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By Michael Oberndorf at Renew America


“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press….” The salient terms here are “Congress shall make no law.” The meaning of “abridge” at the time it was used in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution was “to deprive.” Thus, even though the actions by Internet giants Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other blatantly leftist social media corporations in censoring conservative content – read: pro-American, pro-capitalist, pro-Christian, pro-traditional values, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Trump, etc. – clearly deprive us of our freedom of speech, the actions are constitutional, since the perps are companies and not Congress. Though these self-proclaimed arbiters of what is acceptable to say or discuss are depriving the majority of Americans – and do not doubt me, as R. Limbaugh says, we ARE the majority – of a venue to speak out, they are not included in the language of the 1st Amendment, and therefore, not covered.

We are faced with a similar problem in regard to the “mainstream” media. Technically, TeeVee “news,” both networks and cable, MSN, Yahoo, The Hill, Politico, all the failing “newspapers,” etc. are “the press.” Interestingly, the amendment has no definition of what “the press” is. If we applied the reasoning the idiot, double-standard left tries to apply to the 2nd Amendment, that the Founders meant only the muskets in use in the late 1700s, then TeeVee, radio, the Internet, and all news transmitted in any way, shape, or form other than ink on paper, including news sent by the far-left Associated Press, by telephone, telegraph, or fax, would not be covered. Hmmm…In any case, this so-called modern press is free to make up the most outrageously libelous and seditious lies and slander on a daily basis, without fear of curtailment or legal repercussions. Conundrums, indeed.

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