Senator Rand Paul is on a powerful roll, starting off 2022 with a serious bang.
After spending much of 2021 routinely exposing Fauci for his constant flip-flopping, not to mention open deception of Congress, Paul is starting off 2022 taking aim at another serious nemesis of liberty and freedom: Big Tech.
In a compelling op-ed, Paul describes how the new year provides a chance to reflect upon changing unhealthy habits and embarking on new lifestyle changes, all in an effort to improve their quality of and outlook towards life.
And, needless to say, Paul rapidly reached the conclusion that social media platforms are generally toxic for health, certainly for his own.
“Every year, people resolve to do things that are better for their health — quitting alcohol, processed food, toxic relationships. I have come to the realization that my relationship with YouTube is dysfunctional.” [Source: Washington Examiner]
YouTube, which was unfortunately acquired by Google, has proven to be absurdly partisan on multiple occasions. Hapless “fact checkers” undoubtedly harass Paul when they should pay vastly greater attention to Biden.
Speaking of Biden, YouTube notoriously protected the president by disabling comments on some seminal videos covering his administration, and that action alone reveals that Biden is not nearly as popular as the fictional news media made him out to be during the time of the election.
Now, in light of the drastically declining approval ratings of the Biden administration, Big Tech will likely target conservatives more aggressively than ever.
Hilariously, Democrats think that the already anti-free speech Big Tech companies censor enough, though Big Tech sure seemed to censor any remotely negative stories about Hunter Biden during the 2020 presidential election.
Needless to say, Democrats continue to use social media platforms, along with many conservatives, as Paul observes.
“Everyone complains about Big Tech. The Left says Big Tech doesn’t censor enough. The right complains that Big Tech censors too much already … Many in Congress, on the Left and the Right, want to break up or regulate Big Tech, but few of these loud voices have actually stepped up and quit using Big Tech.” [Source: Washington Examiner]
However, Paul has decided that 2022 will be the year that he himself devotes significantly less time to social media.
As in virtually no presence on YouTube.
“I will no longer post videos on YouTube unless it is to criticize them or announce that viewers can see my content on rumble.com.” [Source: Washington Examiner]
By exiting YouTube, Paul is not only reducing the time he spends on the platform, but also the time that his followers would have otherwise spent on the platform watching him.
Paul also points out the power that the public can have in dismantling the influence of Big Tech, if only they opt to leave the platforms entirely or at least spend significantly less time on them.
The outcome would be well worth the departure from social media, as Paul points out.
“About half of the public leans right. If we all took our messaging to outlets of free exchange, we could cripple Big Tech in a heartbeat. So, today I take my first step toward denying my content to Big Tech. Hopefully, other liberty lovers will follow …
As a libertarian leaning Senator, I think private companies have the right to ban me if they want to, however, those of us who believe that truth comes from disputation and that the marketplace of ideas is a prerequisite for innovation should shun the close-minded censors and take our ideas elsewhere, which is exactly what I’m doing.” [Source: Breitbart]
Paul’s commentary does not come a moment too soon, especially in light of Twitter’s recent (poor) decision to permanently ban Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for daring to diverge from the standard story regarding COVID and the vaccines.
Though Twitter’s decision also hastened podcaster Joe Rogan’s switch from Twitter to GETTR, with Rogan directly citing Twitter’s “dumb” decision to censor conservatives while letting liberals say pretty much whatever they want.
“Just in case s*** over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well. Rejoice!” [Source: Washington Examiner]
Author: Ofelia Thornton