Conservative Principles Do Not Require Us To Roll Over For Big Tech

by Kurt Schlicter, via TownHall.com

We are never going to sell people on allegedly conservative principles that end up making conservatives less free. After all, when we sell conservatism, we are selling freedom, in contrast to the perpetual soul-killing tyranny offered by leftist ideology. So, the idea that conservative principles require us to defer to the growing oppression of the left because it is delivered through the medium of allegedly private corporations is nonsense.

Don’t want none? Don’t start none. That’s one of my conservative principles. The corporations started it, and now it’s our right – our duty – to finish it.

The fussy Bow Tie Boyz of conservatism will tell you that this calls your conservative bona fides into question. Well, question away. If “conservatism” means I have to take guff from some goateed 20-something helming a unicorn start-up who thinks I have way too many rights and way too much privilege because my ancestors came from Stuttgart and I wield a penis, count me out of conservatism. I am utterly indifferent to whether the aspiring dictator who seeks to force me to obey is a government employee or a corporate CEO. Neither is acceptable, meaning I will not accept either.

The Big Tech jerks from Silicon Valley are crusading SJWs with a few billion bucks lying around, and they have decided that their target for domination is us. They created the new public square that is the internet in general and social media in particular (check out Glenn “Instapundit” Reynold’s new book), and now they have realized that when everyone gets a say, some people are going to say things their Bay Area pals dislike. As a result, the Instafacetwittertubes have taken to policing the electronic soapboxes against anyone who might cause tension at a Santa Monica Chardonnay tasting. The Bingyahoogles are busy tipping the search engine scales toward their preferred politicians and perspectives, all leftist with an SJW twist. And companies like Salesforce are deciding what legal products, like guns, you can and can’t sell (and therefore, buy) based on what political ideas are in fashion in Menlo Park.

I don’t remember voting for any of these people to run our country. Do you?

But even as they use their power to undermine our ability to participate in the governance of our own society, we are informed that our True Conservative™ principles foreclose our ability to use our own power (in this case, GOP control of the executive branch and the Senate) to defend ourselves. The reason? Oh, well these are private companies, you see, and they can do what they please to limit your ability to be a fully participating American citizen. You can’t fight back using your most powerful weapon, your dwindling political power, because reasons and because.

Nope.

You try to hit me with a bottle and I’m hitting you with a bat. The aggressor does not get to cite my ideology to demand that I limit my own ability to effectively defeat him. What would ever possess me to agree to that?

And the idea that the conservative gospel commands that private entities are somehow untouchable is ridiculous. Let’s dispense with this silly idea that it is utterly unconservative to regulate the actions of a private business via a simple question:

Are you cool with companies refusing to let black people sit at a lunch counter? With denying them a Twitter account because they are Jewish? With telling women “Sorry sweetie, this software is for men only?”

Of course not.

But at one time, the idea that the sanctity of property rights gave a private business complete autonomy to discriminate was a “principled conservative position.” But this is not a “principled conservative position” anymore; even National Reviewrepudiated having held it a half century ago. Today, mainstream conservatives reject the notion that the government cannot regulate against discrimination based upon race or religion. And it is well-established in the law that the Constitution gives the Congress the power to enact laws doing so, except where the government violates the religious liberty of the business owner, so put that in your cake and bake it.

The “principle” that we can’t tell a private business who it must do business with is no principle at all. We accept that discrimination can be curbed, leaving only a debate over what kind of discrimination should be curbed.

Ma’am, we have established what you are – now the only question is your price.

So, why not bar political discrimination in social media, internet infrastructure (like search engines) and in business in general? We correctly bar racial discrimination because it is unJudeo-Christian and unAmerican to create a caste of second-class citizens by denying some people the ability to equally participate in society. The political discrimination we see today bars citizens from full participation in society and in their own governance. A citizen who cannot express his ideas is crippled; a citizen who loses a bank account or can’t buy a gun to protect his family because some software maker doesn’t like the idea of peasants having pitchforks is no longer a citizen but a serf. Why should conservatives allow themselves to be morphed into second class citizens? Isn’t our liberty enough of an interest to warrant government protection?

Well, not to the liberals. And not to the GOP establishment types who prefer us uppity Normals sit down, shut up and turn out on Election Day to vote for whatever Jeb!-like loser they put forward to go to DC and represent the Chamber of Commerce.

