A few years ago, a well known retailer opened a store near me. I was looking for work at the time, so I went to their recruitment website to see what openings they had and upload my resume. As is my practice, I read their policies and employee handbook first. As is to be expected in era of political correctness, there were quite a few things I didn't agree with, but when I'm on the clock I'm representing the employer; work is not the place to voice personal beliefs. Then, I came across the provision that shocked me. As a condition of employment, employees were expected to adhere to company policies, to include the company's social and political positions, while not on company time. In other words, in order to work for this outfit, I had to sign away my 1st Amendment rights. I closed the browser and have never again set foot in their stores.
That was a few years ago. Today, the thought police are everywhere. Everyone is now aware of the deliberate censorship on the part of the major social media companies. Post an idea or opinion that's counter to the Technocracy agenda, challenge any of the cabal's sacred cows, from Global Warming to Universal Basic Income, and you'll be lucky if getting banned is all that happens to you. People are being threatened, being doxxed, physically assaulted, even murdered for voicing the 'wrong' beliefs. It takes only a ten minute perusal of online news to see that virtually all of the bad behavior, the riots, election fraud, arson, assaults, is coming from the Left, and the Democrats, with few exceptions, have been acting as apologists for this violence and criminality, or outright instigating and encouraging it. Some, such as "kerosine" Maxine Waters, who earned that nickname for leading violent protests during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles (I was there, I remember her behavior. She pretty much coined the phrase, "no justice, no peace"), have been doing this for years.
Which leads me to the question with which I titled this post; what kind of life do you want? If you're attracted to the idea of a short, brutal existence in which you and your children have to keep your eyes down and your mouths shut, living constantly with the fear of offending someone in authority, that you might say something in an unguarded moment that will reach the wrong ears, that your associations or even your clothes might send the 'wrong' message, of living in a post-apocalyptic version of North Korea, Venezuela and the movie Escape From New York all rolled into one, then by all means, shut off your brain and vote for Democrats. Vote for a Biden Chinese puppet Presidency. If, however, you'd rather return to a world that makes sense, where you actually have rights, and don't have to live in fear of saying, doing or believing the wrong thing, where your creativity and ingenuity are celebrated and encouraged, then vote for conservatives and strong Constitutionalists. It's really that simple this time, and that important. It's up to you.
I am, and have always been, unafraid to voice my opinions. In fact I believe everyone needs to vent now and then, and we all have a God given right to do so. I despise willful ignorance and intellectual dishonesty, and take a perhaps perverse pleasure in puncturing the politically correct proclamations of those who have anointed themselves as our betters. I could be described as a contrarian and a bit of a curmudgeon, having now reached an age at which those labels no longer sound odd. Not everything I'll address here will be controversial. In fact, I would rather keep that sort of thing somewhat limited (and it should surprise no one that I probably won't succeed in doing so). We already have our fill of whining talking heads on the 'net. However, if you are easily offended or thin skinned, you might want to skip this blog. You have been warned.