Actor James Woods has been a strong conservative voice on Twitter for years, but following a suspension over a Tweet and the subsequent deletion of that Tweet, it appears Woods is throwing in the towel for good.
“Twitter demanded that I rescind my tweet paraphrasing Emerson,” James Woods said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “It now seems they have chosen to delete that tweet from my account without my permission. Until free speech is allowed on Twitter, I will not be permitted to participate in our democracy with my voice. As long as Jack Dorsey remains the coward he seems to be, my Twitter days are in the past.”
It’s a free country (for now) and I respect his decision, but it’s still the wrong approach in my humble opinion. Waiting for free speech to be allowed on Twitter is like waiting Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Neither will happen any time soon. He might as well delete is account.
As I noted the other day, the only proper way to fight the tech giants is to persevere despite their purging, censoring, and silencing. Yes, they hate conservatives. Yes, it’s unfair. But we have the truth on our side. We must continue to hammer home the fact that we’re right and they’re wrong. While we push for alternatives to grow, giving up on the powerful four players in America’s battle over free thought (Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) is not a solution.
We cannot succumb to our frustration over unfairness. These companies laid the trap by letting us say and do what we wanted for years. We shouldn’t have participated in consolidating the power of digital messaging into the hands of people who oppose our views, but we did and now we’re facing the consequences. But that doesn’t mean we need to give up on the fight. The odds are stacked against us just as they were before the formation of our nation, but brave men and women have the power to push forward.
Any time a strong voice spreading the right message is lost over frustration because the system isn’t fair, it’s a win for the left. James Woods can do as he sees fit. I just wish he didn’t give up on this particular battle.