The Twitter Healthy Conversation Canard
How Twitter Silences
The moment I have been expecting for several months now, arrived this morning at 7:45 am. Twitter suspended my account providing this illuminating reason:
We will discuss this bellow, but first, let's see how this Orwellian system works. As you can see, there is a link there to appeal to "Twitter Support." Clicking on it takes you to the following screen:
Great. One can appeal a suspension to Twitter Support, but the action to do so is not permitted, since the account is suspended. Kafka would have a field day with this one. And so I embarked in an endless loop that makes Mr. K's travails look tame.
You see, what is important for Twitter is to give the "appearance" of process where there is none. Enough to keep undesirables like me out while assuaging the conscience of those who have any qualms about freedom of speech.
So let's go back to the "offending" tweet.
It was sent in response to this obnoxious ejaculation by the ineffable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
Let's discuss hate.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's statement starts with a fallacy: "Asking to be considered a refugee and applying for status isn't a crime." Of course not, and nobody ever claimed otherwise. She refers to these upstanding citizens, who we can see here "applying for status":
A horde of scofflaws pelting rocks at our Border Patrol officers attempting to enter the country illegally, whatever their ultimate purpose is. Are these people "applying for refugee status"? No. They could be doing that peacefully at any US diplomatic facility in any of the three countries they crossed to get to this point. Instead, they are engaging in criminal activity. Thus my characterization: "the criminals you defend."
That is not an opinion. It is a statement of fact. It has nothing to do with the criminals race, sexual preference, gender, religious affiliation, age, or any of the other categories listed in Twitter's notice. Whatever those may be, these people are engaging in a violent criminal activity. That should be obvious to any but the most obtuse.
Then, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez indulges in a false analogy that is, in itself, a violation of the very Twitter rules invoked, namely, comparing this criminal behavior to that of Jewish families escaping certain death in concentration camps, or to Rwandan refugees half a step ahead of certain death in the worse case of genocide since the Holocaust.
I take this seriously.
When persecuted Jewish families attempted to obtain refugee status in the US at the onset of WWII, the Democrat government of Mussolini admirer Franklin Delano Roosevelt closed the doors on their noses, applied a moratorium on visas for European Jews and turned away those that managed to get close to our shores. An egregious example is that of the SS St. Louis.
Look at them:
The Roosevelt government did not just deny them disembarkation in Miami, it used its considerable influence to deny them first disembarkation in Havana, Cuba, to the dismay of those assembled at the pier. And the SS. St. Louis returned to Europe, where many of its passengers were exterminated by the Nazis.
"Sisters Gisela Feldman and Sonja Sternberg, 93 and 90 years old respectively from Manchester, UK, were both young girls when they boarded the SS St. Louis with their mother. Sonja will never forget the moment the ship was forced to turn around and head back to Germany, and how difficult this was for her mother. They remember parting from several of their family members in Berlin who they never saw again. "We were very lucky to have gotten out," recalled Sonja, now 90. "We lost our father and 31 other close family members.""
And Ms. Ocasio-Cortez compares these victims of the Holocaust to rock-throwing criminals and the Trump administration to the philo-Nazi actions of the Roosevelt administration.
THAT is hateful.
To point it out, to denounce it, is not.
I made no reference to it in my reply, but the massacre of hundreds of thousands in Rwanda as the Clinton administration refused to not oly grant refugee status but in any way to intervene with the massive diplomatic and military tools at his disposal to save but a single life, or the Obama administration's protection of the Assad regime in Syria, enabling it to gas its own people time and again. Those two belong in the same category of callous disregard for human life shown by the Roosevelt administration towards the Jews of Europe. All actions Ms. Ocasio-Cortez implicitly defends in her hateful tweet.
But, some may say, the style of my cantankerous response (one designed to call attention to the issue) may have violated Twitter rules! Nonsense. What sits at the extreme of my own style is tame when compared to the sewer language of leftists protected by Twitter every day. Like this jewel:
I actually reported this tweet, just to see if there was any reaction. There was none. It is still there. Crass language from the pen of leftists of all stripes is apparently acceptable to Twitter. So are the antisemitic rants of racists and bigots, as long as the targets are conservatives or Jews.
The furiously anti-Semitic rants of Louis Farrakhan, Linda Sarsour, and a host of vitriolic bigots, not to mention accounts promoting ISIS or Iran sit well with Twitter.
Those of us ho denounce racism in ALL OF ITS FORMS, who routinelly expose anti-Islam, anti-Jewish or anti-Christian diatribe, who demand historical accuracy and seek to promote dialogue even if sometimes in a lively fashion, are not.
I finally found a back door to "appeal" what I know is unappealable. Call it my insaciable curiosity. What I got is this:
I'm not holding my breath. Two things I know for sure:
1. I have no trust in Twitter's process, devoid of transparency, or even a hint of decency.
2. Paraphrasing George Carlin, Twitter can suck my genital situation. They need me more than I need them.
While I will miss interaction with my thousands of followers, know that you can reach me at those websites, and that we will soon devise the means to have real time interaction at QuodVerum.
Should Twitter ever review its absurd ruling and allow me back in, I will, as I stated before, continue to participate in my own style, with my own voice and shall not, under any circumstance, delete a Tweet or accept any kind of censorship.
I have survived two terrorist attacks, I have lost family to the Nazis and my fiancee to Islamic terrorists. I have endured incarceration and torture for Liberty's sake.A bunch of nerds in diapers are NOT going to tell me what to say, how to say it or when to say it.
Enough is enough.
This one's for you, @Jack