Bill Connor on The Increasing Intolerance of the Left Must Stop

In the past decade, the Democratic Party has moved further and further to the Progressive Left, while claiming the mantel of diversity, inclusion and tolerance.  Just over a decade ago, Democratic candidates were not credible without voicing support for traditional marriage, as was the case with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Presidential election.  The Democratic Party was solidly against words like “socialism”, or of any support for defunding the police. As we have all seen in the recent election cycle, the Party has morphed to the far progressive left, both economically and socially. While it continues to label itself the party of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance, the reality is the opposite and this must change.  Let me explain.

Despite calls for national unity after many media outlets “called” the 2020 Presidential election, Joe Biden’s rhetoric was countered by the shrill calls from his party.  For example, around the time of Joe Biden’s “victory speech” (held before Trump’s concession, and while votes were being counted and legal challenges made) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a disturbing question: whether or not someone was “archiving” Trump supporters to prevent them from being able to “downplay or deny their complicity” of their political support.  Immediately, a group called the “Trump Accountability Project” answering AOC, and made clear the blacklisting of Trump supporters was well underway. A group, by the way, supported by Buttigieg and Obama aides. CNNs Jake Tapper warned Trump supporters that future “employers” would likely question their “character” for Trump support.  The View’s Sunny Hostin justified the blacklist because “past is prologue”, and would not concede the obvious comparison of this to McCarthyism.

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The primary means of intolerance of conservativism by the Progressive Left has taken the form of the ultimate stigma in modern America: Racism. Stigmatizing with the charge of racism has become ubiquitous from the Left.  As Zachary Leeman has written: “They constantly slam the opposition as white supremacists, misogynists, fascists, etc. Even someone like rapper Ice Cube simply admitting to working with the administration on legislation to help black communities was enough to get him called a racist and labeled a Trump supporter.”  Conservatives in Hollywood, like James Woods and others, have expressed how conservative politics have kept them out of certain jobs. As Leeman also wrote: “The president himself accused the industry of blacklisting conservatives after ‘Will & Grace’ stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack demanded knowing who was attending a Hollywood fundraiser for the president.”

In a twisted irony, the Left has even begun to argue that silencing and blacklisting conservative viewpoints is part of creating a more tolerant, diverse, and inclusive viewpoint.  On our nation’s campuses, silencing and ostracism of conservatives is rampant.  As published in the left-leaning Atlantic Magazine in Feb 2020 (about University of North Carolina): 68% of conservative students self-censor their conservative views due to fear of retribution (compared with under a quarter of Liberal students).  Over six times more Liberal students than Conservative students agreed with shutting down speech students found objectionable.  Over eight times more Liberal students than Conservative students would refuse to be friends with someone across the political divide. Those numbers are worse at the elite Ivy League schools, and across the nation’s universities, intolerance of conservativism grown.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Bill Connor