Chat with a Leftist: Bigotry

Into a social media discussion about the growing intolerance of the Left, an apparent representative of that side of the political spectrum noted:

How can you look at teabillies and the lockstep gop [sic] congress who are killing Americans and complain about intolerant conformity on the Left. 

To which I responded (fairly reasonably, I thought):

The point is that there are intolerant idiots on both sides of the American political centerline, just as there are intelligent, thinking, and well-meaning people on both sides. I think many of us would agree that the problems we see reflected across the aisle are manifestations of minority extremism, not of the less shrill, less visible majority.

I really thought that would end the discussion. Alas, this gentleman was having none of that, choosing to take a Pelosian “only they are evil, we are pure” stance.

The difference is we make bigots resign and teabillies kill and starve Americans.

At that point, there was nothing to do but to point out exactly how incredibly ahistorical his statement was.

You make bigots resign? Would you like me to start with Lyndon B. Johnson and work forward?

How about Joe Biden, who said “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!”

We are not going to fix the problems in this country if we insist on categorizing our side as uniformly good, and the other side as purely evil. That kind of ideological warfare will sunder this nation, not make it the place we all want to live.

Not All Billionaires are Bad Boys (or Girls)

Behind the Billions: 8 Things You Never Knew About Warren Buffett | ABC News – Yahoo. For every capitalist pig that the Left can name, I can point out a decent human being who happens to be worth a lot of money. Just off the top of my head, let’s start with Warren Buffett, but let’s add Marc Benioff, Pierre Omidyar, Irwin Jacobs, Bill and Melinda Gates, John and Catherine MacArthur, and Helen and Peter Bing. (Note, please, that this is a decidedly non-partisan list.) Whom am I forgetting?

Bill Maher, the Anti-Science Guy

Mr. Maher recently told his Twitter followers that people who get flu shots are “idiots.” On his Friday HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” he explained his opposition to the flu vaccine during an interview with Bill Frist, a heart surgeon who was a Republican senator from Tennessee.

via Bill Maher: Anti-Science Knuckle Dragger?.

Science would suggest that Mr. Maher is the idiot here.

Hey, Bill? If you can ridicule me about my beliefs being wrong for not being based in science, doesn’t this make you a hypocrite?

Priorities on the Left

…if what bothers you most is evil — the deliberate infliction of cruelty on people by people — North Korea, Congo, China, Syria and radical Islam will bother you more than anything else on the world scene.

So, then, what was the subject of the meeting convened Friday by the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights?

The alleged racism of the name of the National Football League’s Washington team, the Redskins.

That’s right. All these horrific evils are happening as you read this, and the second-ranking official in charge of human rights at the United Nations had a meeting about the name Washington Redskins.

via What Preoccupies the Left? What Preoccupies the Right? « The Dennis Prager Show The Dennis Prager Show.

Quote of the Day: Tyranny and Lethargy

IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times.

via The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page | The New York Observer.

Nothing brightens my day more than an open, frank admission someplace other than in the pages of the Journal or Commentary that despite some token efforts at non-partisanship, The New York Times is, in fact, the paper-of-record of the American Left.

Partisanship in op/ed pages is a good thing. Partisanship as a de-facto part of the editorial policy outside of the opinion pages is something quite different. Political bias in reporting the news lays a path away from truth and democracy, but toward demagoguery, and as such there is no room for it in the American system.

The Wrong Ideals

The problem with the Left in America is that they are more European than American. Paraphrasing Dennis Prager, they subscribe more to the French Revolution (“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”) than to those of the American Revolution (“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”) The more you think about it, the more you realize that this is the true fundamental divide in American politics.