Religion and politics are never polite topics to discuss in mixed company. But imagine if what most people think of as a simple social misstep became the reason you were fired from your job, sued, or all of your personal information leaked publicly on the internet – just because someone at the table did not agree with whom you voted. . For most of American history, that answer would be unfathomable.
But it happens every day.
Journalists and editors are fired for posting divergent opinions, even if they themselves disagree with that opinion. Small business owners are prosecuted or fined for following their conscience. Workers are fired for social media posts from their youth. Even Abraham Lincoln is not safe when the crowds are on the warpath.
The danger and destruction of the cancellation culture is far reaching and, if we are not careful, it could become a defining feature of American culture for posterity.
It’s a popular question with the talking heads on cable news, but the Center for Excellence in Polling wanted to see what a diverse population in the United States thought was “canceling” people for their beliefs.
The results paint a very different picture than what the awakened elites would have you believe.
Seventy-seven percent of voters are concerned about the culture cancellation, and 50% say they are “very concerned.” Republicans and independents say they are the most affected.
A majority of voters believe Democrats engage in quashing culture more often, and 49% of Democrats said they wanted individuals to be held accountable for what they did in the 10 last few years or for the rest of their lives – even if that means firing beloved pop culture icons like “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison.
Despite this, fortunately, only a single-digit percentage of all voters believe that the disclosure of personal information, known as “doxing,” should be legal.
The majority of Americans want protections against those who would deny them the dignity of work and the ability to support their families simply for expressing a political opinion. An overwhelming majority of voters agree – no one should fear losing their job, or having their home address or personal information spread all over the internet just because they don’t agree with an idea popularized by the media.
With poll numbers like these, the left may simply be intimidated by a lack of popularity, with businesses crumbling to bow to the crowd. No American should be afraid to tell their own family about their deeply held beliefs. People are harassed for expressing their opinions, even with their friends and family. This widens a wedge between Americans and prevents our children from learning to engage in healthy debate.
Each generation has its political problems and disagreements. But canceling culture cannot and should not define us. We owe it to ourselves and our children to stop this trend before it becomes the norm. As the radical left continues to move the goal post of what is “acceptable” in public discourse, worried Americans should continue to stand strong in the face of adversity and stand up for those who dare to take a stand and say what they want. think.
Stefani Buhajla is Director of Communications at the Foundation for Government Accountability.