Show Notes

Episode 128 Rob Cairns Talks Free Speech

 

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Hey, Al Robert Cairns here. I hope you’re all having a great night. In this issue at the SDM show, I wanted to sit down and weigh in on the free speech issue in the United States and across the world right now. I really have some really strong opinions about this topic, and I think they need to be heard. So grab a drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy the episode. I know this is a tough one. I know this is a tough issue. But remember, free speech matters for democracy.

 

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Hey, y’all, Robert Cairns again. So today’s podcast is that I wanted to talk about free speech. And this issue has become really hard. We’ve seen a couple things happen. We’ve seen one social media network get banned to the point. AWS actually told them, they had 24 hours to get their infrastructure after server. And then we had an issue with the president united states, Donald Trump last week. So legally, what Trump did was wrong, insinuated right, and I should preface this by saying I am not a Donald Trump fan 100%. You can throw stones at me or hate me for that. That’s fine. Don’t follow me don’t listen, I’m good with that. But Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all banned Donald Trump and banned the president united states accounts that I have a problem with. And the reason I have a problem with that is, democracy is based on free speech and the ability to speak, blow our minds. And frankly, it seems like the free speech only matters, as my friend Todd Jones says, when we’re speaking to our tribe, and we got to really protect the integrity of democracy. Do we want to be like China or Russia? Or Cuba? Do we really want to go down that slippery slope? And personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. What we need to do, more importantly, than let somebody then ban some Donald Trump has continued to educate people. I mean, Trump has divided us, and the people in the US who chose him have divided the country more than I’ve ever seen divided before. But should they be able to freely speak their mind, and I personally think, Bla Bla cracy, they should. And the problem is the minute we start to climb up free speech, things get hidden. Look at China, would you like a society where you can’t use Google or can’t use various websites protect communicate freely, without reprisal or going to jail? It starts with basically shutting up people have an opinion. And then what happens is it gets bigger, and bigger and bigger. And now that we’ve gotten down this road with the social media site, and we’ve gone down this road with Trump, what’s it gonna take for Twitter and Instagram and Facebook to go down this road? Again? Think about it. Yes, sir. Private services. So they do not have the same duty of care as a public service? No question. They’re allowed to set Terms of Service of their account. But the question is, should they have gone down this road? Personally, I think they shouldn’t have. And I and I think the repercussions are great. Great, and the repercussions are hard. And frankly, at the end of the day, should we have been playing this game? And my real answer is no, we shouldn’t have. And, you know, we’ve got to be, as I say, careful, we’ve got to be really careful on this one. And

 

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do you want to be told that you your opinion, doesn’t matter. Think about that. Think about how you were brought up and think about what’s going on there? Do you want to be told you need to shut up now because others don’t want to hear you? I don’t think you want to cross that bridge. And do you want to be told that whatever you say, doesn’t matter? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look at Martin Luther King’s. If I had a dream speech, if he was afraid of being shut down and he was would he have made it? Look at the impact that that speech has made on history. And, you know, frankly, I don’t think we’d be where we are today with black rights if it weren’t for that speech. Look at many other people in history Winston Churchill, George Washington, sir Johnny McDonald in Canada. These leaders promoted free speech. And what free speech does is it creates healthy debate. We can sit down as adults, and say what is right or wrong? The sensible ones, I’m not talking to Narcissus, they’re in a whole different category. And people are entitled to their opinions. And this is something we need to remember. opinions matter, opinion, shapes society. And the minute we start silencing or shutting down people, we don’t foster opinions, we don’t foster thinking they get ahead. We don’t foster any of that. And that’s a bit of a problem. And then we develop even more prejudicial biases and more cognitive vices than ever before. And do you really want to grow up in a society that has those issues? Think about that. Do you want to be like China? Do you want to be like Cuba? Do you want to be like Russia? Do you want to be told what you can and can’t do and have everything controlled? I mean, even in Canada was socialist to a point. But I certainly don’t want free speech controlled and I don’t think it’s a good idea. So that’s my thoughts on free speech a little bit. I know this podcast is going to generate all kinds of hate mail and such. So Bring it on, and I’ll address them in a later podcast. I have no problems with that. Email, my fear pitch stunning digital marketing comm love to hear your thoughts, your comments, your concerns, how you feel. This is a heated issue. But at the end of the day, remember we’re all human. And we need to take care of each other. Love you guys all. As always, this podcast decade my late father Bruce Cairns and my wife Jill Mclean-Cairns. if you want to reach me, email me via pH Stein digital marketing.com tweet me at Rob Karen’s among LinkedIn, Facebook, look me up. Go to my website, stunning digital marketing.com fill out the form. Be glad to get back to you. Be glad to engage with some great conversation. Keep your feet on the ground, keep reaching for the stars and make the business year succeed. Bye for now.


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