Bill Hobbs notes an alarming story. Reader Chris Clem commented on one of Bill’s August posts. Two months later Georgetown University student Joe McReynolds took it upon himself to try and get Clem fired from his job.
Subject: Why do you let Chris Clem write such vile things online?
As a business, you probably don’t like negative PR. So why do you let Chris Clem write, signed with his work e-mail address, such controversial political tirades online? … It’s one thing to find some fault with TennCare. But Chris is posting, using his work e-mail address, a long-winded screed … In the future, you should keep him on a shorter leash. It reflects poorly on your law firm.
Luckily for Clem, he and his law partners are all conservatives. He also happens to be a state representative. Furthermore, the complaint wasn’t factual in that Clem didn’t use his work email.
Apparently Mr. McReynolds (his real name?) is hunting down the employers of conservative web site commenters and advocating that they be fired. Here’s an excerpt from Clem’s response to him:
Your politics of destruction is scary. It never occurred to me to randomly search blogs and research the names of liberal bloggers. Then research where they work and try to get them fired from their jobs. Yes, technically others who are not as fortunate as myself to own my business should be careful about using their employers’ email. But, to try and get someone you disagree with fired is beyond anything I have ever experienced.
I only wish that I could say that conservatives would never do such a thing.
A couple years ago Nashville Architect Manuel Zeitlin wrote a letter to the editor about something or another. Knowing his politics as a I do, it was probably some anti-Bush thing. Anyway, the letter became the subject of discussion on a local radio talk show. Someone (whether host or caller, I don’t know) advocated that conservatives should respond by boycotting the real estate company owned by his mother.
Though our politics are 180 degrees out of synch, I enjoy working with Manuel. He is an intelligent and talented architect who is a pleasure to build for. It outraged me that someone would lash out at a policy difference, not simply by attacking Manuel–which would have been bad enough, but by going so far as to retaliate against his mother at work.
It outrages me further that the someone who struck such a low blow presumably comes from my side of the aisle. I want no part of a trend of retaliating against the livelihood of those with whom you have a philosophical disagreement. For God’s sake, it’s politics, not civil war. And if you’ve gotten to the point where you confuse the two, then even if you’re on my side, count me among those who are against you.