Uninstall Firefox

screen_shot_2014-04-08_at_8.40.54_amIn 31 years of broadcasting, and 40 years of writing, I have never advocated a boycott of a product.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, when the left attempted to destroy Chick-Fil-A for its owner’s views on same-sex marriage, I suggested on my radio show that the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, stand in front of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant while enjoying some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. In that way, I argued, he could show one of the great moral differences between the right and the left. Though Ben and Jerry are leftists, we conservatives do not believe that company owners’ views should matter to consumers. We believe that products should speak for themselves. If the ice cream is good, despite whatever repugnance we might feel regarding the views of the makers of that ice cream, we will still purchase it.

The left does not see things that way. The left is out to crush individuals and companies with whom it differs. This is especially so today on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Perhaps the most dramatic example of this took place last week. The governing board of the widely used browser, Firefox, forced the company’s CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign. The Firefox board had learned that in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign in California. Proposition 8 amended the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In classic Communist fashion, gay rights organizations demanded that Eich publicly recant. When Eich did not, gay rights and other leftist organizations called for a boycott of Firefox. Firefox immediately forced Eich out.

All these years, the left, after coining the term “McCarthyism” in order to disparage the right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the right that suppresses liberty. The truth, of course, has been the opposite. Worldwide, with the exception of Nazi Germany (which was a uniquely race-based totalitarianism, neither left nor right — while it rejected Marxist class-based struggle, it supported socialism (“Nazism” was short for National Socialism), every genocidal totalitarian regime of the 20th century was leftist. And domestically, too, the left has much less interest in liberty than in forcing people to act in accord with its values. A totalitarian streak is part of the left’s DNA. How you think matters and what you do away outside of work matters: More than 20 states prohibit judges from being leaders in the Boy Scouts — because the left deems the Boy Scouts homophobic.

During the McCarthy era, the left (and not only the left) screamed when people were falsely charged with supporting Stalin and Communism, one of the greatest evils in human history.

But the left also screamed when people who really did aid and abet Stalin were dismissed from their jobs. In other words, for those on the left who celebrate Eich’s ouster, it was evil to deprive a man who supported Stalin of a job, but it is right to fire a man who supports the man-woman definition of marriage. Such is the left’s moral compass.

It is important to further note that gay employees at Firefox acknowledge that Eich never discriminated against gays, whether in employment, benefits or any other way. But that doesn’t matter to the left because a totalitarian streak is part of the left’s DNA.

As Princeton Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George warned on my radio show, today the left fires employees for opposition to same-sex marriage. Tomorrow it will fire employees who are pro-life (“anti-woman”). And next it will be employees who support Israel (an “apartheid state”).

The reason to boycott Firefox is not that it is run by leftists. Nor is the reason to support the man-woman definition of marriage. It is solely in order to preserve liberty in the land of liberty. If Firefox doesn’t recant and rehire Eich as CEO, McCarthyism will have returned far more pervasively and perniciously than in its first incarnation. The message the gay left (such as the Orwellian-named Human Rights Campaign) and the left in general wish to send is that Americans who are in positions of power at any company should be forced to resign if they hold a position that the left strongly opposes.

And right now that position is opposition to same-sex marriage.

Think about that. In the United States of America today, the belief that marriage should remain defined as the union of a man and woman is portrayed as so vile by the left that anyone who holds it is unfit for employment.

A handful of those on the gay (and straight) left have spoken out against the forced resignation of Eich. If their words are to mean anything, they must join in the call to boycott Firefox. Otherwise, their protestations are meaningless, made solely to preserve their moral credibility.

The battle over Firefox is the most important battle in America at this particular moment. If you use Firefox, uninstall it. Instead use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or try Pale Moon for Windows, which is based on the Firefox engine and will import all of your bookmarks. For mobile devices, you can try Puffin.

America can have liberty or it can have Firefox. Right now, it cannot have both.

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  • Guest from France

    To do list: Uninstall Firefox; DONE.

  • panola60

    Uninstalling Firefox . . . . . . .100%

  • Johnnnyboy

    Chrome is a good choice if you like simple and MS Explorer a good choice if you like feature laded complex. Look them over. Firefox is still okay, but not the hot entry product it used to be.

    • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ clavdivs

      Firefox has been declining in quality for a while. I can only expect that will continue as people who are more interested in technology than political posturing move away from it.

      Chrome is nice and fast and is my choice. Google has come out in support of SSM, but I doubt they would fire anyone over it.

      • Conrad

        PaleMoon is built on the same engine as Mozilla but, from what I understand, is a completely different outfit. Very smooth transition.

        I’ve been trying out Maxthon, K-Meleon, Opera, and Avant. I don’t trust anything connected to IE and Google. Tor looks promising.

