Leftists apparently thought that The Lives of Others (2006), a movie about repression in East Germany, was a how to guide:
The system vastly improved the quality of the judiciary in the county. And it was no small secret that it was the legislature’s way of getting Republican judges in a county that would otherwise never elect them.
As a Republican precinct committeeman with a Republican governor, my chances were good. Or so I thought. You see, I had a deep, dark secret: I was open about my conservative views. In college fifteen years ago I expressed them in a column for the campus newspaper. And until my son was born three years ago I expressed them on social media. I toned things down as I settled down, but my views became more conservative the more I experienced.
Then it happened. Someone had printed and saved my social media posts from three years ago and more. There were nine of them, most of them links to publications like the National Review, Breitbart, and the Blaze: two were pro-life, one criticized illegal immigration, others made fun of radical feminism and warned about radical Islam, and several were critical of overreach by federal judges. They were strident, but fairly innocuous for social media. By no stretch of the imagination were they racist, sexist, or bigoted.
Whoever printed these mailed them anonymously to three of the nine members of the Judicial Nominating Commission, but the commission would not consider anonymous materials, and my name was among the three submitted to the governor.
Identical anonymous mailings went to a local Democratic attorney and the governor’s staff, but still no controversy materialized. Finally, several mailings went out – to the Urban League of Gary, the Indiana Chapter of the NAACP, Mayor Freeman-Wilson of Gary, the local Hispanic Bar Association, and the local black Bar Association. The Urban League complained to the local paper, which took up the story. As a judicial candidate, I was limited as to what I could say, and I tried to play things safe. Let the process work out. How naïve I was.
Of course the story ran, and of course it ran with glaring inaccuracies and outright misrepresentations. The damage was done. I was branded a racist. The local Republican party, to its great credit, stood by me and conveyed its support to the governor. But the governor caved and appointed a Democrat – a Democrat whose boss, the mayor of Hammond, had just called him a felon on the air.
But even that was not the end. Two days later, the partners at my firm called me into a meeting. Some corporate clients, they said, complained about my political views and stated that they could no longer do business with the firm if I remained there. It was them or me, and the firm chose them. My bosses were gracious about it. They complimented my work and allowed me time to stay on and find new employment, but I was still fired.
Go here to The American Thinker to read the rest. The Left will keep doing this until people who love freedom stop them.