How Online Censorship is Shaping America and Destroying Us from Within
By Michael Bluemling Jr.
Throughout millennia, debate has centered on the expansion of civilization – how we mere mortals expand our minds with new ideas, challenge norms, inquire and seek truth. For centuries, citizens have been allowed to express their views and have changed history because of it. Whether determining the earth was round, that gravity exists or that a man could be put on the moon, the freedom to communicate and to disagree, allows us to discover true knowledge.
When one debates, ideas are tested. Theories are put through the fire of truth and scrutiny, and either stand or melt away. On the opposite side you have rhetoric, the selling of one idea. Socrates argued against this FORM OF PERSUASION because it stifled growth and getting to the truth.
The Greeks turned debate into a sport, and men would gather daily to listen to new ideas and information. This is how St. Paul the Apostle spread the Gospel. He saw the statue of the Unknown God and said he knew who this unknown god was. He was invited to share this new information and the rest is history.
Freedom of Speech in the American Experiment
Fast forward some 1,800 years and our Founding Fathers understood the importance and need for free speech, the ability to express one’s ideas without hindrance or threat of punishment. Let those who hear decide what has merit and what doesn’t. This liberty was SO important, our Founding Fathers enacted the First Amendment to the U.S. Bill of Rights, which states that “Congress shall make no law. . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. As citizens, the press has the power, and the protection, to pursue truth and to report it.
In their wisdom, the Founders knew it was NOT what everyone agreed upon that needed protecting; rather it was the controversy, the raw truths and the challenges that needed protection. You see, a community without ideas will not grow or prosper. #DISASTER
The Scale of Life
As the late Jim Rohn (noted business philosopher and public speaker) used to say, “When we’re born, we’re all given a life scale to weigh ideas and make decisions.” In other words, when we hear something important, it’s heavy and we act upon it. If it’s trivial, it’s light and we ignore it or save it for another day.
Calibrating Your Scale
Our scales are calibrated continuously by what we hear, through what we read, from the sermon on Sunday, behavior of our peers and so on. We then we use this scale to make decisions that affect our lives.
Here’s the question: Is it possible your scale is slightly off? Is it possible you learned something that was not true and it’s affecting all your decisions? Like the farmer whose scale is slightly off, the extra tomatoes he is giving away may not put him in bankruptcy, but overtime, compounded, it will affect his fortune.
Recalibrating Your Scale
How do you recalibrate your scale? You listen and read and debate. You listen to the things you avoided because you disagreed with them. You read opposing views and consider their merit. Honestly scrutinize your self perspective. Accept.
The recalibration has begun.
Censorship in Media and Social Media
This is why censorship and blatant biases are harmful. How can you recalibrate your scale and make informed decisions if much of the information you need is blocked? Knowledge is powerful, but it’s applied knowledge that is power. You need the knowledge!
Today, liberal forces control technology, the biggest ocean of news and information, and are censoring conservative ideas. Of what are they afraid? Do they think people should not, or cannot, think for themselves? Are the liberal bullies afraid that conservatism will defeat their ideas under the fire of debate? Do they think the more loudly they scream, opposing views will be muffled?
Even if you do not believe as I believe, I will defend your constitutional rights. The scales are currently tipped and I will level the scale.
What Should You Do?
As a voter, whose vote decides what affects you and how, you need to be informed. One way to make sure Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Et. Al. are not blocking vital information is to read blogs, subscribe to newsletters and follow or connect with the source online. This way you will receive the information directly and no one can control what you think and believe. Remember, an informed citizenry is the bedrock of any society and nation. Get the information. Be informed.
In Congress, I will defend your rights from a point of truth and knowledge.