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Today's newsletter includes:
- One, two, three...how Big Tech coordinated to take out Parler
- Pointless Congressional Theatrics Update
- A warning about violence and the Boogaloo movement
- Will Pelosi impeach herself?
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One, two, three...how Big Tech coordinated to take out Parler
By Mike Huckabee
Perhaps the best source I can point to on what Big Broth—I mean, Big Tech, is doing to conservatives is, ironically, the non-conservative Glenn Greenwald, who has had to “go independent” because of his straightforwardness and is now on Substack,com.
Tuesday, he posted a commentary called “How Silicon Valley, In a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler,” which details the principles of privacy and free speech behind the social media platform and its growth after being set up in August 2018. That growth spiked dramatically after other social media censored the NEW YORK POST’s story about Hunter Biden and started deleting posts even by the President of the United States, labeling them “misinformation.” When Twitter finally terminated Trump’s access, that was enough for millions, and they started leaving in droves for Parler.
As Greenwald notes, the people behind Parler had done exactly what the social media giants had always said to do: If you don’t like the rules we impose, go start your own platform and make your own rules. But when Parler succeeded, they fought dirty to force it out of business. Just when it became the most downloaded app in the country, tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google worked seamlessly as one to abruptly remove it from the internet.
If Parler’s attorney’s are reading, Greenwald offers the perfect opening statement for when their HUGE LAWSUIT reaches court: “If one were looking for evidence to demonstrate that these tech behemoths are, in fact, monopolies that engage in anti-competitive behavior in violation of anti-trust laws, and will obliterate any attempt to compete with them in the marketplace, it would be difficult to imagine anything more compelling than how they just used their unconstrained power to utterly destroy a rising competitor.”
Greenwald tells how this unfolded, starting with a letter from Apple that said they’d received “numerous complaints” and “accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, that led...to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.” It warned that they must submit the requested "moderation improvement plan” within 24 hours or their app would be removed from the Apple app store.
Not surprisingly, the letter was immediately leaked to BUZZFEED, which, not surprisingly, published it in full. Parler tried to communicate with Apple without success. The next day, Apple told Parler that it wouldn’t distribute apps that represent “dangerous and harmful content” and removed them. An app that's not downloaded from the Apple store cannot be used with an iPhone. As Greenwald explains, even if the Parler app has already been downloaded, it won’t be updated, which will soon render the platform “both unmanageable and unsafe.”
Google struck Blow #2, “suspending” Parler from its Play Store, thus severely limiting users’ ability to download it onto Android phones.
The next day, Amazon delivered Blow #3, informing Parler that its web hosting service was terminating them. Parler was then, effectively, offline. Amazon said: “Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th...”
In a matter of just a few days, Parler went from being the most popular and fastest-growing app in the country to being banished from the internet.
Leftists, who used to be pro-free speech, are cheering the demise of Parler. Ding, dong, the First Amendment is dead!
But Parler wasn’t designed to be an echo chamber of MAGA-hatted Trump supporters. As Greenwald describes it, “The platform was created based in libertarian values of privacy, anti-surveillance, anti-data collection, and free speech.” It was for people who wanted privacy and didn’t like the idea of being “data-mined.” It was also for those who increasingly objected to the rules about what could or could not be said --- and no, that doesn't apply to calls for violence, which are against Parler’s terms of service anyway and are already illegal on any platform.
Explicit calls for violence are rampant on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (owned by Google). The Capitol breach was planned largely on Facebook and Twitter, including by members of QAnon. No participants have been found to be active on Parler.
Yet it’s the threat of more Capitol Hill-style violence that is purportedly causing Big Tech’s crackdown on Parler. Obviously, that’s just pretense for censoring conservative opinion.
Greenwald’s article is very detailed and examines Big Tech’s close relationship with politicians and the intelligence bureaucracy. It’s a must-read.
On Tuesday, Greenwald, appearing with Tucker Carlson, said Big Tech companies are “acting like nation-states,” with Facebook even setting up “committees” to decide what speech is true, false, dangerous, not dangerous. Sounds as though Winston Smith of 1984 would be right home there.
Greenwald pointed out that even world leaders who are not fans of President Trump, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel, are now speaking out about how dangerous Silicon Valley has become by “anointing itself the world media that controls and is more powerful than their democracies, because they know that’s coming for their democracies as well.”
He elaborated on what he’d said in his commentary, noting that out of the first 13 arrested for Capitol Hill violence, “a total of zero” were active on Parler. Most of the advocacy and planning had been done on Facebook, YouTube (Google) and Twitter. Yet AOC and others with power in the Democrat Party were demanding that Google and Apple “kick Parler off.” If their concern really is to stop violence, why weren’t they calling for Facebook and YouTube to be de-platformed?
Here’s one clue: Biden reportedly got ten times more money from Big Tech than Trump did. The real menace is that they’re working hand in hand now to control all expression. This is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional, but unless you want to talk about how “woke” you are and how much you still hate Trump, the plan is to leave you with cute fuzzy puppies and pictures of food. Any political or societal point of view that doesn’t get the leftist gold star will have to go.
Tucker also hosted Glenn Beck, who said he'd built his own media company in anticipation of this coming. With the current political upheaval and the technological upheaval, he said, these two powers “need each other.”
