Let there be no wonder as to whether or not actual tyrants exist in our government.
California Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) blatantly confessed on CNN that he “would love to be able to regulate the content of speech” but that he’s stopped by that pesky First Amendment, which keeps his powers in check.
Appearing on CNN with host Brianna Keilar, Lieu was asked to discuss the congressional hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai about political bias within the company and how it might affect the country. Keilar at one point questioned Lieu about what politicians can do to put a stop to online trolling and conspiracy theories.
Lieu confessed that he would love to regulate speech but that the First Amendment prevents him from doing so. To his credit, he does add that it’s better that the government not regulate free speech.
“It’s a very good point you make,” Lieu said. “I would love if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I don’t get that opportunity. However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it’s better the government does not regulate the content of speech.”
This is an interesting confession by Lieu, but his first confession is more truthful than his latter suggestion. I’d caution readers not to take Lieu’s stance of restricting the government from controlling speech as legitimate.
Don’t forget that Lieu stands against Citizens United which allows corporations to practice free speech and weigh in on political matters. Lieu is only backing Google here because Google is clearly biased against the right as it has demonstrated time and again.
Lieu has made a show of considering the hearings on Google’s bias to be a massive waste of time and is making the concerns of Google’s bias out to be nothing more than a conspiracy theory. Rest assured, if the roles were reversed, Lieu would be singing the opposite tune.