Redlining Free Speech — Suppressing Civil Rights
Leftmedia and Big Tech systemic First Amendment suppression is the Demos’ key strategy for controlling public opinion.
“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)
The political cost of the 06 January rioting Capitol jackasses is going to be very heavy.
Leftist cancel culture shifted into in high gear and Big Tech henchmen used the Capitol outrage as a smokescreen to unleash a surge of conservative purges across various social media platforms and the financial institutions and vendors who support conservatives.
What started as a trickle turned into a flood, first with the Facebook and Twitter cancelations of President Donald Trump’s accounts, which severed his ties with almost 90 million followers. Mark Zuckerberg claimed that his Facebook and Instagram applications will be blocking Trump indefinitely: “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.” A day later, Twitter also canceled Trump. (Remember when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey insisted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression. Twitter stands for speaking truth to power”?)
No word on when they will be blocking the accounts of leftists who have been serially guilty of violating the same platform policies.
This comes after the Demo social- and mass-media collusion to defeat Trump in November – most notably the massive and unprecedented coordinated cover-up of Joe Biden’s indisputably corrupt ChiCom dealings in the weeks ahead of the election.
Recall that in the two weeks before the presidential election, Facebook and Twitter blacked out user references to a New York Post story connecting Hunter and Joe Biden in a quid pro quo with corrupt Ukraine officials. As I had previously noted, the Democrats attempted to impeach Donald Trump for what Joe Biden actually did in a shady influence scam with Ukrainian officials.
(For the record, on behalf of Twitter’s disgraceful blackout, a month after the election CEO Jack Dorsey admitted, “Our communication around our actions on the New York Post article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable. … Straight blocking of URLs was wrong, and we updated our policy and enforcement to fix. Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that.” Too little, too late.)
If Trump’s claim the election was stolen is grounds for canceling social media accounts, then why was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not canceled in 2017 after posting this comment on social media? “Our election was hijacked,” she asserted. “There is no question.” Her post included the hashtag “ProtectOurDemocracy.” Democrats have repeated that theme ad nauseam over the last four years, but with no takedowns.
And the initial bans last week have launched a much broader purge of conservative platforms and affiliates, including the Big Tech collusion between Apple, Google, and Amazon to eliminate a social media competitor, Parler, prompting an antitrust lawsuit. They are even going after citizen journalists.
In addition to the Left’s canceling and de-platforming frenzy, a far more consequential factor in the suppression of free speech is collusion between the Demos and their Leftmedia “fact checkers,” the most insidious and least visible means of systemically redlining the First Amendment. In reality, their so-called “fact checkers” are fact blockers, who are propagating their own politically-motivated disinformation while claiming to ‘check’ disinformation. In effect, they are aggressively suppressing speech that does not comport with their leftist political agenda while simultaneously promoting that agenda.
And now social media “fact checkers” are employing a catch-all method for shutting down speech, the ubiquitous claim that a quote or post is “missing context” prompting blackout, removal and account penalties against conservative media outlets, including The Patriot Post. And we have no recourse to end the deliberate “shadow banning” of our content on social media, despite the fact their “fact checks” fail fact check scrutiny.
Here’s what you need to know about the Demo/Leftmedia/Big Tech efforts to cancel conservative voices.
First, given the fact Democrats are coming to power, the Big Tech conservative purges play right into their favor. They are assured of no meaningful Demo challenges to their Section 230 protections — which clearly pose a direct threat to our Constitution — and they will not be subjected to congressional anti-trust hearings and litigation.
Second, and of more grave significance, the social media and corporate assault on free speech constitutes an abject civil rights violation of the First Amendment rights of all Americans — and a model for the coming civil rights violation of Second Amendment rights.
When Americans are targeted because of our constitutionally protected political and/or religious views, leading to coordinated efforts to deplatform and then defund those individuals and businesses when financial institutions selectively refuse services, it constitutes a new form of “redlining” in violation of our most fundamental civil rights. Without a Republican gauntlet, there will be a considerable surge in the systemic redline suppression of fundamental civil rights by institutions.
As you may recall, financial institutions once used redlining to ensure that Black citizens living in certain areas did not get loans. This coordinated systemic discrimination excluded financial and other services based on race and ethnicity rather than one’s particular merits for receiving services, an abject civil rights violation.
The Obama leftists re-launched financial institution redlining in their 2012 “Operation Chokepoint” strategy using political pressure to “encourage” banks to withdraw any financing for gun manufacturers, a measure the Trump administration stopped. However, some financial institutions continued the practice using alternate justifications. Now, the Biden/Harris regime is undoing of the Trump administration’s “Fair Access to Financial Services” rule, and you can expect the institutional redlining against the Second Amendment to resume with a vengeance.
But institutional discrimination against individuals is, once again, exploding, this time in violation of our First Amendment rights. When commercial institutions, including social media platforms, discriminate against people because of our views, despite the fact they meet the same qualifications as others being served, that constitutes a brazen violation of our civil rights. The “private company” defense for discrimination did not apply in racial redlining and does not apply now.
When considering the Big Tech and Wall Street assault on First Amendment assurances of freedom of speech, religion, the press, and assembly — and the coming assault on the Second Amendment, the “palladium of the rights of the Republic” — understand that this is the Left’s latest discriminatory version of redlining.
So egregious is this collective assault on the First Amendment that even the ACLU is taking note. The ACLU’s legislative counsel, Kate Ruane, notes: “It should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”
To Ruane’s point, there was an astounding display of hypocrisy this week in a Twitter Public Policy notice ahead of a Ugandan election: “We’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps. We strongly condemn internet shutdowns — they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet. Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
Seriously, read this again: “Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
But I would not hold your breath waiting on the ACLU to go after the First Amendment redliners.
Notably, de-platforming concerns have also prompted The Patriot to reluctantly remove the comments page hosted on our site, because if a leftist pretend “Trump supporter” posts something advocating violence or insurrection, a “false flag” attack on our site, we could then suffer the consequences of that post.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and their socialist Democrat Party, are the primary benefactors of the Leftmedia and Big Tech suppression of free speech – making support for that suppression a key component of their strategy to establish a permanent majority. Systemic institutional redlining is the most perilous overt corporate threat to Liberty in the history of our nation.
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Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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