I’m going to push the premise of this thread even further.
Reflecting on the coup attempt, and suspecting that worse may be ahead for 1/20, I find small comfort in knowing that a few dozen rioters may face prison time. What about the millions of Trump supporters who have told pollsters they support this coup, that the rioters who invaded the Capitol were doing the right thing, and that they still believe Trump is the rightful president moving forward. What price should they pay for continuing to support this idiocy?
I say they should pay with their jobs. I believe employers should, to whatever extent is legal, review social media feeds and fire anyone who visibly and unambiguously supports the events of Jan. 6.
These people are traitors. (Maybe they’ve been brainwashed by Fox News and QAnon, but no one made them watch that crap.) They have no respect for the Constitution or the rule of law. Therefore, they have no right to continue benefiting from the commerce made possible by this nation’s laws.
(And before anyone jumps in and says What about the BLM rioters? – this isn’t about them. It’s about Trump supporters.)
(And please don’t raise First Amendment rights. If you still need to be educated that the 1A doesn’t apply to private employers, you’re on the wrong site.)
(And for og’s sake, I’m not talking about all Trump voters – just the ones stupid enough to publish their approval of his treasonous behavior in public forums for everyone to see.)
We’re never going to be a functioning democracy until people learn that they can’t just smash everything until they get their way. And they’re never going to learn unless they suffer for not learning.
I know this is a nasty viewpoint and I hope it gets some reasonable counterarguments. I don’t like being this angry.