We like to think the United States is a land of equality, where everyone gets a fair shake. But the reality is, for better or worse, we live in a world where different people are often judged by different standards for committing the same or similar offenses. Sometimes juries give Hollywood celebrities a mulligan when they kill their spouse, while the average Joe is locked up. Pro baseball teams will send a star pitcher to rehab on multiple occasions but may not be as accommodating for an aging outfielder with a bad batting average.
Is it fair?
But it’s how things work.
In the one-party state of California, the liberals are given every benefit of the doubt when they commit a free speech faux pas, while conservatives become unemployable pariahs for the same or lesser offenses.
For a great example of this outrageous double standard, just look at Lars Maischak and Nathan Miller.
Lars Maischak is a history professor at California State University, Fresno, who tweeted, “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism”
If it weren’t for the conservative website Breitbart News doing a story on the professor’s threat, the tweet would have likely gone unnoticed.
But after the Breitbart piece ran, Fresno State President Joseph Castro was forced to say that he would “review” the statements made by the professor, but promised it would be in the “context of rights of free expression.”
Maischak told the Los Angeles Times that it felt cathartic to write the tweet. Saying, “I never expected them to be read by anyone but a close circle of acquaintances who would know to place them in their context.”
Ahh, the old “I don’t have that many friends” excuse.
Since then Maischak was investigated by the Secret Service, placed on paid leave and issued the following statement, “I ask forgiveness of those who felt threatened or offended by them. … It was never my intent to harm anyone, nor to encourage others to harm anyone.”
President Castro quickly praised the “apology” and commended the professor for having the “willingness to take accountability for the statements made on his Twitter account.”
The Los Angeles Times then ran a story on Maischak, noting that he was flooded with threats and hate mail and quoting a student who called him a “good professor.”
Fresno State isn’t saying what’s going to happen to Maischak, but I’m predicting a “professor of the year” award is in his future.
Compare this to conservative Nathan Miller, a former staffer for Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey and Riverside County GOP official.
According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Miller was virtually run out of town for a joke he sent in response to another Twitter user who tweeted a picture of a man holding a “Republicans for Hillary” sign. The user asked where the signs could be obtained.
Miller jokingly responded by sending two pictures of a hooded,…