Skip to comments.Meet The GOP Senator Who Wants To Eradicate Social Media Companies
Posted on 05/27/2019 11:40:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
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Why did any thinking person believe that what was called “facebook”—a place where anyone could share their most personal and family thoughts—would be anything but a place where those gullible “anyones” might be exploited for someone else’s benefit?
Yes - Alan Greenspan and Ayn Rand eloquently explained why decades ago. Every one of those "trusts" got that way through government preferences, as did Facebook, which is a front for law enforcement and intelligence interests. Take those preferences away and the market will rapidly do its work.
Ayn Rand had some great things to say, but her musings on monopoly were about as coherent as her strange musings about sex.
So you want to trash the Constitution when others do stuff you don’t like. That what the Left does. Wake up. The threat to our county isn’t what others do that you don’t like. It’s the mostly unconstitutional federal government that, as Trump said, is coming for YOU.
Pretending you're the purist while they cut off your balls using Novocaine isn't all that productive.
Just calm down and try to think clearly. These people you're defending don't deserve your foolishness.
Well, not that I’m a fan of the Koch Bros, by any stretch. But they tried to buy NBC a few years ago and they were run out of town on a rail. I guess Conservative-leaning folks aren’t allowed to own any of the MSM.
Limbaugh got a group together to buy the Rams, if I’m not mistaken. He too, was run out of town based on lies.
The power of the federal government to break up private enterprises is not found in the Constitution. The foundation of Leviathan's "trust-busting" is - are you ready? - the Commerce Clause! Yes, that's right...the same abused favorite-of-statists lever to effectively regulate everything under the sun is the basis of "anti-trust" laws in the US.
Therefore, when you cheerfully suggest that Trump break up Amazon, FB, Twitter, and any other firm you dislike, you are also giving philosophical sanction to Schumer and Pelosi etc to tax away ammo, most of the New Deal, and pretty much every despotic economic law in the US since the 1930s.
I get it: these firms wield great power and access to data etc. I also understand nobody is forcing you to buy their products. Therefore I do not see the philosophical congruence of simultaneously saying Bernie is a dope and we dislike socialism and crony capitalism etc but then support the government using an unenumerated power to break up a company that offers a service people voluntarily use.
Trump will someday not be president and someday we will have a ghastly DNC apparatchik heading the Executive branch. When that President pushes to break up FR or Fox or Diamonds and Silk on antitrust grounds, I can sleep well knowing I didn't help contribute to the right-wing antitrust witch hunt.
Oh, and FB and Amazon and Google will likely be like IBM at that time...a once-feared firm that is now still big but yesterday's news.
None of the feds freaking business.
GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES!!!!
Government is outsourcing totalitarianism to the likes of Facebook. You can’t virtue signal your way out of this problem.
I keep saying it folks.
Turn the USPS into a social media service.
Available to everyone. No censorship or shadowing.
The USPS would make tons of money.
Josh Hawley (Dumberer-AR): Amarica's newest Nanny State ninny.*
Nanny State PING!
*FD: I'd be fine with some sort of regulation on social medai companies like Facebook to make sure that they allow all lawful speech (not including threats, doxxing, etc.) Free Republic would not fall under such regulation, since they advertise themselves as a CONSERVATIVE forum from the get.
Correction: Josh Hawley (Dumberer-MO).
Good post, DB. Too many FReepers are hostile to govt intrusion except when its something they want.
Is it for the common good that the traditional meaning of marriage is espoused?
Is it for the common good that child pornography be illegal?
Is it for the common good that the principles of limited government be espoused?
To hear “common good” and immediately think “collectivism” is a tad out of line, don’t you think? After all, liberty isn’t an end in and of itself.
Well your personal opinion about whoever doesn’t matter when it come to constitutional authority of the feds.
The Left loves you supporting their unconstitutional actions because there’s something there you don’t like. You’re helping their tyranny.
Farakhan was not banned for his content. he was banned as an acceptable “proof” that the bannings are not politically one sided at the same time that they are calling Looey a right wing extremist, which is, I guess a sop to the lefties out there. Sop sop chewie.
Newspapers won't be broken up.
They will, however, go out of business over time and go the way of the buggy whip. They are an outdated technology experiencing a waning reader base.
If they don't go digital and establish their base on the internet, they won't make it as a newspaper. At that point they would be a website and not a newspaper. News websites will have to compete on the ethernet too.
But if you listen carefully, you can hear the death knell tolling for the newsprint industry already. Most of them know it's coming.
I haven't read a newspaper in 25+ years and the young people my kids' age, never read newspapers to begin with.
Congress won't waste their time breaking the big newspaper chains up. They'll self-destruct on their own soon enough.
To the degree government is financially and legislatively helping Facebook, that is true.
Again, government isn't the solution. Government is the PROBLEM!
IBM did not have the power to use the power of Persuasion to shift opinions, voter turnout, and hence - elections.
We are now *literally* living in a “Brave New World”.
I suggest you may want to start following Scott Adams’ daily periscope podcasts to get back up to speed. Its 1984. To leave the primary information/opinion/news shaping media to the tyranny of the left is equivalent to committing political suicide.
Example: President Trump should have a 70% approval rating based on his performance. That he is barely treading water is no accident - at least half of the electorate has been completely brainwashed (LITERALLY) and if the ‘social media’ can sway just 5% more they can get Trump out of office next year. That is the way youngsters (defined by me as anyone under 50) are now getting their information - AND - their opinions (which are literally ASSIGNED to them by the leftist social media. Its not hit or miss propaganda anymore - its psychology and science. Again, consult Scott Adams to start learning about the new world we live in).
To cede those battlefields is to surrender.
They were in it from the beginning... Lifelog. Look it up.
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