Wednesday, April 27, 2022

"You Musk Be Joking"-- Left Panics

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Democrat lawmakers and so-called "progressive" activists are in meltdown over the new owner of Twitter.

Speculation about what Musk will and will not do with the social media platform is blowing across the nation and the world like a prairie fire in July.

The people who were once silent while Jack Dorsey and his Twitter operation elevated and erased people at will depending on what they believed and what they said.

The silent ones are now talking, paralyzed by the fear that Musk might allow things on the platform that are "harmful to democracy."

Translated: Things that don't align with the radical, far-left agenda are harmful to how we define "democracy."

A  quick look at what lawmakers on the left are saying is very informative.

Be informed, not misled.

Musk has already said--- several times, "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy." 

So the Left wants our "democracy" to be dysfunctional? Because people who disagree with the leftist agenda will also, now, be posting on Twitter?

What about "equity?" And inclusion?

He has also said, "Twitter is the digital town square, where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated."

Progressive principles cannot be debated, because there are no fixed progressive principles. They are ever-evolving...every learning, but "never coming to an understanding of the truth."

While these folks have silently watched social media allow and disallow the use of their social media platforms to enhance and elevate the leftist agenda and silence the conservative and Christian voices, they have now sprung to attention.

The new voices of virtue. And patriotism.

Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren used Musk's purchase to promote her proposal for a wealth tax and legislation regulating Big Tech.

She told The Hill, "Musk purchasing Twitter is dangerous for our democracy. It is a reminder of why we need a wealth tax and why we need some serious regulation for Big Tech."

She continued, "One billionaire should not be able to turn the world upside down just because he plays by a different set of rules."

The woman who lived as a Native American for half her life until her fantasy was exposed, doesn't seem to know up from down. The world is already upside down because of the efforts of the Left.

This new awakening of virtue is merely virtue signaling. Not conviction.

The news rankled Democrats, who fear there will be fewer restrictions on disinformation and incendiary speech, which former President Obama warned about at a speech this month at Stanford University.

In his speech at Stanford, he said tech firms “need to be more transparent about how they operate” and crackdown on “lies and conspiracy theories” that threaten the nation’s democratic system.  

“Without some standards, implications of this technology — for our elections, for our legal system, for our democracy, for rules of evidence, for our entire social order — are frightening and profound,” he warned.

Asked whether Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was cause for concern, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said: “Absolutely it does.”  

“He said he wants to make it this global message board. My first question to him, ‘Is your message board going to include Donald Trump?’,” he asked. “That’s a key question. If he lets that man rant and rave on Twitter, not in the best interests of America's future.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Musk’s control over a major forum for political debate is alarming.  

“It’s always a concern when an oligarch may be owning the town square. I think we do need to pay a lot of attention to how it’s managed,” he said. 

Musk isn't joking, so the drawn bow is turned toward the rich guy who might also let conservatives talk, too.

The Hill says, "Musk’s takeover of Twitter raises questions about what it means for his settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges stemming from his August 2018 tweet that he had secured funding to take Tesla private at $420 per share, which pushed the car company’s stock higher." 

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he also had concerns about what Musk’s purchase of Twitter might mean for the platform’s content standards.  

He said he was looking into the matter but declined to provide any detail.  

“I’ve got some concerns. I think it will have to go through … some level of appropriate regulatory [review], and I’m doing some of my own checkings,” he said.  

The Hill published comments made by Steve Jarding: “I’m a big free speech guy, but this stuff isn’t working. It’s terrorizing democracy, and from that perspective, I think it’s bad for Democrats in this sense: These Republican alt groups tend to dominate. They tend to have much more of a footprint on these social media platforms than Democrats do.” 

You should know that Steve Jarding is a Democratic strategist and former senior adviser to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  

Jarding is also the communications director for a new social media platform called Pixstory, which has a business model designed to root out hate and misinformation by giving integrity scores to people who post on the site. 

But Jarding called it “a horrible problem” that the world’s richest person is taking over a major means of political discourse at a time when Democrats are discussing proposals to tax the unrealized capital gains of multibillionaires such as Musk to pay for proposals to fight climate change and economic inequality. 

Why is Mark Zuckerburg not equally troubling to these people? We all know the answer. 

Jarding said, “He could turn it into anything that he wants. He controls literally hundreds of millions of hits, if you will, or clicks on a platform that he can determine whether it’s used in a good way or a bad way, and that’s too much concentration with one individual,” Jarding added.

A gift?

Conservatives are generally celebrating the possibility that they too, can now have access to a major social media platform to espouse their thoughts, prayers, and ideas.

Regarding Trump returning to Twitter: He says he supports Musk in what he's doing, but he plans to stay on his own newly created platform "Truth."

Most Conservatives on Monday applauded Musk’s move---some calling it a gift.  

“Elon Musk did his part for free speech today. Let’s hope the Supreme Court does as well,” former Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.), a conservative Republican running for Senate, tweeted Monday afternoon.

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin said:

"In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech; a thing terrible to publick traytors."

Be informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.