Censorship: Careful What We Wish For

Donald Trump is a vile human being who needs to be called on his lies, but the path of censorship is seldom traveled without consequence.

Donald Trump is a liar. He’s also a U.S. citizen.

I cheered when I first learned Twitter called Donald Trump on misleading Tweets about mail-in voting. About time, I thought.

The man cannot open his mouth or move his fingers without lying, it seems, and people believe the untruths he scatters around like so much shot out of a shell. Say it over and over and over enough times and people will believe it – that seems to be Trump’s strategy for just about everything.

It’s worked well for him so far. Look at how many people he got to vote for him in 2016, people who now are willing to defend him with their lives, literally, by going out in the midst of a plague with no thought of protecting themselves or others from infection. No social distancing. No masks. Nothing but guns and flags, U.S. and Confederate.

So, yeah, I was glad to see Trump’s favorite social media platform rein him in a bit. Finally.

But then, by the next morning, I was thinking about 1984.

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Social Media – Tell Your Elected Officials What You Really Think

You gotta love social media. It makes communication with your congresspeople so “right now.”

Here’s an example:

I probably shouldn’t have done it. The Tweeted response did absolutely nothing to elevate the national debate.

But – Damn! – it felt good.

And for just a few moments it took the edge off of my jagged frustration with Republicans in the U.S. Congress.

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