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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.

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11 Comments

  1. Freedom of speech? He did not have it. I don’t either. My employer has people on staff who monitor social media in order to fire employees who “do not share our values”.
    I will NOT use my name on Disqus or here. Why?
    When Obumbler was President, disageeing with him was racist. Disagreeing with the Rainbow Mafia is homophobic. Pointing out the truth about Islam is Islamophobic. Opposing illegal immigration is racist.
    Disagreeing with any tenet the Left holds is some form of bigotry…in the eyes of the Left.
    Corporate America is run by cowards….greedy cowards, but cowards nonetheless. So many of them are eager and willing to sell out to the demands of the Left. Not really any different from the USCCB.

  2. @Penguins Fan,

    It has been said that the VP of Marketing in my company monitors social media as well, and even if you’re disguised under an alias or pseudonym, and even if you are not using any company wifi or other connection, supposedly she can find out who you are. Sadly my company is mostly left wing. Truly I cannot understand how you can suckle at the teat of DOE’s funding supported by Trump and simultaneously bite the hand that feeds you. I don’t particularly like Trump, but ingratitude is most unbecoming. It must be a feminist thing.

    Hope I am still employed tomorrow.

  3. Um… no links above, Don.

    This is something I recently had to finally speak back to Shea about. He was going on and on about how nazis in society deserve nothing.

    What none of his side seem to realize is that the definition of “nazi” has become so broad, there’s nothing saving him from being called one.

  4. Another commenter herein wrote the definition of “Nazi,” here it’s “racist,” is so broad that anybody can be denounced to the contemporary left’s Grand Inquisitors (without the rack).

    All they have are character assassination, rank evil, and lies.

    They (and their narrative and their counter-productive policies) can’t compete with real-world truth. So, they suppress speech.

    Orwell wrote, “In times of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act,” which must be met with the jack boot smashing the speaker’s face.

    Then, they are shocked and dismayed when, unexpectedly, they lose elections.

    Make Them Cry Again 2020!

  5. My employer has people on staff who monitor social media in order to fire employees who “do not share our values”.

    It has been said that the VP of Marketing in my company monitors social media as well, and even if you’re disguised under an alias or pseudonym, and even if you are not using any company wifi or other connection, supposedly she can find out who you are.

    “And he shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand or on their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man: and the number of him is six hundred sixty-six.”

  6. What he said bears repeating. Nothing would have happened to him if certain actors had called the bluff of his enemies.

    1. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

    2. And John E. Hughes, the managing partner of Hoeppner, Wagner and Evans.

    He does not (but should) name the companies who insisted he be terminated and the officials therein who insisted on it. There have always been jerks in corporate bureaucracies, but this particular flavor of asininity is fairly novel.

    If my own dealings with standard-issue leftists in fora like this are any guide, few of them have any sophistication at all; they just know when to cheer and when to boo.

  7. inally, 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.

    An indicator of gleichschaltung yet again. The Urban League was at one time a social work agency. Just why do they have a dog in this? I’d ask that about the local paper, but I’ve concluded reporters and editors are largely people who have no integrity and just like throwing rocks through windows.

  8. FWIW, I don’t use Twitter. I rarely look at Facebook and then only to read about some Polish heritage groups with nothing about politics.
    There will come a time where these people will answer for what they have done.

  9. Penguins Fan-
    I’m now at the point of praying we don’t answer for it before they do.

    This is a really ugly direction to go in, and I’m wondering if the folks charging forward realize what they’re doing.

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