Will Elon Musk save Twitter and Restore Free Speech?
That’s the $43 billion question the world is asking since Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered that amount to buy Twitter.
As a Twitter user myself, I certainly hope so.
Like a lot of people, including some 217 million daily Twitter users, I have watched the social media platform turn from a relatively free speech environment to one that bans just about all conservative thought and conversation.
When it banned former President Donald Trump while allowing anti-American rants and odious threats from Iran’s ayatollahs, it was obvious that something was rotten in Silicon Valley, if not Denmark. (Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare)
Indeed, Twitter has become nothing more than an echo chamber for leftist ideology as well as a propaganda podium for the Democrat Party and the Biden administration.
So, I for one, am rooting big time for Musk to buy Twitter for $43 billion and return it to some semblance of a space where conversations are no longer moderated by leftist ideologues who censor what they consider “wrong thinking.”
As we learned a couple of days ago, Musk recently bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, but he rejected an offer to join its board of directors and criticized the social media platform in tweets for being “anti-free speech.”
In his Security and Exchange Commission filing, Musk wrote that he wanted to “transform” the social media platform into a private company that promotes free speech, not speech that is heavily censored.
“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk wrote. “However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form.”
Musk’s best and final offer was to pay $54.20 per share for 100% of Twitter. He said if his offer was not accepted he’d have to reconsider his position as a shareholder. He added that his takeover attempt is “not a threat, it’s simply not a good investment without the changes that need to be made.”
On Thursday, Musk sat down at a TED conference in Vancouver, Canada, and offered his take on Twitter Inc. When asked if he had secured funding, Musk laughed and said he had sufficient assets.
“My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted & broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization,” Musk said.
Liberals were in meltdown mode over Musks’ offer. One left-wing hand-wringer on Twitter declared: “If Elon Musk successfully purchases Twitter, it could result in World War 3 and the destruction of our planet.”
Really? My, my, how inconvenient for all of us.
So, where exactly are we now? Well, while the Twitter board of directors was considering Musk’s offer, many of Twitter’s stockholders were ecstatic. They see Musk’s offer as an unexpected windfall even though the $54.20 offer is less than the almost $75.00 per share price of six months ago.
Twitter’s leadership and its board, all of whom have apparently bought into its culture of censorship and its loathing of anything right of center, are clearly not happy.
Not only do they abhor the thought of giving up their authority as global bowdlerizers and “blue-pencilers,” they are terrified that Donald Trump may be allowed to return to the Twitter platform if Musk is in charge.
So what? If the Ayatollah can Tweet his despicable anti-Semitic and anti-American venom, why can’t Trump be allowed to criticize the mumbling, bumbling, stumbling occupant of the White House?
After all, Biden’s disastrous policies have resulted in the highest inflation rate in 40 years, unprecedented crime in our cities, gasoline selling for a record $5 and $6 per gallon, and a wide-open southern border that has seen some two million illegal immigrants pour into our nation in the past year and a half.
Those are the topics that Twitter currently bans if they are voiced by anybody left of center.
So please, por favor, bitte, onegaishimasu, s’il te plaît, Mr. Musk do take possession of, seize, or hijack Twitter any way you can.
We need at least ONE social media platform in the world where free and open speech is encouraged and not eradicated by a pack of socialist censors.
And should your offer for Twitter be declined, I hope you will think about starting your own social media platform where free and open speech is encouraged, not obliterated.
God knows we will need it.