This is going to be more on the lines of a rant than an informative blog post. I’m really concerned with the steps we are taking as Americans, and how our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us. Currently, so many are blinded by all the events that have gone on that they can only see what’s 6 inches in from of their face instead of the view from 30,000 feet. If you are like me and see things as a big picture rather than the minute details, then you will be able relate to what I am saying.
Many of you have been experiencing censorship on the big social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter to some degree. With the exception of Twitter, the other large social media companies have been ramping up their efforts to censor their users for use of nudity and other “non-compliant” acts as deemed by their “policies”. When accounts get banned, deactivated, or warned, there’s no clear answer as to why they are doing it other than someone doesn’t like what you have posted or said. Granted, they are independent company’s and can generally do what they want, but how far is too far, and where do you draw the line for them to have too much power?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.First Amendment of the United States Constitution
Currently, the federal government cannot pass a law which prohibits the freedom of religion, expression, speech, press, or our ability to peacefully assemble in deviance against the way the government is handling things. This was a fundamental reason why the people of England (and subsequent territories) separated from the King. They did not want to be told what they could say, do, worship, or protest against arcane ways meant to subdue the people. While congress or the other branches of government cannot do this (based on current legislation), that does not stop private companies from enacting their own rules which seem to suit them and their agenda. While it is extremely frustrating for us to have our hand slapped or our accounts suspended for having “too much” nudity displayed, I see it as more than just a protection of their platform and discrimination against a population.
Open To Everyone…Except
Here is where I’m starting to be rubbed the wrong way. I follow a number of people on Twitter with varying views, and I would consider myself to be a moderate. There are things that I agree with and disagree with on both sides of the aisle, but I think each party brings something to the table, including libertarians and other minor parties. What I don’t agree with is silencing someone because you don’t agree with what they are saying or just because they belong to a certain group. The only outcome of this is an escalation of anger among the censored and the people. If you have the power to censor an entire group of people based on their religion, race, status, political affiliation, or any number of protected statuses, then you are essentially discriminating against that group or person. In case you have read that lately, it’s against the law. In America, we are making progress on that front, but we’re just not quite there yet.
Let’s look at the larger picture at hand, silencing or censoring of public/political figures. How many of you remember Ron Paul from back in the day? I remember when he was running for President over 20 years ago. I came across a Tweet the other day where for not apparent reason Ron Paul’s Facebook account was abruptly banned. Facebook offered no reason other than he violated the terms of service, whatever that means. I have not heard or seen anything from Ron Paul in many years, and, to be honest, I didn’t realize he was still alive. I would venture to say he had no part in the fiasco that went on in DC, so why in the world would Facebook ban him for no reason other than he was a figure of the Republican party? I’ve seen no evidence of anything. Discrimination and censorship is a reasonable explanation. What if the story was different and the Democratic party and followers did the same thing? Would the same censorship have occurred? Who knows. In either case, you’d still be reading this with the roles reversed. I don’t agree with censoring anyone for their views.
Source: Sensual Nudist
Original publication 12 January, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 27th January 2021
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