4/3/14, "Today’s Most Ominous News Story…," Powerline, John Hinderaker
This is something new in our history, as far as I know. Until now, private citizens could hold whatever political beliefs they wanted, and support political causes as they chose. I don’t recall an instance where a corporate officer has been driven out of a company because he holds unpopular political views. Not until now.
And, of course, there is nothing unusual, or even unpopular, about Eich’s belief that traditional marriage represents good public policy. While the tide obviously has swung in favor of gay marriage in recent years, it is still only a 50/50 proposition. The last poll I saw on the subject, at Rasmussen Reports, found 43% favoring gay marriage and 43% opposed. It is odd, to say the least, that a business executive can be deemed unfit to lead a company because he holds an opinion that is shared by half of his countrymen. By that logic, if Eich’s successor is pro-gay marriage, he should be forced out too. But, of course, that won’t happen.
What we see here is, I think, a harbinger of things to come. The Left is mobilized and on the march, and has no intention of taking any prisoners. Anyone who thinks some kind of accommodation or compromise can be reached with these people is mistaken. They are vicious bullies, and must be dealt with accordingly.
This sort of totalitarianism is not unique to the gay marriage issue. Global warming hysterics are now arguing that those who disagree with them should be imprisoned. Seriously; even though it is the realists, not the alarmists, who win all the arguments. When you can’t win the argument, what do you do? Throw your opponent in jail, or get him fired. Liberals have no intention of living in a pluralistic society. They want to wipe you out, or at a minimum force you underground. And if you don’t fight back, they will succeed, just as they did with Brendan Eich....
It is true that the rapidly changing gay marriage landscape has caught a number of unprincipled laggards looking a bit silly, most obviously Barack Obama. But I don’t think anyone ever believed that Obama was a supporter of traditional marriage. His followers understand that he is a liar, and they take everything he says with a grain of salt. They think they know where he really stands, which is with them. Which, of course, has been a big part of the explanation of the utter failure of the Obama administration." image above via powerline. via Lucianne
In 2003 Hillary Clinton said Americans should stand up and say they have a right to disagree:
In 2003, the radical left believed in Freedom of Speech. Hillary Clinton said Americans have a right to debate and disagree: "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."
Scott McKenzie passed away in 2012. He wasn't comfortable with his icon status:
8/21/2012, "Scott McKenzie dies at 73; his 'San Francisco' caught flower-power wave,'" LA Times, Dennis McLellan
"Singer Scott McKenzie worked with John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and had a 1967 hit with 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).' The song is often described as a 'flower-power anthem,' but he was uncomfortable with being an icon to the movement."