Freedom of Speech is important when the Left needs it to make a point.
Yet, despite the extreme offensiveness behind a spiteful message directed at President Trump, conservatives continue to keep it classy.
Location: Fort Bend County, Texas.
Situation: A sheriff posts a picture on his Facebook page of an anti-Trump decal on a pickup truck, asking for community help to find the owner.
While the Left has carried out numerous attacks on free speech by assaulting Trump supporters, rioting on college campuses and staging violent protests, it seems liberals are poking fun at conservatives offended by a decal on the back of a pickup truck.
A decal which reads, “F— Trump and F— you for voting for him!”
Texas resident, Karen Fonseca, has gone on record stating while she understands how some could be offended by the message, due to its vulgarity, she nor her husband apologize for it.
Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy E. Nehls, posted a picture of Fonseca’s truck on his personal Facebook page; asking for the community’s help in locating her. The sheriff stated he had received numerous complaints about it and wanted to discuss it with the vehicle owner(s). According to Nehls, he was concerned about the possible harm it could cause to the driver or someone offended by the message.
As he explained, “Those are fighting words. Because now you’re challenging an individual. You’re focused on that one person. Because it says ‘F-you for voting for him’. And that person gets offended, and all of a sudden screaming and yelling. Then the local sheriff’s office or local police get called, now you have a breach of the peace. ”
The sheriff had made comments about charging Fonseca with ‘disorderly conduct’ siting context which falls under the charge
“(a) a person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly: (1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”
Fonseca stated she was irritated by the sheriff’s post, referring to it as an invasion of privacy. And, to no surprise, the ACLU was quick to react, stating the officer as trying to violate her right to free speech.
Yet, in a day and age of camera phones and social media, no one’s safe from becoming a possible spectacle over the internet. And, if Fonseca didn’t want to draw attention to herself, perhaps it would’ve been best to not display a decal with the F-word listed twice.
THE CONSERVATIVE SNOWFLAKE?
It’s ironic to hear liberals call conservatives snowflakes; especially after the numerous ways they’ve tried to silence Republican supporters from speaking (does Berkley ring a bell?).
In fact, the election introduced a new term to the American public called ‘safe spaces’.
Special rooms designed for liberals to retreat and sort out their hurt feelings.
Feelings not hurt as a result of name-calling or belittling their intelligence but to escape those with opposing viewpoints.
CONSERVATIVES KEPT IT CLASSY
Yet, despite the offensive decal, based on Fonseca’s own statements, no conservative attacked her or caused damage to her pickup.
The Left-wing progressive stated the decal had been on the truck for more than a year without incident.
Keep in mind, she and her husband live in Texas; a Right-wing conservative state and NO ONE attacked her or her husband. She told reporters both her and her husband have been driving the pickup out in public for months and this was the first time anyone had expressed – to them – of having an issue with it.
Do you think a Trump supporter would’ve been so lucky displaying an offensive decal on their vehicle condemning former Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton?
As history reminds us, that vehicle would’ve likely ended up in a junkyard flatten like a pancake.
3 MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH HER MESSAGE
So, are liberals right to call conservatives snowflakes over the decal? Let’s consider the following:
First, the profanity.
Why should children be subjected to the vulgar language which parents generally discipline their kids over?
It’s likely parents who also voted for Hillary took offense to the message as well.
It’s difficult for parents to explain why the ADULT driving the pickup has such unrefined language displayed on their rear window. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right. While the Fonseca’s have the right to display their disgust for President Trump, it certainly could’ve been done without the extreme profanity to make their point.
Second, the message it sends to their children.
As the old saying goes, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’.
According to reports, Fonseca has 12 kids. While she doesn’t have to support the outcome of the election, it’s important she and her husband consider the message they’re sending to their children. Fonseca’s actions and response to ‘not getting her way’ will be seen by their children.
Keep in mind, the younger a person is, the more reactive they are. A teen can rationalize a scenario better than a toddler, but an adult can rationalize a scenario better than a teenager. The older one gets, the more rational they generally become – not in all cases, but most.
Therefore, a parent’s actions are extremely important in terms of how their children interpret how to handle conflict and disappointment.
As the Fonseca’s are discovering, throwing a temper tantrum has changed nothing.
Third, it’s just plain hateful.
Their approach is extremely spiteful, showing a complete lack of judgment.
When someone’s overly emotional, self-centered and defensive, rational thinking becomes clouded.
It’s obvious Fonseca and her husband didn’t consider many parents – on both sides of the political aisles – might take offense to their children being exposed to their decal. It seems being offensive is – for some people – the correct way to protest.
It’s apparent the Fonseca’s didn’t care what others think and, likely, were hoping it would offend Trump supporters. As a means to ‘stick it to them’.
Plus, as Karen mentioned, she receives compliments from total strangers. Yet, while it may be judgmental to ask, exactly what types of people are patting the Fonseca’s on the back?
MESSAGE RESULTED IN JUSTICE SERVED
In the end, justice was served.
As a result of the officer’s post, Karen was found and authorities discovered she had an outstanding warrant for fraud.
If the Fonseca’s don’t understand how words impact people’s behaviors and actions, perhaps they’ll at least consider not doing or saying anything which may draw attention, especially when they’re wanted by the law.
In the meantime, conservatives … keep it classy.