Suppressing and canceling the voices of those who continue to champion conservative or other non-woke positions will only escalate the division and tension and deterioration of our free speech rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution.
Benjamin Franklin warned: "Freedom of speech is the principal pillar of a free government, when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins."
We live in a dangerous world, now made more so, because our allies and enemies, see an America transfixed by the violent political division taking place within our own house. We all know what must be done, which is to stop all the censorship and cancellation of people and instead move forward together, restoring and respecting the civil and First Amendment rights of everyone, including Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals alike.
My Father, a noted lawyer for over 35 years, correctly brought me up on the principle; "I may disagree with what you are saying but I will fight to the death for your right to say it."
It is no answer to say that Big Tech’s oppressive censorship is ok because they are not the government but rather a private enterprise.
This is false on a number of levels.
First is the fact that in the history of the world, we have never seen such large monopolies have control of almost of all of our means of public communication. Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Google etc., completely control what can be publicly said, who can say it and what they determine cannot be said and who cannot be heard.
As a prime example, they despicably banned the 45th President of the United States and his voice from being heard.
The censorship of the former President who was supported by 75 million Americans is beyond outrageous and something only communist, socialist, fascist, and other totalitarian regimes have ever done.
These monopolies must 1) immediately be broken up so competition is restored to the marketplace which would allow for conservative outlets to be created, flourish and compete with them and thereby restoring free speech; 2) they must be stripped of their Section 230 of the Communication and Decency Act protections which they are undeserving as their censorship makes them publishers subject to all defamatory liabilities and are not neutral platforms for the free exchange of ideas and opinions deserving of such protection; and, 3) As they are a monopoly, regulated to prohibit all censorship of any non-criminal speech.
As President John F. Kennedy wisely proclaimed: "We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to lets its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
Ronald J. Rosenberg, founder of the New York law firm Rosenberg Calica & Birney LLP, has successfully litigated numerous cases in both state and federal court and represents a diverse group of corporations, and high net-worth individuals.
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