  • alericKong

    Firefox makes the majority of it’s money from donations, primarily through google to support browser development but to also keep google as their default search.

    Is boycotting open source software really effective? The more leechers, the more work.

  • fiddler

    FF out (un-installed); Opera in. Seems faster and does just fine.

  • Rob

    I’ve been using SRWare Iron for a while now. You might consider trying it as an alternative. I like that it is geared more towards privacy and blocks Adobe Flash from running by default. I can just click to enable it if I want to watch a video.

  • BillG4

    A big associated question is: how did the FireFox board discover a private donation by the CEO? While firing their CEO is ethically wrong, leaking private donation information is criminal. Has anyone been arrested?

    • Guest

      The list of donors to Prop. 8 are public and always have been. Eich is not the first person to lose his job based upon making a contribution to Prop. 8. Sadly, this has caused a rift in my family that will probably never be healed.

    • Patriot077

      http://reason.com/blog/2014/04/04/no-the-irs-didnt-leak-mozilla-ex-ceos-do
      Many reports state the IRS leaked it and I believed that myself until reading the above.

  • Dana Garcia

    #Uninstall. Done and tweeted @Mozilla.

  • A Yelkon

    Way ahead of you

  • Guest

    I’ve already installed Opera and un-installed Firefox. Opera 20 doesn’t seem to have a easy way to import bookmarks from from Firefox, so I exported my Firefox bookmarks as a html file. Then opened it in Opera 20 and added it to my “speed dial” page. The URL to that html file on my computer was file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/”My name”/My%20Documents/bookmarks.html. Passwords are another is another issue-

  • Glenn

    I’ve already installed Opera 20 and un-installed Firefox. A workaround for the bookmarks issue (there seems to be no easy way to import Firefox bookmarks into Opera 20) is to export your Firefox bookmarks as a html file and open that file in Opera. On my computer the URL was file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/”My first name”/My%20Documents/bookmarks.html . Importing passwords from Firefox to Opera 20 seems to be a different issue.

    • T800

      go into “manage bookmarks”.
      on the toolbar,click on “file”,you should see a list that includes “import Firefox bookmarks”.
      at least my Opera 10.62 has it that way.

  • Spirit of Jabotinsky

    The sobering bit of this for me is…

    “Think about that. In the United States of America today, the belief that
    marriage should remain defined as the union of a man and woman is
    portrayed as so vile by the left that anyone who holds it is unfit for
    employment”.

    That really does give one pause for thought. It is a serious dark milestone in the downward path to hell of the Marxist cultural revolution of the last 50 years. I live in England and it is terrible to witness here the massively corrosive effects of the revolution and to see the US going down the same way is depressing.

    Yesterday I uninstalled Mozilla Firefox and Installed Pale Moon and and find that Pale Moon is very similar to Firefox – I imported my bookmarks OK and am working through adding on my er..add-ons. Bit of a faff but well worth it to make this small stand against this evil and totalitarian action of of Mozilla.

    I really hope enough folks will also do it to make Mozilla feel they have shot themselves in the foot and that it will send out a powerful signal that there are still many who stand for biblical morality and are not prepared to just go along with the evil of this dark age.

    • PhillipGaley

      Opera, is maybe the best browser, . . .

      • Russian Bear 1987

        Opera uses Chrome engine, the last version with Presto was 12.16. It’s almost a GUI front-end rather than a browser. Firefox guys are cowardly and afraid of the left. Google are pro-gay, they pay additional bucks for homosexual-oriented folks they hire. Apple supports gay stuff too, so Safari is no option. Nor Internet explorer fits needs due to 2 reasons: Microsoft is pro-gay too and offers its gay employees exclusive benefits. Besides, IE is itself a pile of bullcrap. ‘Obey’ (or be left with no teh internets until you stop using mainstream browsers and find some good 3rd party product) (C) supporters of Kenyan-Indonesian scum you know about.

  • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ clavdivs

    Somewhat offtopic but I found this interesting: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2014/04/brendan_eich_quits_mozilla_let_s_purge_all_the_antigay_donors_to_prop_8.single.html

    I honestly am unable to determine whether it’s satire. Many of the comments seem to take it seriously. The only tipoff comes at the end, “Otherwise, perhaps we should put down the pitchforks.”

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    How can anyone feel comfortable at work, inter-acting with one’s co-workers, with this latest step in the war against conservatives, morality, and work itself? Stay away from the water cooler, and stay out of the break room. Things have definitely gone too far this time. The precipice is getting very close. But what would have happened if Eich had stayed on the job?

    • DemocracyRules

      Put a poster of Karl Marx on your office door or cubicle pin board. That will make them so confused, they will stop bothering you. I tell people I’m an existentialist, and we don’t have a political party.

