Guest Piece by Gregg Updike
One of government’s most fundamental responsibilities is to protect its citizen’s life liberty and property. It is clear to any intellectually honest person that they have failed in this on many levels; this is intolerable. I am not talking about the riots and bogus shutdowns that are killing small business and people’s livelihood, although that is another failure. I am talking about censorship, identify theft and the permitted invasion of privacy.
Twenty-three or so years ago I dated a computer network engineer and she explained the concept of the open and free public internet. She told me how it was going to be an open forum unregulated and untaxed. I found the whole concept to be unbelievable; ultimately everything needs to be controlled in some manner or there will be complete anarchy.
What we have now is all the anarchy of the open forum of the public internet and the dictatorial unfettered control of a handful of tech giant leaders who determine whose message is heard and what information is disseminated. It is the worst of both worlds. This thought control is every bit, if not more so, as pervasive as much as the six or so traditional ‘news’ and entertainment networks.
Worse, the people who run these big tech social media platforms and their algorithms censor political thought are nameless and faceless. They operate anonymously with near impunity. Unlike the traditional media where we can at least see who the propagandists are and turn off the channel or drop our newspaper or magazine subscriptions; we have no such option if we want to engage in the social media arena with conservative views. Rather than have true open forums for thought, we are slaves to what they want us to see, hear, think, and how we ultimately vote.
By an amazing coincidence virtually all the rulers of these social media tech giants support the Left and the Democratic Party. And they are providing free “in-kind” donations worth millions, if not billions to that party and its candidates. This is clearly intolerable. Where is the FEC; that worthless “watchdog” commission that is supposed to ensure “free and fair” elections?
Who runs the feckless FEC? I suspect it is the same never-Republicans and Democratic loyalists who control the Debate Commission. I now call them never-Republicans as they are not just “never-Trumpers” sandbagging President Trump; they have done it to most Republican politicians over the years.
No one is more anti-government regulation than me, but I realize a free and prosperous society must have laws, rules and regulations in order to remain free, prosperous, AND protected from charlatans who take advantage of their positions of wealth and power. This is why we have the FDA, the EPA, OSHA, consumer protection organizations and the FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISION. It is why the FBI, DOJ and the alphabet intelligence agencies exist: to protect the law-abiding American citizens from fraud and damage. They are failing in that most basic mission and need to be greatly reformed or disbanded.
One of the most galling aspects of the whole internet “thing”, as Biden would say, is how the government has utterly failed in protect its citizens from all the problems associated with the internet.
How is it we have a whole new private industry created to protect people from internet identity theft and protect individuals from computer viruses and other internet driven maladies? Frequent commenters on this site have recently been reporting all kinds of interference on our free speech rights from malware and other attacks and apparently nothing can be done to prevent any determined individual or group from engaging in such malicious activity.
Who says crime doesn’t pay? It is certainly paying all the security companies vying for our dollars to protect us from electronic data crime. It seems we get monthly news stories about how some big retail chain, tourism company, or investment firm and even the federal, or a state or local government gets hacked and millions of people’s personal data could be exposed, stolen or compromised.
Where is the government, our supposed protector, in this? Where are the ‘news’ stories of arrests and convictions of hackers and identify thieves? Isn’t it amazing how some local arrest resisting minority criminal suspect who nobody ever heard of gets killed in a confrontation with the police and half the county erupts in chaos and violence for months on end; yet nary a peep is ever reported about hackers who cost society billions of dollars every year and ruin lives of thousands? The cost we must pay for our ‘data security’ must be added to the overall cost of criminal activity our government is supposed to but fails to protect us from.
Why is there no outcry from the competing information (news) industry about how big-tech social media platforms censors political free speech? The answer to that question is simple: their message is the same; they are just birds of a feather flocking us together.
Under the previous administration(s) many government agencies were corrupted to suppress freedom of speech of conservative groups and no one – not the media, not the FBI or the DOJ, no inspector general at the IRS or any other people controlling agencies – of weight said a peep or showed any concern about these egregious violations of public trust, safety and security. If there were any “whistleblowers” they were squelched, and no one gave a whit about it.
Where are the “99 plus percent“ of the “good people” in these agencies sounding the alarm? Yet we get some unnamed hack raising hell and who officially remained anonymous given congressional notoriety in an effort to bring down President Trump on a bogus accusation; which had the effect of pausing the agenda of the Trump Administration and probably hurt the initial COVID-19 response. Apparently only “whistleblowers” of a certain political persuasion are protected, while opposing “whistleblowers’ – if they exist – are intimidated into silence and/or ignored by the various departmental HR and IGs and especially the MSM (D).
It must be a priority of a second Trump Administration to protect the American people from the ravages of the “internet”. Many, if not most of the agencies charged with protecting American Citizen’s rights, freedoms and property must be either reformed or abolished. Part of that reform would be moving them out of the DC Beltway Cesspool and busting up big tech through anti-trust laws and regulations.
President Trump might and should make those reforms happen; a Biden administration certainly will not. Biden is a 47-year statis quo/quid pro quo swamp-rat; why would he do anything to punish the people who carry his water?
That is all.
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