For most of us the answer to the question of whether the workplace is the appropriate venue for political protests is no. At least every company I’ve worked for has some regulation in the employee manual regarding political activism that is usually stated as politely as possible that campaigning, petitioning, protesting is to be done on the employee’s own time, with the employee’s own resources, and is never to be associated with the company. Sounds fair enough to me. The workplace is the place for doing business and not the place for politics other than the occasional watercooler discussion.
But what happens when the workplace is subsidized by taxes? Do the same rules apply?
Sometimes I’ve wondered about what that makes the NFL so special, with municipalities vying for the teams to be domiciled within their limits, insisting that taxpayers of all walks of life, many of them single moms and people living from paycheck to paycheck, foot the bill to build the stadiums. The teams then charge such astronomical sums for tickets to the games that place attendance at the games well out of reach for the majority of the people subsidizing it. I used to enjoy pro football before I put some deep thought into the tyranny involved in it, and afterward it appears more disgusting to me than anything else and I want nothing to do with it. Of course it doesn’t really matter how I feel about it. The NFL will end up with my money one way or another whether I like it or not – what a racket!
Then there is Donald Trump who can’t seem to train himself to think about what is coming out of his mouth. He has a thought and it goes straight out through the mouth (or Twitter) within a few hundredths of millisecond. And it really is a curse because I think what he should have said is that the kneeling thing is disrespecting the people who pay for the grassy area the overpaid rent seekers are kneeling on – even the guys both black and white who have the daylights beaten out of them by cops – who couldn’t be there because they couldn’t afford a ticket.
I’d have to say that if NFL players want to protest they should do it on their own time and their own dime, as I am pretty sure they have plenty of dimes from plenty of others who have no say in where they go and get zero benefit from them going to the players. And then they can go and Have a Nice Day!