I love my country because it isn’t just a collection of people within a certain boundary, it’s an idea, and that idea is priceless to me.
The first part of that idea is that we the people choose our leaders and our laws, not some group of elites who get that right from inheritance, circumstance or even effort. I’m sure Bill Gates worked harder than me, and I still don’t want him to get more votes than me.
The second part is that we are a nation of laws, and that these rules may not be perfect — in fact they are constantly being changed — but that we have a written set of rules and that this set of rules was designed to spread around the power of government, balance it in such a way to discourage despotism.
This means in particular that I have the right to speak freely, even thoughts that are uncomfortable for others or the powerful to hear. But I must admit, this fourth of July, for the first time in my 59 years of life, I am no longer comfortable in that right. The town square in the form of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and Reddit, are all banning speech by any voices they do not agree with. CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN are all suppressing news and information from one entire side of the political establishment.
This is very wrong, so wrong, the government needs to intervene. They created this problem in the first place with improper regulation and now they need to fix it.
How can Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit — all ban the voices of so many prominent writers and public figures? What happened to: “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I would die defending your right to say it.”
I remain a Trump supporter, but if this free speech problem is not addressed by him, no matter how many other victories he accomplishes, I will be disappointed. If 62 million people, can have their columnists, comedians, news anchors, and forums — indiscriminately shut down, this is a giant political problem.
That by the way, is not just beginning, it has already happened, and this has happened in America, much to my shame, over the course of the last two or three years.
It’s not one of two writers either, although that would also be an outrage — it’s literally more than half of the conservative voices in this country and/or Trump aligned POV’s that have been de-platformed in one way or the other. This effort is widespread and against every journalistic and legal standard that has existed for over 200 years — and it has been allowed to happen without consequence.
This simply cannot go on. If these platforms are not going to be fair and let all points of view be heard, then they must be shut down.