Among my small pleasures this relaxing morning is clicking on the SDGOP spin blog’s link to right-wing-extremist platform Parler and getting the “404 Not Found” screen:
Ah, how emblematic of the Trump-tattered Republican Party: still feebly waving its ideological flag, but with no content to back it up.
Parler, of course, is broken (well, it was from the beginning, but now it’s really broken) because it helped foment Trump’s white-supremacist insurrection and because Web services provider Amazon is choosing not to be a part of such villainy. Likewise their Dear Leader Donald Trump has been kicked off Web platforms for betraying the Constitution and the rule of law.
Trump and Trumpists have been crying censorship all year about online bans of their hate speech. Their First Amendment claims are, of course, as wrong as most of the other things fascists say. Amazon, Twitter, and Google are not the government. They may permit or ban whatever content they wish.
What Trump and Parler are really complaining about is that Twitter and Amazon won’t let them outsource the hard work of building a national communication platform. But instead of clogging the courts with weak legal arguments for government intervention (which will never come from corrupt institutions controlled by the Deep State), you’d think good conservatives and capitalists like Trump and the Parlerites claim to be would seek a conservative, capitalist solution: sink Trump’s vast riches into building their own online service.
If I had Trump’s billions and Parler’s audience, I’d sink my money into buying a big server farm , patching in to the Internet, and charging my users a subscription fee for the great new and independent service I would provide them to spread our shared views and values without interference from Big Tech and all the other enemies QAnon tells us are out to diddle and eat our children. Surely with so much at stake, Trump and his followers would be willing to invest in a robust communication infrastructure that would help resist the grave threats to our freedom.
But no: Trump and Parler expect their alleged enemies to do their work for them… kind of like expecting me to publish Kristi Noem’s press releases without commentary and fact-checking, or expecting Mexico to build that wall. Trump and Parler are the worst kinds of communists, the ones who pretend not to want government controlling everything but who really want government to control everything for their exclusive benefit.
Quit whining and suing, Parler. If you want to spread your message, print your own pamphlets, the way Thomas Paine and other patriots did. If your ideas are good, the marketplace will respond. And if we read your screeds and see you’re traitors, well, you have only yourselves to blame for being shunned by decent Americans.