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Larry the Cable Guy made the phrase “Git-R-Done” his signature. A new breed of young Republicans and populists has its own message for their establishment elders: Get it right.

This new strategic alliance refuses to clap like trained GOP seals at any shiny vehicle masquerading as a free speech rescue because their very lives and livelihoods are on the line. This is not a drill.

In Florida, conservative GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has earned lavish praise and attention for backing anti-censorship legislation that he claims will reign in Big Tech’s power to exercise “clear viewpoint discrimination.” Among the DeSantis-backed statehouse bill’s key features: fines of between $25,000 and $250,000 per day for social media platforms that “censor, shadow ban, deplatform, or apply post-prioritization algorithms” to Florida candidates, users or residents; a ban on public contracts with social media entities found guilty or civilly liable for antitrust violation; and requirements to disclose standards and definitions used by the tech overlords to censor and stifle dissidents.

DeSantis asserts that the bill, sponsored by Republican state house Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (H.B. 7013/S.B. 7072), which passed the state Senate on Monday, would protect “negatively impacted Americans who dissent from orthodoxies favored by the big tech cartel.” As the bill notes, states have substantial interests in protecting their citizens from “inconsistent and unfair” internet companies that “have become as important for conveying public opinion as public utilities are for supporting modern society.”

That’s exactly the right message and every red-state governor should be sounding it. But if you are going to take on the Silicon Valley overlords and protect free speech, you’ve got to make them pay. You’ve got to close gaping loopholes. And you’ve got to leave no deplatformed victims behind.

Citing Facebook and Twitter’s bans of former president Donald Trump, DeSantis has rightly blasted the immense control of “monopoly communications platforms” who now act as “enforcers of preferred narratives.” But the bill would not retroactively protect Trump or former Florida GOP congressional candidate and free-speech warrior Laura Loomer. As Loomer (who is running again for Congress in Florida’s 21st district) has warned for weeks, the bill only covers future state-level candidates, not federal candidates like her or the former president. A mechanism for review and restoration of already-canceled accounts is key. “The future of all of our future elections in Florida is dependent on this tech bill passing with the strengthening amendments,” Loomer told me. “In order to restore integrity to our elections in America, we must first hold Big Tech accountable for their discriminatory and anti-competitive behavior, as well as their illegal election interference in the form of deplatforming candidates.”


The bill would also only protect journalists working for large corporate entities and leave independent citizen media in the cold. Moreover, the Florida anti-social media censorship law fails to cover a wider universe of internet-based companies and financial institutions beyond Facebook, Twitter, Google and Instagram that are punishing conservative users for their political views. These include multinational banks, rideshare companies, payment processors and telecom companies. Loomer knows of which she speaks, having been banned by Paypal, GoFundMe, Patreon, Lyft, TeeSpring, Uber and even Uber Eats, among dozens of other companies, for her no-holds-barred journalism and anti-jihad activism.

Similarly, “America First” host Nick Fuentes has been banned by all the usual Big Tech suspects, along with livestream service DLive, Coinbase, “and every payment processor” for his forceful advocacy of populism, an end to mass migration and protection of the nuclear family. He was scheduled to join Loomer, former Delaware GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke (banned from Twitter for calling a pedophilia-flirting transgender activist “demonic”), and me in Palm Beach Tuesday at a rally to push for loophole-free legislation holding Silicon Valley accountable for discriminatory deplatforming.

But Fuentes never got off the ground, because two airlines and Joe Biden’s TSA informed him that he didn’t have “clearance” to fly. He has been charged with no crimes and was blocked from exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.

“The United States is now a country that persecutes its own citizens for political dissent. My placement on the no-fly list constitutes a grave escalation by the federal government against American conservatives,” Fuentes told me. It’s “all the more reason why our Republican representatives in state and federal government must get serious and pass strong legislation that protects the civil liberties of the 75 million people that voted for Donald Trump.”

I’ve fought the deplatforming tyrants for 15 years as an internet entrepreneur and will do all I can to protect and support this new generation of free speech warriors from the globalist speech-squelchers and thought crime police. If you care about the future of this crumbling sovereign nation, you should, too.

