Tonight’s Question: Should you lose your job or your property when the internet and the media disapprove of you? Or put another way, is offending the sensibilities of a significant portion of the public, justification for economic lynching? Some recent reports would suggest that.
Donald Sterling spoke to the annoyance of the Left, who howled for his head; the NFL obliged by condemnation of his property, a ball club, and levying a huge ‘fine’ for his remarks. A cab driver was suspended for wearing a Nazi armband. A police commissioner is being forced to resign after using the “N-word.” A prominent climate scientist was forced to resign from a public policy group after he changed his mind about the scientific honesty of the global warmers. HGTV canceled a new show when it learned that the two stars, the Benham brothers, were Christians. At this, the brothers’ Sun Trust BAnk severed their home improvement business from its financing.What sort of an economy can we expect when such actions are likely? And, is this legal and even more important, is it moral? By which we are asking: Is this the society in which we want to live?
The Left is using the ostracism of opponents and of non-believers in Leftist pieties as a political tool; the media accepts and doubles down on selected cases and the law enforcement folk look on benignly. One is reminded of non-communists under the Soviets or of the State’s political opponents toady in China. These suggest an answer to the question about the sort of society we are seeing taking shape around us. We note that the Sun Trust bank reversed it decision quickly (after an Internet fuss); we assume that it heard from its lawyers. The Constitution, with its protections of unpopular speech and beliefs, still retains-some-force in Federal courts. As eventually, even the NFL may re-learn. Or, of course, not.
Readers of history and any folk with a decent understanding of human nature, realize that governments of the Left will always, unless restrained, become totalitarian and use their power to expunge “enemies.” So will governments of the Right. Which, if we recall, is exactly why our Founders bothered to set up the Constitution in the first place. We have taken down the Bible already; we are working on the Constitution. And we are returning to new types of lynch mobs to move the process along.
And this leaves us with one final question:
Back in the first half of last century during all the now famous immigration, folks spkle regularly of various immigrant races and nationalities as: spics (Spaniard), greasers (Mexican), krauts (German) chinks (Chinese), wops (Italians), micks(Irish), and niggers (black). Oh, and the Roman Catholics were” “mackerel snappers”. None of these were either more nor less insulting than another; it depended upon how one felt about the folk under discussion. That is rather like today, with blacks privileged to call each other by the term that is used to lynch prominent whites.
We suggest that the only reason that the slang pejorative for blacks is in today’s vocabulary at all, is its usefulness to the political Left. Were it not for that, it would be as little used as spic, greaser and the rest. It seems to us that in in pursuing this as it has, the political Left has done neither its society nor its black clientele any favors. This is a political tool that has turned from nasty, to destructive. And that is a moral wrong.