by James Buchanan
An article from the Federalist reports “In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, President Trump announced he would sign an executive order pressuring schools to support free speech in order to receive federal research dollars.”
“Ahead of the announcement, Trump invited Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who was assaulted at the University of California, Berkeley last month, on stage to discuss the Feb. 19 incident. ‘He took a punch for all of us,’ said Trump.”
“The president then revealed his plans to pursue an executive order that would withhold federal research money from schools that fail to uphold free speech on campus.”
“’Today, I’m proud to announce that I will be very soon signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars,’ Trump told the audience.”
Trump also mentioned free speech on the Internet, and lets hope he follows up a free speech on campus Executive Order with an Internet Bill of Rights.
Anyone, who remembers the Bush presidents, knows that they couldn’t care less about the free speech of ordinary Americans. Trump is not a System politician like George W. Bush, so he can support things that are good for Americans, like building a Border Wall and guaranteeing free speech for people who are having it taken away from them.
Two months before the 2018 midterm elections, Alex Jones was de-platformed by a cabal of liberal tech billionaires. What was his “offense”? Jones was accused of a variety of things, which he never did. But liberal Big Tech wanted him off their platforms so he couldn’t oppose the Left effectively in 2018. Deplatforming Jones and Infowars was an anti-American act of leftist collusion to help steal the 2018 elections for the Democrats. Thankfully, the Dems were only able to steal the House, but this sort of sabotage of our political system seriously needs to be investigated and prosecuted.
There is existing U.S. law which makes what Big Tech did in 2018 and earlier a crime. The U.S. Criminal Code Title 18 Section 241 notes “If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States… They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both…”
We need to criminally prosecute Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Susan Wojcicki of Youtube under the above law for their oppression of Alex Jones’ free speech.
One pundit recently made the observation that all these public platforms for speech, which grew to enormous size and formed effective monopolies by (falsely) pretending to allow different view points, obey dozens if not hundreds of federal regulations every day, but the most important “federal regulation,” Freedom of Speech is never imposed on these big corporations by our government. Seems very few people in government besides Trump think this is an important issue.