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Anyone Look Up the Definition of ‘Tyranny’ Lately?

From the first Morning Jolt of the week:

In a new black-and-white short film, Madonna declares we have entered a “new age of tyranny” where “all marginalized people are in danger” and “where being uniquely different might truly be considered a crime.”

Notice what stirs her to this declaration of modern tyranny. It’s not an angry mob at Middlebury College surrounding Charles Murray and assaulting a professor. It’s not the riots in Berkeley preventing Milo from speaking. It’s not a judge imposing a fine of $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a wedding.

It’s not civil asset forfeiture, where law enforcement authorities can seize property from someone without charging them with a crime. (Justice Clarence Thomas is the most prominent judicial figure asking how this doesn’t violate “the Due Process Clause and our Nation’s history.”)

It’s not private probation, where private collection agencies take over the role of the government in collecting fines.

It’s not the vast domestic surveillance tools in the hands of the National Security Agency.

No, it’s the legal democratic election of a president and Congressional majorities she doesn’t like. Notice that the president and Congressional majorities can’t agree on key details of their agenda, and the courts struck down one of the new president’s first executive orders. Criticism of the new president and his legislative allies is unrestricted and fairly common. You don’t have to like any of this, but governmental checks-and-balances and freedom of expression is pretty much the opposite of tyranny.

Also notice Madonna’s artistic stance against this “new age of tyranny” requires her to march towards the camera in semi-Fascist chic clothing holding snarling dogs on a leash. 

She hates everything about tyranny except the wardrobe department.

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