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The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech

a book by Kimberley Strassel

(our site's book review)

The Left Is Bullying Us Out of Our Free Speech Rights

The Amazon blurb says that From Kim Strassel—one of the preeminent political columnists writing today and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board—comes 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.

Kim Strassel give us an 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
Kim Strassel give us an 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


The Intimidation Game Provides a Chilling Expose of Political Scare Tactics and Overreach

For nearly 40 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 book will show, through first-hand accounts, how both have 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. The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech provides a chilling expose of political scare tactics and overreach, including:


The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech will shine a much-needed light on how liberal governance and the Democratic machine bullies the political process

This book will shine a much-needed light on how liberal governance and the Democratic machine bullies the political process
This book will shine a much-needed light on how liberal governance and the Democratic machine bullies the political process


Stating Ideas Contrary to the Establishment’s Positions Puts You at Risk

As one especially alert Amazon reviewer (Sailorman) says, "I’ll bet you didn’t know that, regardless if you are a Republican or a Democrat, if you contribute to or are a part of an organization who supports an idea contrary to the establishment’s position on a subject, and don’t walk and talk the party line, you are risking your job, business, savings, marriage, family and/or reputation; virtually everything you have, and may even be prosecuted. Did you know that the federal government strives to acquire the names and addresses of members of, and donors to, of these opposition organizations, and keeps data bases of these people with the intent of harassing and intimidating them, and silencing them in retaliation for their political beliefs, via federal agency’s like the IRS, FBI, DOJ, FEC, and in some cases even the FDA, or by making the data public, so you will be harassed by citizens with opposing views?"

" . . . [Liberals] made targets out of donors to conservative groups by publicizing their names and addresses. They filed complaints with the Justice Department and federal regulators against any and all rivals. They issued new IRS, SEC, FCC rules and regulations and executive orders to either order or scare their opponents into silence. And even more ominous, they went after companies, think tanks, conservative non-profits, etc., demanding to know the names of those who funded them so that they could retaliate against those donors. They leaked information to the press, flooded opponents with document requests, and made it clear that donating to the wrong groups would subject you to protests, boycotts, blacklists, and possibly prosecution."

After reading such a terrifying review, one would have to be crazy not to want to read The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech to get a grasp of the full scope of what we are up against.

After promising a transparent administration free of tricks and corruption, Obozo proceeded to have the least transparent and most corrupt administration ever, oozing with dirty tricks and lies
After promising a transparent administration free of tricks and corruption, Obozo proceeded to have the least transparent and most corrupt administration ever, oozing with dirty tricks and lies

Strassel writes that "Liberal prosecutors stepped up to threaten litigation against organizations that didn’t hand over names of donors, so that those donors could be subject to the same treatment. Some prosecutors went much further: They sent armed police to march into houses in predawn raids, to let their opponents know that their exercise of free speech might land them in prison. . . . Today, every American is at risk of retribution, because those who seek to control the debate do not make distinctions based on party affiliation. This book is largely about the new attempt by left-leaning organizations to shut down conservative speech. But the stories show that those who want absolute control over the debate are happy to silence anyone who proves a threat to their ideology."

" . . . This book chronicles the rise of [liberals'] intimidation tactics—their genesis, their refinement, and the toll they’ve taken on free speech in America. The history is told through real stories, of real Americans, who faced silencing. . . . Today, Americans are again being targeted on the basis of their political views; they again risk losing their jobs and reputations for speaking out; they again face economic and community reprisal; they again face a government that is leading the charge to strip them of basic rights. Only this time, those who would shut them down are more powerful, and have more tools." [written in 2016, during Obozo's reign of fascist terror]

Americans are being targeted on the basis of their political views; they risk losing their jobs and reputations for speaking out; they face a government that is leading the charge to strip them of basic rights
Americans are being targeted on the basis of their political views; they risk losing their jobs and reputations for speaking out; they face a government that is leading the charge to strip them of basic rights


Obozo and His Minions Used Both Government (IRS) and the Press to Harass and Intimidate People

Strassel shows how leftists all the way up to former President Obama use both government and the press to harass and intimidate people out of speaking their minds and into keeping quiet. She also portrays those brave souls who have stood up to that government harassment. The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech is a frightening, outrageous, and important book.

