Free speech advocates are appropriately concerned about the potential chilling impact that Douglass Mackey’s recent conviction may have on our ability to express our First Amendment rights. This case demonstrates that, regardless of whether they have committed any laws, the left and its friends in the mainstream media are eager to silence anyone who opposes their goal.
The accusations state that Mackey attempted to deny people their right to vote in the 2016 presidential election by encouraging them to text vote for Hillary Clinton through social media, text messaging, and memes. Although it is untrue that automated text message is permitted, the issue is whether Mackey’s activities were unlawful.
There is no question that when Mackey urged people to cast their votes for their favored candidate, he was exercising their right to free expression. Both political parties frequently employ social media and memes to mobilize voters and spread their messages. The crucial difference is whether or not using automated text messages constitutes illegal activity.
It’s also important to note that Mackey’s actions were restricted to texting and social media. Our laws must keep up with the rapid rate of change since communication technologies are continually developing in the world we live in. Applying antiquated rules to modern technologies is a bad idea since it limits people’s freedom to express their valid political views.
It is also crucial to note that Mackey’s conviction has created controversy surrounding free speech and poses significant issues with how our laws are applied selectively. According to detractors, the media should be held accountable for covering up the issue of Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 presidential election. Demanding equal legal protection for all citizens, regardless of their political beliefs or stances, is necessary if we are to uphold our First Amendment rights.
In conclusion, the conviction of Douglass Mackey is a setback for the core values of free speech upon which this nation was built. We must be vigilant in defending our rights and make sure that dissenting voices are not silenced by our legislation. Our democracy’s future depends on it.