First, send this message to DeSantis and every Republican governor and state legislator purporting to oppose Big Tech: Get it done, GOP. Get it right.

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  1. Martin007 says:

    One of the most important things that needs to be done is to make all civil servants at will employees. This will enable the next conservative administration to make serious changes. Woodrow Wilson’s administrative state needs to come to an end.

    Atlas Shrugged was supposed to be a warning, Not A Newspaper!

  2. The Florida legislation is toothless. FTN went over it on their latest show.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Platforms should be considered public accommodations. They should only be allowed to remove illegal content. Users should be able to sue them for any other blocking, banning, removal and/or flagging.


    • Replies: @Realist
  4. Realist says:

    One of the most important things that needs to be done is to make all civil servants at will employees.

    How would that be accomplished?

  5. Realist says:

    Platforms should be considered public accommodations. They should only be allowed to remove illegal content. Users should be able to sue them for any other blocking, banning, removal and/or flagging.

    How would that be accomplished?

  6. Conservatives are funny. On the one hand they will fight to the death so that a cake shop can refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay man. A private business should always be allowed to choose its own customers they contend. Then when Facebook, Twitter, or some bank wants to choose its customers conservatives are outraged. I would imagine that if Facebook were deplatforming gay people conservatives would be fine.

  7. ruralguy says:

    Before Social Media, people kept their thoughts to themselves. Now, America is knee deep in the muck.

  8. @Harry Huntington

    You’re missing the point. A cake shop is not one of the main channels of communication in the industrialized world. If your “private business” grows to host 90% of the worlds search traffic or much of the international dialogue on current events then that is a little different than a cake shop.

    • Replies: @Harry Huntington
  9. @Sir Launcelot Canning

    So what you are saying is that conservatives believe that it is ok for small business to discriminate based on a customers viewpoint, but at some point the business gets too large and it cannot act like a private business anymore. I would think conservatives would contend that in a free market competition would solve the problem. I don’t see any serious anti trust lawsuits in this country for decades–plainly the conservatives shut that down when they embraced the ideas of Robert Bork.

    • Replies: @Hans
  10. Hans says:
    @Harry Huntington

    Would you go to a kosher restaurant and demand pork chops? Do you support trans “women’s” rights to bikini waxing at salons who do them for actual women?

    The bakery was a Christian bakery, as you know, and if you cared about their religious beliefs or right to practice, you would have chosen a different example.

    The “gay” activists could have gotten their cake from numerous other bakeries, as you are aware.

    The social media corporations have the power to affect the direction of the nation unlike the Christian bakery, as you know.

    Etc, etc.

    • Replies: @Harry Huntington
  11. @Hans

    Social media and the christian bakery are both private businesses. End of story. The way you fix the issue is acknowledge, as courts have done, when you choose to participate in commerce you give up your rights. Thus, the cake shop is a public accommodation. The social media can be defined as a “common carrier” but no one has taken steps to do that. Clarence Thomas indicated common carrier regulation is the direction to go. Fact is, in civil society private business must surrender control to the public interest.

    As to your Kosher deli example, pork is not on the menu. Cake is on the menu at the cake shop so asking it to say “Happy Wedding Day Fred and Frank” is not a big deal.

    Of note, by the way, in Israel, they have Kosher McDonalds. So that could be done in this country if someone wanted.

    • Replies: @Hans
    , @Liberty Mike
  12. bayviking says:

    The truth matters but it has been argued about for millennia and that will never end. Democrats and Republicans have no legitimate claim on truthfulness, being entirely preoccupied with collecting money to run ads on private mass media which began life as a public asset. Their joint efforts to prevent third parties from getting on the ballot or participating in public debates is intimately connected to the pay to play system rampant in this country.

    How, or more importantly who, gets to police the truth? Trump’s relentless claim of election fraud has no basis in fact. Efforts to prove that case in Court were ridiculous on their face and rejected by Court Justices about 60 times, many of them conservative. That lie persists, not just in Trump’s mind, but in millions of his followers. The animosity developing between conservatives and progressives and religion and science is staggering and often used by developers to promote and destroy each other’s projects in a wasteful manner that no other country can afford.

