Back in the 1990s I was stationed in Germany at AFN Headquarters in Frankfurt. I did a lot of driving around the country – both for work and for pleasure. I hosted concerts, I lived in the barracks in Wiesbaden, I participated in public affairs events in Bavaria, and I traveled around seeing as much as I could. I heard things.
Back then, we were in the process of closing down bases. The Frankfurt military community had pretty much shut down by then, other than AFN. Rhein Main was to shut down a few years later. AFN Bavaria was in the process of moving to Vilseck. Bases had been closing all over the country, and I kept hearing how happy the Germans were to see American troops go, how they were tired of the American presence on their soil. How they wanted their property back.
Until they realized what they were losing.
American military bases were a boon to the communities in which they operated. American troops shopped the local economies, ate at restaurants, engaged with the local nationals, and patronized the local bars. They married German women, and many times built lives there once they left the military. The bases employed hundreds, if not thousands, of local nationals.
All of a sudden, calls for Americans to go home quieted down.
Wonder why? They badmouthed American troops and their presence on their soil, screaming for us to leave their country – UNTIL their wallets were affected.
Fast forward to the present.
A friend of mine tells me that a “friend” of hers told her that she “couldn’t tolerate my hateful viewpoints anymore” and that she “needed to remove toxic energy from her life.”
Care to take a guess why?
My friend is conservative/libertarian. Her buddy decided that since she didn’t comport with her progressive views, she no longer needed to be in her life.
Now, let me state unequivocally, my friend is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. She’s not loud, nor is she obnoxious about her political views. She’s artistically talented – so talented, in fact, that when I see her work I literally gasp in wonder. She’s gentle and kind, and an ardent defender of freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas.
Well, you know what that means: the prognazis, who are out to destroy every view that does not exactly match their own, cannot tolerate the existence of dissent in their lives. Any free flow of ideas means they might be exposed to views that might challenge them and their ideas, and expand that ideological bubble in which they exist, and that just can’t happen. It chafes their tender labia. It’s abrasive to their fragile egos. It upsets their itty bitty apple carts. And that just can’t happen.
So, this “friend” unceremoniously shoved this kind, beautiful, sweet woman out of her life. She just couldn’t stand her “toxicity” and “hurtfulness.”
Until, she realized what she was losing.
Money. A client. Rent.
You see my pal wasn’t just in her life as a friend. She was also paying her quite a bit of money every month for a service this prognazi was providing. And while the prognazi’s service was apparently quite satisfactory, my friend has decided to seek similar services elsewhere.
All of a sudden, the prognazi was not only pushing out a “toxic” friend whose views she just couldn’t tolerate; she was losing a client – a client who was helping pay her housing expenses – reliably so.
All of a sudden, the attitude changed drastically.
The prognazi started begging my friend to return.
I WAS BEING HONEST WITH YOU ABOUT HOW TOXIC AND HATEFUL I FIND YOU! YOU SHOULD APPRECIATE MY HONESTY AND GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!
Hmmmm… how about you get fucked with a rusty nail-studded cricket bat!
That’s not how any of this works, Cupcake!
No, you don’t get to abuse someone who holds different views from your own and expect them to continue giving you their business.
No, you don’t get to be a jerk to another human being and not face consequences.
No, you don’t get to be intolerant of others, while siphoning their earnings.
No, you don’t get to stand on the courage of your convictions UNTIL it affects your bottom line.
No, you don’t get to act superior and berate anyone who happens to hold opposing political views, and then demand they continue giving you their business.
No, you are not entitled to your clients’ earnings after you treat them like garbage.
No, you don’t get to decide someone’s friendship is too toxic for your moralizing, smug existence, and then get upset when they pull their business from said existence.
No, you don’t get to decide another human being is too burdensome to have in your life based on their political views, and yet expect them to continue giving them your business.
Yes, you sanctimonious ass pimple, your actions do indeed have consequences.
Ain’t karma a bitch?