If you know me, you know I am a staunch conservative. Generally speaking, I would like to keep the government away from almost all matters of life. However, given the recent bans of “dangerous” people by social media giants Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook), I feel it is necessary to take action against tech giants that routinely violate people’s free speech rights.
In case you were not made aware, last week, Facebook and Instagram banned people like Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson (who works for Alex Jones’ InfoWars), Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopolous and Louis Farrakhan among others. The reason Facebook gives is the following: “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology.”
But there are a multitude of problems with this. First, ONLY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE ENGAGES IN AND PROMOTES HATE! Louis Farrakhan is a disgusting anti-Semite who absolutely deserves scorn. And if he promotes violence against the Jews (which he might, I don’t tend to pay much attention to a disgusting animal such as himself), then he does deserve a ban. However, hate itself is not even properly defined by Facebook. Anything THEY consider hate, they ban. If you post about the fact that transgender people are not actually the gender that they claim to be due to basic biology, you get banned. If you post about how Islam is a death cult, you get banned. If you take a picture with a gun, you could get banned. If you think differently from the Facebook overlords, you get banned.
I may think Alex Jones is a bit eccentric and peddles conspiracy theories, but he has every right to do so. Especially considering that Facebook would not dare ban Leftists who peddle conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia collusion. To this day, despite Mueller’s findings, Schiff claims to have evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. He continues to peddle such conspiracy theories, as do other prominent Democrats, but Facebook has absolutely no problem with that.
It’s utterly hypocritical that Facebook claims to have launched a campaign against fake news when their own feeds are filled with nothing but fake news. The “fake” news that they target are news and opinions delivered by “wrong-think” sources like InfoWars, Laura Loomer, etc.
The second problem I have here is the fact that you are not even allowed to share links from these sources. So it’s not just that the sources are silenced, YOU are silenced if you like them or agree with them. Which further leads more and more people to get sent to Facebook jail.
Now, let’s return to the overall point of this article and the crux of the title. I 100% believe Trump and his administration ought to do something about social media censorship and there are a number of reasons for this.
First, Trump largely won because of social media. One of the main points I would often make soon after Trump won to explain just how and why he won is the fact that he had social media on his side. Not Facebook and Twitter as companies, they were on Hillary’s side. But he had the advantage of being able to broadcast his own side of the story without relying on cable news networks to hopefully share his message and without relying on scheduled and timed rallies. If he was attacked by someone, he would immediately counter-attack. Trump benefited heavily by social media, so he should realize that censorship of conservatives is not simply a terrible thing on principle, but also a terrible thing for his own campaign and hopes for reelection.
Do I think he could get reelected without social media? Yes. But he’d only lose support without it, so he stands to gain far more by standing up and taking action against social media censorship of HIS OWN base and people. Because regardless of what I think of Alex Jones as a political commentator, he is a strong Trump supporter. It’s largely Trump supporters who are being silenced so Trump has no reason not to take a stand on this issue.
Second, and this is for those who are either on the fence or believe government should not get involved in this, there would be no civil rights without government interference at the right time and in the right area.
One argument that could and likely would often be made back before the civil rights era was that government ought not get involved in the way a business operates in as far as who they choose to serve. That a business has the right to choose whom they serve. Personally, I believe that to be the case most, but not all the time.
For example, take the Colorado cake shop case, where a cake shop was targeted relentlessly for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In this instance, religious freedom was the reason given for refusing service to the gay customers at least for that particular request. It’s not like he refused to bake them a cake because they were gay – he refused to bake them a cake for a gay wedding, which he finds to be morally and religiously wrong.
But if he refused to give them any type of service because they were gay, I would have a problem with that, as that would be outright discrimination. Likewise, in the pre-civil rights era, businesses would often times refuse service to African Americans. That was discrimination and it was wrong.
So the argument that Facebook ought to be allowed to ban whomever they want from their platforms regardless of the reason falls more in line of businesses as a whole being able to refuse service to anyone for any given reason, even for racist ones.
Again, generally speaking, I do not want the government to get involved in things. However, I do not really see another option here.
Now, people could still say “just let the free market do its thing”. And generally, I would agree, but big tech is a monopoly: there is no free market here. Where there is no competition, there is no possibility for a free market. Facebook has a toll booth in their enterprise. And while there are other social media platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, etc., they all fall in line with the Left. The Left has a monopoly on social media. And while they do also have a monopoly on regular media like CNN and Fox News, people largely don’t interact with those things as often as they do with social media platforms. People don’t have presumed and advertised free speech rights on CNN and Fox News, but they do on social media. And it’s those rights that are being violated for people who disagree with the Left.
And as far as the argument of “setting a bad precedent” goes, I will simply say the same thing I said about Trump’s National Emergency declaration about the border: the Left will do whatever they want with what power they have.
If Trump did not declare a National Emergency, the Left would still have taken similar measures to get away with whatever they wanted. How do I know this? DACA WAS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND NO ONE BATTED AN EYE LID!
Meanwhile, if Trump wants to get rid of the unconstitutional DACA in the same manner, he is somehow blocked by Leftist activist judges. The Left plays by their own rules. If we don’t do the same, we will lose.
Just take a look at how they’ve treated the past two Republican presidents upon simply being elected: they claimed Trump colluded with Russia and claimed the Supreme Court unjustly declared Bush the winner of the 2000 election.
Or look at how they treated the first Republican President ever, Abraham Lincoln: they literally SECEDED FROM THE UNION UPON HIS ELECTION VICTORY!
The Left believes they can play by their own rules. Rush Limbaugh often points out how the word “hypocrite” does not stick to them. This is the reason why. They play by their own rules. If we don’t start playing by similar rules, if we don’t start fighting fire with fire, we will lose.
Now, that doesn't mean we turn into socialists ourselves. That doesn’t mean we use the government as a political weapon like the Left does for absolutely everything. On the contrary, we ought to do what the Founding Fathers intended for the government: to be a protector of rights and liberty. The Constitution is a set of rules for the government, yes, but it’s the government that usually follows it and protects it. It is the government’s duty to protect the people, not rule their lives, as Ronald Reagan once said. Part of that protection is the protection of our rights and liberty. The military, a government agent, already does that fantastically well against foreign enemies because we understand that that’s what the government ought to do.
We can’t go back to the old days when one can simply start a competing business, a better one, and strongly compete against the established giants. Multiple small business laws heavily restrict small businesses and they would likely eventually be bought out by the giants, thus eliminating all competition.
The free market option is simply not available when the government makes it so hard for small businesses to grow and thrive. And if no action is taken at all by the government against social media censorship, it will only get worse and worse.
Keep in mind that Trump won’t be in the White House forever. Even if he wins reelection, he will then have only 4 years left. After that, there is good chance a Democrat wins the White House, at which point things will be far worse.
Either social media censorship is taken care of now, or it never will be. At which point, one might as well kiss the rest of their freedoms goodbye, because if you think this ends with people like Alex Jones, you do not truly know the Left. They want ALL OF US silenced. Any opposing dissent is seen as hate in their eyes. If they can ban Alex Jones, PJW, Laura Loomer, etc., they will move on to others like Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro, Tucker Carlson, Rush and every other major conservative voice.
After that, comes complete and total Leftist victory in this world. I fully understand this is the devil's world, and I know full-well that God has the ultimate victory, but I cannot stand to see the Left get away with this sort of injustice. The Founding Fathers were Christians who believed God is the ultimate victor, but they still fought against the tyranny and injustice of King George III. Why would we not do the same?
1 John 5:19
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
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