If you are still under the delusion that you can bargain with Big Tech or that the free market will fix this problem, I don’t know what to say to you. Your autistic ideology has been discredited.
“I want to put an end to cancel culture like every other freedom-loving American, but I certainly don’t trust the federal government to be our savior. I voted for and support Section 230 because my colleagues and I saw the internet as an opportunity to expand freedom by shielding tech companies from trial lawyers and government regulators. Now conservatives who are rightfully angry about unfair treatment are hoping a Democrat-controlled Congress and the Biden administration’s regulators and trial lawyers will to come to their rescue. Good luck with that. …
Americans don’t like bullies, they don’t trust the federal government, and they don’t hold lawyers in high regard—so we have a winning message. But we can still lose if we mimic the tactics of cancel culture. We are a people of faith and family who were taught to love our neighbors and, yes, even our enemies. We have to stop being as caustic and hateful as the left is on social media, because that is not who we are.
We must counter the destructive effects of cancel culture on speech and other freedoms we hold dear, but the tactics we choose say as much about us as the goals we seek. We are not the movement that favors government regulation, punitive litigation, and bullying of those that don’t agree with us. We believe in markets, competition, and freedom of expression, even for speech that we disagree with.
We will win over more Americans to our cause if we show that we love them and want what is best for them. And I am not just talking about on social media, but in your home, your community, and at work, where we need to be willing to fight for the values that made this country the greatest in human history. Don’t despair, feel blessed to be an American at a time when our country needs you to stand up to the mob and make real personal sacrifices to keep America free. Isn’t that what patriots do?”
Look what this idiot published last year in the Spectator:
“Why, then, is the President so often attacking Twitter, Facebook and YouTube? Surely the President understands that these companies have a business to run and advertisers to please, so that these valuable services remain free for the rest of us? More importantly, we conservatives rightly demand an ethos for social media that supports free expression, subject to responsible community standards that are applied equally.
I get that the President wants to nudge these companies to go gentle on moderating his more provocative posts. After all, both sides are busily ‘working the refs’ to bend social media platforms to do content moderation and fact-checking that favors their side’s views. In May, for example, President Trump tweeted about fraud problems with mail-in voting, prompting Twitter to add a fact-check flag that disputed the President’s claim. That fact-check was applauded by the left, but enraged the President, leading him to threaten Twitter via his Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. Per the President’s order, the Trump administration just issued its petition to the Federal Communications Commission, seeking new federal regulations of social media sites.
As a conservative, I’m concerned about the petition’s call to allow lawsuits against social media for decisions to restrict content. Would that mean a pornographer or Muslim extremist could sue YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook if they refused to share such content on their platforms? Or would it mean that these sites would be reduced to sharing recipes and silly pet trick videos to avoid lawsuits over their discretionary content moderation decisions. Wait I forgot about PETA, scratch the pet tricks. …”
Rick Santorum is a dope.
“Conservatives will defend each company’s right to develop and profess its own ethos — whether or not we agree. Progressives will not. Conservatives will defend business against excessive regulation, confiscatory taxation, and crippling litigation. Progressives will not. Prudence would suggest that companies should resist the urge to virtue signal the mob while shaming businesses who refuse to bow to every demand made by progressive digital activists. Today’s hot issue may be ‘online hate’, but tomorrow’s issue could be the Green New Deal or Universal Basic Income. …”
Here is what we believe in:
- No more performance art congressional hearings.
- We need to dramatically raise the corporate tax rate.
- Take Big Tech and throw it up against the wall and shatter it into pieces with antitrust.
- Regulate social media companies as public utilities. This is why you can’t be “deplatformed” from electric service for your political views. Your phone calls can’t be censored.
- We need Universal Maximum Income to confiscate and redistribute excess wealth.
- Don’t stop there either. We need to start busting up and regulating other monopolies.
We need to start reversing all of these negative trends which began in the 1970s. Instead of sucking up to Corporate America and coddling oligarchs and doing their bidding like conservatives, we need to go in the opposite direction and embrace trust busting, regulation and wealth redistribution.