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A little more background. The owner claimed that because of Obamacare, he had no choice but to lay off two employees to make up for the cost. He fired two workers, and then he publicly stated that he fired them because they voted for Obama. Their vote, he reasoned, was part of the reason that he had to fire anyone at all. So to him it "made sense," that they should be the ones to go.
I'm going to make this very simple for everyone reading. There's a reason that people aren't allowed to harass voters at the polls about voting for a particular candidate. I don't think anyone would actually morally support buying off voters. I am fairly certain that everyone looks back on the Tammany Hall political machines--and others like it--with justified disdain.
It's fairly reasonable to assume that most people would take grave offense to being bullied into voting for a particular candidate. How would you feel if your boss essentially told you "if you vote for Romney, I will fire you"? I'm fairly fucking certain that you would feel as though your personal liberties--your freedom of thought, speech, and expression--were being infringed upon.
If you would not feel indignant about that--if you would simply "take it," out of some warped sense of what true freedom means--then you have a completely pale understanding of what freedom actually means.
What irks me the most is that there are people actually defending this guy, knowing full well that they would fly off the handle if they were fired for their political affiliation. I'm not the only one who rails against the entertainment industry for being unfriendly towards conservatives. So why are the same people who come to the aid of their persecuted conservative brethren so quick to abandon liberals facing the same affront to their right to vote with impunity?
Sure, there are consequences for expressing your opinions. You can be ridiculed, ostracized by groups of people. But should there be consequences for casting a fucking vote?! Of course it's not against the law to fire an employee (non-government) over their political affiliation, but does that make it okay?
No. Not even a little bit.
This country is officially screwed, but not for the reasons most people think. The Republicans aren't ruining it. Obama isn't ruining it. We the People are ruining it.
In Nazi Germany, the National Socialist Party used its thugs to stamp out opposition to Hitler's vision. In the Soviet Union, "The Party," sent its people to the gulags if they didn't fall in line with the dream of a totalitarian Communist paradise. In America, We the People have taken upon ourselves the role of ideology enforcement.
The DNC and RNC don't even have to have secret police, because they've both duped their respective disciples and drones into doing the dirty work for them. The fact that this man fired people because they voted Democrat coupled with the fact that there are people defending his actions as justified is indicative of a society that has completely lost all of its principles. We the People no longer give two shits about freedom of thought.
Freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom of expression means that you have to be allowed to exercise those liberties without reprisal. George Orwell wrote about that very notion in "Freedom of the Press." He derided his colleagues who spit on and publicly ridiculed political dissenters, because their purpose was to stifle debate and diversity of thought.
You can disagree with someone all you want. You are free to express your disagreement, but there is a big difference between expressing yourself and taking action against someone for their beliefs. This man destroyed these people's ability to support themselves and their family based on their political affiliation. Sure, it is his right to fire whomever he wants for whatever reason he wants, but that doesn't absolve him from being a giant, hypocritical douchebag.
Being an ignorant asshole is not a crime, but that doesn't mean he's not an ignorant asshole.
I very much welcome philosophical debate on this. If you support this guy's actions, you will lose, because supporting his actions based on the notion of freedom of (insert something) is a logical fallacy. One day, every soul sleeping sound in the warm embrace of blind narrow-mindedness will wake up and see that the tyrants aren't on Capitol Hill. We are the tyrants.
Go ahead. Try me.