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.
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. As someone who received an undergraduate degree in the teaching of social studies, I am never very surprised when a school administration decides to engage in an act of public stupidity, however, this incident is in a class all by itself.
A second grade student at the Maxham Elementary School in Taunton, People’s Republic of Massachusetts, was sent home from school after drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross. The student made the drawing in response to a class assignment that the students draw something that reminded them of Christmas. Apparently the student’s dullard teacher decided that the drawing of the cross was too violent. The school administration, in a move which hearkens back to the old Soviet Union placing dissidents in psych wards, decreed that not only would the child be sent home, but that he would have to undergo a psych evaluation.