they can take whatever action is appropriate,” Boardman added. “We note what statutes we believe may have been violated. And then it's up to law enforcement to take action.”

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Senate Republicans Override Evers’ Vetoes

(The Center Square) – On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted to override nine vetoes from Gov. Tony Evers, including the vetoes that scuttled PFAS clean-up money, millions of dollars that were earmarked for hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls and a plan that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to work more independently.

“The legislature has passed hundreds of bills to solve problems facing Wisconsin businesses and families. Most of these bills were signed into law, but many were vetoed by a governor more focused on politics than policies that help everyday Wisconsinites,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday. “Overriding the governor’s obstructive vetoes is the last, best way to address these critical issues.”

The override votes came one day after Evers sued the legislature over nearly $200 million that is attached to some of his vetoes.

Most of that money is the $125 million that’s supposed to go toward PFAS clean up in Wisconsin.

“For the fifth time this legislative session, I voted to provide Wisconsin families with the largest investment in clean drinking water in state history – five more times than every Democrat legislator in this state combined. The bill that Gov. Evers vetoed (SB 312) would have created a grant program that targets this critical funding to areas of the state most heavily impacted by PFAS contamination while protecting innocent landowners from financial ruin,” Sen Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, said.

Evers has accused the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee of obstructing his plans to clean up Wisconsin’s drinking water, and of delaying his other actions across the state.

LeMahieu said Evers is simply playing the game.

“While Gov. Evers plays politics, the legislature will continue to do the right thing on behalf of the people of our state,” LeMahieu added.

Senate Democrats responded with game-playing accusations of their own.

“Coming in to do all these veto overrides was clearly a stunt to try to appeal to voters ahead of the fall election,” Den. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said. “Clearly Republicans were hearing from things in their district and wanted political cover. I don't think they got political cover today. I think what they got was people realizing just how afraid they are.”

But Tuesday’s veto overrides are largely symbolic.

While Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate have a veto-proof majority, Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly do not.

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Trump Holds Lead Over Biden Heading Toward November

With less than half a year until the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead over incumbent President Joe Biden in several swing states.

While the overall national polling varies and shows a tighter race, Trump holds significant leads in several swing states.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump leads in a slew of key battleground states like Arizona (+5.2), Georgia (+4.6), Michigan (+0.8), Nevada (+6.2), North Carolina (+5.4), Pennsylvania (+2.0), and Wisconsin (+0.6).

Other polling has shown Trump with a dominant lead in the Sun Belt while performing less well against Biden in some rust belt swing states.

“As the old saying goes, good gets better and bad gets worse, and it’s clear President Biden is in bad shape right now,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist, former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and co-founder of South and Hill Strategies, told The Center Square. “Five and a half months is an eternity in politics, and there’s theoretically still time to right the ship, but it’s getting late early for the president, especially when Father Time remains undefeated and doubts about his age continue to grow. “

According to the Real Clear Politics’ national polling average, Trump leads Biden 46.1% to 44.9%.

A New York Times poll released this week showed leads for Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania but slightly trailing Biden in Wisconsin, raising concerns among supporters.

Trump’s lead has been in large part fueled by minority voters flocking to his side.

Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating has plummeted since taking office. While that is not unusual for incumbents, Biden’s approval is lower than recent presidents.

Gallup recently released polling data showing that in the 13th quarter of Biden’s presidency, he averaged a 38.7% approval rating, worse than Trump at the same time in his term.

“None of the other nine presidents elected to their first term since Dwight Eisenhower had a lower 13th-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup said.

Axios reported this week that Biden and his team think the polls don’t represent Americans’ actual feelings and that the president’s position is strong.

“They're still 50% (well 45%) to win, per betting markets,” pollster Nate Silver wrote on X. “But Biden has been behind Trump in polls for a year now. His approval is in the tank, and voters have been clear they think he's too old. If Trump wins, history will not remember Biden kindly.”

Meanwhile, Trump spends valuable campaign time in a series of court appearances for his myriad of federal prosecution court dates.

“I’m under a gag order,” Trump told reporters after a court appearance Tuesday. “Nobody has actually seen anything like it ... I'm beating him in every poll and I have a gag order, so I think it's totally unconstitutional."

Republicans have blasted Biden for Trump’s prosecution, accusing Biden of using the Justice Department against his political opponent.

“Despite Far Left Democrats’ illegal election interference, President Trump is beating Joe Biden in the polls!” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wrote on X Tuesday. “Voters see right through the sham Biden Trials and know President Trump is the best choice for president.”


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