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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Facebook the Ignorant Tyrant

Facebook has decided to start censoring "hate speech." I cannot think of an issue that so well illustrates the value of the Constitution.


Now, to be honest, Facebook is a commercial enterprise and has every right to censor it's content. Just as its subscribers have every right to find some other social media outlet that has a better grasp of the necessity of the public discourse, which, by nature, must be free from restriction.


But, what Facebook has decided is that it wants to control the debate, allowing one side to freely express itself and restricting the other side. It has chosen to be a megaphone rather than a telephone. It wants to allow others to speak to us, but will not allow us to speak to them. To me, that is a really poor business model, but that is what they have chosen to do. It is a poor business model, because if they were intellectually honest, they would wind up disposing of nearly all of their accounts save for the Mother Teresas of the world.


This is exactly the sort of behavior exhibited by those who must not be trusted with leadership. They are incapable of responsible use of power. To them, if they can silence those with whom they disagree, they will. That is not the act of someone who understands America.


The Constitution protects free speech. Now, there was a reason that speech was protected, but those in control of Facebook have never read the Federalist Papers or even the Anti-Federalist Papers. They have never read Miracle in Philadelphia, or they would understand the arguments behind an amendment that protected free speech. Trust me, there were no political figures of the time that did not suffer greatly from pamphlets written by their political enemies, but even in the heat of those political battles, none suggested that the First Amendment be abolished, because they were educated men, not Facebook petty tyrants.


It seems like ever since Barack Obama made hating America popular, every little tyrant with the slightest amount of power has exercised it against freedom. Facebook is just the latest example, following the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, PayPal's suspension of accounts (usually those of a conservative nature, like mine) and etc.


This is a narrowing of the discourse, that's all. This is how genocides are started: identify, target, restrict, censor, imprison and slaughter. The first act of a tyrant is to vilify a particular race or political sect. Can you tell the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite? They can and they were willing to kill each other over what small differences there are.


All we are seeing from Facebook, is a willingness to identify, target, restrict and censor; when they get around to being complicit in the imprisonment and the genocide is yet to be determined, but it is obviously within their limited mentality to do so.


This blog, however, does not restrict comments, never has. Only when it has been besieged by robots does it ever, even for the shortest period, turn comments off. But then, I believe in the dialog; the value of discourse, especially with those with whom I greatly disagree. But, this is being lost in society. The liberals scream "diversity" and "tolerance" and show a penchant for neither. It is not allowing the speech of those you admire that shows character, it is allowing the speech of those you detest.


The United States is quickly turning into everything the Soviet Union represented as evil, albeit with more resources and wealth, but essentially, in all ways that matter, we have become the enemy we feared. As soon as the Cold War was over, we lost the peace. We willingly became the enemy, because we did not truly understand the value of the Constitution, the very real protections it offers a free people. But a free people are only free when they refuse to enslave themselves. Once enslaved, freedom is no longer an elective. That is the sad truth of our situation. We are slowly enslaving ourselves, most of us thinking that we can later vote to regain that freedom, but that is a freedom we will never have again. We barely have it now. Look at all the power coming to bear on Trump's campaign from the Republicans. The Democrats don't even have to worry about Trump, the Republicans will destroy him first.


That is because Trump is not in on the enslavement game, not yet anyway.


Everything since 9/11 has been directed at taking the final steps to encourage the American people to vote themselves into slavery. There is no way to vote oneself out of it, however. That sort of reversal requires a war and only then if the forces of liberty win.


Ask yourself how long it will be before you are unable to use the word "bacon" without being thrown off of Facebook; before it costs you your job, because only "hatespeechers" are banned from Facebook and no one wants to hire a "hatespeecher" who would be so insensitive as to use the word "bacon."


Laugh now, while you still have the freedom to do so.

23 comments:

  1. Facebook is private property. Get out of their ghetto and get your own property.

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    1. Fred, I thought I made that clear in the second paragraph and you won't find me on facebook, except where they hijack this site and put it on their service, but I don't have an account, so I can't go there and do anything about it and don't really care either. I'm sure they will ban me soon and stop hijacking this site, so who cares?
      But, my question is: how could you read this post and not come away with the fact that I acknowledged that it was a private enterprise?

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    2. Reading comprehension isn't what it used to be.

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    3. You've got to figure the anyone stupid enough to not care about the loss of free speech and to think that NICE speech is more important, probably can't read anyway.

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    4. I only since the end of the year opened my eyes it's so sad that people don't question what they read and if they do they're misinformed half the time unless keen and not willing to pass on misinformation

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    5. Is Fred's last name Flintstone? Yeah, thought so.

