Sunday, January 31, 2021

Religious Books Seized and Burned in Communist China, Believers Given Jail Terms

About what I would expect, but unfortunate.  The only reason we do business with these thugs is that they are a source of very cheap labor.  Maybe we should rethink that.

Rights You Didn't Know You Had (and Probably Don't Want)

Why You Rarely Hear About Sarah Michelle Gellar

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a far better show than most people realize.  The first season was a mid-season replacement series with a predictable low budget making it not that special, but the show started to get really good around the middle of season 2.  Then seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6 had rare moments of absolute genius, mainly because Josh Whedon tried experimental ideas not seen in other TV series up to that point.  There are a couple of episodes that could be candidates for the best TV episode ever.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Fwd: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt...

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The San Francisco Unified School District voted this week to rename 44 schools named after controversial public figures
The school board said it commissioned a panel of community leaders and students in May 2018 to formally identify schools and set up a process for the changes.
On Tuesday, the board voted 6-1.
Schools that will be renamed include: Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High School, Dianne Feinstein Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Jefferson Elementary and Alamo Elementary.
Lincoln was chosen based on "his treatment of First Nation peoples," teacher Jeremiah Jeffries told the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2020.
Washington and Jefferson were slaveowners.

"So this week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" President Trump asked on August 15, 2017.

Removing Confederate memorials doesn't mean Washington and Jefferson are next, assured Jamelle Bouie of Slate at the time. "Trump's comparison there is dumb. It doesn't really even make any sense. And the notion that there's some slippery slope is dumb," he said.

The New York Times ran an article headlined "Historians Question Trump's Comments on Confederate Monuments," quoting a historian calling Trump's query a "red herring." Another historian said "the answer to Mr. Trump's hypothetical question about whether getting rid of Lee and Jackson also meant junking Washington and Jefferson was a simple 'no.'"

NPR's Steve Inskeep purported to do a "fact" "check" on President Trump's statement, opining that Trump "used one of his standard rhetorical techniques, 'whataboutism.'" His "fact" "check" concluded: "To have the president of the United States compare Lee to Washington is simply, factually wrong."

"Trump equates Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson with George Washington in bizarre press conference," opined Business Insider's Sonam Sheth. "Lee and Jackson were the leaders of the US' secessionist movement that was organized to preserve the institution of slavery. Washington and Jefferson are two of the country's most notable founders, as well as the first and third presidents," wrote Sheth, wrongly suggesting that mobs would never come for the latters' statues.

The Washington Post's Kristine Phillips wrote a piece smugly headlined, "Historians: No, Mr. President, Washington and Jefferson are not the same as Confederate generals." Not a single one of the historians Phillips chose to interview in her critique of the president could even imagine a world where mobs might tear down statues of slaveholding Founding Fathers, much less where organized protesters would secure their removal. Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association, called the suggestion "absurd" and "unacceptable for the president of the United States."

Douglas Blackmon, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, said President Trump either does not understand history or was racist for worrying about the removal of Founding Father statues. "It's the difference between a monument to the founder of our nation, and a monument to a key figure in an effort to break apart the nation," Blackmon said. "The most kind explanation of that can only be ignorance, and I don't say that to insult the president."

Denver Brunsman, a history professor at George Washington University — which this week removed busts of George Washington, apparently to protect them from mobs decrying the first president as beneath contempt — was quoted saying that Washington and Jefferson should not be in any way equated with those who seceded from the union.

Trump's July 4th speech...

It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence.  (Applause.)  They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: "…all men are created equal."

These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom.  Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven.  And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever.  (Applause.)

Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason.

And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure.

Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.


THE PRESIDENT:  Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.  Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing.  They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive.  But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.  (Applause.)


THE PRESIDENT:   One of their political weapons is "Cancel Culture" — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.  This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly.  We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation's children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life.  (Applause.)

In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.  If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished.  It's not going to happen to us.  (Applause.)

Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution.  In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.

To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.


Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains.  The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.

How progressives have convinced us America is evil — and must be destroyed

The following essay is an excerpt from Ben Shapiro's new book, "How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps"

The philosophy of division is a philosophy that derides any notion of American unity as a lie, and bathes that which links us — Abraham Lincoln's "bonds of affection" and "mystic chords of memory" — in acid, disintegrating our ties and casting us all adrift.

I call this strain of thought "Disintegrationism."

