Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
For a long time, social media was very much the domain of liberals who sought to shove political correctness and socialist doctrine down the throats of anyone who would listen. In recent years, however, modern conservatives have begun to learn how to utilize social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, to disseminate ideas calling for smaller and limited government, protection of the unborn and elderly, and the freedom of thought, expression, and religion.
Just look at The Golden Hammer and the capability the Internet and social media have given to one person – who has built a gigantic network of sources inside and outside of government – to provide real and hard news, despite massive efforts of government, with its unlimited resources, to tamp that information down. Going to a meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court in Conroe has a very different look and feel from the way things were in June, 2016, before it all started. It’s not all The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, which publishes entirely online. It’s amazing bloggers such as Kelli Cook, Ginger Russell, Bill O’Sullivan, Dale Inman, Mark Frank, and Bill Brenza who fearlessly provide information in writing, by video, and even in musical form on occasion. (No, the Publisher of The Golden Hammer won’t sing “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” for public viewing.)
Social media has profoundly impacted the Montgomery County government in all sorts of positive respects. Parents in school districts can have huge effects on school policy by publishing their concerns on Facebook or Twitter. Citizens in municipalities, such as Splendora, Magnolia, and Conroe, have the ability to influence city council meetings before they occur by getting the word out to their neighbors and friends.
If you don’t believe the capability of social media in empowering individuals as “strategic sergeants” to have enormous impacts on their communities, just look at the use by Russell and Cook of social media to aid them in their two-person campaign to defeat the entire Magnolia Independent School District in a tax hike referendum on August 14.
The democrats have become wary of conservatives who have begun to take advantage of Facebook and other forms of social media.
Just locally, one of the hotbeds of ultra-liberals in Montgomery County, a Facebook page entitled “Alden Bridge Uncensored,” has routinely defenestrated and CENSORED individuals who express conservative points of view. While calling itself “uncensored,” those liberals censor worse than the governments in “Fahrenheit 451” in fiction or some fascist governments in real history. The slightest disagreement results in banishment of ideas forever.
Fortunately, the Trump administration and the United States Department of Justice have begun to look at the “growing concern that these [social media] companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms,” according the DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley. As a result, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has convened a meeting on September 25, 2018, with state attorneys general to take actions to ensure that free of expression continues to flourish in the United States, even if the viewpoints happen to call for limited or less government.
That has angered Senator Mark Warner (democrat from Virginia) who released a written statement on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, that he has “serious concerns” that DOJ relied on the “debunked idea that platforms censor conservative perspectives.”
Apparently, Senator Warner doesn’t live in the real world of social media, even though he made many tens of millions of dollars in cellular communications before he decided to become a politician.
The social media platforms rightly check to confirm that pages and sites are real and not some front for foreign mischief. At the same time, however, there are at least two forms of active censorship that occur regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. First, those companies do seem to have a bias against conservative content. Facebook has addressed that problem, however, better than many other platforms. Second, liberals tend to swarm against people who dare express opposing views. The online bullying is a form of censorship in and of itself.
Social media and the Internet are, by far, the most efficient means the world has ever seen for the free exchange of ideas. General Sessions and the Justice Department are right on the mark in working to protect free expression, which will serve to make our world a better place (even if the establishment politicos don’t like it).
I often tell people I’m “the most liberal person they’ve ever met.” I mean it. But I’m also using the word “liberal” the correct way. As Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman explained in his award-winning book “Capitalism and Freedom,” the “movement that went under the name of liberalism emphasized freedom as the ultimate goal and the individual as the ultimate entity in the society. It supported laissez-faire at home as a means of reducing the role of the state in economic fairs and thereby enlarging the role of the individual…it supported the development of representative government and of parliamentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state, and protection of the civil freedoms of individuals.” Only in the late nineteenth century, according to Friedman, did the term liberalism get usurped by those who came “to favor…the very policies of state intervention and paternalism against which classical liberalism fought.”
Sessions and DOJ are working to make sure that cyberspace remains the realm of the individual, of “strategic sergeants” like Russell, Cook, O’Sullivan, and Frank, and of classical liberals.
Shame on the democrat party for becoming the political source of censorship and bullying of people with whom they don’t happen to agree. Shame on democrats like Mark Warner for condoning such behavior.