“Make lying bad again!” Wuddya think? Bumper sticker material? Membra when lying at least carried some degree of stigma? Yeah, me, too…
Because I am a patient man (yeah, right), I will calmly explain this to you yet again. “Censorship” refers only to governmental action taken to prevent a citizen from saying something in the first place (no “prior restraint”). “Free speech” does not protect us from the consequences of our words. Private companies have every right to control the content of their platforms. Can you just demand that a local television station put you on the air at ten tonight to say any random thing that’s on your mind? Sure, you can write a letter to the editor of a newspaper. But does the paper HAVE to print it? Let’s say you own a barbecue joint (good for you!). Can a customer just walk in and write “Eff the police!” on your blackboard menu without your permission? This is my blog and our company’s website. While you are welcome to submit comments, responses, op-eds and guest columns, do I HAVE to publish them?
The First Amendment gives us the right to speak (although that right is not absolute, and in no way indemnifies us from the consequences of our speech). It does not guarantee us an audience. Social media companies are not a public utility. They are private entities. They have every right to control their content. They have no obligation to disseminate and perpetuate demonstrable and incendiary lies. And that is a historically CONSERVATIVE concept. This is a private property issue, pure and simple. This latest publicity stunt and fund-raising grift by the permanently former president of the United States is an affront to both the Constitution and the intelligence of anyone who is rocking at least a double-digit IQ.
Membra when lying at least carried some degree of stigma? “Make lying bad again!”
Wish I had more time, but I’m late for my Bible Study class. We’re making pipe bombs today.
Hey, I invite you to tab over to “The Games People Play” on this website and we’ll talk some sports!