In order to argue that America's philosophy is wrongheaded, her culture diseased, and her history evil, Disintegrationists must engage in an extraordinarily selective reading of reality. They must home in, in excruciating detail, on America's sins, which, in context, would be fine — but rob that history of all context or subsequent history. Exploitation is a feature of every human society, and repeated mistreatment by some groups of other groups is a similarly common feature. What is uncommon — indeed, unprecedented in human history — are prosperity, peace, and freedom.

It is simply undeniable that capitalism, founded on protection of property rights — the ideology of the Founding Fathers — has been uniquely successful in spreading peace and prosperity both domestically and around the globe. Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, the enshrinement of individual rights, and the advent of protection for private property — the roots of capitalism — global GDP has increased exponentially, in shocking fashion. In the year 1 BCE, global GDP amounted to $183 billion; in 1000, global GDP was approximately $210 billion; in 1500, it was still just $431 billion; in 1700, $643 billion; as of 2013, $101 trillion. That is a 15 percent increase in the first millennium, and a 15,700 percent increase from 1700 to present.

It is similarly undeniable that the spread of peace has been a direct result of American hegemony. On a year-by-year basis, international war deaths have decreased precipitously since World War II, from a high of nearly 200 deaths per 100,000 people at the end of that conflict to a low of well below 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people at the turn of the twentieth century. Global life expectancy has doubled since 1900. Furthermore, America has become the most tolerant country on earth. According to the Washington Post, a new Swedish survey found that people from the United Kingdom, America, Canada and Australia, as well as certain Latin American countries, were "most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor." Other European countries aren't nearly as tolerant. And none of those countries has ever elected a black man — twice — with more than 65 million votes each time, to serve as the leader of those countries

This is an emotionally resonant pitch. Traditional Americanism suggests that while our system has never been perfect, it has grown increasingly so — and this means that it should be easier to succeed today, without the obstacles of bigotry that have plagued our history, than ever before. That worldview places an awful responsibility on individuals: If you fail to succeed, you can certainly blame personal disadvantages, but it becomes difficult to blame a miasmatic, existential, systemic, flag-draped boogeyman haunting your dreams. Additional freedom means additional responsibility.

If, however, all disparity can be chalked up to the system, then personal responsibility becomes a secondary concern. Failures are no longer individual, but systemic. In fact, every failure becomes an additional brick in the wall of evidence against America.

This outlook has become a rote part of radical Democratic politics: the notion that a coalition of the supposedly oppressed must rise up and rewrite the entire nature of the American bargain. Thus Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces that "resistance is female, intersectional and powered by our belief in one another." Sen. Kamala Harris of California explains that identity politics shouldn't be eschewed — in fact, she argued, the phrase itself was designed to "minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us." As former Texas Democratic representative Beto O'Rourke, the id of the Democratic Party, put it in 2019, "this is a country that has been defined by foundational systemic endemic racism since the very founding of this country."...

All of this is deeply divisive. But in the Disintegrationist view, the true anti-unity forces lie among advocates for traditional Americanism. Unity, say the Disintegrationists, can be born of opposition to the system. This is why Disintegrationists have categorized culturally unifying symbols like the American flag as inherently divisive. Kneeling for the national anthem represents more authentic unifying behavior than standing for it (Beto O'Rourke suggested, "I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place"). Scientific investigation is deemed bigoted, and meritocracy itself derided as discriminatory. Belief in free markets — even opposition to nationalized health care — is evidence of America's roots in slavery. Adherence to American institutions like federalism and the Electoral College is castigated as inherently discriminatory. America's traditional reliance on reasoned conversation is itself deemed polarizing, as was seen when moderate opinion editor Bari Weiss resigned from The New York Times, accusing the paper of squashing any ideas that diverge from a left-wing orthodoxy....

Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It | The Heritage Foundation

VIRTUAL EVENT: Another Civil War? The Struggle Over the Meaning of America

This is talk is deeply intellectual.

Navalny Protests Show Putin's Dictatorship Is Going Down, Says Garry Kasparov

ERASING HISTORY Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep11

This covers a variety of interesting topics.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Fwd: Oligarchy in America-crossing the class Rubicon

This is a long but interesting read.  The various powers, economic, technological, and political, have collaborated together to create a house of cards.  The current situation IMHO is the worst it has ever been  We have one-party rule hellbent on making things worse.  We live in an Orwellian nightmare of censorship and thought crime.

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Subject: Oligarchy in America-crossing the class Rubicon

British Society is much more structured around class and where you go to school.
This article from the American arm of a British Consertvative magazine, touches on class in America in difficult and self-introspective ways.
It's a long read, but worth sticking out...

