Conservatism Is Being Censored On Facebook

Conservatism Is Being Censored On Facebook

t has become clear that social media will soon be the cornerstone of where we get our information regarding life, politics, sports, etc.
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Being cursed with the politically affluent crowd of conservatism, I have seen a lot of the Facebook pages that align themselves with conservative ideals being censored or banned from Facebook. Facebook has become its own news channel in this day and age. For the most part, people on both sides were able to put forth their viewpoints on the social media platform, and have followers like, comment, and share what they like and don't like. Within the past year, specifically after the election, a lot of those same pages that I have followed have been censored by Facebook, or outright told to get rid of their pages with threats of law suits. This is becoming increasingly more lopsided as I am seeing the liberal/democratic pages I follow garner up more and more followers every year. To put this into perspective, the Occupy Democrats Logic page has a little under half a million followers. Their rival, Occupy Democrats, is the most popular liberal Facebook page, with over six million followers. Just from my experience, I have seen the liberal page make a post that promotes a tremendous amount of hate and racial divide against white people. These pages have yet to be considered violating Facebook's terms and regulations. Now compare that to a conservative page I am very familiar with, one which has been banned three times, forcing them to change their page name twice because of a comment suggesting that Franklin Roosevelt had Japanese put in internment camps solely because of their skin pigmentation. The page stressed that it was a democrat who condoned this behavior. Twenty-four hours later, they received a message from Facebook saying that post violated their terms and agreements. Something that is an actual fact that can be easily confirmed via history text books has been deemed offensive when portrayed on social media. Another cut and try example is when the conservative page, Occupy Democrats Logic, now going by the names ODL I, ODL ii, and ODL iii, made a post that said "Kill all black people", something which was very offensive. But this was simply a test, because other liberal pages have been making posts calling for the death of white people and anyone who was a white male. These pages to this day have yet to receive any form of punishment. ODL, almost immediately received a message from Facebook regarding the "Kill all black people" post. It was immediately taken down, but posts about the murder of white people still continue. It has become a sad era for free speech. Conservative speakers, conservative Facebook pages and conservative writers are being censored in some way by society. It has become clear that social media will soon be the cornerstone of where we get our information regarding life, politics, sports, etc. I can only hope that free speech will not go down with it.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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A Florida House Committee Is Undermining Your Vote On Amendment 4

Before felons can regain their right to vote, they must pay court fines, fees, and take care of any other "financial obligations." Essentially, this is a poll tax.

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Amendment 4, also known as the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, was added to the Constitution of Florida after being passed this last midterm election on November 6, 2018.

Amendment 4 restored the voting rights of Floridians with prior felony convictions after all terms of their sentence have been met, including parole and probation. This amendment only applies to felons who have not been convicted of murder or sexual offenses.

On January 8, 2019, an estimated 1.4 million ex-felons regained their right to vote. This is monumental. Prior to this amendment, Florida was one of four states that used felony disenfranchisement. Amendment 4 gives voice, and rightfully so, to felons who have served their time. Amendment 4 is also putting to rest, finally, years and years of disenfranchisement and suppression.

Now, only two months after its passage, the House Criminal Justice Committee is trying to water down this piece of legislation. This is a direct violation of the will of the 64% of Floridians who voted for the legislation as is. This amendment was not to be "clarified," as Governor DeSantis put it, but rather to be self-implementing.

However, the House Criminal Justice Committee proposed a bill that would tack on some extra qualifiers in order for felons to be enfranchised. The bill will require court fines, fees, and other "financial obligations" (in addition to fees administered in a judge's sentence) to be paid in full before a felon's voting rights are restored. This seems awfully similar to a poll tax to me. Obviously, this is going to affect people without a lot of resources rather than white-collar criminals who can afford a $500,000 bond.

This new qualifier will prevent felons from voting based on the money that can be coughed up as if they don't have to worry about their finances long after they leave prison.

Some may argue that these felons shouldn't have committed a crime in the first place. However, I would argue that holding a felon's vote hostage on the basis of money is unconstitutional.

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