Moore: James Damore and Football Players on Their Knees–Everyone Hates Free Speech

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Freedom of Speech

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” said Voltaire in the 1700s, and nobody today.

When you really get down to it, people really dislike free speech.

They want to be coddled.

They don’t want to be challenged. Nor do they want to hear something that could challenge their preconceived biases.

It really doesn’t matter where a person stands on the political spectrum. And it also doesn’t matter what age group they’re in. Everyone picks on Millennials, and they do, for the most part, suck. But no age group is immune to this.

For example, leftists (or liberals, or progressives, or whatever they find fashionable to call themselves these days, basically anyone who thinks the government can solve any and all problems) are currently up in arms over the fact that the National Football League has a new policy that fines players who refuse to stand during the playing of The National Anthem.

To Kneel or Stand?

Last year, the league apparently miscalculated when President Donald Trump called on team owners to fire players who knelt or otherwise didn’t stand during the anthem. “Get that son of a bitch off the field”, he said.

Teams throughout the league embraced the players and their protests. But just that next week. After the teams received a backlash from fans who want to see their flag respected, they started to backtrack. There are no heroes who own NFL teams. They only care about money and power.

Those on the political left cry foul. The players, they assert, have the right to use their platform to call attention to police brutality, or anything else that’s bothering them.

As someone who likes to speak his mind, I’m partial to their reasoning.

Mavericks Not Allowed?

I’ve never really been one to think “oh a private company can tell a person not to speak their mind and if they do they can fire them.”

I never thought a private company had a right to exercise mind control over their employees (most especially if said employee was me).

Which is why I was irate when I read that google fired one of their engineers, named James Damore, who circulated a memo around the office, which criticized the company’s worship of political correctness.

James Damore is No More at Google

Damore had the audacity to attribute the differences between genders to biology. Oh, the horror! The horror!

Google fired this man for the crime of speaking his mind.

Isn’t it ironic that the left side of the political spectrum tries to make it seem like it worships science, unless science goes against one of its sacred cows–in this case, the idea that gender is a social construct. (It’s not.)

James Damore was fired for his cogent arguments.

But don’t think for one second that any of these people who are up in arms about the football players’ right to kneel during an anthem shed a tear for Damore or came to his defense. Why would they? He wasn’t supporting the left-wing agenda.

Censorship is Terrible

It’s the same thing with the censorship coming from Silicon Valley over conservative voices. Fearless citizen journalist Laura Loomer still hasn’t even gotten the blue checkmark from Twitter, despite having over 160,000 followers.

I don’t hear any leftists shedding a tear over Silicon Valley’s censorship. Instead, the progressives say a company can do what it wants, in those cases.

In the same respect, it’s the people who want athletes to be forced to kneel during the song who were upset with Damore’s firing. The people who are upset with Silicon Valley’s censorship want to prevent football players from protesting. Censorship is only good when it benefits us, apparently.

If everyone doesn’t have free speech than nobody does.

Kathy Griffin was persona non grata after she help up a fake severed head of President Donald Trump. Sure, it was poor taste. But all the people who complain about political correctness were all of a sudden all about it.

Because cognitive dissonance rules the day in America.

And all people–not just liberals–base their opinions on what makes them feel good, not on what makes sense.

Russell Moore
Russell J. Moore is the publisher and founder of rirelevant.com. He’s been writing about Rhode Island since 2005. You should definitely follow him on twitter @russmoore713. If you want to send him email, you can send it to russmoore713@gmail.com
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