    Everybody knows we have serious problems that require resolution. In the fifties a janitor could raise a family. Obama and Trump both campaigned on promises of change, without ever delivering in ways that would make a difference . to the average person. That’s because we do not really live in a democracy, despite all the claims that we do. A Princeton Study reviewed 2,000 pieces of legislation and concluded that every piece benefited the wealthy and we live in an Oligarchy. You can be certain DeSantis is the last person in politics to be concerned about this problem. Instead he has created distraction from the real problems at hand. Gerrymandering, illegitimate voter purging, the electoral college and voting machine fraud have been real problems where Republicans have had an upper hand. At least voting machine fraud has been reduced over the last twenty years.

    Gore actually won Florida in 2000. BushII and Trump, both products of the electoral college system, originally designed to preserve an Oligarchy, gave us the two worst Presidents in American history. These truths should disturb every American that wants to live in a democracy. Action is required to restore democracy and open public debates, to include both Sanders and Trump.

  13. anon[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Huntington

    I would imagine that if Facebook were deplatforming gay people conservatives would be fine.

    and conversely now that Facebook (and YouTube and Twitter) are deplatforming conservatives and not gay people, you’re fine with it.

    • Replies: @Harry Huntington
  14. anarchyst says:

    That’s easy.
    Get rid of Section 230.
    Declare that any “social media site” that has over 10% market share be reclassified as a “common carrier”, just like the phone companies.
    When was the last time you heard of a phone company censoring its customers’ speech?
    Problem solved…

    • Replies: @Realist
  15. bayviking says:

    Florida, Arizona and Georgia have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Each state is engaged in electoral fraud-making for the future — in full view of the nation. In these States the secretary of state, almost certainly a Republican, gets to decide which ballots are valid and which will be thrown away. The mass media rarely provides insight into how individual states handle votes, of what counts as a valid vote, who determines validity, and how many votes are tossed out. Turns out this individual determination of vote validity is crucial in elections.

    In How Trump Stole 2020, Greg Palast lays bare the What and How of voter disenfranchisement, and shows specifically how states have manipulated votes and helped determine who would win the presidential election since at least 2000. How do they manipulate? By tossing votes away — literally and by “technicalities” that hardly ever hold up to scrutiny.

    Palast has delineated the four key ways that votes get de-validated and not counted: stop registration; if they cancel anyway, then cancel their rego; prevent voters from getting to the polls; and, if all fails, then find a way to invalidate their vote (hanging chads, smudges, various anomalies). Palast says a favorite way of manipulating an election is dumping mail-in votes. In 2016, he says, more than 500,000 mail-in votes were tossed, overwhelmingly Democratic. Add in provisional votes lost, and millions of votes get tossed away by Republican-controlled states. Hillary won by any reasonable measure, but for this tossing.

    Some fools disregard Palast’s findings because his prediction that Trump would steal the 2020 election didn’t come to pass. But, if the Covid-19 pandemic hadn’t led to a massive move toward mail-in ballots, Trump would have won again, by the same purges. The mass media declared the 2020 presidential election ‘the fairest, securest election ever’, only because ALL the votes were counted this time.

    Despite the extra vigilance Trump almost won the election anyway. He was within a couple of percentage points in four states: Georgia (.2%), Pennsylvania (1.2%), Wisconsin (.7%), and Arizona (.3%), and even Michigan (2.8% is recountable). Had it not been “the most secure, fairest election ever,” many thousands of votes, mail-in and provisional ballots would not have been counted, as usual, and Trump would have won re-election. This “usual” scenario is what helps explain why Trump was so upset with the results of some of these states. He thought that he had Georgia in the bag.

    Maybe Karl “Turd Blossom” Rove put him up to it (he was with the Trump re-election campaign) and, according to Palast, back in 2012, Rove, a Fox analyst on election night, had been so indignant that Obama was about to win Ohio that he put in a call to the secretary of state’s office to throw votes. Rove knew that hundreds of thousands of Black Ohioan early voters were given provisional ballots that could be disqualified.

