A young man works with all of his heart through grade, junior and high school, often staying late, doing extra assignments, volunteering and working hard. Through his hard work he gains access to one of our nation's most prestigious universities and, for the first time in his life, is away from home, a freshman, with all the hope and promise this brings.
At the end of one semester, his first, his joy has been taken from him as he has been bullied into silence in class after class because he spoke a position that "offended" the others in his class, including his professors.
He said something that was quickly labeled as "pro business" and soundly condemned.
Once a talented debater on high school award winning teams, he must sit through class after class in silence.
Either be muzzled or face the wrath of his fellow students and the potentially life destroying grades by the very ones paid to encourage the free exchange of information to facilitate growth. Life can be lonely for a young kid far from home, and friends are critical, but even his friends are afraid of what association with him might mean.
It's easy for us to say "tough it out" but we are not an 18 year old kid alone with no friends, with the majority looking at him as if he has just betrayed their lives.
Polling now shows that more and more college kids want less and less free speech and if their feelings are hurt, someone must pay the consequences for "upsetting" them, or making them feel "unsafe." Even applause is condemned as "sexist" and "bullying" by the myriad of hurt feelings of college kids. As businesses have provided them with the very beautiful buildings they currently occupy, the condemnation of the same, should it continue, will assist in destroying business to the point where it will no longer be able to accommodate the incessant demands
History has been denied them, so they do not realize that the Freedom of Speech was designed to protect that which was labeled "treason" by the government.
Here is a police officer who has brought joy to the lives of citizens with his silly traffic stop dances, brightening the average day as people traveled to and from work, during holiday season, now terminated or not seasonally rehired to his job because his opinion disagreed with the government's opinion.
What was so horrific, hateful and dangerous to cause a man to lose his job after more than 30 years on the job? From Frontpage.com:
he joined a police protest against a Dunkins Donuts employee who wrote #BlackLivesMatter on an officer's cup. This put him on the wrong side of Providence's left-wing mayor, Jorge Elorza, who has pandered to the racist hate group.
A Providence Police officer went to purchase a coffee on Friday night and his cup had a message from the Dunkin' Donuts employee writen on the cup, "#BlackLivesMattter."
O'Donnell's Facebook post:"So my coworker just went to get a coffee Dunkin Donuts on Atwells Ave in Providence. The worker was immediately rude, and didn't appear to want to serve him in uniform. Upon leaving he noticed what she wrote on his coffee cup...#blacklivesmatter. ? Would you drink it? My suggestion...absolutely not, go to Starbucks. When is this silliness going to end. But if the store gets robbed she'll be calling us immediately to help AND we will because that's what we do!!!!"
Mike Iamondi, Providence Police Patrolman and Providence FOP Vice President told GoLocal in a phone interview:"We have to look at the possibility if "Black Lives Matter" is on the cup, is there anything else going into the cup? That is a possibility, given what's going on around the country. If a guy goes in for a cup of coffee at a place we know, where we're patrons at, and they've always been great with us, do we have to worry?"
So Tony was purged for standing up to the hate group which enjoys the support of Obama, Hillary Clinton and much of the leadership of the Democratic Party.
"Recent statements made by Mr. Lepore gave the inaccurate impression that he represented the position of the Providence Police Department," Paré said in an email statement.
"Mr. Lepore was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Providence Police Department and his actions were, in my judgement, a disservice to the Department and to members of the Providence Community."In a post on his Facebook page, Lepore, a retired police officer, attributed his firing to the work of "political puppets."
"They degraded all the work I did for the street cops, and the work I did for the city for 30 years. They said it didn't matter," Lepore wrote. "Some people are political puppets. They don't care about the men in the street."Lepore wrote that he was asked to turn in his uniform and Providence police patch, but he would design his own patch and continue to dance.
Considering that Tony Lepore had long since retired, he clearly wasn't speaking for the department. Nor was he ever in a position to do so. So the excuse by Jorge Elorza's minion is paper-thin.
On Facebook, he posted, "To the Providence Police Department: I am addressing the ones on ground floor. The real cops. I want to wish you all and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. I know the story, and so do you. Your battle is not only on the street, it`s also eternally. Be careful out there, and God Bless you all."