Skip to comments.Liberals have a distorted view of tolerance
Posted on 11/25/2004 11:46:10 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
Once, about four years ago, I found myself being tailed late at night by a car I didnt recognize. I was by myself, it was around 11 p.m. in my hometown, a city with enough violent crime to make a person more than a bit wary.
I saw the guys headlights in my rearview mirror, noticed he was fairly close to me and had been for a few miles. I was on my way to shoot some pool with friends, and decided to turn off the main road, mostly to convince myself he wasnt really following me. He followed.
I took a few more turns, trying to get back to the bluish streetlamp glow of the main road. He turned with me every time. My brain swerved from panic to reason and back again, he and I the only two cars on the road. I was almost to the pool hall and he was still with me. I could hear the blood beating in my ears. I was contemplating driving all the way to my parents house, pulling right onto the grass in the backyard and dashing in the door to avoid attack when I looked back and realized the car was gone.
Deep breaths. I drove around for a few minutes, still no one behind me. Deep breaths. So, I headed back to the pool hall to meet my friends. When I walked in, I was still a little shaky, sat down to have a Coke and watch some friends play 9-ball. A couple acquaintances came up to my table, started telling a story that had them both in stitches.
Did you guys hear? one of them laughed. John tailed some idiot with a Bush-Cheney sticker on his car all the way here.
The story got a hearty laugh from my whole group of acquaintances, all liberal. It was a good joke, played on some abstract conservative, retold in the utter certainty that there were no such abstract creatures in the room.
I glared straight at John and said something along the lines of Yeah, that was me, and that was real liberal and accepting of you, adding a few sailor-approved flourishes worthy of a man who would threaten a young woman with physical harm because of her political beliefs.
At first there was more laughter, then nervous smiles, then looks and comments of utter bewildermentnot at the fact that someone they knew had just been physically threatened for her political beliefs, but at the fact that she held those particular beliefs. There were apologies from John, but all with a smile on his face. The whole incident was quickly excused.
Four years later, these are the same people to whom eye-rolling warrants a lawsuit and distributing insensitive Band-Aids is beyond the pale. They belong to a party that prides itself on fighting against political intimidation and laments the sharp political division in this countryboth commendable positions.
But they didnt fight against intimidation that night and they didnt lament the division it might cause between themselves and the only conservative in the room. Why not? Im pretty sure its because they think I deserved it. It wasnt the first time I got that feeling from liberal acquaintances.
In fact, I would bet there are plenty of liberals who will stumble across this column and truly believe that I deserved to be scared out of my wits that night, that a little intimidation is the least of the karmic retribution I had coming for the sins of my conservative forbears.
Why did I deserve it? Because Im conservative, and to my liberal acquaintances, conservative is interchangeable with any number of fun words, like racist, homophobe, warmonger, and bigot. Even my best liberal friends have refuse to let go of these one-dimensional definitions despite the fact that a three-dimensional specimen has been disproving all of them throughout our friendship. So much for nuance.
In short, I deserved it because Im a conservative (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) And when youre dealing with people as dastardly as conservatives, anything goes.
This same rationale allowed liberal acquaintances to giggle when Ann Coulter was attacked by two young men with pies and shrug as former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was almost run over. NOW and NARAL would be holding weekly violence-against-women awareness marches if the same had happened to Maureen Dowd and Hillary Clinton.
The prevailing feeling among the rank-and-file liberals I know seems to be an ill-concealed amusement at all this. But perhaps I shouldnt judge my liberal friends for letting off a little steam during a rough political season. So, what about the liberal pundits and commentators? Turns out they just do away with any pretense of concealment.
There was the New York Times dreams of an assassination attempt on President Bush and Ted Ralls double whammy hit on the mentally handicapped and Bush voters. But then came Condi Rices appointment to Secretary of State. What a goldmine that was!
Suddenly, racism was an acceptable political tool. Jokes about Mammies and big-lipped caricatures were en vogue. Most of us got the memo that our culture deems these kind of attacks to be about as reprehensible as they get. Liberal cartoonists and commentators got that memo too. But there was no retraction from them, and not a peep from the NAACP or NOW.
Why no outrage? Because Condi deserved it. Shes a conservative, you know.
Calling Condi Brown Sugar becomes a reasonable criticism because she is a member of the Bush administration. A physical attack on Coulter is a laughing matter because she is a hawk. Tailing a female acquaintance on a dark night becomes a funny joke because shes conservative.
It seems to me that this is not the path to a civil political climate or national healing, both of which my liberal friends want. To me, my liberal friends and acquaintances are folks who are a little too soft on national defense and a little too heavy on the government programs for my taste. They do not deserve physical or racist attacks for that, and I do not laugh when they happen. I wish they felt the same way about me.
This week, Im going home for Thanksgiving to a blue city. Maybe the healing will start there.
But if things go as they generally do, Ill end up having to explain to folks who excuse Mammy jokes that I am not a racist.
I will try to tell people who look at me like a rare zoo exhibit missing its explanatory plaque that I am not insulated from other opinions.
And I will undoubtedly have to convince the young man who once tailed me on a dark night because he didnt like my political bumper sticker that mine are not the politics of fear and intimidation.
But heres hoping that this year will be different. I think we all deserve better.
Liberals are evil and the best thing evil can do is pretending it does not exist - therefore they need to keep up the pretence of tolerance etc...while inflicting their evil agenda!
Wow.....just wow....she puts it so well. Liberal "tolerance" appears to be growing more dangerous and ugly by the week.....
Check this out.
No, they don't. They want their own way. Tolerance means they do whatever they want and bi-partisanship means you agreeing with them.
Imagine a pundit calling Donna Brazile "brown sugar". (Then imagine the funeral.)
bump for the "tolerant, sensitive" party
Besides being evil, liberals are insane, they are perfect hypocrites, and they are losers.
No, they don't. They want to be back in charge and you muzzled at best and nonexistent at worse.
They could give a flying flip about "healing" or "civility" as defined by the dictionary. After all in their eyes we are subhuman.
The word "liberal" has come to mean that you have absolutely no tolerance for anyone different than yourself.
Liberals have a distorted view of tolerance
Liberals also have a tolerant view of distorted !!! ;-))
I just couldn't overlook those qualities.
I'm usually an optimist, but this year will not be different, nor the next nor the next.....
Until liberals see themselves for what they are (i.e. repent), they will not change.
Excellent perspective of the absolute bigotry of the left.
Thanks for the ping, annie. GREAT article!
"We hate your type because we are tolerant".
Sanctimony makes for poor logic and blind spots the size of Australia.
They cut themselves with their own knives and can't see the blood.
Smaller and shriller. But eventually, more and more violent. Maybe someday they won't just follow. They will shoot. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.
"You were once required to obey the man in the clerical collar, stay in the kitchen, barefoot, and raise children. Thanks to us, you are now required to obey the man in the ponytail, stay in the bedroom, barefoot, and have abortions. If you aren't grateful, it's back to the rule of thumb for you, bee-yatch!"
People who don't believe in G-d have no business believing that anything is "wrong." Miserable hypocrites.
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