Monday, January 25, 2021

Why mainstream media's slander of wall street bets pisses me off regarding GME.

This is interesting.

I think that Gamestop will eventually go out of business.  There is a very strong trend toward buying or renting videogames off of the internet.  Retail sales of games can't last more than a couple of years.   Video is headed in the same direction.

Games were distributed on media because that was the only practical way to transfer large data.  Storage of the data was also an issue if you had a bunch of games.  These are no longer limitations.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Pixar’s Troubled “Soul” | The New Yorker

This reviewer completely misses the mark by thinking that the movie "Soul" is about race relations. (It is really about finding meaning in life.). He refers to the soul "22" as a middle age white woman, which she is not. She is an pre-born soul who by all appearances eventually ends up in China or India. (That's like half the world if you include some of the nearby countries.)

I really liked the movie.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Gina Carano

There is a big movement to get Gina Carano fired from The Mandalorian TV series over her slightly conservative political statements.  However, she really hasn't said anything terrible.

This movement appears to have legs.  Reportedly Disney is considering firing her.  I have seen reviewers who refuse to use her name because they think that she is a bad person. 

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Bernie Sanders sits alone with his mittens at inauguration, and a meme is born - MarketWatch

Fwd: Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!


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Subject: Re: Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!


I don't see the Republicans nor people on the right, except for a few relatively rare extremists, as being hateful people.  They are the same people who wanted Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell to run for President.  As a whole, they are very accepting people.  The much maligned Tea Party had their favorite candidate, and mine, which was Herman Cain (who BTW died from COVID 19.)  Trump himself was supportive of minorities and LGBTQ people.

We had the most racially diverse and harmonious country in the world until agitators started fomenting division. Underneath the stated reasons for this agitation, were political agendas on the extreme left.  The actual number of incidences of police shootings is very rare, and studies have shown there is no racial bias to these shootings.  (Black officers are more likely to shoot black suspects than white officers.)

 The average person on the right believes in the founding principles of the country, which include economic freedom by the way of limited government.   They see the left as being increasingly extreme.  They do not hate these people but feel the need to defend the country by opposing radical agendas.

I personally, along with tens of millions of others, saw Donald Trump as a last stand against the extreme far left. Trump wasn't exactly a libertarian small-government conservative, but he also was not Bernie Sanders.

Most voters today are too young to remember the horrors of Jimmy Carter.  I personally think that Biden is going to screw things up so badly that the pendulum will shift back to the right.


P.S.  In early June I wrote this:

When I drove by the Columbus, Indiana Best Buy, I saw a hand-drawn message on the side of the building that said, "We are with you in this!" First of all, rioters have targeted Best Buy and Target stores. Second, who isn't for justice and racial equality? I'm tired of people saying that there is systemic racism, accusing a large group of people or an entire segment of society of being racist. In the year 2020, I don't know a single person who is racist. I'm sure that there are a few bad apples, but they don't represent the rest of us.

I'm sorry that you have drunk the liberal socialist Kool-Aid. The old socialism failed both economically and to catch the imagination of the public. The new socialism only had one resource remaining to promote its agenda, which was to divide people by ethnicity and to convince them that they are victims. As long as you think that you are a victim then you lose at least some control of your life because you think that others are responsible for what happens to you. Consequently, you will look to politicians, mostly radicals, to save you from your grievances.

The tools of the radicals are violence or the threat of violence. On the surface, they want to burn it all down. They sponsor thugs to go from city to city and from state to state to incite the mobs and to commit acts of violence. This is why shop owners, men and women, are being beaten. This is why Molotov cocktails are being thrown.  This is why buildings are being burned. This is why police cars are being overturned and burned.

The socialist left is not about helping people. It never has been because the results of socialism have always been the opposite of its goals. The socialist left is about Power and making sure that they are in control. Although they claim to give power to the people, it never turns out that way. The purpose of Power is to secure it for a small group of people.

The United States is one of the most diverse and racially harmonious places on the planet. Try going to Japan, Korea, or China, and see how racially tolerant they are.

The most prosperous and stable societies are the ones where people respect each other and the rule of law. The more we diverge from that then the more we degrade society and our common interests.

What we are seeing can bring down a society and lead to radical extremists rising up. I don't think that it will happen here, but the violence hurts the cause of the peaceful protestors who have legitimate grievances. And almost everyone wants to see justice done. We are with you in this!

