I want football players to stand for the anthem. I want them to respect the flag. As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I’ve saluted that flag in foreign lands and deployed with it proudly on my uniform. But as much as I love the flag, I love liberty even more.
Contracts are legally binding agreements between two or more parties and are made up of six elements that must be present for a contract to be considered enforceable.The six elements include:
- Capacity of the parties
- Intent of both parties
- Object of the contract
Our focus is on the sixth element, of object of the contract, and it says that a contract cannot violate law or public policy. Obviously, a contract cannot contain language that binds parties to perform an illegal act, like murder for hire or the sale of illicit drugs. But, a contract also cannot violate public policy, the set of unwritten societal laws that all citizens are expected to follow.
In our polarized times, I’ve adopted a simple standard, a civil liberties corollary to the golden rule: Fight for the rights of others that you would like to exercise yourself. Do you want corporations obliterating speech the state can’t touch? Do you want the price of participation in public debate to include the fear of lost livelihoods? Then, by all means, support the N.F.L. Cheer Silicon Valley’s terminations. Join the boycotts and shame campaigns. Watch this country’s culture of liberty wither in front of your eyes.