Now, his tactics are taking a more unsettling turn as he brings the full force of the U.S. bureaucracy down on businesses that enable free expression online.
A recent example of this weaponization of government was revealed during the Justice Department's antitrust trial against Google when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella testified. Nadella shocked the courtroom by declaring that Microsoft would run its Bing search engine as a "public utility" only if Biden mandated that everyone use Bing by default.
If implemented, this type of regulation would give the government control over how we use search engines and the results we receive, similar to how it regulates water and electricity. This means regulators could have the authority to eliminate any "unwanted" search results.
Forcing every American to use Bing as a "public utility" would benefit Microsoft by granting them a government-protected, permanent monopoly on search. However, this move would not only limit our choices for search engines but also make our searches resemble Microsoft's Bing searches in China, where the company complies with government requests to censor information. This is a clear infringement on free expression.
Unfortunately, this is not the first attack on free speech by the Biden administration. They previously attempted to establish a "Disinformation Governance Board" at the Department of Homeland Security, and we cannot forget how so-called "security experts" were able to suppress discussions about the Hunter Biden laptop.
One of the most obvious examples of this attack on free speech is the Biden administration's war against Elon Musk. Once hailed as a progressive darling, Musk fell out of favor when he allowed former President Donald Trump back on Twitter, now known as X.
Musk has become public enemy number one for progressives, and the Biden administration is using its administrative power to target him for not managing his social media platform according to Biden's wishes. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating X for not blocking enough content, and there is a lawsuit against Tesla. Not content with attacking Musk's businesses, the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) is even bringing criminal actions against Musk himself. This is not about justice or protecting Americans; it is about controlling speech and punishing those who defy progressive orders.
Fortunately, both the courts and Congress are pushing back against this threat. Lawsuits challenging government encroachment on free expression are making their way to the Supreme Court. Missouri and Louisiana's attorneys general are suing Biden for pressuring social media companies to remove content related to the COVID-19 pandemic that his administration disagreed with. Additionally, my company has filed suits before the Supreme Court, NetChoice v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice, challenging government-compelled speech.
In Congress, Republicans are working on legislation like the Protecting Free Speech From Government Interference Act, which clarifies that federal employees cannot use their positions to coerce social media companies into removing content they dislike.
These efforts should be supported by all Americans. We must remember the "golden rule" and recognize that any power granted to this administration will be used by future administrations as well. Our leaders should stand with the people and protect the First Amendment.