Elon Musk, the eccentric owner of Tesla, is purchasing Twitter for $44 billion. Musk has often been an outspoken critic of the censorship at Twitter, as conservatives are silenced and deplatformed. In his bid for Twitter, Musk again made the case that Twitter should be reinvigorated as the digital town square – a place where ideas can be debated and challenged, and where civil discourse can thrive.
That description of what Twitter could be has put the Left into full meltdown mode.
Twitter, in recent years, has accelerated its clamping down on conservatives. President Trump is banned for life. And, of course, Twitter refused to allow The New York Post’s excellent journalism about Hunter Biden’s laptop to be spread through tweets. Twitter took swift and severe action to shut down the Post’s story. Numerous conservative politicians find themselves in Twitter “time-out” or banned for voicing opinions.
During the pandemic, Twitter took on the role of quelling scientific discovery and debate with the zeal of a Renaissance era government official. Galileo was sentenced to house arrest in 1633 for daring to assert that the earth revolved around the sun; thousands of people were deplatformed and banned from Twitter in 2020 and 2021 for questioning the wisdom of masking three-year-old children or forcing millions of kids out of school. Twitter refused to allow healthy discussions to take place, or for Americans to debate some of the most consequential government decisions of our lifetime.
Elon Musk plans to do away with the one-sidedness of Twitter. And the Left is terrified.
Twitter will be unrecognizable under Musk’s leadership. Gone will be the group-think that prevails, the reflexive censorship of conservatives, and the silencing of America’s free press.
When the right to debate, and the right to question government are restored to Twitter, we will once again have a digital town square worthy of our republic.
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