Isn’t dissent supposed to be American? Don’t we welcome dialogue?
Well, I heard about this issue coming into work yesterday morning and, in all honesty, I’m beyond speechless. The young man in question, Mr. Glover, is an aspiring country music artist, a Tea Party member and, if I remember correctly, an assistant football coach at a high school. Once he had the song completed and produced, he e-mailed it to everyone on his contact list. Lo and behold, some of the recipients were parents of several students and … well … he’s no longer a high school football coach.
Suffice it to say here–and I think Jeff could more effectively shed some light on the legal issues involved–that it seems the crux of the complaint against him is that he used his school e-mail account to send the blast out. The “company line,” however, seems to be that the song has “racial overtones” if you can believe it. Just as we’ve all said, once they’ve availed themselves of every possible tactic at their disposal and facing elimination, so to speak, they’ll have nothing left but the race card.
Enjoy the video. I sure did.
Great find, John.
As I understand it, Coach Glover wrote the song, produced the video and disseminated both outside the scope of his employment as a middle school football coach. Furthermore, he distributed it using a personal e-mail address. In that capacity, I don’t see anything different than if Mr. Glover worked at the checkout counter at the local Walmart so he could afford a steady stream of guitar picks and sent out the e-mail after he got home from a Saturday double-shift.
In my e-mail account dedicated to America’s Right, I receive approximately 200 e-mail messages each day, give or take. The vast majority of them are from ordinary folks who stumbled onto a story or received a politically-charged e-mail from a friend and felt compelled to pass it along to me … and Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, and so on and so forth. Some of these people might be truck drivers, others might be schoolteachers, and yet more might be traffic cops. I don’t know. They send me stuff on their own time, outside of the scope of their employment at the widget factory.
Of course, I don’t know all of the details. I’d sure like to see the e-mail Mr. Glover sent out, and look at whether it was formatted in such a way so as to mislead folks that it was sent in his official capacity as a middle school football coach. If I were a betting man, though, I’d bet against the school in the inevitable legal action soon to commence.