It always surprises me to watch liberals argue for zero consequences for their actions. I know it shouldn’t since I’ve seen it so often, but every single time you’d think there’s no way in hell they couldn’t see where they went wrong this time, they always come back and act like victims of their own stupidity, as though their own stupidity isn’t their fault.
So it should come as no surprise that Melissa Click, disgraced assistant professor from the University of Missouri, is now trying to get sympathy for her ridiculous actions, pretending that just because she isn’t perfect, she shouldn’t be held accountable for the things that she did. There was a Washington Post article that she wrote where she had some quotes that I wanted to respond to.
If you have had any exposure to American media in the last four months, you know the quick decision I made to stand with the students, you’ve seen my inexperience with public protests, and you’ve heard my apologies for the mistakes I made while offering my support to the students working to make MU a more inclusive environment.
Maybe the biggest lesson Click needs to take from this is not to jump into things half-cocked. Her inexperience and supposed quick decisions led her to make errors in judgement that cost her employment and credibility nationwide. She became the poster child for the irrationality of the regressive left wing. She goes throughout the article repeating that she made “mistakes” and “errors”, yet not once does she ever take any responsibility for those “mistakes” and “errors”. Not once.
But I do not understand the widespread impulse to shame those whose best intentions unfortunately result in imperfect actions. What would our world be like if no one ever took a chance? What if everyone played it safe?
There is a thing in this country called civil disobedience. The left seem to have forgotten what it means. The whole purpose of civil disobedience is to violate the law and be held accountable for your actions, such that your punishment points out whatever social ills you were intending to put on display. However, the illiberal left today doesn’t want consequences. They don’t want to be accountable. They want their cake so they can chow down on it too. That’s not how it works. If you don’t want to play it safe, that’s fine. Just don’t expect that taking chances won’t come with inherent risks.
Reaction to the footage containing my errors has resulted in months of scrutiny and most recently the loss of my job.
No, it wasn’t a reaction to the footage, it was the consequences of your actions that cost you your job and your respectability. Whether you used your job specifically in these actions, your position as a representative of the University caused problems when combined with your actions. As a representative of a state-funded school, you cannot engage in violations of the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. You cannot violate the freedom of the press by calling for muscle to get reporters, even student reporters, removed from a public area. And your actions brought shame and bad publicity on the University by becoming a national laughing stock. You got canned because actions have consequences.
While I continue to fight the MU Board of Curators’ decision to terminate my employment without due process and in violation of university policy, I am also working to come to terms with how a few captured moments of imperfection could eclipse 12 years of excellence.
It only takes one horrific decision to ruin a lifetime of achievement, but instead of just one bad decision, you made at least two in very short order. You thought you were untouchable. You thought your political views, no matter how popular they might be with some of the student body, made you invulnerable to discipline. You were wrong. You can appeal all you like, they’re not going to change their minds, nor should they. You fucked up. Welcome to the real world.
But beyond my specific circumstances, I believe this situation raises broader cultural, ethical, and legal questions about how surveillance and social media significantly impact the terrain of public engagement.
They actually improve it. Where once you might have gotten away with this, a small time professor at a small time school, today you are held accountable for your actions like never before. You don’t deserve to get away with violating the laws and the rights of students because you have a SJW bug up your backside. Gone are the days when you can do what you wish without thinking about it and pretend it never happened later. This is a good thing.
I don’t want to live in a world where citizens are too afraid of public scorn to take a chance. Do you?
It isn’t public scorn that caused your downfall, it is the consequences of your actions that did. You took actions, however mistaken you want to pretend they were, that caused bad publicity and opened up your employer to legal challenges. You were not worth enough for them to fight for you, especially after you essentially peed in their pool. Why is this such a surprise to you? Oh wait, because you don’t understand that consequences exist! This is really just an appeal to consequences, a logical fallacy. She is saying that because you wouldn’t want to live in a world where no one took any chances, she should just be able to get away with her idiotic actions.
Yeah, fuck you Melissa Click. You got what you deserved.