One of the bigger misconceptions about GamerGate has to do with its relation to politics. While we already know SJWs are lying when claiming the consumer revolt is “Far Right”, many within GG also get it wrong by trying to pass it off as completely apolitical, as something that’s just about games, not politics. Sure, GG is certainly not partisan – it doesn’t blindly support parties or politicians – but the Principles that define GG are surely not apolitical either. Support for free speech, meritocracy and consumer rights, opposition to political correctness, forced “diversity” and media collusion, these are not apolitical issues – but they *are* issues that good people on both the Right and the Left can unite around.
With politics actually being highly relevant to GamerGate, it makes sense to pay close attention to the US presidential race. While the American president certainly is constrained by checks and balances, he or she will nonetheless shape the direction of the country . This will in turn affect the rest of the world, given how the US isn’t just a superpower, but the world’s greatest exporter of pop culture and social trends. Unfortunately, one of the two major presidential candidates isn’t just bad in the normal “corrupt, out-of-touch politician” sense.
Hillary Clinton is basically the closest thing we have to a high-profile American SJW Politician.
Don’t believe me? Ask the supporters of Bernie Sanders, her main rival during the Democratic primary. Sanders supporters got a taste of the very same SJW smear campaign that GamerGate people have been subjected to, the “Bernie Bros” being labeled harassers of women, misogynists and bullies based on exaggerated or outright fraudulent claims about their behavior towards women. All because they didn’t shut off their brain and support the candidate with a vagina. And let’s not even get into how the Democrats basically rigged the primary and colluded with the media to deny Sanders any chance of victory. No wonder many Sanders supporters now despise Hillary.
Moreover, those are hardly the only examples of Hillary acting like a SJW.
One defining characteristic of SJWs and the politics they advocate is how almost everything is about what you are – your sex, race, gender identity – and where this puts you in the Victim Hierarchy. For her part, Hillary Clinton relies more heavily on identity politics than any other modern mainstream American politician I can recall. Whether sincerely or cynically, Hillary Clinton has played the Woman Card more shamelessly than even most of her enemies thought possible. Her answer to being accused of being part of the corrupt political Establishment? “Not possible, because I’m a woman!”. How would she be different from Barack Obama? By being a female president! What about being bought and paid for by Wall Street? “Look at all my female donors!”.
It isn’t all about pandering either: Hillary genuinely seems dismissive of men’s issues. This is the woman who claimed that “Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat.” Apparently the single worst thing about men being killed is how it could negatively affect the women in their lives. When talking about criminal justice reform she also focuses primarily on women, not only ignoring how the vast majority of people languishing in prison are men, but also how men in the US, for the same crime, and with a similar criminal history, are imprisoned much more frequently and for much longer sentences. And of course Hillary promotes all sorts of feminist talking points, about the wage gap for example, or about how we need to Listen and Believe any woman making rape accusations – the last one being impressively hypocritical to boot.
Hillary is not any better on other identity politics issues either. She supports the racist group of thugs known as Black Lives Matter, and pretty much told white Americans to Check Their Privilege after a BLM supporter murdered 5 Dallas police officers. Basically, if you are a white man, your role in Hillary’s America is to be her scapegoat, while simultaneously being the workhorse that generates wealth for her social programs, and cannon fodder for her wars of aggression.
War on Free Speech and Video Games
Like all SJWs, Hillary has never been very keen on free speech. In fact, back in 2005, she even pandered to conservatives by proposing a law that would have outlawed flag burning. Little wonder then, that with the social justice Left ascendant there are now fears that Hillary as president would introduce “hate speech” laws of the kind that have undermined free speech in much of the Western world. Her support for Censorship is infamous – which of course brings us to her record on video games. If not quite up there with Jack Thompson as an iconic anti-gamer, Hillary has in the past certainly been one of the foremost voices pushing the Moral Panic about violent and “pornographic” video games.
Some Clinton apologists in the gaming press have tried dismissing Hillary’s old anti-gaming stances as being irrelevant today, but even they can’t spin her ugly history. As Reason’s Matt Welch makes clear in his takedown of Paul Tassi:
Tassi breaks down the comprehensive illiberalism of Clinton’s Family Entertainment Protection Act (which, as he notes, would have “criminalized” selling violent video games to minors), and points out that it was “almost exactly” like California’s video game ban that was later struck down by the Supreme Court on free-speech grounds. He embeds video of hysterical Clinton speeches, and unearths choice quotes like “We need to treat violent video games the way we treat tobacco, alcohol, and pornography.”
And then he forgives her for it.
Furthermore, Welch makes clear that Hillary’s enthusiasm for video game Censorship was neither “brief” nor “odd” in the context of her long political career. Now, it is certainly true that Hillary downplays her anti-video game positions nowadays – she even recently tried connecting with gamers by making a godawful Pokemon GO joke! However, everything about her history and the current political climate suggests that Hillary will clamp down on video games if elected.
Consider for example how left-wing politicians in both France and Britain want to make it harder to sell “sexist” video games. Think about how Canada’s left-wing prime minister Justin Trudeau has attacked GamerGate. Hell, check out Hillary’s own daughter Chelsea Clinton promoting Anti-Gamer icon Anita Sarkeesian! If you think Hillary will be anything but awful on issues like video games or online Censorship, you’re engaging in wishful thinking at best.
An awful candidate
It’s interesting to note that Hillary overall is hardly a very left-wing politician, even by American standards – Bernie Sanders was considered the progressive alternative to her, and she’s a notorious warmonger, voting for the Iraq war, orchestrating the Libya intervention and pushing for regime change in Syria. She’s also a loyal servant of Wall Street, being Goldman Sachs’ Golden Girl. This actually bodes especially ill in terms of her pushing SJW causes – being so “right-wing” on economic issues and foreign policy, pandering to the social justice Left will be Hillary’s one reliable way of throwing Red Meat to the Democratic base. Count on her to cover for increasing economic inequality by pushing “Diversity initiatives” (aka expensive programs discriminating against straight white men) even more aggressively than Obama, or attempt to silence criticism of her newest war by stepping up efforts against online “harassment”.
Unlike Ralph, I believe Hillary as the next US president will do real and lasting damage to the country, damage I don’t really see it recovering from. Hillary would likely get to pick multiple Supreme Court Justices, not to mention the number of other judges she could potentially appoint. Remember how Zoe Quinn only needed one anti-free speech judge to Silence Eron Gjoni for ages? Not to mention how Hillary will aggressively be exploiting immigration policies to import more Democrat voters (no matter the costs to the US or the security risks), fundamentally shifting the political center leftwards and making it all the harder to undo her policies. SJWs like MovieBob certainly understand what a game changer a Hillary win would be for them.
For all the major and minor victories we have won against SJWs since GamerGate began, I firmly believe a Hillary Clinton presidency would be such a big victory for SJWs that all our efforts will effectively have been for nothing. I don’t expect everyone in GG to vote for Trump (though I certainly would, if I was American). I do however hope that after fighting SJWs for nearly 2 years during the course of GamerGate, nobody in GG will be so foolish as to turn around and vote to empower those very people and advance their agenda. You might just want to be left alone to play your video games, but as we know by now, chances are that SJWs and their friends in the Democratic Party aren’t going to leave you alone.