“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” – Dalai Lama
Once upon a time, America was a nation of tolerance. We were a nation that had evolved enough to know our differences were not to be used as weapons. Sure, we had many political disagreements, disagreements about the very nature of our humanity, but those differences did not lead to hatred. These differences lead to a healthy and robust debate. Ha! Gotcha! None of that ever happened. We’ve always used our differences as weapons, and never more so than now. Politics interferes in our everyday relationships, and it infiltrates our work environment because it is a deeply ingrained part of who were are as a nation. We fought a revolution, and we continue to fight just as hard today, only without the weapons.
There are, however, negative aspects of our political obsession. And those negative aspects all stem from the most intolerant of people: Republicans. It may sound like a joke, to be so dramatic about this, but you’ll think differently when I tell you a story. According to multiple sources, the recently promoted CEO of Mozilla (you know, the creators of one of the most popular web browsers: FireFox) was forced to resign over the fact that in 2008, he made donations to an organization set up to combat California’s Prop 8.
Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker responded to the outrage in the company’s official blog:
“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves. We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community. Mozilla believes both in…freedom of speech.”
Essentially, Mozilla promoted Eich to CEO, then following the outrage regarding his donations to an organization which promotes same-sex marriage, he was forced to step down. Mozilla then apologized to the public at large, as well as their users for Eich’s promotion.
The political donations of Eich should never have been revealed in the first place, but once they were, he should not have been forced to resign. More than half of the country supports same-sex marriage, though it is a contentious issue. Eich’s personal beliefs and donations he made with his own money should not have led to his forced resignation. Are we in Russia now?
Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Someone having to resign from their job because of their personal political beliefs, and donations over issues which are widely contentious? Oh wait, I left out some details. Actually, I made them up. Eich wasn’t dismissed because he donated to an organization which supports same-sex marriage, he was forced to resign after it was revealed he donated to the Prop 8 campaign. Eich is a supporter of the traditional definition of marriage, and he has been persecuted right out of his job because of it.
When you were reading the story believing Eich was fired for supporting same-sex marriage, were you upset by it? Liberals obviously would be. Then, when it turned out the opposite was true, were you outraged? Liberals wouldn’t be. Right there, inside that tiny change of perspective lies the difference between liberals and conservatives. Though we may disagree (morally, and socially) with the positions taken by liberals regarding something like same-sex marriage, we would never force the resignation of a CEO over his or her personal political beliefs. At least, we shouldn’t. Liberals, on the other hand, would do just that, and have no problem with it. They did it with Eich, and remember the Chick-Fil-A “scandal?”
The Left claims the mantle of tolerance, but they are the least tolerant of all. In their absolute hypocrisy, the Left has taught us all a valuable lesson: how not to be tolerant.