Supporting the Schmitt-Paul Bill: A crucial step towards safeguarding individual liberties from government weaponization

Supporting the Schmitt-Paul Bill: A crucial step towards safeguarding individual liberties from government weaponization

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“If the allegations made by Plaintiffs are true, this case represents one of the most significant attacks on free speech in the history of the United States,” wrote federal judge Terry Doughty in his groundbreaking decision. He ordered several Biden administration officials and agencies to cease communication that leads to censorship requests from social media companies.

While Judge Doughty’s ruling didn’t come as a surprise to those who have endured social media censorship, it is astonishing that it took this long for a First Amendment-affirming decision to be made.

The bill explicitly prohibits federal employees from using their official positions to influence content moderation decisions on social media platforms and media organizations. (iStock)

The truly shocking part is the audacious willingness of those who have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution to shred the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments for political gain.

THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION UNDER FIRE: ‘COLLUDED’ WITH BIG TECH, FACILITATED CENSORSHIP

The GOP’s control of the House of Representatives has triggered a wave of investigations into the censorship regime at the Justice Department, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies. The objective has been clear: identify the issues, propose solutions, and engage in congressional battles to prevent such abuses from recurring.

Sens. Eric Schmitt and Rand Paul, along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, are now introducing game-changing legislation to reclaim the reins on federal government censorship.

This legislation is not only the most crucial bill in Congress this year, but it also creates a legal safeguard against civil rights abuses by the federal government, allowing those who have been wronged to seek justice.

MAJOR VICTORY AGAINST BIDEN’S “MINISTRY OF TRUTH” IN FEDERAL COURT

The original Bill of Rights, which was ratified three years after the U.S. Constitution came into effect, outlines ten essential liberties requiring protection from government overreach. Below are ten key provisions in the Paul, Schmitt, and Jordan legislation:

  1. Prohibits federal employees from using their positions to influence content moderation decisions on social media platforms and media organizations.
  2. Bans federal agencies from partnering with third parties to monitor social media content or receive unfair advertising advantages.
  3. Enforces penalties, including fines, loss of security clearances, and forfeiture of pensions and benefits, on federal employees who violate the aforementioned provisions. Contractors found guilty face permanent exclusion from future government contracts.
  4. Empowers those harmed by violations to sue the federal government and the individuals responsible for abusing their power.
  5. Requires agencies to consistently report any violations of the prohibition on employee-platform communications to the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.
  6. Permanently dissolves the Disinformation Governance Board and any similar bodies that may emerge in the future.
  7. Prohibits executive branch grants related to mis and disinformation programming.
  8. Compels federal grant recipients to certify that they do not create or promote lists of mis or disinformation media organizations.
  9. Safeguards against a president’s unilateral use of emergency powers to seize control of the internet and telecommunication resources.
  10. Ends FOIA exemptions for records pertaining to communications between covered providers and government employees.

JUDGE RECEIVES PRAISE FOR BLISTERING CRITICISM OF BIDEN ADMIN’S BIG TECH CENSORSHIP ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

These provisions, alongside others in the legislation, effectively nullify previous laws, grants, and actions that facilitated the rapid growth of a government-endorsed censorship regime, rooted in legislation like the Patriot Act.

This far-reaching legislation acknowledges the sheer temptation to wield federal power as a tool for silencing political opponents. Notably, even Robert Kennedy, Jr., who now speaks out against censorship, previously exploited his influence to target and undermine corporations and nonprofit organizations, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, due to their disagreement with his stance on climate change.

The Founders’ primary concern, as they crafted a new government, was the possibility of individual liberties being abused, even with the checks and balances provided by the Constitution. Hence, the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

Today, this comprehensive legislation embodies the same spirit that drove George Mason and James Madison to advocate for the ratification of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It seeks to protect the individual liberties of all Americans from an increasingly powerful and arrogant federal government.

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As the “securer of God-given rights” forgets its role, those elected by the people to be its check are now stepping forward to challenge this sentiment.

Citizens are rightfully frustrated with Congress, perceiving it as an institution that talks endlessly but acts sparingly. While progress on critical issues may be slow, it is crucial to prioritize accuracy over haste.

However, the tables have turned today. Sens. Schmitt and Paul, along with Chairman Jordan, have crafted a piece of legislation that truly addresses the political manipulation within our federal government.

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Now, it is the responsibility of the people to inform Congress that they expect action in defense of liberty, utilizing every tool at their disposal.

Civil libertarians from across the ideological spectrum must unite in support of these sweeping reforms, ensuring the eradication of the looming threat to our fundamental freedoms.

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