Whatever you think about the Orange Man, it’s worth thinking about this business of firing people (and so on) for nothing more than their liking the Orange Man.
This just happened to a car salesman named Dominic Box, who used to work for Vaden Nissan in Savannah, GA.
Box didn’t commit “insurrection” – unless your definition of that is having shown up for a rally in support of the Orange Man last week in DC. It got out of hand, but Box had nothing to do with that aspect of it any more than someone who attended a BLM rally last summer necessarily overturned cars, threw Molotov cocktails or did any other illegal thing just because they happened to be in the vicinity of other people doing illegal (and immoral) things.
Attending a protest – whether right or left – ought not to be punishable absent an individual having been proved to have been doing more than publicly expressing support for or criticism of something, which is in fact both a constitutionally protected as well as a basic human right.
Which is why the firing of Box is troubling. If we can’t speak anymore without fearing the loss of of livelihoods then America is flushed.
No one even alleges Box committed any violent or illegal act. His crime is one of thought – his public support of the Orange Man. People saw him doing so via videos he took of himself at the rally in DC. They complained about his presence – and now Box has lost his job.
Similarly, the attacks visited in my neck of the woods – SW Virginia – on the owner of Fatback Soul Shack, who also didn’t riot and wasn’t anywhere near the riots but who has become the target of organized hate for having been in the vicinity.
“It’s been horrible… we’ve been doxxed (i.e., had their personal information, such as where they live, put online) had a local delegate come out against us,” owner Marie March says. But just to be present has become an almost-crime and a certain cause for weaponized witch-hunting.
It is immensely hypocritical in addition to being horrible as such.
One need not adduce the evidence for this; it is as abundant as the sky is blue. People on one side can not only say but actually do violent things – e.g., the not-so-peaceful protestors of last summer – and not worry about the loss of their jobs, much less arrest.
Or even a doxxing.
Which, of course, encourages them in their violence while at the same time ramping up the resentment of people who aren’t violent – other than in terms of their disagreement – who are hounded and punished as if they were actually violent.
It is not good . . . unless it is violence that’s wanted.
An article about this Box business is luminously demagogic. The lead graph reads:
“A Savannah car salesman with a history of supporting radical conspiracy theories was fired from his job two days after participating in the pro-Trump rally that turned into a violent insurrection last week at the U.S. Capitol.”
Italics added. Note the package-dealing. Participating in an initially legitimate/lawful protest that got out of hand – something Box had no control over and wasn’t involved in – is synonymous with “violent insurrection.”
The article goes on to smear Box for his “online history of sharing conspiracy theories” – meaning the ones that aren’t ok conspiracies. It is perfectly ok to endlessly share disproved but repeatedly asserted “conspiracy theories” about Trump wetting the bed and being Putin’s poodle.
And of course, there is the de rigueur reference to the “debunked” claims about election shenanigans, which haven’t been debunked – merely unexamined by any court.
The point, though, isn’t whether Box has political views that differ from politically correct views. The point is that he – and many others – are being persecuted for having politically incorrect views in a manner that is startlingly Soviet. One must toe the line and never be seen or heard to deviate from it upon pain of excommunication or something even worse.
The Gulag calls – and every American should be worried about that. Including the ones calling for Box and other ideological enemies of the people to be Gulag’d. This sort of thing has a tendency to wheel back around on the Gulagers. Ask Genrik Yagoda, for instance. Or Nikolai Yezhov, who replaced him after Yagoda was Gulag’d (shot, actually). And then shot in his turn by Beria – and airbrushed out of every official photo.
Beria ended up not so well, too.
Nietzsche had something to say about this business. Something about not gazing too deeply into the abyss, lest the abyss gaze too deeply back into you.
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