"Liberals fear being run over by the flood of big money unleashed with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Conservatives fear being muzzled by regulation, legislation, the I.R.S. and political correctness on steroids. In her new book “The Intimidation Game,” Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel charges those factors have hardened into an active campaign to silence the right." — Tom Ashbrook

"Recounting what appears to be a shocking, concerted Internal Revenue Service drive against nonprofit conservative advocacy groups, Strassel concludes that IRS officials, zeroing in on the Tea Party insurgency, plotted to keep shady activities secret and then lied to Congress without penalty. . . . Strassel draws a timely, convincing, and alarming picture of liberal governance and a Democratic machine that’s eager to bully resistant citizens."—Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor, Publishers Weekly

Obozo, playing God, led the Democrats to become as corrupt and oppressive as the Gestapo, threatening and intimidating the lawful American citizens, as if our Constitution did not even exist
Obozo, playing God, led the Democrats to become as corrupt and oppressive as the Gestapo, threatening and intimidating the lawful American citizens, as if our Constitution did not even exist


The three-ring circus that was the 2016 presidential campaign featured spellbinding performances worthy of the big top’s clowns, hucksters, and high-wire acts
The three-ring circus that was the 2016 presidential campaign featured spellbinding performances worthy of the big top’s clowns, hucksters, and high-wire acts

"The three-ring circus that was the 2016 presidential campaign featured spellbinding performances worthy of the big top’s clowns, hucksters, and high-wire acts. A neglected cost of the Trump-Clinton-Sanders show, however, is the diversion of attention from the Obama administration’s cutting-edge assault on limited, constitutional government. The administration has methodically deceived the public about its signature domestic and foreign policy objectives. MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, repeatedly declared that passage of the historic legislation required a concerted effort to delude a “stupid” public about Obamacare’s cost and operation. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, an architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear program deal (which he characterized as the Obamacare of the president’s second term), proclaimed last month that winning the necessary public support depended on enlisting a gullible media to fool the American people about the nature of negotiations with Iran." (Source: Strassel Nails the Left's "Intimidation" Crusade, Peter Berkowitz, Real Clear Politics)

Conservative speakers are being assaulted by radical political correctness fanatics and not being allowed to speak
Conservative speakers are being assaulted by radical political correctness fanatics and not being allowed to speak


The Right to Anonymously Spend Money for the Purpose of Disseminating Ideas Is One and the Same with Free Speech

"Strassel catalogues how modern Democrats and Republicans have been engaged in a cynical frog-vs.-snake game of attempting to rig the system to the disadvantage of the other, depending on who holds the momentary political upper hand. Democrats have an advantage with unions; Republicans have a nominal advantage among the business community. . . . As Strassel states, it’s time to rethink: Rethink Disclosure. Rethink the oversight of speech. Rethink campaign-finance laws. Rethink corporate speech. Rethink the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act, so that government agents can’t stonewall citizens’ requests. And it is time for Americans to wake up and speak up."

" . . . Strassel argues persuasively that all of this abuse and wasteful expenditure of law-enforcement, regulatory, and court-system resources wouldn’t be happening in the first place if the American citizenry in general, and Republicans in particular, understood two concepts that should be joined at the hip with the First Amendment: First, that the right to spend money for the purpose of disseminating ideas is one and the same with free speech, and second, the right to anonymity (as opposed to forced disclosure) is equally essential to liberty." (Source: The Democrats’ War on Civic Participation, Howard Hyde, National Review)

"In The Intimidation Game, Kim Strassel tells compelling stories of Americans immersed in unconstitutional stink, assembling a convincing narrative of an effort predominantly by the left to silence its opponents, subverting the freedom of speech in the process. The book is a welcome and accessible account of the IRS scandal of targeting Tea Party groups, the Wisconsin 'John Doe' campaign finance inquisition, and other shameful activities. As a free speech attorney who has been involved directly or close at hand in some of the cases Strassel describes, I was nevertheless taken aback at the breadth of the intimidation game . . ." (Source: The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech, by Kimberley Strassel, Stephen R. Klein)


Sharyl Attkisson Is One of the Only True Investigative Journalists Still Working

Now that Sharyl Attkisson is no longer on the CBS payroll, this pit bull is off the leash and tearing flesh off the behinds of senior media and government officials
Now that Sharyl Attkisson is no longer on the CBS payroll, this pit bull is off the leash and tearing flesh off the behinds of senior media and government officials

Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington and The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote are two books from one of the only true investigative journalists still working: Sharyl Attkisson.

In The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote, Sharyl Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media—operatives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our pseudo-democracy. See Democracy—an American Delusion.

