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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tolerance Quashed And Freedom At Stake

Here's the Nonsense:  Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's resignation last week helps in the fight for equality.  The government needs to control what people can do and say to make sure life is fair.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Equality is not achieved by control, but by freedom.  Anything less spells doom for America.

When Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned this past week from the company he co-founded, it was because of a donation he made in 2008 to the California Proposition 8 ballot initiative struggle.  That proposition was to protect traditional marriage.  The left called Eich’s donation a support of hatred, anti-equality and anti-gay.  Once it was revealed that he’d made this donation all those years ago the pressure rose and he resigned.  (Although it certainly appears that he was forced out.  Resigned is usually just a way for someone to save face.)

Upon his resignation Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker released a statement that included this convoluted logic :  “Equality is necessary for meaningful speech.  And you need free speech to fight for equality.  Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.”

Really?  I hate to tell you Ms. Baker, but no it is not hard.  Free speech trumps everything.  Period.  How you stand for equality is done by taking a strong, well-argued position for your point of view.  When someone uses their free speech to express their opinion, you can use your free speech to counter them with facts, intellect, and rational debate.  You don’t shut down their free speech.  When you do, you are simply opening the door for someone to determine what you are allowed to say and think.  And what human is perfect so that they can always be trusted to decide what is right and wrong? 

If you do not allow disagreement, then you do not allow freedom. 

Many on the left these days are basking in the glow of their current victories supporting gay marriage for the 2-3% who are gay in America.  They are doing so by demanding that any of the 97-98% of remaining Americans who may disagree be shut up and shut down.  

Now let’s get something clear right now.  I do not believe that free speech entitles you to violence or hurtful behavior.  For example, I think the people from the famed Westboro Baptist Church who protest funerals with signs defaming gays are detestable and should be stopped.  However, I believe in free speech and just as the Nazis right to march in Skokie, IL (a predominately Jewish community) was upheld, it is important that people be allowed to peacefully express their views, no matter how ludicrous, awful, and disgusting they may be.  As long as no one is being harmed, then people should be allowed peaceful disagreement.

But in America it’s not that way anymore.   In America it’s not about First Amendment rights of free speech.  It’s about “fairness” and “hate” as defined by a limited few.  So, in response to Ms. Baker at Mozilla and others who think it’s good to shut down free speech, let me remind you that you may think you are creating a better world.  But when you disallow free speech and allow it to be controlled by those in power, then you are opening the door to having your views shut down, too.  Sure, today it’s those on the left demanding a shut down of thoughts and words that do not meet their politically correct definition of what's acceptable.  But it’s very possible that the next time it may be someone in power who disagrees with you on something and then your thoughts and words will be shut down.  

It's a two-way street, but the left doesn't believe in that.  In fact, in 2008 when Mr. Eich donated to support California's Proposition 8 both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were campaigning with platforms that embraced traditional marriage and rejected gay marriage.  Hillary's own husband signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law during his administration.  But no one on the left is demanding that the president resign or that Hillary be disallowed to run for office again because they had the SAME VIEW as Eich at the SAME  TIME.

Yes, it’s true that people never worry about someone else’s rights.  They never think that the roles could be reversed.  But history has a strange way of coming back at those who think that way.  

We must remember that the left has historically stood against freedom.  Freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom in every area of life is antithetical to the left’s way to live.  They believe in control under the guise of fairness.  They believe that there a limited few in their midst who are qualified to decide what is fair.  They believe that those limited few among them are the ones who should make decisions for the rest of us.  

They try to sell the idea that if they control the freedoms of those they deem to be bad people, then you will be really free.  The fact is that freedom only comes in a society where people can express what they believe, no matter how crazy those beliefs may be.

Throughout my adult life I’ve heard the left cry over and over again that if a Republican is elected president all freedoms will go away.  They scream and moan and say they’ll leave the country if a Republican is elected.  I remember back in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected and an encounter I had with a leftist.  It was election day and I was in my business and a regular customer came in.  We had the TV on and it was announcing Reagan was winning.  The customer, a college professor and avowed liberal, came in and heard the news.  He went on a long tirade about how America would be a Nazi state within a year or two because of it.  He said he had to figure a way to get his family out of the country before Reagan, like Hitler in World War II Germany, shut down the borders and started sending people to the gas chambers.  He was serious.  He was frantic.  He couldn’t contain himself.  

Of course history shows us that not only did nothing of the sort take place, but America prospered and freedoms were protected, just has they have been under most presidents in our history.  Sadly I’ve met many leftists over the years who feel that the Republicans are nothing more than rebranded Nazis.  Clearly they don’t understand history or that national socialism, which is what Nazism is, is very far to the left, not the right.  In fact, the similarities to communism are eerie.  And progressive ideals that the left is pushing today is nothing more than communism, even though no one wants to admit it.

Certainly most Republicans in elected office are not conservative these days.  Both the Democrats and the GOP have moved very far to the left.  The few conservatives there are in the GOP are the only ones offering proven solutions that are of the same design that our founding fathers looked to in forming our constitutional republic.  

Only a constitutional republic can protect people’s freedoms and assure true tolerance and equality in society.  You don’t achieve tolerance by shutting people up.  You don't achieve equality by disallowing freedom of thought.  You don’t achieve freedom by taking freedom away.

The leftists proclaim tolerance while pointing at conservatives shouting that they are the haters.  But even the simplest examination of the truth shows that it’s the left that shuts down free speech and wants to abolish rights for those who disagree with them.

How far this country has fallen is obvious to some of us.  We are in desperate shape and nearing the loss of all we have held dear for over 2 centuries.  If you want to know where we're headed, here are two things to watch for in 2014 that will tell you what will happen next:

1.)  How the Supreme Court rules on religious freedom in the Hobby Lobby case will tell us the future of freedom of beliefs in our nation.  If they rule against Hobby Lobby and in favor of the administration, then it will only be a short time before it is all over.   Religious freedom is the cornerstone upon which this country was founded.  If the administration succeeds then soon you will see the government telling churches what they can believe and teach.

2.)  The outcome of the upcoming midterm elections this fall is the other shoe dangling and waiting to drop.  If the grassroots of America doesn’t sweep many of the politicians in Washington out of office and replace them with true conservative servants of the people, then our chances are over.  

Right now Congress does not do their constitutionally designed job of holding the Executive Branch accountable.  Unless that changes immediately it won’t matter what happens in the 2016 presidential election.  2014 is the pivotal year for America’s chance at survival.  What are you doing about it?