A Sunday poll conducted by CBS News reveals unprecedented division within the American public, with 54% Americans pointing to their fellow citizens as the greatest threat to what they define as the American way of life.
Economic forces, natural disasters, and foreign threats were easily surpassed by the threat presented by “other people in America.”
In coming years, a majority of the American public predicts that political violence will become more frequent, not more rare.
Voters overwhelmingly expect Joe Biden’s focus as President to be placed upon the Chinese coronavirus, with concern over the virus evidently a bipartisan sentiment surpassing the deep political divisions of the Union.
Trump and Biden voters report overwhelming scorn for one another, with 5% of the former and 4% of the latter approving of the opposition’s political constituency.
A slim majority of Trump voters reject viewing Joe Biden as a legitimate President.
It’s one thing to lament the disunity and recommend the adoption of a partisan agenda as a tentative solution to the unprecedented decline in social trust in America. The most honest of commentators may be the ones who frankly admit that America’s legal and governing structure isn’t designed for such a scenario and that the solutions aren’t readily available.
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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