I call this the "your mother wears army shoes" tactic. It's not new. Grammar school kids have been using it on each other since long before army shoes became standard government issue. "What do you know, kid. Your old man's a sot."
Winston Churchill is said to have used this tactic quite effectively to silence Lady Astor at a party one night. When Lady Astor said, "Sir Winston, you are drunk," Churchill responded, "Yes Lady Astor, I am drunk. But you are ugly, and tomorrow I shall be sober."
Intimidation is not limited to verbal retorts, however. It is used quite often as a legislative tool to force compliance with some onerous or obviously counter-public opinion activity. An example is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 (RICO). RICO was enacted to provide a framework within which crime bosses could be held responsible for crimes they ordered but did not personally commit.
Over the years, however RICO has been misapplied on numerous occasions. In 1994, the National Organization of Women (NOW) successfully sued the Pro-Life Action Network (PLAN) under RICO for blocking access to abortion facilities.
And in 2000, RICO was used to bring suit against the Los Angeles Police Department. The ludicrous accusation that a police department could be involved in racketeering demonstrates the degree to which RICO has been misapplied.
And now comes U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has suggested that the government file civil lawsuits under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against people who recognize and reject the "climate change" hysteria for what it is. So the Senator is suggesting that common sense be treated as a racketeering crime.
This is clearly an act of desperation. Senator Whitehouse is a climate change freak, who holds regular talk-fests before a usually empty Senate chamber on the need to "wake up" to the non-existent threat of global warming. Recognizing that no one is listening to his inane raving, the Senator is trying to enforce his unpopular views by silencing the voices or reason.
Propaganda works only on an unenlightened populace. Where people are informed and intelligent, indoctrination must be forced on them. But Senator Whitehouse's Gestapo tactics will not work here. Because an informed and intelligent populace is a free-thinking populace – and a free-thinking populace is a freedom loving populace.
The voices of reason and common sense will not and can not be silenced in America, Senator, not by you or by anyone else.