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Never in a million years could one imagine anyone referring to former President Obama as going “full Maga” but a Twitter user did just that recently when an old video of Obama speaking resurfaced.
In the video, Obama is scolding the wokesters for their attitudes towards their opponents or adversaries. He also calls out cancel culture.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly.
“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.
“People who you are fighting may love their kids.
”I get a sense among certain young people on social media that the way of making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.
“If I tweet or I hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or you used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘Man did you see how woke I was? I called you out!’
“That’s not activism.
“That’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far,” he said.
Musk replied to the post containing the video saying, “Wise words from President Obama.”
They are wise words. Would Obama make a speech like that today? Does he still think that cancel culture does nothing to bring about change? One has to wonder.
The new Twitter CEO has been getting under the skin of lots of liberals since he took over the social media platform.
This is one more example.
One Twitter user replied, “Ya, but Elon. This doesn’t mean he agrees with you calling for the prosecution of Dr. Fauci. Or that he agrees with your sharing a conspiracy theory about Paul Pelosi. Or you broadcasting a Ukraine “peace plan” that implicitly condones Russia’s invasion of another country.”
Many celebrities and other high-profile accounts have left the platform because of Musk’s policy to allow previously-banned accounts to come back.
In a very patriotic move, the billionaire purchased Twitter after witnessing its censorship campaign.
In a tweet explaining his move, Musk wrote, “The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner without resorting to violence.”
The $44 billion deal came to fruition because Musk wanted to “promote the opportunity for dialogue, which he said was ‘lost’ because of the way media ‘fueled and catered to polarized extremes’.”
Twitter began as a platform for information sharing, dialogue, and debate. It has acted as more of a publisher in recent years, censoring speech, removing content, and banning people with whom Twitter employees disagree.
Let’s follow Obama’s words here and stop casting stones at those with whom we disagree.
Let’s find ways to debate topics without calling people Nazis, racists, misogynists, literally Hitler, and whatever new words the liberals conjure up.