One of the hallmarks of the progressive left is its open-minded embrace of differing viewpoints, or so they tell us. They repeatedly hit us over the head with their loving compassion for all mankind.
Sometimes, though, I have to wonder how tolerant these beacons of liberty truly are. For example, how is deliberately trying to get conservatives blocked on twitter a demonstration of one’s warm embrace of contrary viewpoints? I’m also not really seeing the compassion of barring people from public places because of their stance on gay marriage.
And I might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I am reasonably certain that issuing death threats and promising to burn down Churches because of their opposition to gay marriage is, well, rather intolerant.
It’s easy to shrug off and even laugh at these idiotic attempts to silence people and intimidate others into not expressing their opinions in public. In one sense, these goons are indeed simply laughable. One envisions these scaliwags coming home after a long day protesting with 12 like-minded people, having caused thousands of dollars in property damage along the way without being charged. Somehow dressing up like a zombie and throwing feces at people did not cause Americans to rise up and demand that the top marginal tax rate be increased. Frustrated, there is now nothing to do except listen to the sound of your mom snoring in the next room. So what’s a frustrated 99 percenter do but do all they can in their power to make sure that the person expressing their first amendment right to free speech be silenced.
What’s even more laughable is that these goons think that their efforts at intimidation are actually going to work. You mean people with deep political feelings aren’t just going to shut up because some fool anonymously runs to twitter to block their account? Even death threats are having no effect. So it’s got to be frustrating that, as with most aspects of their lives, they can’t even do intimidation right.
Of course we shouldn’t so breezily dismiss what these thugs are doing. Even if the charges against Mr. Worthing are a complete croc, he still has to expend time and money defending himself. And it not exactly an easy feeling knowing that some psycho stalker is out there ready to pounce because he disagrees with your political opinions. All it takes is one deranged lunatic, and a person’s life can be ruined or worse.
Make no mistake, things will get scarier as the year progresses. Political tensions are always high during election years, and in the age of the internet and social media, we’re not about to enter into an age of reason and understanding. And while these sad individuals might lack the power to actually shut their opponents down, there are those in positions of authority who are itching to use that authority in a way that our Founding Fathers would never have dreamed possible.
Well, I don’t want to end my post on that macabre note, so here’s a fluffy pop song to play us out to the weekend.
Rank and File Conservatives & The Conservative Intelligentsia United In Outrage Over Mosque Near Ground Zero, Not So With Same-Sex Marriage
The proposed mosque set to be built near Ground Zero, site of the September 11, 2001 attacks has brought a sweeping condemnation from both rank and file conservatives and the Conservative Intelligentsia. Now that President Barack Obama has weighed in the matter, seemingly supporting the effort, one can only imagine how this will be used in the fall elections. However, a rift has appeared to have been opened concerning the views of the rank and file conservatives and the Conservative Intelligentsia following the ruling of Judge Vaughn Walker over same-sex marriage. Many of the conservative intelligentsia, along with the establishment wing of the Republican Party has either been silent or voiced the view that the wished the whole gay marriage issue would simply go away. This has led to bewilderment from some conservative voices.
The best Catholic tie in with the efforts to build a mosque on Ground Zero came from the famed conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who is Jewish. In his opposition to the mosque being built near Ground Zero, he correctly pointed out that Pope John Paul II ordered Carmelite nuns, who were living right next to Auschwitz, to move closer to a nearby town, since the site had become a rallying point for Jewish identity. Krauthammer correctly pointed out that Christians had been murdered there too and the nuns were doing the heroic deed of praying for the souls of those who were viciously murdered. However, Krauthammer pointed out that the late Polish pontiff felt that it created the wrong perception.