Wow. Take eight seconds to hear from the Teeny Tiny Tyrant Ted Lieu:
“I would love to regulate the content of speech”. 😞 pic.twitter.com/ncMV1h6BXO— Townhall 🗽 (@JonGarthwaite) December 12, 2018
Thanks for confirming what we already knew, Ted.
But for the fact that our Founders put constraints on the Government, idiots like Ted Lieu would run roughshod over your unalienable rights.
Sure, Ted goes on to explain the government shouldn’t be regulating speech (because the First Amendment prevents them). Whereas he thinks tech companies like Google should do more to regulate speech.
Not quite sure how that helps his case. But in the interests of full disclosure, I thought I’d point out that there’s more to that clip.
The other reason I add that caveat is because I think it is much more telling than Teeny Tiny Tyrant Ted realizes.
He’s effectively saying “I’d love to do it, but I can’t because of the Constitution. So I hope tech companies will do more to make up for the fact that I can’t do it.”
In other words, they’re using a cut-out. Government censorship by proxy.
This is why I oppose social media censorship. And this is exactly why I think it violates the First Amendment. The Democrats are using social media companies as a proxy to restrict speech since they themselves are Constitutionally prevented from doing so.
The other thing that’s remarkable here is, despite thinking government shouldn’t regulate speech, Teeny Tiny Tyrant Ted would love to be able to regulate speech.
And it isn’t just on CNN that Ted expresses this desire to regulate free speech.
He also does it on Twitter:
I agree there are serious issues, but the speech issues are protected by the First Amendment. Would I like to regulate Fox News? Yes, but I can’t because the First Amendment stops me. And that’s ultimately a good thing in the long run.— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 11, 2018
So in other words, Teeny Tiny Tyrant Ted Lieu wishes he could put the screws to those with whom he disagrees. But, alas, he can’t.
Damn that Constitution!!
This is like saying, “I’d love to murder you and cut you into a hundred pieces. But I can’t because it’s illegal.”
But see, if you truly believe that Freedom of Speech is an unalienable right, you wouldn’t “love to” or even “like to” regulate it.
Nor, in my way of thinking, would you encourage social media companies to do more to limit speech on your behalf.
Does Ted Lieu think it makes him look like a big believer in the Bill of Rights to say, “sure I’d love to be a tyrant, but that pesky Constitution gets in my way? So I hope the social media companies will do it for me.”
Someone who believes your right to free speech is unalienable wouldn’t dream or fantasize about silencing anyone.
But Ted Lieu does.
Which is all kinds of ironic.
After all, Teeny Tiny Tyrant Ted is one of the Democrats in Congress that just can’t stop mewling about how much Donald Trump wants to be a Dictator.
On Planet Earth we call that “projection.”
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