I’ve never spoken about this publicly, because I eschew victim mentality and, at the time, nine years ago, I couldn’t really believe it was going down the way it seemed to be–this was before there was a term for getting rid of people in the workplace whose opinions you didn’t like.
I made the post below on Facebook, set to my “friends” originally, except most of my work colleagues were, I thought at the time at least, “my friends.” Soon after this post, the chair of the NH Writers’ Project board took me out to dinner to chastise me, telling me my opinion was not acceptable. Honestly I don’t remember all of the details of what was said, but I do know I was sobbing at the dinner table, so it was definitely unpleasant and belittling.
Soon after, my then boss left NHWP, telling me that everything was set up and that I would be appointed as interim executive director, and then officially promoted when the board approved the appointment at the next meeting. Thinking I had just landed my ultimate dream job–running the NH Writers’ Project, putting on exciting arts events across New Hampshire, including Writers’ Day, our flagship annual event, which in my five years with the organization I had revamped from a money-losing mess into a record-breaking, money-making success–I took a much needed vacation to recharge. While on vacation in Honduras, I was informed they’d hired someone else as the executive director but that I could stay on for the time being in my current part-time role.
Now that I understand the socialist playbook is all about silencing people you disagree with instead of debating the actual issues raised, I know I was simply a very early victim of cancel culture. So early, it didn’t even have a name yet!
People who know me know I’m an early adopter of good ideas, which means, like most early adopters, you run the danger of being unpopular until your time comes.
My time will come.
In the meantime, I’m batting pretty well about my predictions for the future, including:
1. NH being the best place to live if you value liberty;
2. Bitcoin and crypto being the best hedge against inflation and money creation;
3. We’d all be better off with less government. Every single one of us;
4. Corona-fascism is real and they are trying to implement a global population/movement control system using vaccine passports as an excuse; and
5. Guns are the only thing making America not look more like Australia or Austria right now. Molon labe.