More on the genius of Judge Terry Doughty's decision yesterday in the Missouri v Biden social media censorship case
I don’t believe that the left will shift away from these unconstitutional efforts, because its goal is not persuasion but power. Today’s left is defined by censorship, compulsion and compliance, not liberty.
"Judge Doughty’s ruling doesn’t violate the federal government’s own First Amendemnt (sic) rights to speak."
This may seem like nit-picking, but there are two important points here that need to be addressed:
1. The federal government has no right to speak. It has no prohibition, either, which means it can speak whenever it wants to, but the First Amendment is a limitation on federal activity, not a protection for it.
2. There is no such thing as a "First Amendment right." The First Amendment doesn't confer a right, it protects one; a right that both predates human government and transcends its authority. Because of man's inherent and universally equal worth before God, no one human being has the right to silence another.
Now let's put an end to all of these hate speech laws being thrown together like whatever the fuck Michigan just passed.
Huge win in the direction of keeping our precious country at least somewhat free. Let freedom ring!
The Left has lost the plot.
Thank you, Judge Doughty. Now do academia, please....
Of course every fair minded American should exult at Judge Doughty's self evidently correct opinion regarding one of the most important features--free speech--that distinguishes the US from most of the rest of the world. And I look forward to the end of government censorship via pressure on media enterprises but I have to admit that I am less optimistic than AB that all will be well yet. What I believe is that the America I love is more likely to remain faithful to the US Constitution when Republicans hold the levers of power than when the Democrats do. In that sense, I believe that the incipient fascism we have been living under for the past few years is a product of the kind of thinking that believes that the Constitution should protect the rights of certain people and not others and in this regard, I am one of those whose rights need not be protected given my incorrect thinking that prompted our so-called AG to characterize people like me as domestic terrorists. Of course a 2 tier system of rights is anathema to what this country has stood for. And so if our Republic is truly gone, then I will no longer favor protecting everyone's rights under the Constitution but instead only favor my rights at the expense of those who prefer to deprive me of mine when they are in power. I confess that this is a very sad state of affairs but, as they say, it is what it is. As I wrote in an article decades ago, a world in which a majority can censor all that it did not like would be a stagnant and a declining world. I regret to say that I feel as though I am living in that world right now in my own country.
Great response to the injunction. Was very excited to see the journalists, plaintiffs and our war horses who have been fighting for this to see the injunction. Handed down on the 4th of July just added the cherry!
The gaslighting by State Media on this court decision has already started.
In their usual fashion, they deny that censorship ever happened. Then proceed to mock the judge's opinion, pointing to his wording in the introduction to his Memorandum Ruling: "If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, the present case arguably involves the most massive attack against free speech in United States’ history. "
If the allegations are true... Nyuk nyuk nyuk.
Elsewhere, the judge recites a lengthy list of efforts by various government actors to censor speech on social media. Not a word about any of that.
Trouble is, a LOT of people will hear the soundbite MSM reporting, and that's all they'll ever hear.
The left will never acquiesce. Remember, inside every liberal except Alex Berenson is a totalitarian screaming to get out.
Alex, give 'em hell in your lawsuit on Biden, Bourla, Slavik, et al directing Twitter to censor and ban you. It would seem that your lawsuit has gained momentum in driving legal precedence against the U.S. Inverted Totalitarian State and its Corporatism/Fascist brethren that would love to tread on our 1st amendment rights whenever it pleases them to do so.
When did something being unconstitutional ever stop the Left. Just as Biden had a work around to the forgiveness of student (party at college) debt, the left will work around Dougherty's ruling. This devolves into a "stop me if you can" moment by the Left. Since a lot of "prosecutors" are now puppets of the left, enforcing Dougherty's ruling will be challenging. The real problem is the mass of uninformed, non caring voters who will sell their vote for a small morsel. Until they get serious about putting principled, honest people in office regardless of party, we will celebrate strong words but experience little action that will make the difference. Dougherty's ruling is a step in the right direction but we have "many miles to go".
I am doubtful whether those you say who are in the "left," meaning those who believe the CDC bullshi*, will change their minds or if they can't because they are afraid of repercussions. But we need this freedom of speech on all sides - meaning free to make our own decisions on the books we read, the sex we choose, the rights to make decisions regarding abortion and reproduction or not, the right to use allopathic (western) medicine or any other form. Lets not keep swinging from one extreme to the other.
<they’ll probably just ignore the ruling > I’m #hopeful too‼️
Interment camps? Wow, I guess they were harsher than I knew!! But I digress. What I really want to know is why you are optimistic that the left is about to shift hard in favor of freedom of speech?
I admire your optimism. Hope you are right.