Those of you who watch my TBN show “Huckabee” (I assume that’s everyone, of course) will remember my guest Brandon Straka. He’s what you’d assume to be a prime demographic for the Democrats: he’s young, single, gay, a New Yorker and an aspiring actor who’d always been reflexively liberal (in other words, he’s the opposite of me, but we had a terrific conversation.) One day, Brandon realized that the Democrats who claimed to speak for him had started embracing everything he found abhorrent: threats, violence, vandalism, intolerance, weaponizing federal agencies to slander and investigate political opponents and silencing any views that weren’t in lockstep with theirs. So he bravely posted a YouTube video explaining why he was walking away from the Democratic Party.
That video lost him some friends, but it went viral and inspired thousands of other decent people who also thought the modern, hateful Democratic Party had left them to join him. It grew into the #WalkAway movement, to encourage the silent majority of Americans to stand up against the Left’s growing violence, intolerance, censorship and name-calling. It grew so big that Brandon began organizing a Walk Away March in Washington on October 26-28, the weekend before the midterm elections (WalkAwayMarch.com). That’s when someone at Facebook (the pinky-swear totally unbiased social media platform) found a way to silence him.
Straka posted a link to a radio show where he was to be a guest. It happened to be hosted by Alex…Oops, almost forgot: “He Who Must Not Be Named!” You know, that right-wing guy whom all the social media sites chose as the person who was so out there, nobody would protest if they censored him – which conveniently provided a camel’s nose in the tent for their escalating censorship of people, ideas and words that the Left find too difficult to refute rationally.
This is the slippery slope argument in action, and the reason why the Founders and, once upon a time even the ACLU, defended even the most offensive speech: because if you agree that some speech isn’t constitutionally protected, then someone has to determine what speech is and isn’t allowed, and that’s the kind of absolute power that corrupts absolutely. Soon, nobody has free speech except those who agree with the speech police.
Anyway, because of that innocent link, Facebook banned Straka, conveniently at the exact time he needed to promote the Walk Away March. And it being a grassroots movement, he was counting on using Facebook to promote it.
Facebook got a lot of bad publicity and reinstated Straka’s site, blaming the ban on one of these random errors that only seem to happen to conservative users. Of course, a liberal “journalist” tried to turn Straka’s fight to be reinstated into something nefarious, claiming he knew he was reinstated and was trying to gin up publicity by playing the victim, when Straka says that despite their claims, Facebook never contacted him to apologize or tell him his account was being reinstated.
Griping about Facebook or liberal media bias is fun, but there’s something more constructive that you could do. Brandon is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@usminority and following him there will get you updates on the march. And if Twitter pulls a Facebook, you can always learn more at his own website www.WalkAwayMarch.com. I have a feeling a lot of people will be leaving the social media giants to return to their own websites. If enough of you share that web address far and wide, then Brandon won’t need Facebook -- which seems to be bent on making all the conservatives and even moderates and reasonable liberals in America ask themselves, “Do I need Facebook either?”
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