There is, certainly, an air of insecurity surrounding the economy. On the one hand, we keep being told about jobs going wanting. People are spending money, but there is a feverish air about it as we struggle to understand how the supply chain could suddenly collapse. And then there’s the pandemic itself, which was supposed to be over and instead has turned into a wedge issue in the ugly politics of Smackdown, which has replaced Gotcha as the game of choice.
And Joe Biden?
I’m disappointed, not angry. Biden has failed to convince the folks watching NASCAR that he cares about people like them. Even though I think he does. Former President Donald Trump managed to convince those people that he cared about them. Even though I don’t think he does. If you had a beer with Trump, he’d never stop talking about himself. If you had one with Biden, he’d ask all about your family.
So, what’s going on? We won’t find out by labeling chants “misinformation” and taking them down from YouTube. If the government were to censor those images, we would rightly claim it was violating the First Amendment. YouTube is a private company, but its control of the national bulletin board — like control of public space — raises questions as to whether it is performing a “public function” and thus should be subject to the First Amendment. Calling speech you don’t like “misinformation” does not make it so.