It seems like we’ve been talking a lot about cancel culture lately…not just here at FreedomWire, but in society in general.

It’s hard not to when it’s happening all around us on a daily basis.

So far, in 2021 alone, we’ve lost celebrities like Gina Carano, childhood icons like Mr. Potato Head and Dr. Seuss, and classic movies like Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson, and host of other Disney movies that we haven’t even gotten around to discussing yet.

But this our culture now. This is how history will look back and view the generations that are alive today—and it’s embarrassing.

How did we go from the Greatest Generation to the Cancel Generation in less than 70 years?

It’s baffling…

But it’s who we are right now, and we’ll just have to deal with it.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not hurting people.

Our latest victim is a musician whose unforgivable crime was tweeting support for a book by Conservative journalist and firebrand Andy Ngo. After crossing the Left so publicly, this man now has to backpedal in order to appease the Liberal media and his former sponsors to ensure his band can play music once the world reopens again. As for his career…things aren’t looking good.

Bye Bye, Banjo Player

Winston Marshall, the banjo player for the band Mumford and Sons, was attacked on social media after tweeting support for Andy Ngo new book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy.

Marshall took all kinds of flack simply for calling Ngo a “brave man” and calling his book “important.”

After an unbelievable number of tweets accusing him of “endorsing fascism” and “supporting White supremacy” (again, keep in mind that Andy Ngo is a gay Vietnamese immigrant), the band held a meeting in which Marshall was reportedly asked to hand in his resignation.

The tweet by Marshall—or more accurately, the Leftist attention it brought to him—may have been the proverbial straw that broke Mumford and Sons’ back.

An unnamed source claims that Marshall’s Right-leaning political views have been causing “tension” in the band for a while now, promoting the decision to let him go in order to protect the band’s “image” in the traditionally Left-leaning world of folk music.

So, Marshall did what all people do when left with the prospect of unemployment through cancellation: he apologized.

In a tweeted statement, Marshall said, “Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour. I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.”

Sigh…

When Will Our Society REGROW Its Collective Spine?

Another spine ripped out in order to appease the Liberal mob.

Why?

Why can’t people simply accept backlash that they know will come and take it on the chin till it all blows over?

Why can’t people just OWN what they say and be unapologetic for it?

Who CARES if someone else gets offended? Just because they’re offended doesn’t mean they’re RIGHT!

People need to stop caving to the pressure…

People need to just say, “Yeah… I said it and I believe it. I may change my mind in the future, but right now, that’s how I feel. If you don’t like it, don’t buy my music or come to see me play.”

This isn’t right…

This isn’t how people are supposed to act.

We’re not supposed to be afraid of being honest.

This point was perfectly articulated in one of the unlikeliest of sources: a comic book.

In a classic issue of Captain America (of course), Steve Rogers makes a speech that we should all take to heart—and people everywhere in the world should take note.

In the comic, Spider-Man asks Cap, “How does a man who is the country react when the country goes a different way?”

How To React When The Country Moves In Another Direction

And Cap’s response is absolutely priceless (due to the brilliance of writer, J. Michael Straczynski):

Beginning with a quote from Mark Twain, he says:

“For in a republic, who is ‘the Country’? Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. Who, then, is ‘the Country’? Is it the newspaper? is it the pulpit? is it the school superintendent? Why, these are mere parts of the country, not the whole of it; they have not command, they have only their little share in the command. They are but one in the thousand; it is in the thousand that command is lodged; they must determine what is right and what is wrong; they must decide who is a patriot and who isn’t.

Who are the thousand–that is to say, who are ‘the Country’? In a monarchy, the king and his family are the country; in a republic it is the common voice of the people. Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch-phrases of politicians. Each must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, and which course is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide it against your convictions is to be an unqualified and inexcusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may. If you alone of all the nation shall decide one way, and that way be the right way according to your convictions of the right, you have done your duty by yourself and by your country – hold up your head! You have nothing to be ashamed of.”

And then we get what, in my opinion, may be the greatest quote of all time in ANY piece of literature.

  “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — ‘No, you move.’”

THIS is what we need.

We need MORE people to tell the world to move if we believe we’re right…

It’s our duty to ourselves and our country to do so.

Let this be the lesson we take away from this time in our country’s history…

We need to be trees of faith, not leaves that will change direction with whatever way the wind blows.

Be a tree, my fellow patriots…

Be a tree.

 

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain