The organized gay Left collected a scalp a few days ago when the took down Mozilla CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich for giving $1000 to backers of a, depending on how you view it, “Traditional Marriage” or “Anti-Gay Marriage” ballot proposition in California. Proposition 8 passed quite handily, but was later overturned.
It is neither here nor there what you or I think of this particular issue. My views on “Gay Marriage” are tolerably well known. What is important is that the Left has told us that they believe that driving a person out of his own company for financially supporting a cause is a legitimate method of winning a political argument. The hoary old cliché often misattributed to Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” has gone by the board. It is now “Say what you like, but if you say it publicly, give our enemies money, or refuse to bake us a wedding cake, we will destroy you.”
I think there are some lessons to be learned here.
Modern “Campaign Finance Reform” forces you to publicly proclaim all of your campaign donations. This was originally supposed to discipline politicians, but in reality is only good for finding and attacking people who participate in the political process. Does anyone imagine that politicians really care if you disapprove of their donors?
This act of rage will not likely harm this particular person. He’s got money and can survive. How many people will now refuse to give money to a political campaign if half a dozen years later they face the possibility of losing their job? The victim here is not the target. In the formulation attributed to Sun Tzu, he is just the one who was killed to frighten the one thousand. He was taken down so the thousands of others will close their checkbooks and shut their mouths so that the Left doesn’t wreck their lives.
What goes around, comes around. When you proclaim that a tactic is valid by using it against your enemies, you can’t exactly complain when it’s used against you. The old military joke was “Tracers work both ways.”
Are Donations to Brady Campaign, CSGV, MAIG, Moms Demand Action, etc. publicly available? How can we get those records? Who’s life can we ruin?
We people who believe in personal responsibility, personal liberty, limited and Constitutional government, and freedom are either going to adopt the tactics of our enemies or we are going to let them win. They have decided that we are subhuman. We can be punished by public campaigns to take our jobs. We can be attacked in a complicit media that will gleefully publish any possible negative information about us that government employees dig up.
Our choice is clear. It’s either Mutual Assured Destruction, or surrender. It’s time to identify some anti-gun campaign cash donors and take their jobs away. We can’t hit Michael Bloomberg. He’s rich and funding it himself. We can’t hit his employees in Moms
Demand Action Against Guns. But we can find someone who gave them money and make his or her life hell. And I strongly suggest some other conservatives and libertarians identify some targets as well.
It’s either that or we just go ahead and surrender now.