Best wishes,

John Coffey

On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 1:10 PM GRANT HODSON  wrote:
We need to be for good things rather than against people, whether collectively or individually.  I love all the Star Wars films (although clearly some more than others}, and I believe they promoted courage, honor, loyalty and other good things--at least to me. 
In politics, I contributed to Romney's campaign until the Republicans started sending me hate literature, demonizing all the democratic candidates.  It only worsened in this last election on both sides.  We can't successfully run a nation by hate.  We need love and cooperation, not anarchy.  Ultimately, Hitler and Stalin were not successful using hate and fear, and we won't be either.   Now is the time to be supportive of what we see that is still good in this nation, including in the new administration.  For those of us that believe in God, now is a good time to pray. I don't see anything short of a miracle to get us out of this predicament, especially with the untenable national debt.
On 01/24/2021 9:25 AM John Coffey wrote:
According to LucasFilm, all white people are racist.

Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!

According to LucasFilm, all white people are racist.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

A list of top 10 achievements

Jumping the US Border

Delingpole: Trump's 1776 Report Makes Me Ashamed to Be British

What we didn't understand at the time — but do now — is that a system of customs and unwritten rules is dependent on the probity of the people within it. Everyone must act with integrity and good faith: judges must cleave to the rule of law rather than engage in political activism; politicians need to act in the interests of their constituents and for the good of their country; businesses need to create value for consumers and shareholders while looking to the long-term; the police need to act as servants of the people ('policing with consent') rather than bullying, politicised authoritarians pursuing an agenda alien to the public's values; and so on.

Where We Go From Here

Although lengthy, I really like the points he makes here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fwd: Strong Feelings

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In the House, a Democrat representative spoke about the necessity for the second impeachment to ensure that Trump will never run for office again. The mistake that all of these pundits make is assuming that we Trump supporters are waiting for him to run again in 2024. No way do we want him to run again. Why not? We do not consider him a disgrace. We love him.

We didn't start out caring for him in the beginning but after four years of watching this man get pummeled day after day and never give up fighting for all Americans and America, we now consider him perhaps the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.

Before he ran for president, he was a popular and respected businessman with many celebrities sucking around for his attention and vying to star in his television show, "The Apprentice". Since 2016, these celebs have turned into his most vicious and hate-filled critics who advocate inexplicable violence towards the president of the United States. Was this behavior because he was now the most powerful man in the world or was he simply because he was a pro life Republican?

As president, he has endured more hatred than even other Republican Presidents and shouldn't have to spend one more day with this burden so, no, we don't want him to run in another four years. What the left doesn't know but we do, is that he is now more dangerous to them than ever and we will support him forever.

There are at least 74 and 84 million, American voters who know that their votes were deemed useless and they are angry. What they all know is that Trump loved this country and all Americans and wasn't afraid to mention the word, G od.

What we all know is that the Democrat leadership is morally bankrupt; cares more for global interests, especially China, which has bought and paid for them; despises small businesses they can't control; and does not believe America is great at all.

If Donald Trump decides to build his own media, social forums, and lends his support to individuals that are as pro American and pro-life as he is, then he has a ready made army of deplorables ready and able to support him. He is still a billionaire and has many billionaires on his team and will be unfettered by the restraints of the political office of backstabbers he had before.

Being a forever Trumper does not mean we have drunk the Kool-Aid. It means that he will always be in our hearts, someone who fought for the Constitution and for our rights to succeed regardless of race, creed or color. May God bless and keep him safe.

What 'Forever Trump' Really Means - Alicia Colon (

The 1776 Report

I found the part about the 1776 report interesting, but he also covers other interesting topics.

Trump Releases Farewell Video In Last Day As President

Trump gives a fairly good farewell speech.  Not much of it is new.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Is Trump Guilty of Inciting an Insurrection? | "mens rea" & Impeachment

In response to ...

I wrote ...

You show your bias by leaving out the part where Trump said to demonstrate peaceably. It has come to light, as Trump supporters have been saying for a week, that Antifa people were there to incite the mob. One hundred bad actors were arrested at the capital building an hour before Trump's speech started. The invasion of the capital building started 20 minutes before Trump finished his speech.
Trump has been "spun" to death. His enemies have taken every word he says and claim that it means something sinister. A lie told often enough becomes the truth, and the great lie is that Trump is a monster Trump as a person is not violent. He very much believes in law and order, but he is also a showman who engages in hyperbole. Trump had a legal if not constitutional right to express his political opinion. I listened to the speech and in no way found it inflammatory to violence. Every time people have said that Trump is lying or that he is crazy like when he said that Obama wiretapped his phones, he has been proven correct. If Trump says that the election was stolen then I think that it is within the realm of possibility. I don't trust the left because I think that the more radical factions are incredibly corrupt. It would only take a small number of people in a handful of counties in crucial battleground states to sway the election, even if they all acted independently. This seems to be a key weakness of the Electoral College, where it is a winner take all system. This system causes way too much contention, and it has outlived its usefulness.  
This impeachment is a political stunt that has no sound basis. It is the people in power punishing their enemies.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

IMPEACH THIS! Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep.4

Trump gave a good speech for 5 minutes.