Stonewalled contains a ton of positive proof that the government—under Obama—has lied over and over in a corrupt burst of rewriting history and ass covering
Stonewalled contains a ton of positive proof that the government—under Obama—has lied over and over in a corrupt burst of rewriting history and ass covering

Sharyl Attkisson's Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington contains a ton of positive proof that the government—under Obama—has lied over and over in a corrupt burst of rewriting history and ass covering. When confronted with the fact of their lies, they brazenly denied everything and stuck with lies that had already been disproven. Attkisson talks about the “political industrial PR machine,” or what we like of think of as mass-produced truthiness. See Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market.

When confronted with the fact of their lies, Obozo's stooges brazenly denied everything and stuck with lies that had already been disproven
When confronted with the fact of their lies, Obozo's stooges brazenly denied everything and stuck with lies that had already been disproven

When Obozo Got Subpoenas and Freedom of Information Requests, He Responded with Redacted Documents That Were Basically a Way to Give the Finger to Congress and Reporters

A sample of Obozo's idea of cooperation with subpoenas: redacted documents that may as well have been blank
A sample of Obozo's idea of cooperation with subpoenas: redacted documents that may as well have been blank


When Obozo received congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests, he responded with redacted documents that were basically a way to give the finger to Congress and reporters
When Obozo received congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests, he responded with redacted documents that were basically a way to give the finger to Congress and reporters

Instead of providing public information and documents promptly and accurately to reporters, Obozo's governmental press offices often withheld any and all potentially damaging information until they were forced to release bits and pieces through congressional subpoenas and Freedom of Information requests. But since they often have so many incriminating aspects in them, the documents they release are often worthless because they are redacted.


In the Age of Obama, the Government Pushed Stonewalling, Harassment, Intimidation, and Outright Spying to Unprecedented Heights

Washington, D.C., has always been a tough town for investigative journalists. But in the age of Obama, the government took the tried-and-true techniques of bureaucratic stonewalling to unprecedented heights. What’s more, it added harassment, intimidation, and outright spying to the mix. It suggested a very important question: What does this guy have to hide? For answers to that question, see:

Obama wants you to believe I AM NOT A CROOK, but you know better!
Obama wants you to believe I AM NOT A CROOK, but you know better!

Strassel makes a very clear and concise case of why our First Amendment rights were seriously jeopardized by persistent and unrelenting targeting of anyone who disagreed with the last administration. Obozo would never have had a second term if he hadn't mustered a major smear campaign and intimidation game. The Democratic Party has gone from the discussing, debating, and compromise which is what’s best for our country to destroying all opposition at all costs, and by any means necessary. This book clearly demonstrates the dangers of an ever growing, ever invasive, all encompassing, bloated federal leviathan. And exactly how did the butchering of First Amendment rights under Obozo lead to the butchering of First Amendment rights for conservatives from politically correct leftist liberal thugs then under Obozo and currently under Trump's administration?

This book clearly demonstrates the dangers of an ever growing, ever invasive, all encompassing, bloated federal leviathan
This book clearly demonstrates the dangers of an ever growing, ever invasive, all encompassing, bloated federal leviathan

The book in great detail outlines how the basic principles of Saul Alinsky were used by those to eliminate opposition. First, you identify the enemy—anyone with whom you disagree, second, isolate and humiliate the enemy, usually by calling them racist, sexist, homophobic or whatever the cause du jure is, and finally, you silence them permanently with overwhelming no-holds-barred attacks. This is what Obozo did with everyone he disagreed with, and yet the lapdog liberal press refused to cover all this extreme corruption since Obozo was their darling.

Strassel has revealed nothing short of a corrupt political party which, with its many followers among the media and activist elements, functions as nothing short of a secret police reminiscent of the Gestapo, if not in their brutality, then definitely in their tactics
Strassel has revealed nothing short of a corrupt political party which, with its many followers among the media and activist elements, functions as nothing short of a secret police reminiscent of the Gestapo, if not in their brutality, then definitely in their tactics

The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech capably documents the use of federal agencies, e.g., the IRS, FEC, SEC and EPA, by groups and individuals striving to silence our free speech. Additionally, it cautions us to fight political correctness at every opportunity. Whenever our free speech is threatened, as it has been recently, the oppressors need to be identified and called out, which is what this book does brilliantly. If we the people censor ourselves by letting liberal fanatics dictate what is and is not acceptable discourse, the First Amendment will lose its potency for maintaining our democracy. Author Kimberley Strassel has done a great public service for America. The book is recommended.

The answer to speech with which we disagree is more speech, not less, and it is not the proper role of government to decide who gets to speak and who does not
The answer to speech with which we disagree is more speech, not less, and it is not the proper role of government to decide who gets to speak and who does not