Leftist Thought-Gangsters Strike Again
April 7, 2014
Let me see whether I have this right. Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla because it became public that he opposed same-sex marriage, the same position that President Barack Obama, darling of the LGBT community, held prior to his phony conversion.
Why didn’t the left demand that President Obama resign as president of the United States prior to the consummation of his “evolution” on the issue in favor of same-sex marriage? Was it because liberals knew he was never actually opposed to same-sex marriage and that his stated opposition was an opportunistic ruse to make him electable?
It wasn’t that long ago when support of traditional marriage was the majority position in this country. I imagine that it still is in reality, though fewer and fewer people have the courage to stand up for their convictions these days, even to the extent of admitting their honest feelings in response to polling surveys.
This politically correct thought control is getting out of hand. For a disturbing percentage of people on the left, freedom doesn’t matter, nor do tolerance, inclusiveness and compassion. If you don’t have the correct views — e.g., if you believe that marriage should still be defined as being between one man and one woman — you are not entitled to respect or even to the same rights and freedoms as others. The rationale is that because of your “intolerance” and “hate,” you are of a different class, a subspecies — vermin — and you forfeit the privilege of being tolerated and deserve to be treated with hate yourself.
But not all these Stalinists on the left are so open about their own bigotry. To be sure, they support the mistreatment of people like Brendan Eich, who committed the unpardonable sin of voting for California’s Proposition 8, but they “nuance” their arguments to depict themselves as less tyrannical.
For example, a New York Times writer opined that it’s a mistake to draw the conclusion that the forced resignation of Eich was “an instance of political correctness run amok” or that it is “a sign that Silicon Valley has become militantly (in)tolerant, unwilling to let executives express their personal viewpoints on issues unrelated to their jobs.”
Why? Because “Mozilla is not a normal company. It is an activist organization” whose “primary mission isn’t to make money but to spread open-source code across the globe in the eventual hope of promoting ‘the development of the Internet as a public resource.'” According to the writer, many people at Mozilla didn’t consider Eich’s views on gay marriage completely irrelevant to his role as chief executive. Some thought he was too “divisive” to be an effective leader.
How is this not bigotry, you ask? Well, because Mozilla is not an evil capitalistic company primarily out to make money but one involved in “a mission.” “If his job was to motivate people, and he was instead causing people to question the community’s ethic — well, at the least, you can say he wasn’t doing a good job.” Wow.
It’s amazing how leftists can shape-shift arguments to rationalize their own intolerance. But the arguments of Matthew Riley MacPherson, a developer for Mozilla, are even worse.
According to MacPherson, Eich’s fatal mistake wasn’t his support of Proposition 8 several years ago. “Being on the losing side of history this one time is okay, because I’ve seen Eich be right about many things during just my tenure at Mozilla,” wrote MacPherson. What made MacPherson realize Eich “was not ready to lead Mozilla — or any company — was his damage control (interview) on CNET.”
In this interview, Eich did not cower, recant or acknowledge that he is the worst person in the world other than the Koch brothers. “Eich,” wrote MacPherson, “was given the clear chance to publicly apologize on behalf of himself and Mozilla — something called for by many, including myself. When asked if he could do it all over and do it differently: the correct answer was ‘yes’. But he didn’t say he would do it differently. It was at that exact point in time that he failed as CEO. … He failed to execute.”
So these thought-gangsters would rather have as their CEO a mealy-mouthed coward who would disingenuously recant his position to conform to their demands than they would a leader who stands up for what he believes at the risk of incurring the left’s unmitigated wrath and losing his job?
I don’t know which are worse, the leftists who come right out and admit they won’t tolerate an opposing viewpoint or those who delude themselves into believing that their own abysmal intolerance is actually just their sophisticated business judgment.
Both are outrageous and unacceptable.
The overarching issue in this sordid matter is not the propriety or advisability of same-sex marriage. It is freedom, the selective contempt many on the left have for it and their willingness to twist themselves into pretzels justifying the unjustifiable. Everyone should be alarmed about this.