One of the most obvious misconceptions about liberals today is that they personify tolerance. The Oxford English Dictionary defines tolerance as “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.”
A recent poll by the Survey Center on American Life at the American Enterprise Institute found that Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to report ending a friendship over a political disagreement (20% versus 10%). Liberals are also “far more likely than conservatives are to say they are no longer friends with someone due to political differences” (28% versus 10%). However, “no group is more likely to end a friendship over political differences than liberal women — 33% responded they stopped a friendship over politics.”
This was underlined by CBS News digital reporter Kathryn Watson, who tweeted out a chart of some of these numbers, adding, “This is so wild to me. I can’t imagine not having friends across the political spectrum.” Twitchy.com captured a flock of “tolerant” leftists expressing hot outrage at this notion.
First up was Aaron Rupar, a Vox reporter who’s popular on lefty Twitter: “It’s hard to be friends with intolerant and irrational people.” That’s classic: I’m not intolerant. I am intolerant of the intolerant.
Race and racism worked its way in. The account “More_moxie” tweeted, “Tell me you’re a straight white without telling me you’re a straight white.” Jersey Craig added, “Siri, what is white privilege?”
“Powerful Mel Ankoly” joked with this interpretation: “I’ve got Klan friends and non-Klan friends!” Leftists imagine you can’t possibly be a Republican without being a Klansman. Aren’t these people supposed to be the ones who are intellectually nimble and adept at nuance? No.
“GOPocalypseNow” added, “Shorter Kathryn Watson: ‘it’s only normal to have friends who are racist traitors.'” Here’s just one more from “Masked Carpenter,” who arrogantly announced: “I don’t want to be friends with racist, anti-science people who support a police state. But that’s just me.”
Derek Thompson of The Atlantic, whose tweet Watson retweeted, deleted the tweet, perhaps to evade incoming fire at his account. He later tweeted in support of the notion that Twitter “is mostly a Dutch oven of indignation.” Or: Twitter is full of some of the most intolerant, bullying leftists on the planet.
I don’t know Kathryn Watson. She’s not a friend of mine. But I have liberal friends, and I don’t generally speak about politics in mixed company unless I’m asked about it. That’s out of a sense of keeping the peace. Decades ago, my wife insisted this would be the wisest course.
The Survey Center found 55% of their sample said they discuss politics or government with their friends less than a few times a month. There’s a fear there of losing friendships, and even jobs if you’re talking to work friends. Social media has enhanced the heat of our political interaction. So has former President Donald Trump, who has enraged the left further into its already-increasing intolerance.
Today, merely stating to friends that Trump did anything right as president could cause a frothing horror. The same thing could happen after saying “all lives matter,” “there are two genders” or “China is responsible for the pandemic.”
Then, imagine people you’ve just met. It’s sad when you’re conservative that people can’t see any dimension of you except the political one. You’re immediately a “racist traitor” unless proven otherwise.
This “progressive” thought-cartooning just sadly calls to mind the 1980s movie “WarGames” about simulating global nuclear war: “The only winning move is not to play.”
Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
Liberals are communists, so it comes natural to these evil liberals, that they censor Conservatives.
THey are literally like the borg, fro star trek. EVERYONE Needs to be assimilated into their COLLECTIVE, or get destroyed.
Geez, these stats are like mine where when I was dating. If a woman did not want to go to the rifle range with me within the first three dates she was done for.
Liberals would have no life if it weren’t for Conservatives. They would have no one to level false charges against—no one to blame for everything —no one to steal elections from—no one to smear—no one to lie about—no one to savage in the Media—no system of values and morals to corrupt—no Christianity to attack—no opponents to their agenda to harass—no one to control. They would have a mere existence were it not for Conservatives.
OH, they would STILL find someone else to blame.. I am certain of that.
One day I walked into a large ballroom. There were tables and chairs on the right, the left, and in the center. Myself and some others sat at tables in the center. After while, I got up to go to the bathroom. When I returned, I saw that all the tables/chairs had been moved to one side or the other. There was nothing in the center anymore. All eyes were on me, fuming as I was expected to sit on one side or the other. This is how my life feels right now. Maybe I’ll just leave the ballroom, i.e., “not play the game”.
I have a Question:
Are people Democrats because they are mentally deranged and hateful?
or are they mentally deranged and hateful because they are Democrats?
Either way Democrats are hateful and hypocritical.
““Joe Biden went on to assure the pro-LGBT crowd that even though the Obama administration cannot enforce a thought police, people who stand for their religious convictions are in the process of being wiped out. Carson and others who ascribe to the biblical view of homosexuality should be eradicated from the planet in the name of “equality” and “tolerance.” ”
Yusra Khogali co-founder of the anti-racial “Black Lives Matter” movement, does not hide her hatred of white people in her comments on social media.
The Democrat party supported LGBTQ cult, will not tolerate and will attack and attempt to destroy anyone and anything not accepting and promoting their degenerate, sexually perverted lifestyle.
To a Democrat, either you agree with and support them and their opinions or they hate and try to destroy you.
And most of their opinions are what their Democrat Party masters have given them.
The Democrat Party has become our country’s most destructive and deadliest ENEMY and needs to be VOTED OUT of all positions of authority, from the president to the school board.
IMO its six of one, half a dozen of the other.
“Aren’t these people supposed to be the ones who are intellectually nimble and adept at nuance?”
It has actually been proven that Progressives are less sophisticated and discerning than conservatives, when it comes to moral judgment. See Dr. Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory. Conservatives are significantly better at emulating a Progressive’s moral judgment, than Progressives are at emulating a conservative’s moral judgment. The theory finds that conservatives take six factors into account when making a moral assessment, while Progressives use only TWO–and it’s easier for a conservative to intuit a Progressive’s position by disregarding four familiar factors, than for a Progressive to “activate” four factors that he may not even recognize, let alone understand.
I am reminded of stories from the 90s, we heard/read about, where some dumb kid or late teen ‘Sued’ to divorce them from their parents. I Wonder if/when we may go BACK TO those days, where libtard kids, DIVORCE THEMSELVES from their conservative parent(s).