But, that has been the course in the 240 years of the republic. In a legal sense, the companies are basically free to go about as they wish, in this regard. Yes, there are laws governing employment as it relates to race, religion, etc. But, there are ways to skirt that. A company cannot outright tell you what to say, who to vote for, etc. They can encourage it.
Was it explicitly stated why she was fired? They could simply state that they support whoever and that is that. Maybe it could be argued that the state could try to apply eminent domain here and forcefully protect her speech, but that is kind of a stretch and why give the rightwing radio nuts more ammunition?
Here is a fun quote. “My rights begin, where yours end.” I have no idea who said it, but it speaks volumes for the legality and morality of constitutional law in the US. Let’s try this…
Say you really like the Canadian Tuxedo and mullets. You want them to come back. You have every right to think and feel, even to promote it. Let’s say you discover that I am horridly anti denim and think that mullets should be relegated to the past, NHL be damned. You find where I live and set up a loud speaker outside my house doing your best to get your message across. Now what do we do? I do not have an out. No on invited you to speak, you arranged this on your own. You are on a public street, so nothing really anyone can do, right?
A common refrain towards people who do not like what is being offered on TV, or in other media is to simply “change the channel” or to take steps to otherwise avoid seeing something that would offend you. Well, in the above scenario, have I no rights in this?
Imagine going to parts of the American South…the deep south, and park yourself in a public square and start ranting about the glory of same-sex marriage, the power of satan, the evils of incest, and the praise of the Obama. I do not think the day would end pleasantly for you. I mentioned that before. I told this to a friend of mine. He said the person would be shot, and Fox News would blame him for going there in the first place. This is sort of what happened in Berkeley, except it was all planned ahead of time. The people protested, said they did not want that filfth in their town, community, school. No one listened, so they stepped it up. Why doesn’t Milo et al just go to a friendlier venue, like the aforementioned Southern location? Do the people of Berkeley not have a say? Are they being denied their right?