Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News reported that Bradley Smith, a law professor and former Republican Federal Election Commissioner, will be serving on the board of a new advocacy group tasked with protecting Big Tech companies from substantial social media reforms. Smith headed up the “Institute for Free Speech,” which also tried to protect Big Tech giants from legislative accountability.
Per another report from Bokhari, a new lobbying group “American Edge” is being established with Facebook’s tacit support. The group fills the role of defending Big Tech against Republican and Democrat efforts to check social media’s power.
According to the Washington Post, the group will make the case that Big Tech companies are “essential” to free speech on the Internet.
Smith is one of the Republicans on the board of American Edge and has built a reputation for opposing campaign finance reform. He was the founder of the Institute for Free Speech (previously called the Center for Competitive Politics) following his departure from the FEC. The Institute’s original aim was to advocate against campaign finance reform.
Recently, the Institute for Free Speech has argued that Congress should not modify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives tech companies carte blanche to censor users.
In 2019, the Institute made an assertion that changing Section 230 allegedly “threatens the First Amendment.” The article also recognized that Section 230 gives the power to tech companies to censor their platforms, while contending that the law should not be changed:
Senator Cruz has forgotten, or misrepresents, that Section 230 was created to encourage platforms to remove objectionable content, not to enforce “neutrality.” Had Internet companies simply been treated as publishers, they would have been liable for any illegal content that appeared on their platforms. The only way Internet companies could have avoided liability would be to adopt a completely hands-off approach to content moderation, but this presented its own problems.
Big Tech will continue to have its way as people like Smith gain clout and derail any conversation about holding these companies accountable.
Mexican Government Reported that Nearly 80,000 People are Still Missing
Mexico Spirals Out of Control While Joe Biden Promises Mass Amnesty
According to a report released by the Mexican government on November 25, 2020, over 79,500 people are still missing in Mexico.
This comes in the backdrop of Mexico’s infamous military offensive against drug cartels in 2006. Since the erstwhile president Felipe’s military offensive against drug cartels, the number of missing people in Mexico has skyrocketed.
Before 2006, there were 1,500 disappearances in Mexico, per statistics that Deputy Human Rights Minister Alejandro Encina put forward. Since July, there have been roughly 6,300 new cases reported.
Encina observed, however, that the number of disappearances have dropped since 2019.
Mexico is notorious for its alarming levels of violence, which is largely perpetuated by organized crime. In 2019, 34,582 people were murdered. So far in 2020, 26,431 people have been murdered from January to September.
Encinas claimed that Mexican authorities have discovered 1,399 mass graves in Mexico over the past two years. Of the 2,290 bodies discovered in the graves, 879 have been identified.
Mexico is not in good shape and that’s putting it lightly. America at least recognized this with Donald Trump in office. Trump was elected on an America First platform which stressed tough policies on the border and was not willing tolerate mass immigration like his predecessors.
Sadly, the apparent president-Joe Biden is more concerned with trying to pass mass amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens and freezing deportations for 100 days.
Securing our Southern border is a recognition of the cold, hard truth that Mexico is falling apart, and it’s institutional and social rot could potentially make its way up north. Much to America’s chagrin, the next occupant of the White House will likely not recognize that. Should fraud allegations fail to invalidate the current results of the 2020 elections, America First patriots must act accordingly and make immigration a massive issue during the 2022 midterms, both in the primaries and general election.
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