At this turning point in history, America and the world need the ‘free speech absolutist’ to finish his job
Last week, Elon Musk conducted one of his famous Twitter polls, asking users if he should step down as CEO of the social network. The results showed that 57.5% were in favor and 42.5% felt he should stay. Musk announced shortly after that he would step down as CEO as soon as he found “someone stupid enough to take the job.”
There are many potential reasons why he decided to conduct this survey – some say it was a publicity stunt, which is a compelling argument, others believe it was done to weed out bot accounts, which which is also reasonable. But whatever the intention, now is not the time for Musk to quit. Not just as CEO of Twitter – if Musk is a man of his word, he must stay put as a visible freedom fighter on all fronts.
It certainly doesn’t escape the billionaire that only the people who actively use Twitter in the first place had a say in this poll – and all Twitter polls for that matter. He should also be aware of the many accounts that still haven’t been reinstated, even though they shouldn’t have been banned in the first place (like Josh Slocum’s popular Disaffected podcast – what’s up with that, Elon?) and it’s surely taken into account that many more will only return to Twitter if Trump returns, which he won’t. So with all that in mind, its polls are limited by default. Vox Populi, Vox Dei, as he often tweets, concerns a rather small audience. Outside of the Twitter universe, where people live their lives in a God-created place known as the Universe, we also want freedom of speech and freedom of the press. With that in mind, I hope that Elon Musk, the man, and not just the businessman, sticks to his word.
It is understandable that a CEO should be accountable to his shareholders and his customers. Yet when he bought Twitter, Musk knew what he was getting into was far bigger than buying a social media company. He didn’t buy it because he thought it was a great investment. When he explained, “I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, which I love. Noble feeling, indeed. I hope he loves his countrymen above all else – We the People. The people who make up the great country who have enriched it. People whose presidential election outcome was influenced by corrupt government officials who still claim that we all live in a “the democracy” which we obviously don’t do.
America needs Elon Musk to remain defiant, to act boldly and to pursue the truth. We are at a pivotal moment in history. Everything that happens right now is important and sets a precedent for the future, and like Trump, Musk is pulling back the swampy curtain of DC further. He pays attention, and that alone has the potential to change the course of history. At a time when few Americans feel represented by our own government, made up of career politicians who are completely disconnected from the people they are supposed to work for, Musk is a voice. When the Senate rammed through the latest blatant spending bill that sends more American taxpayers’ money overseas while we suffer at home, the Twitter CEO, at least, call them. I sincerely thank him for that, because these days you have to be a billionaire to get anyone in Washington DC to listen to you.
Elon Musk has revealed – to anyone with eyes to see – the deep corruption in many arms of the US government and the tech giants they work with. Trump warned us about this seven years ago. Exposing him is dangerous territory, of course, so if Musk is worried about his safety — or the safety of his children — he has good reason. Yet the cat is already out of the bag. For anyone paying the slightest attention, the public now has receipts showing that the FBI and CIA have worked against the American people by censoring and limiting the information we have access to. They wanted us to believe one story – eerily similar to countries like China and North Korea.
We have all the evidence before us. But what can we do about it? What is anyone even willing to do about it?
Mr. Musk, if you’re reading this – which is unlikely since RT is still banned on your platform – don’t stop at free speech. Defend the entire United States Constitution that is under attack. Fight for us. Use your money and power to help save your country. Finish the job.
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