Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for a ‘review’ to judge whether statues of iconic American figures should be kept in public, refusing to rule out potentially removing statues of founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Pelosi was speaking in a livestream interview with a Washington Post journalist on Thursday.
The establishment Democrat clarified that she differs from mobs of rampaging vandals destroying statues in process terms, claiming that she prefers a legally sanctioned process in which various statues of American men would be removed.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both owned slaves. @SpeakerPelosi says there should be a review about what to do about statues depicting the men. She says that even though Jefferson and Washington were slave owners, that shouldn't undermine what they did for this country. pic.twitter.com/H0T4w4GCuO
— Washington Post Live (@postlive) June 25, 2020
Pelosi was insistent that statues commemorating figures associated with the Confederacy be removed, arguing that they are inseparably linked to slavery. She took a more nuanced position towards individuals who owned slaves when the institution was legal, without expressly ruling out removing statues featuring founding fathers such as Jefferson and Washington.
“That doesn’t mean just because Thomas Jefferson or George Washington or others were slaves owners that we should undermine what they did for our country,” Pelosi said. “These Confederates – Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens – they committed treason against the United States in the name of slavery. I think that’s a different story.”
“I would say, rather than tearing down and defacing, why don’t we just have a review.”
The legacies of the men who birthed the United States, transforming thirteen British colonies into a distinct and sovereign nation, are up for “review,” according to the Democrat.
Liberal cultural fanatics have swiftly pivoted from targeting Confederate statues to more mainstream American figures. Elite American cultural institutions have already taken steps to purge the memory of great Americans such as Washington, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt from everyday life, in addition to vandalism attempts targeting Presidents Andrew Jackson and even Abraham Lincoln.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Pledges to Outlaw Big Tech Censorship
Texas has had enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pledging to outlaw Big Tech’s left-wing censorship, announcing his support of a bill in the Texas State Senate that would open social media monopolies to lawsuits from users at a state level.
State Senator Bryan Hughes Senate Bill 12 would provide legal recourse for users of Big Tech platforms who are banned from the services to return, designating Big Tech monopolies such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as common carriers.
“They are common carriers and they cannot discriminate against people … it’s a violation of the first amendment,” Hughes said. “This is going to protect Texas’ free speech and get them back online.”
I am joining @SenBryanHughes to announce a bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints.
It's un-American, Un-Texan, & soon to be illegal.https://t.co/zSdirRa1pj
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 5, 2021
“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott of the legislation. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”
“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state.”
The law establishing legal recourse against online censorship may prove legally durable enough to avoid breaching Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law provides immunity for user-created content on internet platforms, and doesn’t give social media platforms a right to discriminate against active or potential users on the basis of political ideology.
The future for fighting Big Tech censorship lies at a state level. While some state Republican officials have proven reluctant to separate themselves from the lucrative business lobbies of Big Tech oligarchs, Hughes’ approach seems legally innovative enough to give free speech defenders a fighting shot at free expression online.
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