Skip to comments.The Case of the GEICO Pitchman: How Quickly the Left Forgets, or do They?
Posted on 05/02/2010 9:58:18 AM PDT by ConservativeHideout
Im late getting to this, but I had to take a look at some old posts and research a bit. For the quick recap, Lance Baxter, AKA, DC Douglass, the voice over guy for GEICO commercials, was fired from his job when he called Freedom Works and insulted the Tea Party movement. Using the word retarded probably didnt help him out either.
That, of course set off a debate on people being punished for speaking out-no matter the reprehensible manner. But, there was something forgotten in all of this. As usual, the left engaged in this same behavior, on a much larger scope and intensity. For some background, lets take a look at the California Proposition 8 debate from the last election cycle. First up, here is an article from Human Events.
"No matter that Prejean was representing California, majorities of whose voters have twice voted to enshrine in their constitution the exact belief Prejean articulated on stage.
The real apology needed to come from homosexual activists who, immediately after more than six million Californians voted last November to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, participated in riot-like protests across the nation.
Conservative churches were picketed and vandalized, and church services were disrupted. Envelopes containing white powder were sent to several Mormon temples. And a postcard sent to the homes and businesses of many financial donors of Proposition 8 read: If I had a gun, I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter. Other donors were forced to resign from their jobs after they were revealed as contributors to the Prop 8 effort.
This may seem like a harsh reaction to democracy in action. But the gay rights movement has always had an erratic relationship with basic democratic values.
Last May, gay activists shut down an American Psychiatric Association panel because two evangelicals were scheduled to appear. Ahead of the California vote, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared that same-sex marriage was coming to California whether you like it or not. Recently, a student at Los Angeles City College sued the school after a professor called him a fascist bastard and refused to allow him to finish a speech against gay marriage during a public speaking class."
That just oozes tolerance and diversity, doesnt it? Then again, the gay rights crowd used campaign contribution regs to find out who contributed to Prop 8, and created a map to their homes.
And the results of that?
"More to the point, what Eightmaps intends to accomplish happened to me and my famly last year. And it was terrifying. Heres the story:
Someone got my address from publicly available sources, made a malicious flyer with that information on it, went to the citys homeless shelters and passed it around (the police told me that someone on staff at a shelter told them he saw a stranger distributing the flyers). The flyer told the homeless that if they came to my house, wed give them money. This person did not care that it was summer, and he was tricking the poorest of the poor to a four-mile walk from the downtown shelters to my house. All he cared about was striking out at me.
We knew something was up after the second rough-looking person showed up demanding money, and got angry when he was told we had no idea what he was talking about. (All this happened when I was at work; imagine your wife opening the door to confront a homeless man who has just learned from her that hed walked all that way in the heat for no reason). But we could tell they had some sort of flyer with our address on it. We called the police, who advised us to stall the next person who showed up, then call them on 911. That we did. Julie phoned me at work one day to say a scary-looking guy was at the front door with one of the flyers, and that shed just called 911.
By the time I got home, the police were there questioning this guy, who looked like hed wondered what the heck hed gotten into. The cops said that this guy meant no harm, that hed been the victim of this prankster just as we had. They also said he was a registered sex offender."
But wait theres more.
"Harassment, Hostility, and Slurs
Several individuals who supported Proposition 8 reported receiving harassing telephone calls, e-mails, and mailings. Prop 8 supporters have reported receiving phone calls and voice mails calling them bigot and using vulgar language. Sometimes harassers called at work. A public relations firm hired by the Yes on 8 Campaign received so many harassing phone calls from one person that the sheriffs office became involved. Other Prop 8 supporters received e-mails, letters, and postcards using vulgar language and offensive labels like gay hater. Through the contact form on his businesss Web site, one individual received an e-mail stating burn in hell. One e-mail threatened to contact the parents of students at a school where a particular Prop 8 supporter worked.
Harassment sometimes took other forms. For example, two women painted an arrow and the words Bigots live here on the window of an SUV and parked the vehicle in front of a household that had supported Prop 8. In another case, an individual who supported Prop 8 found himself the subject of a flyer distributed in his town. The flyer included a photo of him, labeled him a Bigot, and stated his name, the amount of his donation to Prop 8, and his association with a particular Catholic Church. At the University of California, Davis, a Yes on 8 table on the quad was reportedly attacked by a group of students throwing water balloons and shouting you teach hate. A professor at Los Angeles City College allegedly told students in his class, If you voted yes on Proposition 8, you are a fascist [expletive deleted]. One Prop 8 supporter received a book, sent anonymously through Amazon.com, that contained the greatest homosexual love stories of all time."
I would encourage you to visit the links. Though I quoted extensively, there is far, far more to see. Death threats, violence, physical attacks, lost jobs, boycotts, and intimidation were used extensively. All of these come right out of the progressive/Alinsky playbook. And, as usual, the MSM didnt say a thing about it.
Just remember folks, that tolerance means that youre free to agree with progressive ideology as much as you like. Diversity, when dealing with progressives, is simply an oxymoron. If you disagree, you will be attacked in some way. Facts are irrelevant. Truth and reality are to be disregarded. The agenda and the narrative of the now are the only reality for the progressives.
Is this the lizard, or the guy who talks to the lizard?
Btw, Geico is a lousy insurance company.
It’s the narrator.
I don’t even know if anyone from our side demanded that he be fired. I think GEICO has the right to decide who they employ, but beyond that, I didn’t care if they kept him or not.
The lefties whined about it though.
I don't think that we often do that. Unless it's an appointment to a government post. Or the offensive is truly heinous.
The lefties whined about it though.
Whining is all they have in life.
Well, if the left whined about it, I’m in favor.
After all, remember what WFB, Jr. said when asked in the early days of the modern conservative movement what conservatism’s “program” was: “To annoy the left and keep it unhappy.”
If I lived in a fantasy world that is constantly contradicted by reality, I’d probably whine too.
The left cheers every time a conservative loses his/her job because of political speech that is found to be disagreeable. Perhaps getting a dose of their own medicine might teach some of them something.
I doubt it. If they could learn from life, they wouldn’t be liberals!
Bookmarked. I had a quick scan - wow! Your poor wife...
They treat their people like sh*t and they do everything in their power to avoid paying legitimate claims...
See posts #13.
My poor wife?
Don’t know if you’ve seen this update...f.y.i....5/16/10?
D.C. Douglas PSA For Tea Party And FreedomWorks Critics
Not only saw it, Lance Baxter demonstrated typical liberal tolerance of opposing arguments and banned me from commenting on it when I bested the liberals fawning all over it.
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