Early last week, when I wrote down some of the future of the Jack of Harts universe, I did not see the social media purge on Friday coming. I did not see the coordinated deplatforming of an entire social media platform coming. I mean, obviously based on what I wrote about the future of Jack, I DID see it coming. I just did not expect to see it within days of writing it. I did not expect to see it actually starting before the post went live, Saturday morning at midnight. So after watching it in real time, and having some people ask me exactly what I want, I’m just going to roll back to what people call our First Principles.

What are my First Principles? Well, I’m a big believer in the basics of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. We the People. Every single one of us individuals. All Men Are Created Equal. That would be the non-gendered version of the word, by the way. Everybody is equal, no matter where we keep our reproductive equipment or the color of our skin. Freedom of speech and actions, short of those that actually harm other people. The old “my freedom stops at your nose” clause. And the right of the people to peaceably assemble to demand redress from the government is sacrosanct.

Note the peaceably assemble part right there. No burning down homes and businesses. Don’t go off half-cocked and break into government buildings because some guy on a bullhorn is exhorting you to break in. Remember the standard common sense rule. The guy who’s suggesting you attack someone or something is the guy who’s trying to get you into trouble. But that’s another subject right there.

Back to my First Principles. Freedom to say and do what you want, as long as you don’t harm other people. Your sex, your race, don’t matter. Everybody is created equal. Don’t harm other people. Don’t break stuff you don’t own. Have fun and live your life as you want to. That’s my First Principle. That’s what I want for everybody.

That’s what I want for the you who is reading this right now.