The United States of America was created and defined in 1789 by our Constitution and our Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments to our Constitution). We refused to accept and ratify our Constitution without including our Bill of Rights. Why? The answer to that question is undisputed: We the People feared and distrusted government, and insisted on having individual protections for We the People against government.
In our Bill of Rights, the First Amendment is first: “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.” Religion, speech, the press, assembly, and redress of grievances — those were, and still are, first in the soul of the United States of America.
Regrettably, they no longer are first in the soul of government. If that doesn’t scare and anger you to your soul, government’s got what it wants from you — what it wants first.
America is filled with debate about a law commonly called Section 230. It’s a federal statute created by Congress and President Clinton. It gives social media unfettered control over what it publishes and what it refuses to publish. It gives social media unfettered control over who they allow to participate and who they prohibit from participating.
With the stroke of a pen, President Clinton signed into law a statute that gives social media unfettered control over the most powerful platforms in America that We the People have for exercising our First Amendment rights of free speech, free assembly, free press, and redress of grievances.
Social media are not stupid. They monetize their unfettered power, and use their financial war chests to protect Section 230 from We the People. They give money to government and government causes, and government returns the favor by prioritizing Section 230 over the First Amendment. The First Amendment no longer is first. Section 230 now is first.
Social media’s Cancel Culture against We the People is protected by government, as being social media’s constitutional right under the First Amendment.
Florida believes our Founding Fathers intended the First Amendment to protect We the People against government, not to protect social media against We the People. On May 24, 2021, Florida created a law that allows the Florida Election Commission to fine social media for de-platforming a candidate running for statewide office or local office in Florida. Florida created the law to protect the sanctity of its residents’ precious right to vote. Florida believes the First Amendment does not give social media a constitutional right to influence elections in Florida.
Social media abhors Florida’s effort to protect its residents’ precious right to vote. Social media believes our Founding Fathers intended the First Amendment to protect social media and corporations against We the People. Really? Really! Social media filed a Complaint that says exactly that.
On May 27, 2021, social media filed a Complaint in federal court seeking to declare Florida’s law to be a violation of social media’s “rights to freedom of speech, equal protection, and due process protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
Let’s pause. Let’s take a deep breath. Let’s take a look at the big picture — a look at government’s war against Free Speech.
In the 1800s, the Supreme Court “interpreted” our Constitution to say that corporations are people, and that corporations have constitutional rights. The Supreme Court re-wrote the First Amendment — the Supreme Court changed it to say “the right of the people and corporations” instead of “the right of the people”.
In it’s Complaint against Florida, social media explicitly relies on the re-written First Amendment. Using Section 230, government explicitly attempts to give social media the right to rely on the re-written First Amendment.
Government is turning the First Amendment into an historical artifact.
The only way for We the People to defend ourselves in government’s war against Free Speech, is to exercise our right of Free Speech loudly enough to be heard. May we do exactly that, without delay.