Agree With Me Or Die

By Gregory J. Welborn

 

Brendan Eich - Mozilla

Brendan Eich – Mozilla

Admittedly, this title is an exaggeration, but only in order of magnitude not in principle.  Last week’s sacking of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, should demonstrate without any possible confusion to all Americans – the danger facing this country from the Left.

The scurrilous libel, accepted as common wisdom, is that conservatives are the intolerant ones, the fascists, the ones who threaten the existence of the republic.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Conservatives believe in freedom:  freedom of speech, belief, the press and assembly.  We also believe that products, services and companies should be judged on the basis of their consumer benefits, not on the personal, religious or political views of management or the owners.  I would imagine that most leaders of Silicon Valley tech companies are liberal, yet I buy and use without reservation many software and cloud solutions they offer because they’re good products and services.  Steve Jobs was a genius; so is Steven Spielberg.  Both are liberal, but I use Apple products and certainly enjoy Spielberg’s movies.

This is what makes me, and other conservatives, different than liberals, who are indistinguishable today from leftists.  Liberals don’t just want to win the arguments on political and social issues.  They make it personal and want to destroy the individuals and/or companies that dared to disagree with them in the first place. 

As most readers know, Mozilla, the provider of the web browser, Firefox, forced the resignation of its CEO because he had contributed $1,000 to the campaign for California’s Proposition 8 which would have defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  Mind you, this is a position which has been held by every major world religion over the last 2,000 years.  It is a mainstream position – or at least it was.

boy.scout

Boy Scouts of America

The hypocrisy is the most blatant I’ve ever seen.  The Left preaches tolerance and of course claims for itself the title of most-tolerant, even while demonstrating the opposite.  “Tolerance” is encouraged, or on campuses demanded, in matters of sex, race, and economic status.  But there is no tolerance of diversity of opinion.  If you are woman, black or Hispanic who espouses conservative values, you are inauthentic (or a bitch, Uncle Tom, or a host of other words I shouldn’t write).  If you are a college student professing Christian faith, you’re subject to discrimination and sometimes expulsion (please see the list of such occurrences at the end of the movie “God’s Not Dead”).  And now, if you are an employee who participates on the wrong side in elections, you can be deprived of a job.

The reality of this last statement may take many of you by surprise, but it is the most significant aspect of last week’s events.  Because Brendan Eich was an executive and probably is a member of the 1%, people forget he was also an employee.  The Board of Directors employed him.  He was their employee, whom they forced out for his political stance.  That is the principle and the most important issue;  the Left’s hypocrisy is just theater.

If an employee can be fired for supporting traditional marriage, then an employee can be fired for supporting anything:  pro-life positions, gun ownership, or eventually for supporting any major religion which claims that only its adherents will enter Heaven.  The principle is the important thing, not the specific circumstances. 

The Left’s tactics are destroying this country in two primary ways.  First, they are eliminating our political freedoms.  If you aren’t allowed to earn a living because of your political beliefs, then you really have no political freedom.  Second, they are pushing the country toward civil unrest.  Our founders anticipated sharp divisions on important issues.  In their wisdom, they provided a mechanism to resolve them politically – through open debate – so nobody would feel the need to reach for a gun. The process failed once, and we had a civil war.  Since then, we’ve worked it out, but Leftism threatens the social contract.  If debate is outlawed because holding the wrong position deprives you of a livelihood, we’ll have less debate, but we’ll have more civil unrest and perhaps eventually reach a breaking point.  At that point, agree-with-me-or-die may not be an exaggeration.

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Gregory J. Welborn is a freelance writer and has spoken to several civic and religious organizations on cultural and moral issues.  He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children and is active in the community.  He can be reached [email protected]

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One Response to Agree With Me Or Die

  1. William "Bill" Hicks April 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Very well said. After a 43 year career with The Los Angeles Unified School District, I can verify this evolution from diversity of thought to subtle discipline for divergence from leftist mindspeak. Any more, it’s far less than subtle; it’s outright warfare.
    I’ve, so far, not mentioned political party influence in this phenomenon. But I will break from that limitation by saying….look at the current events happening with the existing federal administration. The common thread are statists’ that demand total allegiance of thought. Variance is anathema to the state religion that represents the democrat party.

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