Queens County Republican Patriots

Twitter and the Return of Free Speech

by Eileen Korby

Even if you don’t really know what Twitter is, or have never been on it, you know that Elon Musk has made liberal heads explode by buying it. True, it’s not completely a done deal yet, and the FCC is “investigating” whether the purchase should be allowed to go through. However, as I write this in mid-May, it seems that it will.

The good news for Conservatives is that Musk has promised a free-speech platform, and as a result, conservative membership is booming. As an example of this, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), whose account had been banned, not only had her account reinstated, but gained almost 100,000 followers within a 24-hour period. But I don’t need to read about famous people to know what’s happening. I joined Twitter recently and had my account grow to thousands of followers in days by posting tweets with conservative messages, and I’m not a celebrity.

But more important than the explosion of activity is what is being allowed to be said. I have seen many tweets on topics that are banned on other social media platforms. There are posts promoting Dinesh D’Souza’s new film “2000 Mules,” tweets stating that the 2020 election was stolen, tweets about Hunter Biden’s laptop, tweets about the origins of Covid, and tweets questioning the safety and efficacy of “The Vaccine.” You don’t have to agree with those things. What matters here is that freedom of speech has once again returned to our country, and that’s a very big deal. Once upon a time, not too long ago, it was very common to hear someone say, “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it.” Today, say the wrong thing and it can cost you your job, and even worse. You could be publicly humiliated and shamed, or doxxed and have mobs outside your house, as happened to Tucker Carlson and the Supreme Court Justices. This new-found freedom of expression and opinions is a breath of fresh air.

Not everyone feels this way, of course. I have seen many posts of liberals signing off Twitter forever because they are appalled that views that offend them won’t be censored. It has been reported that liberal celebrities have lost thousands of followers. Former President Obama has been reported to have lost 300,000 followers. This is a shame. Free speech is there for liberals too. It is tragic that they prefer to silence themselves so as not to hear opposing opinions rather than participate in public discussion and debate. It’s worse than a shame, actually; it’s childish. Unfortunately, this is the result of colleges building “safe spaces” for snowflakes who melt at the discomfort of disagreement.

If you once had an account on Twitter and dropped it, or were banned, now is the time to come back. If you’ve never had an account, you might want to see what’s going on there. Follow the Queens County Republican Patriots at @RepublicanPatr4 and the Queens Village Republican Club at @qvgopny. Follow your favorite elected official or news outlets. Find ordinary America-loving patriots – there are millions of them!

A word of warning, though. Twitter sucks up too much personal time. Go on. See all the conservative voices. Feel some hope for the future. Then sign off and go back to real life.

See you on Twitter. Now and then.

Eileen Korby is a retired NYC teacher, and is running for a seat on the Republican County Committee. Follow her on Twitter at @WhoLovesYaB