There’s an odd enthusiasm these days about embracing the idea of being told how to think and what to say… and then carrying out those marching orders to bring the dissidents back into line.
Take the whole Duck Dynasty kerfuffle. I don’t agree with a thing that the Phil Robertson had to say, but I also didn’t really bat an eye over it either. People say things every day that can be hurtful or that others simply disagree with. But it’s no longer that simple anymore. Now we have entities that for the past couple of decades have been decreeing that certain things/ideas simply cannot be uttered aloud or else. Millions on the Left have bought into this and have now become enthusiastic enforcers for these new verbal and mental rules.
Interestingly, these rules typically don’t apply to the originators or the enforcers. Alec Baldwin comes to mind as the most recent, high-profile example. When the target group says something deemed inappropriate, they must be stripped of everything. But when an enforcer says something wildly profane, they’re given a pass because after all, we know their heart is in the right place.
But now there appears to be a new phenomenon. The thought police are eating their own.
Recently in my home state:
White students fed up with black professor’s racial screeds, lawsuits fly
and just this past week:
The worst Twitter day of all time
This woman had about 100 followers at the time of the tweet. By the time she landed in Africa, she was out of a job.
When she landed she apologized for her own stupidity. She lost her job over it.
Why this woman in this way?
She was an executive, but not a public figure. She wasn’t a politician, or comedian, or actress. Her tweet wasn’t any worse than what one sees every minute on Twitter, not by a long shot.
We all highlight tweets from unknown non-public figures in the midst of some event, like a bombing or uprising. But something about this one was unsettling, targeted, obsessive, seeking to do damage to someone helpless to defend herself or cut short the outrage with a quick apology because she was in flight.
Why did so much of the Twittersphere quickly proclaim her a racist and go after her with such a blood lust?
Because it could.
She should have written it at Salon.com. No one would have noticed.
The endgame in all of this will be laws that curtail the 1st Amendment. We will reach a time where people will actually go to prison for saying something not on the “approved list”. A whole new collection of laws and rules will slowly be put into place, adding to the already enormous bevvy of restrictions with the end result being a country where it is almost impossible to not break the law on any given day. The laws can then be enforced selectively based upon need.
Those of you who find this difficult to believe might want to consider what your reaction would have been five years ago if someone said to you “In 4 to 5 years, we will start being careful with what we say on the phone because the NSA is not only listening to everything you say, but actively leveraging that information.”