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  2. TL, any publicity much appreciated even a facebook share. Thanks https://eatgrueldog.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/funds-for-shaylyn/

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  3. Farcebook doesn't want any dissent,they want every poster to be a good Marxist/leftist/socialist-and our kids who have been in forced leftist indoctrination centers since they were 5 years old will just meekly submit to the banning of dissenting opinions on social networks.
    It ain't gonna stop with Farcebook,it will ooze on over to Twitter,and the rest of the less popular social networking sites.
    And the younger generation-most of them anyhow-will just submit without a sound,not even a whimper.
    Look for more attempts at censoring the intardnet not far behind this horsepucky.

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  4. I recently referred to Facebook as the antichrist of the internet.
    I also think Trump is a democrat plant whose entire purpose in this election is to win the Republican nomination, then throw the election to Hillary Clinton.
    God will not save us if we willingly jump off that cliff.

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    1. no. Trump is his own man. But he is a complete opportunist...not a re-born White Nationalist or even a populist. If he comes out of the Republiscam convention with the nomination, he could very will win the election; against whom remains to be seen, as the Mrs. Clinton's ship is taking on water fast. Trump himself has stated, "I didn't expect the response I'm getting...", and is beginning to look like a snowball rolling downhill. We'll know after Iowa, NH, SC. If he wins all 3, I doubt if the "Donor Class" can stop him. As Prez, of course, Trump would most likely have a sudden attack of amnesia about everything he said about the borders and illegals. And, these issues aside, he's Big Gubmint/crony capitalism all the way anyway

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    2. They are not (yet) able to do something like "planting" a candidate. In any case, there is so little difference between the parties that it makes no difference.

      I no longer participate in the farce that is elections, as I do not accept the premise that anyone has the right to rule me. Growing up a republican and conservative, my feet are now firmly planted in the anarchist camp. Anarchy doesn't equal chaos, despite what we're constantly told, it's the absence of rulers.

      People like to follow, and there's nothing wrong with a good leader. The problem arises when one has the right to rule, like government, rather than lead. There's a distinct difference in that in a free society, we can and must, ignore an immoral leader.

      Trump has some decent ideas, but make no mistake, he's a different kind of tyrant. Any time a politician wins an election, the new leader tramples the desires of the old party, who were trampling their desires. It's a vicious cycle, and the only solution is self-ownership. We need only live by not infringing on the person and property of others. All the rest is background noise.

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    3. People are lemmings, so they will jump off that cliff. It's what lemmings do. The proof that they are lemmings is their desire to make sure that the only people who can speak are the ones who are saying what all the others believe.

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  5. http://chariotofreaction.blogspot.com/2012/08/alaska-weird-but-sane.html?m=1

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  6. Necessity is the mother of invention.. someone will buck the political correctness and come up with another social media site that respects the right of free speech, It's the natural coarse of action.

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  7. ........FB is a tentacle of the beast. It is brilliant for the purpose it was designed for. Which was to have the public offer up detailed dossiers on itself for the overlords' files. And, have it pay to do it. Only criminal minds can be that systemically invasive.

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    2. I closed my Facebook account over ten years ago. I was given an option to comment on why I chose to close it. I told them that I was tired of trying to get sheep, who willing waste many hours voyeuristicly watching mindless programs like dancing with the stars, sports and sit coms, to watch a video about important issues affecting their lives. And I was as tired of sharing my personal life with a site that was infested with spooks. I knew a long time ago the the alphabet agencies and the ptb had used and co-opted Facebook.

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  8. "This is how genocides are started: identify, target, restrict, censor, imprison and slaughter."

    Yep, exactly so. You should see how fast some of my posts go to the bottom of the feed. Very fast. And since it's not all posts, I figure some person has that particular job...not for me of course, but generally. Kinda makes sense if you consider the importance of it overall.

    No big deal...the truth WILL out. It's too late to stop that now. The funny part is that anything done to try and slow it down, like pull the plug on the net, will only make it go faster.

    Sucks to be evil I guess, especially when the Good Guys finally figured out the only way to stop it in the end. Can't imagine why they want those rifles lol...so how's that going for them?

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  9. Why do you let the commies and liberals dictate how to live your life??

    Now you even capitulate to say "laugh while you still can".

    No wonder they are winning. Any commie or liberal that tells me what to do will kindly get a warning from me.

    I'm nice to that point and ONLY to that point.

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  10. Why bacon? Sorry - we were curious why you chose the word bacon (especially with the popularity of bacon memes).

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    1. Its a Muslim thing I would assume. Great article and so true; proud to say I am a 1%'er that never created a FB account. Still going strong. I am 32; EVERYONE around has been obsessed with it for a decade. *Puke*

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    2. Because bacon is pork and pork is offensive to Muslims, how long before what is offensive to Muslims becomes "hate speech" so how long can we count on being able to say "bacon" in a public setting?

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