We keep hearing conservatives throw around the word “statist,” but that’s not the debate-ending trump card they think it is. We are conservatives, not anarchists (like my pal Michael Malice, whose essential book The New Right just dropped). There are things the state should do – like protect the citizenry. It should protect their lives from invaders, their property from criminals and, yes, their right to be full citizens from nefarious tech titans who want everyone between I-5 and I-95 to nod and obey.

The answer is not always state action, but sometimes it is state action.

This is not a call for willy-nilly, poorly thought-through regulation. Anyone who took Poli Sci 101 understands “regulatory capture,” the process by which larger corporations invite regulation knowing they can control the regulators and leverage it to secure their position and bar competition. The idea is not to impose a detailed regulatory regime requiring a legion of easily corrupted micromanaging bureaucrats. Rather, it is to establish simple principles that can be enforced by the wronged parties themselves – much like the racial and sexual anti-discrimination framework we have today.

Enact a few simple laws requiring social media outlets to allow all matter allowed under the First Amendment. Keep the Section 230 protections – the idea that truly neutral forums should not be liable for the actions of individuals using the forum is sound, just now we would require the tech companies to honor the “neutral” part. Also, require all business to not bar their use by legal industries or on the basis of political views. That way, for example, we don’t have gun control that cannot be voted into effect via the people’s representatives being imposed by woke corporations. Nor would people who like Trump have to worry about having their Wells-Fargo bank account closed or not being able to get a Verizon phone.

We don’t need a big new bureaucratic apparatus to enforce these rules. We have lawyers. Discrimination law is mostly enforced by lawyers suing on behalf of people who claim they were wronged. Assign hefty statutory damages amounts to various kinds of discrimination, allow the recovery of punitive damages where appropriate, provide for injunctions against further misconduct (or to restore banned people) and award attorneys fees to successful claimants – this is how we enforce our rights without a huge new federal agency. Let’s let hired gun attorneys clean up Dodge City (and I’ve seen plaintiffs’ lawyers get awarded $600+ per hour, which will even make Mark Zuckerberg take notice).

There is no actual conservative principle that requires us to shrug and accept being ostracized from the basic structure of modern American society for the sin of defying the conventional wisdom of a bunch of Scat Francisco swells. They started this. An essential component of the unwritten deal with big business, part of the reason they could claim to be political non-combatants, was that – at least toward the masses – that’s generally what they were. Your Uniteds and Bayers might work behind the scenes for or against legislation that affected their rice bowl, but they did not mess with our rights. Yet today, you have airlines shunning the NRA and drugmakers boycotting liberal shows all the way up to YouTube denying services to conservatives for expressing conservative views. These are attacks on us, as citizens, and this is both new and unacceptable. They can’t be culture warriors when it suits them and claim to be hors de combat when we prepare to punch back.

They chose to play horsey. This is horsey. Unleash the lawyers to regulate them into submission.

There is an alternative to fighting back, and it’s not a happy alternative for you. It is you being silenced and intimidated by a liberal elite leveraging its corporate allies to force you into submission and obedience. I write about what happens when the left wins in my action-packed yet super-snarky novels about the United States’ split into red and blue countries, People’s RepublicIndian Country and Wildfire. Not surprisingly, liberals and the fussy castaways from the Weekly Standard hailed my novels as “Appalling.” But then, my key conservative principle is “Do whatever it takes to defeat those leftist SOBs who want to take my freedom and money,” so of course they hate my books.

Call the White House Today!

PLEASE CALL OR MESSAGE THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY!

Make Two Statements:
First: We support the Tariffs on Mexico to Close the Border
Second: The President MUST Pardon Paul Manafort NOW!

Call the White House:
Comments: 202-456-1111 
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Click Here to Contact the White House Online

My fellow Patriots,

I am writing to you once again to ask for your aid in a matter of tremendous significance to our nation and to our prosperity agenda. As always, I do not ask for your help unless it is critically important to your Individual Freedom and Liberty. Today is one of those occasions.

You may not be aware of what the left, in the form of the radical prosecutors in New York State, are doing to squeeze Paul Manafort in order to build a criminal case against Donald Trump in state court. As Alan Dershowitz points out, it is clear that a sitting President cannot be charged with a FEDERAL crime while in office, it is not clear that he cannot be charged with a state crime!

