It disturbed me to see the right salivating over Elon Musk’s initial stock purchase of twitter this week. The talk of a board seat and restoring President Trump to the platform has excited the right and inflamed the left.
And it is okay to indulge for a moment in the thought that free speech could soon be restored to one of the most politically powerful platforms we have.
I am not going to get into the weeds of Musk’s offer or BlackRock’s subsequent move to block the takeover and Musk’s retraction of accepting a board of directors’ seat and offering to buy all of the stock.
Both the mainstream media and the conservative press have been completely saturated in the unfolding drama and it has been the talk of most political pundits, including Tim Poole, Infowars, Revolver’s Darren Beatty and many other notable names.
I don’t always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak … which I’m told makes for great comedy. I’m actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL … So, I won’t make a lot of eye contact with the cast tonight. But don’t worry, I’m pretty good at running ‘human’ in emulation mode.”
—Elon Musk’s Opening monologue, SNL
To be fair, there are a few brilliant political minds that are reserving judgment on Musk’s move to take over twitter and are skeptical of what his real intentions are, most notably Steve Bannon, but overall the right is fairly giddy at the prospect of a save by Musk.
Of course, I would be ecstatic to have a functioning twitter again. I was an avid twitter user for many years and I used the platform, as many do, to gain an audience for my writing.
However, when twitter made the move to ban a sitting president of the United States, I could no longer in good conscious continue to tweet.
Like many of you who lean right, I joined Gab, Parler and GETTR, but to be honest, without the thrill of a little pushback, it just wasn’t the same. I was effectively talking to myself.
It is understandable that the right clings to anyone who gives them a voice, which is why President Trump was so successful in his bid for President in 2016— and completely blindsiding the political establishment in the process.
Until the election of Trump, average Americans had been truly silenced and maligned by their own political parties, their institutions, the media and culture.
But we need to take a breath and reflect, not just have a knee jerk reaction to what admittedly appears as a beacon of light in a dark political landscape.
Elon Musk is a huge defense contractor for the United States and what looks like hope to most, makes my Spidey sense tingle a little.
I can’t help but wonder whether this move by Musk isn’t a government-sanctioned complete takeover of the platform. The federal government isn’t going to come out and say they are taking over twitter, but they can use some pretty powerful men to accomplish it in plain view of all.
Let us not forget that Biden is the king of quid pro quo even though he appears a doddering old fool. We have all seen the video of Biden threatening Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating his son Hunter Biden.
Musk’s SpaceX company has received more than $5 billion in federal funding and it is hard to conceive that he would bite the hand that feeds him to altruistically return free speech to average Americans.
It is a known fact that the Biden Administration and BlackRock are in bed together and clearly not in favor of the move.
The Democrats know they are going to lose the upcoming elections but they are not prepared to lose the political narrative that gives them what power they have—and that means they must have a controlling interest in twitter and the media.
According to Business Insider, “Former BlackRock investment executive Brian Deese leads Biden’s National Economic Council, effectively serving as his top advisor on economic matters.
“Biden also tapped Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, a former chief of staff to BlackRock chief executive and longtime Democrat Larry Fink, to serve as a top official at the Treasury Department.
“Meanwhile Michael Pyle, BlackRock’s former global chief investment strategist who had worked in the Obama administration before joining the firm, serves as chief economic advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris.”
Regardless of the outcome of Musk’s move and whether he is being used in a very public stunt for the takeover of twitter, the right must stop seeking saviors, as the title is already taken.
Although I voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020, I was disturbed by the almost cult-like belief Trump inspired among his “believers.”
I have been involved and interested in politics my entire life but many of these forgotten men and women who jumped aboard the “Trump Train,” where politically naïve and had even abandoned voting altogether.
They found their voice in Trump, a powerful man who spoke to them and not down to them. He gave the common American hope that they still mattered. It is what made me and millions of Americans like me propel Trump straight to the White House.
And yes, watching him sticking it to the elites and the press was great fun! Finally, someone was clapping back at the left and it made us feel heard.
The fan boy adulation of Musk while overlooking his many flaws is disturbing, however. It is this same mindset that turned many Trump supporters into Trump “believers,” and that is just as creepy.
Musk is, after all, the same man who wants to implant chips into everyone’s brain. His company, Neuralink, was funded by investors Google Ventures, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Need I say more?
According to a CNBC report on the funding, “Neuralink said Thursday that its mission is to ‘develop brain-machine interfaces that treat various brain related ailments, with the eventual goal of creating a whole brain interface capable of more closely connecting biological and artificial intelligence.’”
This should really give people pause. Musk is an avowed transhumanist. In his book Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress, Charles Rubin says, “It can be difficult to know what transhumanism amounts to–a world view, an ideology, a movement, or some combination—but it cannot simply be dismissed as irrelevant.”
It would take superhuman power to overcome the political machine working against a free twitter. And although Musk may have many qualities, being a god isn’t one of them. Therefore, it seems more plausible to me that he may be engaging in subterfuge—even if it is coerced.
Certainly, God has always used imperfect men throughout history to achieve His end goals, and perhaps Musk’s intentions are pure and I am wrong.
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Romans 13:1 (NASB)
Even Pharaoh was set on his throne by God to accomplish His purposes: “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” Romans 9:17
Cyrus, the King of Persia—and a pagan—is mentioned 23 times in the Bible. Isaiah refers to Cyrus as Jehovah’s “shepherd” and the Lord’s “anointed,” who was providentially appointed to facilitate his divine plan. God clearly had no compunction in using a pagan to accomplish his goals.
God would use this powerful man to “subdue nations” and “open doors” (a prophecy on the Jews’ release from Babylonian captivity). He would make “rough places smooth,” and was ultimately responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the reconstruction of the temple.
Amazingly, Cyrus would accomplish these noble tasks even though he did not “know” Jehovah (45:4, 5).
Therefore, it is not a stretch for believers to say that both President Trump and billionaire Elon Musk can be used by God. And it is in this truth, that we must redirect our attention to the true savior of the world, which is Christ Jesus, and continue to seek His face. We are not of this world, but we are certainly in it.
This is also not to say that we shouldn’t fight for the soul of our nation, seek justice or praise the good that comes from men who wittingly or unwittingly do God’s good work. This is also not to say that Musk’s intentions are not pure, but let us be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.