2 PARAGRAPHS 4 LIBERTY: #276
Okay, we either believe in Free Speech or we don’t. Thus we are not a “You are either with me or against me” culture. Why? Because we believe in having the Liberty to express reasonable differences – or even to express unreasonable ones! That is how we were raised from our Constitution onward, and that is who we are as a country. Or maybe we were until now! As a disturbing example, about a month ago U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler from Georgia, who also happens to be one of the owners of a Women’s NBA team called the Atlanta Dream, published an open letter to the WNBA Commissioner arguing that their professional basketball league should not be involved in politics. In this situation that meant that the players should not be allowed to wear warmup jackets on the court before the games that had messages on them, such as “BLM,” or that those letters should be painted on the basketball court. As a result, many players and others loudly argued that Senator Loeffler should be banned permanently from the WNBA. Really? I do not believe that this was at all a radical position to take. But even if it had been, each one of us should be able to state opinions like that without being punished or banned for them. Unfortunately, that is not what today’s “cancel culture” is all about. Instead, they fundamentally imply that you either are a good person, which is defined as one who agrees with them, or you are not a good person because you don’t.
So now I read in the August 6, 2020 Orange County Resister that many players from her Atlanta team as well as from other teams recently wore T-shirts before their games that said “Vote Warnock,” who is Ms. Loeffler’s opponent in the upcoming election in November. So the cancel culture is still in full gear. Namely, if Senator Loeffler disagrees with them in believing that politics should be kept out of professional basketball, that is plenty of reason why she should be voted out of her U.S. Senate seat. But Liberty demands that this threat to our freedoms be canceled. So how can we help? Well, I am trying to help now by calling this situation to your attention, along with the request that you contact people you know in Georgia to tell them about this situation. Honestly, I don’t know much about Senator Loeffler, but if she stands as a representative for being able to speak out freely and canceling the cancel culture, I am with her on that one. Are you?
Quote for the week: “You have every right to disagree, but you have no right to be disagreeable.” Judge William P. Gray (my heroic father!)
Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) Superior Court of Orange County, California 2012 Libertarian Candidate for Vice President
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