As a caution, Beck compared what’s happening to what FDR did to Japanese-Americans during World War II, confiscating their wealth, shutting their businesses and, eventually, even isolating them in camps. “You can’t have freedom of speech,” Beck explained, “if you can’t express yourself in a meaningful place.”
“This is like the Germans with the Jews behind the wall,” he said. “...This is the digital ghetto.”
Beck is taking heat, of course, for making that comparison. But as he explained, he wasn’t literally comparing the current situation to Nazi Germany, just using it as an example to show the direction things can move without constitutional protection. He issued a warning: “If you don’t stand up for free speech, you will be the one that loses it as well.”
Here's an excellent blogpost, featuring the commentary of legal expert Jonathan Turley, that agrees completely.
Pointless Congressional Theatrics Update
By Mike Huckabee
Tuesday, House Democrats passed a resolution calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office, which Pence promptly rejected.
Also, six House Republicans introduced a resolution to censure Trump, but Democrats are intent on impeaching him again, in a process that starts today.
At least five Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney, say they will vote to impeach. They blame his challenge of the vote and his rhetoric for inciting last week’s Capitol riot. I also disapproved of his rhetoric, but it’s not treason to challenge a vote (Nancy Pelosi herself spread distrust in the 2016 vote), and nothing Trump said in his speech or on Twitter was an incitement to violence. Of course, that’s a dispute that would normally be hashed out by attorneys in an impeachment proceeding, but this House has no time for trivialities like evidence or due process, so they’re just barreling ahead with a vote to impeach.
Some Republicans in the Senate are reportedly leaning toward voting to impeach (it’s rumored that even Mitch McConnell may be among them), but most other Republicans seem to think it’s just divisive political theater at a time when we need calm and unity. So the chances of a two-thirds vote are virtually nil, even if you could impeach someone who’s already left office. Nobody seems to agree on that point.
Legal analysts disagree, but all admit that the Constitution says nothing about it other than that a President is removed from office after being impeached. I’m not a legal scholar, but I assume the Founders didn’t put anything about impeaching departed Presidents into the Constitution because they never imagined that Americans would elect leaders who were dumb enough to come up with an idea like that.
But what do the American people think about all this late-stage impeachment deja vu? I’ve told you that before you believe any poll, take a look at the sample size and breakdown. Right now, the media are trumpeting a poll claiming that “Americans narrowly back Trump’s impeachment, resignation.” That poll claims that Americans back Congress starting impeachment proceedings by 48-44 percent.
Here’s the part they don’t talk about so much: the poll sample was 813 Democrats to 595 Republicans and 588 independents. Independents were split 50-50, so they had to oversample Democrats by about 30% to get a 4% lead, and the pro-impeachment vote was still less than 50%. That’s with the media giving us a 24/7 pro-impeachment drumbeat and social media and Big Tech trying to silence any opposition.
What I think is a more accurate poll by McLaughlin & Associates, with a sample reflective of the 2020 election, found that 60% of voters think impeachment is a waste of time and money, 74% think it’s politically motivated to keep Trump from running again, 73% think they should be dealing with the coronavirus instead, and 65% think Pelosi and Biden are keeping the country divided. Also, 70% believe Big Tech companies are too powerful and need to be regulated, and 74% agree that if they can take away the President’s free speech, they can take away any American’s right to free speech.
All this proves that despite what the propaganda press is telling us, most Americans are smart enough to know when they’re being bamboozled.
A warning about violence, the inauguration and the Boogaloo movement
By Mike Huckabee
The FBI is sifting through more than 40,000 tips from the public to identify people involved in last week’s violence inside the Capitol. They say Americans will be “shocked” when they learn of the brutality that took place last week.
They also reportedly have warned Congress about further potential threats of violence up to and on the Biden Inauguration date of January 20th. There have been reports of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 state capitals on January 17th. While the source isn’t certain, it’s rumored to be promoted by far-right extremists called the Boogaloo movement.
Some on the right are claiming this is a false-flag designed to smear or trap law-abiding Trump supporters, but the movement is real, and its adherents are very bad news, although some seem to be more general anti-government anarchists than rightwing. They should be thoroughly condemned, and the FBI is right to take every precaution.
Here are a few recent stories about some of their members, to show why the threats must be taken seriously:
With the warnings out, the FBI and other federal authorities on high alert, and many Trump supporters who planned to attend peaceful rallies are now rethinking that. Pundit Roger Simon urged Republicans to respond by refusing to respond in any way. Not only don’t go to any rallies, don’t watch the Inauguration on TV, don’t stream it on any devices, just ignore it completely. He says that inaugurations are supposed to be a celebration of democracy, but there’s nothing to celebrate here, so let it be a ratings disaster and a cluster of Democrats surrounded by nothingness. As he puts it, “Suppose they gave an Inauguration and nobody came?”
He writes, “You must have something better to do, like fix that leaky faucet in the guest bathroom once and for all or finally to install that second peg board in the garage that’s still in its shrink wrap.” And think of how much fun it will be to hear Democrats and CNN trying to explain how fixing your leaky faucet is an act of white supremacy.
Will Pelosi impeach herself?
By Mike Huckabee
If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that challenging the results of an election is an assault on democracy and a dog whistle to supporters to incite violence, then I assume she’ll be launching an impeachment process against herself for this recently-unearthed 2017 tweet:
“Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.”
I will be sure to keep you posted on the progress of Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment of herself.
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