I will not explain what the left is trying to do to entrap the President, but Alan Dershowitz spells it all out for you in this important interview with Dennis Prager:

Click Here to Listen

Please click these links and you will see how henious this action to transfer Manafort to solitary confinement in the notorious Rikers Island federal prison in New York City really is:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/legal-experts-stunned-by-das-barbaric-decision-to-send-manafort-to-rikers-island

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/alan-dershowitz-why-is-paul-manafort-off-to-rikers-prepare-to-be-shocked-and-outraged

Now, Alan Dershowitz is telling Trump that he MUST pardon Paul Manafort NOW! By doing so, we accomplish several important goals. First, Manafort gets out of prison TODAY and never goes to Rikers Island where he can be coerced to cooperate. Second, then New York State must bring state charges against Manafort for financial misconduct, which will take months, but most importantly, state law will not allow them to torture Manafort to try and get him to “compose” a crime against Trump to gain his release like they are trying to do now. Third, Trump must pardon Manafort NOW because what they have done to him and are planning to do to him is not who we are as a nation and is a flagrant abuse of our judicial system for purely political reasons!

They broke down the door of his home when he was a cooperating witness, the Mueller team put him in solitary confinement trying to get him to make false charges against Trump, when that did not work, they charged him in New York State, now they are making the unusual step of moving Manafort from a minimum security federal prison to solitary confinement in a New York City Federal Prison for one reason – to get him to implicate the President in a crime. That is NOT our Justice System that is what they do in Third World Dictatorships!

We cannot allow this miscarriage of justice but most of all we cannot allow this “tactic” to entrap our President to be deployed by our enemies! 

PLEASE take action today to message the White House and give your support for the President to make this pardon as soon as he returns from Normandy! I cannot express the importance of you and your organizations taking action immediately and I trust that you will do so.

For Liberty,

Tom Zawistowski
President
We the People Convention

Call Rob Portman and Tell Him you are NOT Stupid!

Rob Portman thinks You’re Stupid!

Rob Portman is proving once again this week that he doesn’t “Represent” YOU or me or Ohio! Never has, never will. He is a bought-and-paid-for lackey of the US Chamber of Commerce and he represents them, not YOU, in their globalist efforts to destroy your job and our nation. (Don’t believe me read all about it here.)

Rob Portman thinks that you and I are stupid. He thinks he can just lie to your face and get away with it. While he and the corrupt “Republican Party” are solely responsible for this INVASION of our nation, Rob Portman tries to tell you and me that he rightfully opposes President Trump’s Tariffs on Mexico because it will “hurt Ohio”. In a Columbus Dispatch article today he says that a 5% tariff on Mexico would increase the costs of imports to Ohio by $9.6 billion a year. So, we can’t have that, right Rob, I mean the drugs coming over the border KILLED 4,293 Ohioan in 2017 alone, so the cost of $9.6 billion in increased costs to Ohio’s would not be “worth it” to save THOUSANDS of lives??? Right Mr. “I am going to solve the Opiod Crisis.” I am pretty sure that killing our sons and daughters “Hurts Ohio” more than paying a little more for our damned Avocado’s Rob! 

You solve the crisis Rob BY CLOSING THE DAMNED BORDER!!! You solve it Rob by SUPPORTING the President who is the ONLY ONE doing a damn thing to stop this INVASION!!! This Invasion YOU and the corrupt Republican Party created and failed to fix because your masters in the Chamber of Commerce want to drive down our wages and destroy our communities and our society.

Hey Rob, you know what “hurts Ohio” and all American’s? How about the $436 Million in our tax dollars – and borrowed money – that we will have to pay to take care of illegal Immigrants TODAY!Just Today! How about the $116 BILLION it will cost us, not you Rob, not the Chamber of Commerce, but us, THIS YEAR to take care of ILLEGAL immigrants with schooling, housing, food, health care, transportation and everything else. 

Speaking of borrowed money, your NON-Representative voted this week AGAINSTRand Paul’s “radical” balanced budget plan that would cut 2% of spending each year. How many real Republicans in Ohio Rob do you think are concerned about the federal government borrowing $1 Trillion dollars every year and we are on the hook for it? You think it might be a majority? Read any polls lately on the topic Rob? Yea, but you voted no, because you don’t “represent” us do you Rob? We can’t cut even 2% of spending because your global corporate buddies love getting that corporate welfare, love the fact that you take care of them Rob so they can take care of you. It’s a beautiful system isn’t it Rob, unless you are an Ohio Citizen! 

Normally, I would ask you to call your “Representative” and let him or her know how you feel on an issue. Rob Portman doesn’t give a damn how you feel or what you think. So, just call him up and tell him that you know that he doesn’t represent YOU, and he should stop pretending that he does, and that he should just go to hell! It will not change anything but it will make you feel better for having done it and no one deserves it more than your “NON-Representative”!

For Liberty,

Tom Zawistowski
President
We the People Convention