The consequences of the ongoing dereliction of duty by Congress to prevent Silicon Valley tech oligarchs from using their vast power against the public interest can now be seen in the totalitarian censorship spree that is ongoing.
Less than two weeks ago, lawmakers from both parties joined to override President Trump’s veto of the defense spending bill because it did not include the stripping of legal protections for Big Tech under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Now that that same Congress joined together to ignore election fraud and install Joe Biden into the White House, President Trump has been banned from all major social media platforms, a chilling authoritarian act called for by former first lady Michelle Obama.
It may be too little too late but conservatives are beginning to speak out against the abuse of Silicon Valley tech giants which work hand in hand with Democrats and one of them is Fox’s inimitable Judge Jeanine Pirro.
On Saturday’s edition of “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” the host condemned those who by briefly occupying the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday gave the corrupt media, Democrats, and Trump-hating Republicans the broad brush that they would use to smear 75 million voters with.
After sternly rebuking those who lacked self-restraint, Judge Pirro dropped mighty gavel directly on the heads of Zuckerberg, Dorsey, Pichai, Bezos, and Cook along with their enablers who have used their power to effectively nullify the First Amendment.
Now, I have long believed that there are two systems of justice; one for the rich and one for the poor. I even wrote a book about it, “He Killed Them All,” how the rich get away with crimes, and the poor don’t have the ability to mount a defense or influence public opinion.
Today, I still believe that there are two systems of justice, two systems of outrage, but today, there’s one for the left and one for the right.
It seems the rules are applied unequally and we have lived under incredible tension on top of that for the last year, and as predictable as day after night, Big Tech has followed up on what they gave us a taste of, pre-election, last night when Twitter said it would permanently ban President Trump from his platform of 88 million followers, the slide down the slippery slope began.
Censorship in the United States is the biggest threat to our freedom right now. Social media is the broadcast medium of our generation. It’s how we communicate. It’s how we get news. It’s how we share our thoughts, persuade, dissuade, argue, it’s how we laugh, emote.
There is a reason freedom of speech is in the First Amendment. It is the essence of our American way. And suddenly, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey and company, they get to decide what speech is acceptable, anointing themselves as arbiters of whether what the right says is allowed to be heard.
The amazing part is that the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that even hate speech is protected speech, that it cannot be regulated because it’s part of our fundamental right of free speech under the First Amendment.
Now, I don’t like it when Kamala Harris goes on Twitter to raise money for criminals who come out and commit crimes again. But I would fight for her right to say it under the Constitution.
And amazingly, even the ACLU has joined to criticize the move by Twitter. And now, Apple is threatening conservative-leaning, Parler, with removal from its platform. When you are removed, censored, canceled from these platforms, you are then the subject of attack, assault, derision, even dismissal from your job.
If you’re on the left, however, you’re rewarded with a job or you become the head of a department at a university.
But the idea of censorship of speech in the United States is destructive to our free and open society. How can anyone possibly believe this is good? Forget fair, the idea that people get to decide whose speech is oppressed, and whose isn’t is totally outside our constitutional framework.
Social media is the marketplace where we share ideas. As Big Tech continues to suppress conservative speech, the inability of Americans to get the facts will be even more dire, drawing a politically influenced distinction between the truth and a lie, which will create even more chaos.
Fiction remember, often drives people over the edge.
Whenever the media takes side in a movement, historic anger and frustration results. We need a media that gives us the truth, they have not, which has prompted many of us to go online. And now Big Tech is as much as admitting they don’t like what people on the right have to say and they can argue that their law enforcement with an obligation to seek out and root out criminal behavior is not their job.
So Big Tech must be regulated. They can no longer have the immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The shame is they do what they do because no one in Congress has told them they can’t.
The monopolies must end, yet they continue because no one in Congress has said that they can’t.
It’s past time to peel back their immunity. The claim that they’re taking down dangerous speech is absurd. The Ayatollah is on Twitter, but the President of the United States is not?
George Orwell was right. The thought police come next to punish thought crime, personal and political thoughts that are unapproved by the government.
Be very, very scared.
The exploitation of the events at the Capitol has served to embolden the most fascistic and intolerant elements of the media, the government, and the political system and they are not only cheering the un-American censorship from Big Tech but demanding a swift and savage revenge against all 75 million Trump voters who outside of a minuscule percentage, did not storm the Capitol.
Even if some Republican members of Congress have seen the raw authoritarianism of Big Tech unleashed, there is little chance that the monster can be restrained now that the left is salivating over the prospects of an orgy of blood vengeance.