9/13/16

Backlash? True dat ...

Speaking out has a price.

Adam Jones observed that fact, in his comments about how MLB is a 'white man's sport,' which is why he will not sit out the national anthem - though he agrees with Kaepernick's position.

"There's going to be backlash, of course there is," Jones added. "Because people don't like the truth."

We looked at that in our post, '... cessation of thinking ...', which is based on Alexis de Tocquville's concept of 'tyranny of the majority.' Or if not the majority, then a 'tyranny of the masses.'

We have seen that in the backlash over the recall petition and the lack of action by the Swink school board.

Apparently, unless one's great-great-granddaddy handed out free watermelons with George Swink, one needs to keep one's mouth shut. One has no right to speak up. Or, one can speak up, as long as it meets the approval of the Great, the Near-great, or the Merely Self-important of Swinkian society.

Much has also been said about how the school board member who is the focus of all the attention has the First Amendment right to post whatever he wants on his personal FaceBook page.

That's right. He does. No one has ever disputed that.

However ... the insight those postings provide is what has led to the recall petition.

One may have the right to post whatever one wants, but one shouldn't whine about the reaction when other people question how those postings relate to one's mindset and outlook relative to the public position one holds.

We tell the kids to be very careful about what they post on FaceBook. We tell them not to post anything that brings discredit or dishonor to themselves, or the school, or the community.

Why does that not apply to school board members. If we expect a certain amount of self-discipline, of dignity and decorum, from out kids ... why not the members of the school board?

One can post whatever one wants ... yep, that First Amendment thing works really well, doesn't it.

Ask Colin Kaepernick about that.

You don't get to pick and choose who gets to exercise those rights, or in what manner.