    • Conrad

      Take heart, I think we have reached a tipping point. Keep in mind, Eich’s ouster is big news, not swept under the rug. Before that, Duck Dynasty. Before that, Chick-Fil-A. Before that Carrie Prejean.

      America is a lot like that Bugs Bunny… laid back, a bit lazy, wise cracker, slow to anger.

      But at a certain point, he digs in his heels and says in his Joisey accent:

      You realize, of course….. this means war.

  • bobro

    I uninstalled Firefox a few months ago after getting fed up with it locking my Windows 7 machine and crashing. It could handle graphics and Mozilla knew it but never had a fix. Just blamed it on Adobe!

  • Albert Darringdon

    Or you can just neuter Firefox, making it largely useless for revenue generation for Mozilla. http://www.byemozilla.com

  • lostlegends

    WHy did it take 41 years to boycott evils?

  • LawReader

    Sorry guy – but the day when ANY ‘action by gays’ causes me the inconvenience of spending 20 minutes reconfiguring my browser – on each of three machines – it’s pretty obvious the gays have won over *my* interests. File that under ‘As if…’.

    The choices are what – moving to Chrome – Opera – or any other program that hasn’t’ drawn ‘gay outrage’ by already giving them their (ahem) ‘PC props’? Sorry. Mozilla is consistently at the top of the choice heap – and I’m a 20+ year PC tech.

    No thanks. I’ll just keep reminding every person I know with a kid in public schools what gay indoctrination is doing for the HIV statistics of 12 to 22 year old males – increasing it annually – and encourage ‘em to get the ‘gay clubs’ kicked out of the school environment. I can tick ‘em off every bit as good as Eich and do it more frequently – with more facts.

    And I *will* be kicking out some Firefox Over F*** T-shirts the next time the airbrush is fired up.

    • LawReader

      Addendum – so, after you uninstall Firefox – will you be uninstalling JAVA as well? After all – Eich invented it…

  • former firefox user

    i uninstalled firefox after using it for over ten years and installed Pale Moom. it is just like Firefox and based on the FF code line. It imported my bookmarks and add ons with no problem. middle finger to Mozilla and the ledt wing fascists (i know, left wing and fascist is redundant).

  • DemocracyRules

    ABOUT THOSE NAZIS
    The National Socialist Workers Party (Nazis) were very left-wing. National= pro-Germany, not a Russian vassal-state, Socialist= income leveling, state control of the economy, etc., Workers Party= help the proletariat fight the bourgeoisie, especially the Jewish bourgeoisie. Until Germany invaded Russia, Stalin and Hitler had many joint ‘projects’, including genocide.

    • JTK

      You absolutely right. Unfortunately most people are brainwashed and believe that Hitler belonged to some mystical right wing party. Recently, I was kicked out from a WW2 discussion group on Facebook for making a similar statement.

      • DemocracyRules

        They kicked you out because the ‘Nazi=right wing’ myth is one of the biggest lies of the 20th century. Stalin promoted this lie after Germany invaded Russia. Of course the Nazis also told big lies. Goebbels said big lies have great power only if they are ‘air tight’. If the truth leaks out even a little bit, the whole lie can collapse. That’s why they kicked you out.

        So let’s make sure the truth leaks out!

  • Conrad

    I have about 20 machines and Firefox is being uninstalled from all of them. Over time, I’ve provided about 100 machines to those who couldn’t afford one. From here on out FF will be on none of them.

    We must show that tyranny, at every level, comes at a cost.

  • JTK

    I think, Internet Explorer comes with the Windows operating system, so is installed already. I switched to Chrome a few years ago. In my opinion, Chrome is much better. Internet Explorer is the best browser to use for downloading better browsers.

  • nomoretraitors

    How about condemning those already on the bottom: the totalitarian leftists described in the article. Don’t you have the courage to do that?

  • T800

    Homosexuals already have EQUAL right to marriage;
    they can marry another person of the opposite sex the same as any other person.
    That IS the definition of “marriage”;man-woman,it’s been that way for several thousand years.

    This is all about the REDEFINITION of “marriage” to be something it’s never been,and thus FORCING other states to recognize the abomination via Article IV,Sec 1.
    Homosexuals are seeking SPECIAL rights and the reordering of US society to suit their agenda and mental illness.

    Of course,some people IGNORE the second part of Article IV,Sec 1;
    “and the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts,Records,and Proceedings shall be proved,and the Effect thereof.”
    Congress “prescribed the manner” by enacting DOMA.
    THAT alone allows DOMA to be Constitutional.

    Congress is SPECIFICALLY given the power to decide,and they did.

  • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ clavdivs

    So do you support incestuous marriages, polygamy, etc?