1st Amendment under siege

An unprecedented assault on free speech has swept the nation. A coordinated attack on the expression of news, opinions and ideas has been orchestrated by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google and Apple. . To allow corporations that have a political agenda ( https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/09/biden-inaugural-donors-major-corporations-456907) to silence the voices of ten of millions is to allow tyranny.

Recall in the epic movie, Braveheart, how the nobles sided with and were afraid of the King, so they sold out the Scottish peasants seeking liberty. The voices on Parler have been shuttered, the accounts of many, including the President have been silenced.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

“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.”

While the attack on conservative voices, vocal patriots as well as libertarians and Republican loyalists swells daily, are we recognizing the attack on “the right of the people to peaceably assemble”. Yes, the breach of the Capitol was not peaceful and thus would not be protected under the Constitution. However, the internet, through social media, IS a modern gathering of citizens, places of peaceful assembly, wherein information and ideas of all type should be permitted without major intervention and regulation.

Much like the the patriots in 1775 and 1776 gathered in homes, meeting houses and taverns, Americans today in the face of covid-lockdowns and restrictions have been forced into virtual meeting spaces. Social media platforms may be just the beginning as newspapers, radio, podcasts, blogs, news sites and local political organizations could be seen as inciting threats against a status quo that is increasingly intolerant, tyrannical and oppressive.

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