Drunk with power, left-wingers set their sights on personally destroying their political opponents
MIAMI – Progressives have never been shy about sharing their belief that social conservatives are knuckle-dragging cavemen who don’t really belong in the modern world.
However, progressives used to soften their criticism by piously quoting Voltaire’s famous line: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
That’s how left-wingers used to roll, but not anymore.
These days, when progressives are confronted with a view they don’t like, they’re much more likely to shout, “I’ll have your job!” than to quote the 18th century philosopher.
The most recent example of the left’s intolerance of dissent came this weekend when the Miami Dolphins came down like a ton of bricks on safety Don Jones after he tweeted “OMG” and “horrible” in response to last weekend’s televised kiss between Michael Sam – who hopes to become the NFL’s first openly gay player – and his partner.
The Dolphins fined Jones and undisclosed amount of money for the offending tweets and suspended him from all team activities until he undergoes sensitivity training, CBSSports.com reports. (Jones has since removed the offending tweets and issued a lengthy apology to Sam and the Dolphins organization.)
The disciplinary action taken against Jones is mild compared to what happened to David and Jason Benham. The Benham brothers recently had a planned television series cancelled by HGTV executives “after anti-homosexual and anti-Muslim comments previously made by the twins surfaced on a blog,” NYDailyNews.com reports.
And just last month, Brendan Eich resigned as chief executive of Mozilla, a software group, amid controversy caused by his support of California’s 2008 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Glenn Beck, a libertarian talk show host and author, warned on Monday that intolerance to different points of view threatens some basic American principles.
“Here’s the thing. We have got to stop. I don’t care if it’s a gay person or religious person or atheist person. We have got to stop driving others that we disagree with out of the marketplace,” Beck said, according to his personal website. “We were saying this a long time before Barack Obama got into office. You’ve got to stop trying to boycott people that you disagree with… We are one step away from book burning.”
“If you want to disagree with me, you can disagree with me all you want. That’s your right. But let’s make the standard of not driving the other point of view out of business, out of the public square, and into the shadows. I have a right to free speech. I have a right to worship my God, and I have a right to practice that religion out in the open. And if you don’t like it, that’s fine. But what’s happened is the government and the media have become one, and they are driving people out of the public square.”
Even a few progressives are realizing that shutting people down for holding “offensive” views is a dangerous game that’s not likely to end well for anyone.
But most of progressives are convinced they’re on the “right side of history” on – well, everything. Progressive have the political wind at their back (at least on social issues) and they’re going to punish anyone who gets in the way of their cultural vision.
Authored by Ben Velderman