If Punxsutawney Phil peaks out and sees his shadow, are we doomed to another six weeks of political pall?
And speaking of palls, Senator Elizabeth Warren, slipping in the polls, has unveiled YET ANOTHER PLAN.
Contemplate that very fact for a moment. The Distinguished Pocahontas Professor of Planning proposes to “combat disinformation by holding big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google,” Sunny Kim regales us from CNBC, “responsible for spreading misinformation designed to suppress voters from turning out.”
Warren vows to “push for new laws that impose tough civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating this kind of information, which has the explicit purpose of undermining the basic right to vote.”
Notice her flip of America’s script?
Swapping free speech for policed speech doesn’t upgrade politicians, regulators and judges to philosopher king status, able or justified to distinguish true information from mis– or dis-.
And is our basic right to vote really being undermined by “memes”?
Give me a break.
Confusing rights with influence, or some virginal lack thereof, is pure political poison.
Or it would be if anyone took Warren seriously anymore.
Meanwhile, PETA is horning in on Punxsutawney’s celebrated Groundhog Day.
“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the keepers of the weather-forecasting groundhog to let him retire,” CNN tells us, “and to be replaced by an animatronic groundhog.”
PETA got what reads like a Babylon Bee article into the news. “By creating an AI Phil,” the group’s letter to the Pennsylvania operation runs, “you could keep Punxsutawney at the center of Groundhog Day but in a much more progressive way.”
Is Elizabeth Warren’s notion also ‘progressive’?
Seems the opposite. But animatronics might be involved.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.