Last weekend, I attended the Restoration Weekend at the Breakers. It’s been an annual enjoyable event for touching base with many of my readers and the dedicated supporters of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As David Horowitz wrote earlier, it’s likely to be the last one.
How close are we to living in the first stages of a fascist state? We have been hosting these Restoration Weekends for 27 years since they were generally passed on to us by its founders Laura Ingraham and Jay Lefkowitz. In 19 of those years we have held them at the Breakers Hotel here in Palm Beach. In all those years we have never missed a payment to the hotel or had a complaint about our events.
Indeed, the Breakers has had a lot to be proud of because of our presence. In the course of our events we have had five members of the president’s cabinet, including three United States Attorney Generals, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and HUD Secretary Ben Carson – all as featured speakers at our events. We have also had the director of the President’s domestic policy and two presidential advisors and a presidential son.
To address our guests, we have had four Speakers of the House, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a couple of dozen senators and representatives, including Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Devin Nunes, Andy Biggs, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham, and Democrats Alan Dershowitz and the mayor of Washington DC, and a half dozen military heroes, including two Congressional Medal of Honor winners.
We are a very American, patriotic organization whose efforts in behalf of this country have been recognized, appreciated and supported by its elected leaders. Yet this year we have been informed by the Breakers’ management that we are too controversial and will not be welcomed back again.
When the corporate power structure joins an anti-democratic ruling party to perform its dirty work in shutting down free speech and demonizing its political opponents, you have the classic definition of a fascist regime.
Over in St. Charles, JP Morgan Chase effectively triggered the shutdown of a conservative event featuring Donald Trump Jr.
The biggest bank in the United States is walking back its refusal to do business with a Missouri conservative group that forced cancellation of an event next month featuring Donald Trump Jr.
The Defense of Liberty PAC hired WePay, a payment processor owned by JPMorgan Chase, for the Dec. 3 event at the St. Charles Convention Center, the group’s founder, former state Rep. Paul Curtman, said Wednesday.
On Nov. 9, the company notified Curtman that it had canceled the contract, refunded the $30,000 already paid for tickets and would not do business with the group in the future.
The message cited an entry placed under the general heading of “Illegal” in the WePay list of prohibited activities.
There has been a drumbeat of similar conservative event deplatforming.
Loews Hotel Group has canceled an upcoming fundraiser for Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, saying it’s opposed to “all who supported and incited” the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
“In light of recent events we have informed the host of this event that it will no longer be held at our hotel in Orlando or at any Loews Hotel for that matter,” Sarah Murov, a spokesperson for hotel group, said in a statement. “Loews Hotels & Co is horrified and opposed to the January 6th events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited those actions.”
The luxury hotel chain said in a statement the event had been planned by the Fighting for Missouri PAC for next month at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The Fighting For Missouri PAC did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Sometimes it’s an explicit heckler’s veto.
An Oregon hotel refused to host a Turning Point USA event featuring the organization’s founder, Charlie Kirk, following apparent threats from “multiple organizations,” according to a new report.
The Holiday Inn Express Eugene-Springfield canceled Kirk’s Critical Racism Tour event in an email sent to the conservative youth group on Wednesday.
Hyatt was under fire just for hosting CPAC which is about as mainstream as it gets.
Hyatt Hotels defended its decision to host the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, at a time when the political climate has become increasingly volatile, citing its belief that individuals and organizations should be able to peacefully gather and express their own views.
The hashtag #boycottHyatt began spreading on social media after users learned that Hyatt would host the conservative event, which some people alleged the company was endorsing by allowing it to happen at one of its properties.
This time around Hyatt refused to boot CPAC, but it’s only a matter of time until enough pressure from external leftist groups and internal employee “stakeholders” may turn that around. If the company won’t buckle, look at the way that Microsoft and Sony are pressuring Activision to give in to leftist demands. It’s an entirely different industry, but it shows how effectively leftists are turning major corporations into arms of their organization and coordinating them to break any refusal to give in.
Hotel event deplatforming just applies the same principles of Big Tech censorship to in-person speech. It is, as David Horowitz warned, a signpost of the rise of Communism and Fascism in American life.