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Platform for Influence
2022-05-04

            What a week.

            It seems like two bombshells coming out of our nation's capital not only dominated the news and social media, but also triggered demonstrations for and against them. 

            And, neither of the issues is finalized yet.

            First, we had the establishment of a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to police "misinformation" and "disinformation".  Coming on the heels of the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk didn't help the roll-out of the new department nor did naming Nina Jankowicz to lead it.

            After public comparisons likening it to George Orwell's "Ministry of Truth" in his novel "1984" and other even more nefarious foreign governmental propaganda ministries, federal government talking heads were quick with public announcements to defend it.

            Admitting it was poorly communicated to the people and attempting to assure all that its purpose was to monitor the disinformation from other governments, the message was communicated too late and not very well. 

            And, here we go again, the social media history of the person selected to lead the group came into question by many.  Many folks regard those past comments and videos–which you thought were funny or proper at the time–as who you are today.  Maybe you are, maybe you aren't.  Government administrators need to do a better job of communicating with the people and vetting their selections – before they are appointed.

            Next came the leaked opinion of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion in the Mississippi abortion case.  At this point, it is not an authoritative ruling of the court, and there is public confusion on that point.

            But, it was too late.  Battle lines were drawn, protests erupted as well as demonstrations of support.  Showing your support or opposition is your right as long as it's done in a peaceful manner.

            What is also concerning is the unauthorized "leaking" of information of a draft opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States that is not a final ruling at this point.  You may agree with the clandestine release this time, but what about the next time?

            The marshal of the court has been ordered by Chief Justice John Roberts to conduct an investigation to discover who leaked the draft.  The person who leaked the information could be guilty of obstructing the administration of justice and other charges.  Obstruction is serious if you're attempting to influence an outcome by wrongdoing.

            When breaking the law, there can be unwelcome consequences, even if you believe you're doing the right thing.

            Breaking the law shouldn't be used as a platform for influence.


 

 

 

 

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