If the account is accurate, and unless I’m missing something here, this seems to me a clear case of un-American tyranny. I happen to be broadly sympathetic to her substantive position on the particular matter in question, but that’s not, I think, particularly important. A public institution, it seems to me, ought to have to surmount a very, very high bar before it punishes an employee for expressing an opinion — and that seems particularly obvious when the opinion in question is one that is almost certainly shared by a very large plurality, and indeed perhaps by a clear majority, of the citizenry (who, after all, support that institution with their taxes).
This is the kind of thing that could get me out into the street for a demonstration, or even onto the barricades. It seems to me of the same magnitude as the grievances that provoked America’s rebellion against King George III.
Again, unless I’m missing something very big, the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Crystal Dixon’s case seems manifestly wrong, unjust, overreaching, and tyrannical.