    Palast proved that John Kerry was robbed of the presidency in Ohio the same way in 2004. All Donald was doing in Georgia was asking for more of the same ol’ same thing. After Georgia became another unprosecuted crime when governor Brian Kemp changed the rules for vote counting while he was still the secretary of state during the gubernatorial race. Kemp’s half-million voter purge not only benefited him, but also helped get Trump elected president in 2016. If you thought the state would finally get its act together and legislate an end to the last minute manipulation of votes by Republican Machiavellian operatives, you’d be wrong.

  16. @Martin007

    lol. That’s amusing.

    If you libertarians were in anyway serious about shrinking government, you’d have been talking about a fully-paid furlough system, where current government employees would be furloughed for life at the same pay rate and retirement options. Then you’d destroy the buildings they’d worked in and turn them into national parks.

  17. @Realist

    Amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act:

    1) to require all social media run by publicly traded companies or subsidiaries to adhere to the same standards as the government on Constitution Amendments 1-10,
    2) with provisions to investigate band retroactively,
    3) to declare all social media companies act as platforms and NOT publishers,
    4) to require interoperability standards that are openly available so social media programs can communicate with each other,
    5) to require all content presentation algorithms to be published,
    6) to include massive fines for companies, parent companies, and their executive officers for noncompliance.

    • Replies: @Realist
  18. @anon

    Actually if you see my post above I said they should be subject to regulation as a common carrier. We also need things like the fairness doctrine and net neutrality. I would note, conservatives opposed both of those policies and reversed them when they held office in the name of “private business.” That is the problem, conservatives love private business until it starts acting like private business.

  19. Hans says:
    @Harry Huntington

    LOL, Harry. No, you don’t have to compromise your religious beliefs to engage in commerce, but nice try!

    Lots of bakery choices, not so many social media choices. Get turned down by one bakery, not blocked from getting a cake. Etc. No bakeries can shift votes as the social media companies can and do. End of story.

  20. Realist says:

    That’s easy.
    Get rid of Section 230.

    Your answer is not an answer at all. It begs the question how would you Get rid of Section 230? Why do you think that would be allowed? The Deep State would never allow that.

  21. Realist says:

    See my reply to anarchyst.

  22. Anonymous[336] • Disclaimer says:

    This fake. The legislation would be struck down in court because it does not reclassify social media platforms as common carriers or public accomodations. Clarence Thomas made a speech about this matter recently.

    This is just a cynical ploy to promote Ron Desantis, a person Michelle has been promoting for a long time.

  23. Whoodoo says:

    Outlaw all public-employee unions. They are wrong in principle, and disastrous in practice. They should never have been allowed in the first place.

  24. @Harry Huntington

    The bakery may be a private business, but a publicly traded, multinational enterprise that is subsidized by, and / or does business with, the state, is not a “private” business. Some of the latter also collaborate with the state to, inter alia, silence dissenting voices and interfere with the internal governance of other nation states.

    A mom & pop single store bakery refusing to bake a cake for sodomizers is a private business. Amazon, Facebook, and google, no so much.

  25. less government interference not more is needed here and in general. the hypocrisy of the people involved in this controversy is obvious if you are truly woke. they are all for using private and public means to censor what they disapprove of, yet want to play the sympathy card with big brother when they feel victimized. all neo-liberals and neo-conservatives are simply neo-puritans using different rhetoric to achieve the same goal- a morally pure america and world. all of you need to cancel yourselves.

  26. bayviking says:

    Friedman, Hayek, Reagan and Thatcher have been rationalizing the well documented decline in our standard of living for forty years, supported by Pelosi and Schumer. Tame stuff compared to what these bastards do to third world countries like Chile and so many more.

    Rand is just an insufferable dime store novelist that Paul Ryan forced everyone to read as a condition for employment.

    Libertarianism directly violates our constitutional mandate “to promote the general welfare”.

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