A scary new poll by the Cato Institute and YouGov discovered that nearly one in four Americans believe that one’s employability should hinge on that person’s political beliefs.
According to respondents in the poll, a person who opts to donate his or her own hard-earned cash to the “wrong” political party should be fired. The findings come even as some individuals have lost their jobs for making politically incorrect comments on personal social media pages.
Just in case these stats seem a little far-fetched, consider the real life examples we’ve seen very recently.
Justin Kucera, a popular teacher at Walled Lake Western High School, was given a choice between resigning and being fired after school officials discovered he used his personal Twitter account to retweet President Trump’s call for reopening schools. WizKids ended its business relationship with game board designer Robert Burke because he made a Facebook post encouraging people to stay at a healthy weight, pray to God, respect the flag, and trust the police.
Unfortunately, “cancel culture” has been around for some time. What is new is the growing support for the movement and the ease with which a person can lose his or her job. What’s equally terrifying is the fact that many people, instead of fighting to retain their basic First Amendment rights, are simply changing the way they operate to hide their feelings and beliefs from others.
The poll found that a whopping 77% of Republicans and 59% of independent voters have political opinions that they are afraid to share in a public setting. Not surprisingly, it is mainly young people who are eager to get people fired for supporting the wrong ideas. This sets the stage for a pretty bleak future for the First Amendment.
Conservatives have felt for some time that they are being targeted by virulent liberal activists who are eager to stamp out any traces of conservative thought. The recent YouGov/Cato Institute Poll makes it clear that there is indeed widespread support for this sort of targeted discrimination.
While a Cambridge University professor was recently promoted after stating on Twitter that “white lives don’t matter,” conservatives or even moderate liberals are in danger of losing their livelihoods for saying that the current president is indeed “our president” — and being obese isn’t a healthy lifestyle choice.
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