Big Tech censorship of Trump is dangerous precedent; 1st Amendment assault

 

 

 

By Michael Hernandez

The decision by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to censor President Donald J. Trump is a dangerous precedent and assault on the 1st Amendment. If a president can be censored what does that say about the 1st Amendment freedoms of the nation’s citizenry?

U.S. lawmakers must move to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 which provided immunity for website publishers from third-party content but has now created a 1984 George Orwell nightmare in which these tech monopolies can choose who they censor and what information flow they allow on their platforms.

The problem with lambasting any violence at the nation’s capitol on Jan. 6 is that lawmakers, Big Tech companies and mainstream media were silent during BLM and Antifa rioting and burning of American cities.

Ari Fleischer, George W Bush’s former press secretary, said on Fox News Thursday:  “What is the difference between the left-wing fringe, BLM, that lit police stations on fire, tried to light a federal courthouse on fire, occupied two cities, looted and engaged in violence, and what the people did yesterday in the Capitol? There’s not much of a difference at all. It all needs to be condemned.”

The double standard is obvious. Violence is allowable when it serves the purposes of social justice warriors and the leftists who push this agenda but when it involves those from the right; it is intolerable.

The gathering in Washington D.C. to protest election fraud organized by four separate groups could have very well brought together one million or more Patriots who came to give their support to President Trump and Christians who also came to pray. Yet, the mainstream media only focused on what they called “the mob”—the one-hundredth of one percent that rushed the U.S. Capitol who may have even been incited by Antifa members dressed in Trump gear.

This writer personally knows three individuals who will remain unnamed that went to D.C.: a pastor, a prayer ministry leader, and the leader of a nonprofit working with churches.  I can personally vouch that these three individuals went to the nation’s capitol to pray.

Democrat lawmakers which included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader (D-NY) called today for the removal of President Trump from office with another impeachment or through provisions within the 25th Amendment.

Maybe, this is why our Democratic America is under siege and possibly that is why a few Trump supporters could not contain their anger for four years of hatred against their elected President. These Constitutional conservatives would never wish that hatred on Joe Biden.

Almost all Trump supporters and many Democrats believe that the election was stolen. These Trump supporters also are frustrated that their concerns have been ignored. A constitutional republic requires that the citizenry believe that elections have integrity.

FBI Director Christopher Wray condemned Wednesday’s chaos as did the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Where were these voices during the summer of Antifa and BLM burning down the country? Why the silence from Christian leaders regarding the eagerly adopted abortion policies that Democrats have been pushing? 

The nation has embraced two systems of justice: one for Democrats and one for Republicans. Democrats even openly talk about retaliation against Trump supporters. Yet, there is no outcry about such rhetoric.

Is this the United States of America we want? Is this the legacy of a great nation that we pass on to our children?

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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Erika

This is ridiculous. Trump and free speech have never been in the same room together. This is the jerk who calls the media the enemy of the people.

Astrid Conte-Williams

Is it true that any Antifa members caught are off the hook? It serves right that the betrayal of most of the republican senators to our President and Yes; Donald J Trump is still our President tonight, may wish today they hadn’t done that. We will never have an election again, unless the truth about Voter Intergrity & the Dominion & Smart Mactic Software is revealed to the Republic. Everyone should be shopping their values from now on.

steve

With the new administration, you will get more attacks on free speech, more widespread, and more one-sided. Big Tech, social media and those in power now, have gone the blatant route of suppression and censorship. Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Idi Amin, Castro and Saul Lewinsky, would all be proud (did I leave anyone out?). If you don’t think the Constitution is under attack, just wait. It’s not just the 1st Admnt. they’re panning on rewriting.

Mike Smith

1. Don’t forget Niccolo Machiavelli. Long before all the leftist totalitarians you listed, there was Machiavelli. His tactics continue today.

2. It’s Saul Alinsky, not ‘Lewinsky.’

3. The Left is by-proxy rewriting the First Amendment already. When the Democrat-Media Complex re-defines the words people speak/twists them out of original meaning, our 1A rights are already under attack.

Patti Channer

The Orange Stain in the WH’s did promote insurrection and will continue to incite his racist, armed, moron followers if given oxygen via the air waves…social media…etc. Have you seen this clip from Facebook? The glibness like a count down 5/4/3/2/1 storm the capital… They are not PATRIOTS… they are domestic terrorists…https://www.facebook.com/walt.ohara/videos/10160093054697573

Kris Mauldin

Youi should really get a lifeeaway from the Georgie Sorryass payroll Patti. It’s not a good look.

Michael A.

You were no where to be found when numerous cities burned. And numerous innocents died. Where were you? You sat back with a silly grin and imagined Trump was the problem. You are a portrait of the power of our crap media.

L Ruiz

Throughout all the riots flagging BLM, Antifa, and others bent on violence and destruction, I kept thinking why isn’t all the media and Big Tech highlighting those horrible events? Reports came from only a very few news outlets, when all media should have focused on it and broadcast it to all, but did not. Your editorial lays out exactly what has happened and what is happening. Thank you for stepping up. Violence and destruction from all parties, groups, and individuals needs to stop. We must get back to the America that my grandparents legally came to for freedom of religion, politics, economics, and the American way. I am so sad for my grandchildren who may never know the true America that was a beacon of light to the world.