Republicans are the ‘free speech’ party until it’s time to talk about American history

New York, New York.  - January 29, 2017: People protesting new immigration laws banning certain Muslims in Battery Park in Manhattan in 2017 in New York City.

New York, New York. – January 29, 2017: People protesting new immigration laws banning certain Muslims in Battery Park in Manhattan in 2017 in New York City.
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When the news of Elon Musk, CEO of TeslaThe purchase of Twitter for 44 billion dollars has materialized, Republicans processed the ad like it was Christmas Day. Finally, someone was willing to take a stand to raise the chorus of their suppressed voices – even though they have multiple platforms to express them unchecked, such as Fox News, Parlor and Truth Social.

Musk said the following at one TED Talk per day after submitting his offer to buy the social platform, “When in doubt, let the talk be,” he said. “If it’s a gray area, I would say, let the tweet exist. But obviously, in the event that there might be a lot of controversy, you wouldn’t necessarily want to promote this tweet.

Isn’t it ironic that speech is allowed “to exist on a social media platform” when across the country, Republicans state lawmakers ban discussions of race and slavery in schools, books referring to LBGTQ people and identifying non-binary peopleand talk about what they see as “dividing concepts.”

Republicans agree to fight tooth and nail against the First Amendment until it’s time to discuss the continuing flaws in American history and how it affects marginalized people. Instead, they would enjoy their rosy vision of red, white, and blue and not have to look back at the atrocities committed to learn from them. Twitter is just a tiny symptom of this – while the platform has own problems with bullying, it’s a place where movements like the George Floyd protests and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution have flourished. Republicans see this power and, like everything else, want to dilute it as much as possible.

The Limits of the First Amendment government regulations ohf private discourse – not about private enterprise and rules and standards. Republicans don’t want to live in a world where their words have consequences. They want to turn social media into a free-for-all, whitewashed structure like a school curriculum.

Which party echoed the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and sent texts to overthrow the government without consequences? It can’t be the one who isn’t allowed to speak freely – Republicans have kind of romanticized the idea that they’re oppressed while silencing the voices of others. Republicans love rights so much that they are fighting to return to a time when they only loved having them.

Joseph K. Bennett