Public shaming is bullying. Treat it the same.
The attempt by the powerful -- in the form of the corporate media and the dominant political class -- to force others to conform to their social values or face the loss of employment, economic security, and status is textbook bullying. In the case of Assemblyman Parker Space, it is clear that the Republican holds tastes in music and is of a socio-economic class different from that of the dominant establishment class.
Space is a country boy, a blue-collar farmer, a Trump supporter, and a believer in traditional values. This makes him a target for establishment bullying. As for the establishment's complaints that Space used a five-letter word in private conversation, this is simply a case of rank hypocrisy by individuals who use the same words and far-far-worse in private and in public, as evidenced below.
Again and again, we are told that in America, we are a nation of laws. But this is being steadily eroded by corporate media and their puppets in the political class. With the connivance of establishment political figures the corporate media are attempting to create an extra-judicial method of determining everything from whether or not you can hold a job or operate a business to serving in public office.
Under this informal, extra-judicial system, the accusers do not need to produce proof of their accusations, neither does the accused have the opportunity to refute the charges made in any legal setting. In this bullying culture, corporate media whips up a frenzy of bullying -- mobbing -- in order to indict, convict, and punish someone.
The accusers simply need to "feel" that someone has done something for reasons that they disapprove of. Of course, these "feelings" must conform to the social norms of the establishment. Conforming to establishment norms allows some people to believe that they have the right to fire someone from his or her job, or put someone out of business, or overturn the will of the voters.
This is a form of technological vigilantism -- a post-modern lynch mob -- with elements of religion to it. For "apologize... apologize... apologize," read "repent... repent... repent." And it was specifically warned against by prescient writers like George Orwell, with the neo-religious fervor whipped up in a shaming exercise very like the two-minutes hate he describes in his great work, 1984:
Think of it. Political figures like Democrat Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg actually suggested that they could reach into another person's soul to determine evil there, adjudicate on said evil, and then demand that the will of the voters be overturned and said person be stripped of public office. Mind you, the office-holder in question -- Assemblyman Parker Space -- is one of the most popular elected officials in New Jersey, as determined by the number of votes he receives, and gets more votes than any Republican legislator in the state. So it does take a particular kind of philosophy, distinctly undemocratic, to suggest such a thing.
Also remember that no laws have been broken. Unlike Senator Robert Menendez or Assemblyman Neil Cohen or Assemblyman Raj Mukerji or any one of a hundred New Jersey Democrats who actually broke the law, but who nevertheless enjoyed and enjoy the steadfast support of fellow Democrats, Assemblyman Parker Space did nothing even remotely illegal. Fashion was breached perhaps -- the fashion held by some elites in a few, well-to-do enclaves -- but no laws were broken. For the moment, our Bill of Rights and our First Amendment are holding firm -- but for how long?
If the media can use extra-judicial shaming to deny employment, ruin a business, or overturn an election, then they will have successfully undermined the Bill of Rights without recourse to a legal challenge before the United States Supreme Court. It is a subversion of the law, and the imposition of punitive sanctions, through the use of fashion and media technology. Through the use of it, America will no longer be a nation of laws, but rather a nation of fashions, manipulated by a corporate media controlled by the likes of Jared Kushner, the Newhouse brothers, and the corporate racists at Gannett News. A bullying culture in which anyone who wishes to work, own a business, or hold office will have to conform to the establishment norms of the bullying class.