Just Do It

There is absolutely no reason to believe actors, athletes, or any other celebrities are more knowledgeable or insightful than the rest of us about political or social issues. Like everyone, they are entitled to expressing their opinions – but those opinions need not be screamed out to the world as they do the actual jobs they are being paid so highly to do. As with most of us in this world, their work and their opinions should have separate venues for expression. 

When I order food at a drive-thru, I don’t need to know the cook’s political views in order to enjoy my meal. He can most certainly act on what he believes on his own time, but I don’t expect those thoughts to be seared into my burger.

When I watch a movie, I want to be entertained. When I watch sports, I want to see a game. That’s all. I really just want them to do their job.

The Rights of Facebook’s Left-based Censorship

Facebook’s censorship policies are most certainly biased, but they are not illegal in terms of violating the First Amendment. The First Amendment gives protection against government censorship, not private companies – so it doesn’t apply here. Facebook is a PRIVATE company. The fact that it is publicly traded does not remove its status as a private company able to establish its own policies. Therefore, Facebook can censor or publish, support or cancel, promote or delete, whatever or whomever it likes provided  anti-discrimination laws are not violated.

Am I defending Facebook? Sounds like it, but that’s not my point. I am actually just acknowledging the freedoms Americans have to start, own, and operate our own interests as we see fit. No matter how much I may disagree with some of Facebook’s policies, I refuse to be a member of the cancel culture. If I expect my rights to be respected – indeed, if I want to respect myself through this crazy time in history – then I cannot argue against the legal rights of another entity.

I am, of course, fully aware that the rights of many are being violated by the riots, restrictions, and exceptions currently being illegally and unconstitutionally permitted and supported across this country, but to argue against the rights of others will not fix that. Yep – gotta say it – two wrongs still don’t make a right. Any of us can and should still make the decision to be the example of American freedom of thought, no matter the level of agreement. Legally, we are all still permitted our thoughts and opinions, in spite of the fact that those who participate in cancel culture are working, often viciously and violently, to suppress voices they dislike. The point of America is supposed to be that ALL voices have the right to be PEACEFULLY heard. The VIOLENCE needs to be stopped, NOT the voices.

So – yes, I do disagree with Facebook’s censorship policies, but they have the right to those practices and we all have the right to leave the platform if we can’t deal with it. Nobody is forcing us to stay. At the moment, Facebook is a convenient free service for staying in touch with friends and family so I will continue to take advantage until I find something better.

All of this being said, if anyone knows of another, similar platform with less censorship – I’m listening.

We Will Remain

I live in one of the top 25 most ethnically diverse cities in Texas. Within that city, I live in a recognized ethnically diverse neighborhood, on a very ethnically diverse street. My husband and I moved here in 1993 as newlyweds, raised our children here, and still remain safely and comfortably . . . here. Our neighborhood is a good, solid, lower-middle income bastion of teachers, police officers, blue collar workers, tradesmen, nurses, sales people, and small business owners. Folks who do important jobs but don’t earn important money. We also have our share of retirees, single income families, and first-time home buyers.

In our 27 years in this town, the population has boomed from 7,000 to 64,000. In all that time, with all that growth, we have not had reason to worry about safety or racial hostility. We love our town and conduct most of our business and have most of our fun here side by side with our neighbors. We shop, play, eat out, visit parks, attend movies, etc. in a community that is ethnically diverse and pretty much contented to be so. Our citizens like our police force (judging by all the support for them I see online) and appreciate first responders and those who serve. People here seem willing to make the effort to be generally thoughtful, informed, and kind in order to live everyday life in a safe, amiable environment.

We are an average American town.

So why am I sharing this? Because we are an average American town. Of course, we are concerned by what happens in the world. Of course.  But most of us, in all our American diversity, are living out our daily lives, loving our families, caring for neighbors, doing our jobs, paying bills, supporting one another, being friendly and kind when we meet in public. Most towns like ours not only do just fine with ethnic diversity, we genuinely appreciate the differences everyone brings to the table.

Most of us are not caught up in rioting and protesting and hysteria. We are the quiet majority who do not believe that rage and violence are real solutions. We believe in America, we believe our people are generally growing and striving to do right, and we are patiently and actively waiting for this moment in history to resolve, hoping that it does not upend the lives we have worked so hard to build. 

And – make no mistake – we are the builders and the heartbeat of this nation. We vote, we volunteer, we work hard, we care. We are the ones who hope, who believe, who persevere. We are patriots. And we are praying every day that our country will not be decimated by those pursuing destruction, violence, and power in a misguided attempt to wrest away the lives we cherish and the freedoms that make possible the lives, hopes, and dreams of millions of Americans.

We are not violent or loud or radical so the news media ignores us. But we are, in fact, most of America. We are still the deep root and solid core of this country. And we will remain.