There is not a ton of new information, but
Dinesh D'Souza makes many good political points.   I watched the first 37 minutes while I ate dinner.

Don Lemon: Everyone Who Voted For Trump Sided With ‘The Klan,’ ‘Nazis,’ Rioters

I don't want to be overkill on this, but this is typical of what we expect from the left.

Goodbye, America | The American Spectator

This is interesting.  Slightly long, but interesting.

UNREAL: ANTIFA Demands Andy Ngo's Book Be REMOVED From Portland Bookstore

Fwd: The two trump tweets that caused Trump's ban

From: Larry Trout

Twitter's explanation for permanently suspending Trump from its platform is laughable. In a blog post, the company argued that two tweets from the president occasioned the move: 

From January 8, 2021:

"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!

A short while later:

"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."


We also know that Twitter's attack on Trump is not about preventing violence because the firm's partisan bias showed up way before the storming of the Capitol. It was evident last summer, when the social media giant prevented the dissemination of credible reporting from the New York Post about Hunter Biden's shady business deals in Ukraine and China.

Imagine: A supposedly neutral platform forbids circulation of revelations that a presidential candidate likely knew about and perhaps was involved in his son's attempts to trade on his father's former position in the White House.  

Despite denials from the same journalists who submerged the country in Russia-gate hysteria for over two years, the Hunter Biden story was real. It was backed up by communications from Hunter Biden himself and by first-hand accounts from people involved. Notably, it was never denied by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

Twitter's bias against conservatives is evident, as well, from the smooth glide of company officials onto President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and now his administration. Twitter's public policy director, Carlos Monje, who hosted a fundraiser for Biden, joined in September. More recently, former Twitter employee Emily Horne signed up to lead communications for Biden's National Security Council. She joins dozens of other Silicon Valley refugees, all eager to help craft Biden's left-leaning agenda.

Let's not forget the ultimate fingerprints of bias: campaign donations. According to Open Secrets, Twitter employees donated nearly $1 million to Biden's campaign and to other Democrats; not one dollar flowed to Trump or any other Republican.

Twitter trashes conservatives as @Jack gloats — this won't end well for Twitter | TheHill

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Response to: Facebook Locks Out Ron Paul Following Column Criticizing Big Tech Censorship

What do you think about this John
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  • When organizations are so powerful that they can diminish the free speech of the people they disagree with, but most importantly the President of the United States, then those organizations are too powerful. They have too much of a monopoly. Current laws protect these organizations. We could change the laws.
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  • This issue has nothing to do with the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is solely in reference to the US government. The government cannot restrict one's speech. A company has the right to allow or disallow anyone access to their platform at their discretion. It is their platform. They are not required to allow anyone on to say anything they want.
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  • Duke does have a point
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  • This is the kind of crap that the left gives as a knee jerk reaction without thinking about it too deeply. Social media has become the town square. Without it, you are really limited on getting your message out. This is about monopolies and companies becoming too powerful, which is a common complaint by the left. Current law says that these companies are platforms and not publishers, protecting them from what people post on their sites. But they are acting as publishers engaging in censorship. When they act in unison to ban conservative voices then this creates a situation that is beyond unfair. And it takes extreme arrogance to ban the President of the United States. Meanwhile, they don't ban dictators from around the world.
    Before the election, the social media companies were blocking posts about the Hunter Biden laptop story. Around 45% of Biden voters said that they didn't know about it. One in six said that they would have changed their minds had they known about it.
    Twitter said that if you don't like their policies then start your own social media service. Well, people did and it was called Parler, but the major tech companies just removed it from their app stores and canceled their web hosting.
    This has created a situation that is simply intolerable. It is so biased against conservative voices that it has become an oligopoly.   The Cancel Culture has been trying to shut people up, even online.
    We regulate all forms of media. The Internet was created by the U.S. government, originally for the military, and was opened up to commercial use around 1993. The Internet exists because of the government and it is a public platform.