A Personal Essay by John M Jones III (5/4/19)
The Constitution of the United States was created to form a system of check & balances on the government’s power over American Citizens. The 1st amendment states the following: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (1)
Specifically, it says CONGRESS, shall make no laws respecting freedom of speech. It says nothing about private companies or social media limiting the speech of the people. Regardless of what you may think or believe business can and do restrict the speech of its customers.
A restaurant can kick people out for their speech if they deem it offensive.
A movie theater can kick you out for talking during a movie.
A retail store can ask you to leave of you become abusive to its employees.
Private schools can remove students for inappropriate language during the school day.
Web hosting companies can exclude certain content from its servers.
And YES, social media companies CAN set speech and content limits on its users.
Whether you believe it to be right or wrong these businesses have a legitimate right to censor their customers. The REAL question you should be asking is that is it, morally right? In ALL cases, it is legal AND morally RIGHT >>as long as<< the censorship is not biased and doesn’t target people for their race, color, creed, religion, political or other beliefs even extreme points of view.
Unfortunately, this is where the system is currently breaking down. Thanks to the pc police and the infestation of liberal identity politics into our society many social media companies, banks, and even paypal, are now censoring people based on their race, color, creed, religion, political or other beliefs. YES, businesses are now censoring nay discriminating against people whose sole crime is they refuse to live on the democrat plantation, people who think for themselves and refuse to be brainwashed by the democrat industrial complex. They are censoring nay discriminating against people who are support the rule of law, who are not the right color, who choose to be a Christian, who want to be in a heterosexual relationship. They are censoring nay discriminating against people who worked hard all their life, became a success and now are racist, greedy, haters of the brown people or poor just for being living in a nice house in a nice neighborhood, SAD!
But there IS a remedy to counter this evil brought to you by the democrats, who by the way supported slavery, created the jim crown laws & the kkk & suppressed the black vote for 100 years in the south, and many of whom did not support the civil rights act of 1964. It’s called Voting & the utilizing the FREE market! Politicians on both sides who constantly use lies and deceit to divide our great country MUST be voted out. Hopefully, at some point these slimy officials will get the message that Americans will not tolerate their destructive policies anymore.
The second is to use the free market ensure these companies will not survive the test of time. Don’t look at their ads, don’t use their services, and don’t give even them ONE dollar in support of their communistic censorship policies. Furthermore, we must let these companies know that it is WRONG to curtail the rights of free speech of the people based on their race, color, creed, religion, political or other beliefs.
Eventually, One of two things will happen. They will change their policies of discrimination and allow the FREE exchange of ideas for everyone or they will fall into trash bin of history in a few years, and they will have themselves to blame for their failure. Until then we must wait and do our best to overcome their censorship to make our voices heard!
Side Note: If our elected officials had any testicular fortitude at all they would pass laws making it illegal for these companies to illegally censor Americans’ speech, but they would never to that because the are too worried about getting elected or re elected rather than what’s best for our country. Perhaps if we stopped paying them a six-figure income, free healthcare, and a full pension we could get some people in Washington who put the interests of the USA above their own for once!