Political Privacy in an Era of Political Correctness

By Lee Bellinger / December 23, 2015

Warn Your Kids and Grandkids About This Danger

Now more than ever before, your personal political beliefs can be used against you. Especially if your views happen to not be Politically Correct.

It’s impossible to keep track of all the things that are now considered taboo in America. Having a photo taken next to a Confederate flag? That could be offensive. Telling a mildly suggestive joke? That could land you in hot water? Supporting Donald Trump’s immigration policies. People will call you a racist. All these things can be grounds for being censored, censured, fined, fired, expelled, or banned.

Those who dare to express their Politically Incorrect views on social media are especially vulnerable. People are now being fired from their jobs for things as trivial as hitting the “like” button on posts that are deemed to be offensive.

It’s not just prominent people who are vulnerable. Cashiers and pizza delivery drivers have to watch what they post and what they “like.”

Mobs of “Social Justice Warriors” patrol social media around the clock. They actively search for things to be offended at. They will gang up on anyone who has committed a thought transgression. They organize campaigns of personal destruction against them – such as contacting their family, friends, employer, or school.

If you participate on social media, you might want to do so without revealing your full name, your face, or details about where you live and work. Unfortunately, that’s the only way to express your political views freely without the risk of repercussions. If you have kids or grandkids whose lives revolve around their social media accounts, make them aware of the dangers. Being kicked off a sports team or suspended from school or denied college or job opportunities are all potential consequences of being “offensive” online.

Beware of the Cry-Bully Generation

The rising threat of thought policing owes largely to changing demographics and a generational divide on the question of free speech. Young radicals of previous generations rebelled against authority and stood up for freedom. Today’s left-wing youth crave authority and demand “safe spaces” and other absurd special protections for their super-sensitive feelings.

More than being crybabies, they are cry-bullies. They use their hurt feelings as weapons. They feel completely justified in taking away the freedoms and ruining the lives of people who disagree with them.

According to a Pew Research study published on November 20, 2015, “American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups…”

Pew’s findings: 40% of those aged 18 to 34 believe that the government should be able to censor offensive speech. By comparison, 24% of Baby Boomers and only 12% of Americans over age 70 believe it’s okay to violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech in order to spare people from being offended.

The Potential for “Soft” Tyranny to Harden

What’s emerging is a “soft” tyranny that’s being enforced by Internet mobs, college administrators, and other would-be Big Brothers. So far they’ve been unable to get Politically Incorrect speech formally outlawed in the United States. (It is outlawed in much of Europe.) But it may only be a matter of time.

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Attorney General Loretta Lynch threatened to clamp down on “anti-Muslim rhetoric.” She later backpedaled and said she only meant to refer to threats or acts of violence. The fact that the First Amendment remains in force apparently slipped her mind.

The same bratty Social Justice Warriors who have taken over college campuses aim to take over government agencies, Congress, and the White House. If you want to make sure that free speech remains legal in this country, then make sure you vote for pro-freedom candidates.

Voting and Privacy

Most states explicitly treat voter registration information as a matter of public record. That means your name, signature, address, date of birth, party affiliation, and voting history can all potentially be retrieved.

That said, we certainly don’t want to scare off any Independent Living readers from going to the voting booth. If everyone who was concerned about protecting their privacy refrained from voting, then the election would be decided entirely by people who don’t care about privacy issues. That would be Big Brother’s dream come true!

It’s vitally important that your voice be heard in the political process. You can register as an “independent” or “unaffiliated” if you don’t want to risk being profiled or discriminated against on the basis of party affiliation. If you don’t vote at all, then you’ll effectively cede electoral power to those who are motivated to get out and vote against your interests and your liberty.

Don’t sit on the political sidelines in 2016! Much too much is at stake this November.

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