A few months ago America spoke out in support of Phil Robertson’s right to have an opinion. When special rights advocates thought to shut down the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty television program and the merchants who sponsored the show, they found that John Q. Public quickly turned to bite their efforts in the posterior.
This week it has happened again.
When Mozilla Firefox forced their brand new CEO to resign when it was discovered that six years ago he made a “huge” donation–$1,000– to a cause that opposed gay marriage. Succumbing to the pressure of the alternative, Mozilla requested his resignation within only two weeks of beginning employment.
In turn, John Q. Public rose to the occasion and is calling for a boycott of Mozilla and affiliates.
When will these businesses realize that the public has the money to spend? Without the revenue the average consumer provides, there is no business. Recent history has shown that the public is not interested in the political correctness of a company or its employees. It wants the product the business is selling. However, history has also shown that the public is not interested in the reverse discrimination of special interest groups
This event is a disturbing trend in employment. Is every word uttered, every action scrutinized in order to continue with gainful employment? If so, what is the statute of limitation on opinions, actions and deeds? Is it five, ten, twenty years or infinity? Who will be the judge on actions past? Will it be the employer, a panel of concerned citizens, or maybe Judge Alex or Judy to make the ruling?
Already, many have been penalized for words and deeds committed on private time on such venues as Facebook, Twitter, etc. The American Public has shown its clout in controversy. It needs to come together in one voice and disallow this kind of KGB, “Papers Please” mentality in the workplace.
We are still a nation whose right is to free speech. Things that are said are not always in the best of taste, tact or even common sense. However, each has a right to state an opinion or put their foot directly into their mouth. It is the right of the person forced to hear or read these opinions to disagree, change the channel or ignore the commenter.
My Dad has a good saying, it is generally applicable in most situations: “Get over it.”
Time for everyone to get over themselves and move on to the business at hand because we have a floundering country to save and renew. There is no time to be or allow the PC police and historians to waste valuable time. It is time to say none of your business, or that is my opinion take it or leave it, and really mean it!
Time to man up America, before it is too late.