“Today For Me, Tomorrow For You!“
Tyrants cannot see themselves in the mirror. Looking in the mirror, tyrants see themselves as righteous. When they look in the mirror, their perception leads them to see Jesus, an honest man persecuted — but Jesus they’re not. A lesson that will never be too late for the learned to embrace, written on the walls of history by watching despots parading around on stilts while abusing “power,” and the “rights” of others is the stark truth that eventually all despots fall.
Despots who demand fealty alone to their way of thinking always have a short shelf-life. The Founding Fathers in all their wisdom knew that contrast, diversity, plurality cause people and nations to grow — not suffocate.
The founding fathers recognized that a one-mind cookie-cutter form of government stunts growth and creates underground revolutionaries that sooner or later manifest itself as violent outbreaks or a revolution. They have seen it before — they were participants in the revolution that battled tyrants and gave birth to America and a concept of free speech.
Earlier on cancel culture, posse forced some “big names” out of work and off social media. Victims that were forced from social media and out of work by the Cancel Culture posse were Bill O’Rilley of Fox “News,” wildman Alex Jones (a conspiracy theorist and nut job), and Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. Whether these men are shocking or not, in the eyes of some people, the Constitution of the United States of America affords them the same right as every lawful American — to speak freely and to earn a legal living — by any legal means necessary.
Many Cancel Cultists celebrate Malcolm X today because he’s dead (the only good N-Word is a dead N-Word), but if Malcolm were alive today — they would be screaming bloody murder about what he stood. They would desperately try to cancel his life and livelihood — if they could. Malcolm X is dead, so now suddenly, he is a man.
“Every Dog Has its Day”
There are no tears shed for a diminished Facebook, but there is a cry for the death of principle and free speech — yes.
Cancel cultists’ latest target is the big boy on the block: Facebook. Their gripe is that Facebook gives a platform to hate speech propagated mostly by Republicans, right-wingers, and President Trump supporters. The Cancel Cultists (CC) as is their modus opera di is to trample on the First Amendment, R.I.P. it apart and toss it in a fiery furnace.
In their recent quarrel with Facebook, the CC temper tantrum is fueled by the fact that FB is allowing Republicans to speak freely, as anyone else is allowed to speak who isn’t — so to say — “yelling fire in a crowded theater.” Facebook’s attempt at protecting the First Amendment of the United States has set the firestarters on edge. They want blood and the death of all opposing thoughts and points of view.
The hate speech that the cancel culture wants to be banned is protected speech. The First Amendment protects even Alex Jones and the repugnant Tucker Carlson’s of the world. “The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that hate speech is legally protected free speech under the First Amendment.”
Fearing a cancel culture riot, or being called onto the killing floor of Senator Joseph McCarthy or the stigma of being labeled a bigot, many CEOs have recoiled into a corner. The head of several prominent companies have withdrawn ad dollars from Facebook, and some have fled the social media platform altogether.
So far, over 100 companies have decided to join the boycott and not advertise with Facebook(FB). These companies include: Microsoft (MSFT), Starbucks (SBUX) and Pfizer (PFE) — The North Face (VFC), Levi Strauss (LEVI), Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Bottle Coffee, Clorox, Coca-Cola, CVS said it is pausing advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for 30 days. Dashlane, Denny’s, Denny’s, Eddie Bauer, Ford, Hershey’s, Honda, HP, Magnolia Pictures, Patagonia, and many others.
To date, the boycott has cost Mark Zuckerberg to lose 7 Billion dollars of his personal wealth. Overall the financial damage to the mega-conglomerate is about a 5% total revenue loss to both FB and Instagram, which reported 105 billion dollars in profit in 2019.
That is the legal side of the facts, but there is a human side to the story as well.
The constitution of Facebook, it’s isn’t just made up of machines; it also has real live employees who are people with dreams and aspirations, families that they go home to, and children to feed.
The late great Evelyn Beatrice Hall once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” That statement is one of the pillars that hold up America and makes America great. Today, some people are shaking that pillar, but what they fail to realize is that pillar is the Center Column, and once removed, the solid foundation of a great nation will turn into quicksand.
On Monday, New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss resigned citing an “illiberal environment” that has infested the NY Times newsroom. Weiss is a self-described “politically homeless” writer. She weeps for the new culture that she said was “especially heartbreaking.” Weiss wrote in her letter of resignation from the NY Times, “Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their “own” conclusions.”
In an essay addressing the cancel culture parishioners, Jenna Wortham of the New York Times wrote, “You’re dealing with the symptoms of a sick society rather than treating the disease.” At its root, that is the problem with cancel culture. Shouting about someone’s since-buried past on Twitter while attempting to fire them from a new role isn’t accomplishing anything. Rather than ganging up on the people who act poorly, perhaps we should gang up on the hatred spewing through society. Maybe it would be more useful to seek ways to help people grow than tear them down.
It’s time to end Cancel Culture and start canceling the culture of toxicity that we live in today. No matter how small the change is, if everyone does their part, there won’t be a need for social media cancellations.
The “Right” vs. the “Left,” liberals vs. conservatives are the combatants in the ring duking it out. And oh my, the tables have turned. Liberals from the hippie culture and their progenies — they once believed in free (love) and just about everything else, are now telling everyone to shut up if their rhetoric falls outside of their playbook. In the past, the policing of free speech was enforced by Sen.Joseph McCarthy and his conscripts and the likes of Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and other thought police, communist, and super vicious dictators like Nicolae Ceaușescu of Romanian.
Last Friday, Robert Unanae, the CEO of Goya, gave a brief talk at the White House, in which he “praised” President Trump. His two and a half minutes speech caused cancel cultists to spring into action — calling for the serving up of his head to them on a silver platter. There is no place in America anymore for an opposing thought. Below is the written content of Robert Unanae’s speech.
“It’s such an honor to be here, the greatest country in the world. And the most prosperous country in the world. And we continue to grow and that’s what we’re here to do today. This company was founded by my grandfather, who left Spain at only 18 years old. Did not know where he was heading, but he was heading and looking for opportunity and prosperity, and he found it in this great country. Today our company is a multi-billion dollar company with thousands of employees and with facilities all around the globe. Today it gives me great honor, and by the way, we are all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder, and that’s what my grandfather did. He came to this country to build to grow to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership. We pray for our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper. And to grow.”Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue speech to President Trump
Just a few months ago, while trying to impeach Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that she prays for the President. There was no outcry from anyone for her saying that she prays for President Trump.
Jun 3, 2020 – Sen. Tom Cotton (R.-Ark.) wrote a scathing opinion piece for the Times, “Send in the Troops,” the headlines wailed. By June 07, 2020, the Opinion Editor James Bennet, 54, was ousted for allowing the article to see the light of day. The NY Times said Mr. Bennet resigned. They did not mention that his resignation was voluntary or involuntarily. “Last week, we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” said A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher, the publisher of the New York Times, in a letter to staff advising his staff of the departure of Mr. Bennet.
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Clinton Franklin is a formally trained Computer Scientist and a writer at heart. Clinton is an avid observer of nature, a lover of people and diverse cultures. He adheres to the adage, “Think global but act locally.”
It is crucial to be forward-thinking but not a froward person. “Be kind to everyone you meet, because each is carrying his heavy burden…” Plato.
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The thought police are busy at work trying to suppress free speech — if allowed their march to madness — they will arrest your very thoughts.