A Politico report on Monday revealed that Biden-allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are working with SMS (text message) carriers to stop the sending of alleged misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, opening a new level of intrusion against American free speech rights.
“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said, according to the report.
“When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out,” he added.
The new effort is frightening to consider. Remember when Facebook and other social media providers began labelling and removing posts with information it deemed “misinformation” about COVID-19? Many likely switched to texting their friends, believing the format was more private and safe from censorship.
That may not be true much longer. If Biden’s buddies get their wish, Americans could see similar tactics applied to their text messages. You may no longer be able to text your vaccine concerns to friends and family without a warning label or the text message being blocked.
Why is the Biden administration pushing this? According to the report, it is “becoming more difficult to convince vaccine-skeptics to get their shots.” The good old American free-speech perspective would be, “Who cares? It’s a free country.”
But apparently not if you’re a Democrat. Instead of freedom of speech, it’s limitation of speech. Your freedom to speak ends when the Left says it does. Doesn’t sound very much like freedom, does it?
At Trump rallies, you often see the former president enter to the Lee Greenwood song that says, “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.” The lyrics resonate with those who cherish the liberties we have in our great nation. But we can no longer take our First Amendment rights for granted.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s clear the left will use power grab opportunities to take away freedom for its own benefit. Time and time again, lockdowns have benefitted leftist teachers’ unions, Democrat politicians and progressive initiatives over what truly helps Americans.
An interesting contrast can be observed in comparing Republican and Democratic views of the vaccine. Trump rushed to have vaccines developed, but has always declared they are voluntary. He has even said he is against kids taking the vaccine.
In contrast, Democrats did not take the lead in developing the vaccines, yet have tried to take credit for its success and “force” people to take it through various incentives and rules.
The text message intrusion is an important one. Social media companies at least have the excuse that they are privately held companies. Cell phone providers like AT&T and Verizon are public utilities. They are not controlled like a private company. If the government can limit speech with our phone companies, what will be left? Let your elected leaders know you will not stand for the Biden administration’s plans to censor text messages.