The First Amendment is the heart and soul of our constitutional rights as Americans—and it belongs to everyone, regardless of background or opinion.
Unfortunately, a concept so basic as the right to speak your mind is now under siege. Big Tech monopolies like Twitter and Facebook have become arbiters of what they feel is permitted speech, taking your right to self-expression into their own hands—and promptly crushing it.
Big Tech companies have worked hard over the past several years to enlarge their power and influence over how we live our lives, and we have finally reached a breaking point.
They have carefully cultivated a monopoly on online speech, establishing too-big-to-fail echo chambers that reinforce leftist concepts and punish dissenting patriots, canceling them and banishing them from the internet.
Not only have these companies hijacked the First Amendment by establishing and exercising their new-found power to abuse dissenters, but they have now also launched an all-out assault on the conditions of informed opinions. They do not want the American people to consider different perspectives and arrive at their own conclusions about medical care. Big Tech decides the “correct” side of a situation, distorts and selectively includes or omits facts to support the claim, controls the flow of information to allow agreement or prohibit dissent, and permanently shuts down anyone who dares question the narrative or process.
And this week, we saw one of the most glaring examples to date when Twitter permanently banned Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for simply sharing what corporate media and RINOs are too afraid to share. When the leader of Iran can tweet death to America, when Kathy Griffin can tweet a picture of herself while holding a facsimile of the decapitated head of President Trump, when countless left-wing thugs can go online to incite violence in our streets—all without penalty—but Marjorie Taylor Greene is de-platformed, you know that Big Tech has become too big to suffer consequences for undermining freedom of speech.
The situation with Big Tech’s monopoly is exactly the sort of dilemma our country found itself in in 1890, when Congress passed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to break up monopolies that stifle free enterprise.
To curb the power of monopolies, there are several bills up for consideration in Congress today, and they already enjoy bipartisan support. The American Choice and Innovation Act would bar platforms from promoting their own products at the expense of competitors, create government agencies for antitrust enforcement, and allow avenues for private entities to seek recourse. The Platform Competition and Opportunity Act would rein in mergers that pose a threat to competition. The Ending Platform Monopolies Act would bar platforms from establishing business ventures that pose a conflict of interest with their core businesses. While these efforts are a good start, there is much more work needed to ensure they become reality.
Powerful forces stand in the way of this effort to return authority back to the people. Many of those obstacles are RINO Republicans and establishment politicians who prefer to do Big Tech’s bidding in exchange for campaign contributions instead of defending our constitutional rights.
If we want to stop talking about this problem and actually start fixing it, we have to send real, America First outsiders to Washington who answer to no one but our country’s forgotten men and women, who are sick and tired of being kicked to the curb and told their voices do not matter.