Listen up! I’ve got something to say about this whole situation. What Twitter did to Jesse’s account is wrong. There was no explanation given, no demand to delete a certain tweet, just a swift suspension and then a note stating that the suspension is permanent. But this is nothing new when it comes to Twitter and their seemingly targeted enforcement of their TOS as it pertains to conservative voices. I’d love to be able to say that Twitter was engaged in simply shutting down political discourse, but there are no prominent accounts on the left that I know of that have been permanently suspended.
Kathy Griffin can post a picture of a severed head of President Trump without suspension. Louis Farrakhan can call Jews termites without suspension. But let a conservative voice, like Jesse Kelly, say something that the Twitter deities don’t approve of, and you get an instant suspension without an explanation. Nobody knows if he violated any of the TOS or not. They didn’t ask him to remove a violating tweet. They simply told him that his account had been suspended and that it would not be restored.
Jesse speaks about the silencing of voices on Twitter. Whether on his radio program, on his TV appearances, or for any of the publications to which he contributed. He is ardent in his defense of any voice, right, left, American, or foreigner, being heard. Why? Because speech is a basic tenet of freedom. And Jesse, like many others, myself included, fought to defend that and our other freedoms.
And the worst part is that there are people on Twitter who claim to be conservatives that were cheering Jesse’s suspension. How can anybody who claims to be of a conservative nature celebrate the stifling of another’s voice? It’s simple. These people aren’t conservatives at all. They are cowards, abusing the brand of “conservative.”
Now, Twitter has the right to set rules for their social media platform, but do they also have to the right to arbitrary enforcement of said rules? My conservative, small-government side says yes. If they want to run off conservative voices and create a left-wing echo chamber of listlessness, go right ahead. I’d love to tell you to jump ship and abandon Twitter, but much like a prisoner in line to eat, Twitter is the only meal being served.
So, what’s a conservative on Twitter to do? You make your voices heard. After all, that is what Jesse stands for. I’m not Jesse Kelly (I look much better). I don’t have the reach or following that Jesse has. But if we all stand up together and make our voices heard, all they can do is silence us all. That should serve to make us even hungrier to have our voices heard. So, with the exception of violence or terrorism, if you see an account suspended, don’t bother looking to see what their political ideology is. Rather, defend their voice. You don’t have to like what they’re saying. That’s what the MUTE and BLOCK functions in Twitter are for. But don’t celebrate the stifling of freedom, fight it!
Just a gaggle of people from all over who have similar interests and loud opinions mixed with a dose of humor. We met on Twitter.