How to Oppose Liberal Intolerance

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    How to Oppose Liberal Intolerance


    By Lawrence Auster
    FrontPageMagazine.com | August 11, 2004

    The double standard may well be the most characteristic feature of the leftist cultural order under which we now live. A particularly revealing instance of the double standard was the media's wall-to-wall obsession with the Abu Ghraib abuses, combined with its refusal to show the tape of the savage beheadings of innocent Americans by Islamist killers. While conservatives complain endlessly (one might even say boringly) about the double standard, however, they have signally failed to understand it. One explanation may be that today's leftists deceptively describe their politics as “liberal,” a fiction to which conservatives have all too willingly subscribed.

    Conservatives have done this partly out of naïveté and partly out of a desire not to be polarizing, since their most basic need as conservatives is to affirm the harmony and cohesion of the existing order. Treating leftists as "liberals," they are constantly surprised and scandalized at the "liberals'" illiberal intolerance. They deceive themselves in regarding political correctness and the double standard as extraneous to liberalism, as a mistake or silly excess or regrettable hypocrisy, which, if pointed out to the "liberals," the "liberals" will renounce.

    On confronting any given instance of the double standard, the typical conservative will say something like this: "What would happen if a Republican had said that racist thing, or improperly taken that top secret document, or groped that woman in the White House?" He then leaves the rhetorical question hanging in the air, as if the question alone were sufficient to condemn the double standard once and for all and prevent the "liberals" from using it again. He never seems to notice that his brilliant exposure of the double standard fails to stop his "liberal" adversaries for even a single beat.

    Another form the double standard takes is some general rule from which only conservatives are excluded. To such unfairness, the typical conservative responds as follows: "You liberals say you believe in openness, tolerance, and diversity. Yet you want to exclude and silence conservatives. We conservatives believe in a true diversity of viewpoints that would include both liberals and conservatives."

    All of which is true, of course. But unfortunately, that is as far as the typical conservative ever takes the argument. Apart from accusing the "liberals" of hypocrisy or bias and calling on them to return to true liberalism, conservatives never suspect that there may be something about "liberalism's" essential nature that has generated this double standard, and that will keep generating it as long as "liberalism" itself survives.

    Let us therefore go beyond these futile complaints about the double standard and instead ask why the double standard is so characteristic of today's "liberalism." Once we answer that question, we may be in a position to combat the double standard effectively, instead of spending the rest of our lives complaining impotently about it.

    Read the rest here, it's very, very good...

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=14579
     
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    Turning... The people are seeing just how far things have gone, and now it's time to right them. Just look at the last election. :thup: :usa:
     
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    Yeah... recent events would tend to support that as truth Stephanie. The tide is turning, and that's why the liberals are a seething, shrill, livid bunch with nothing much more than doom and gloom to preach. People are tired of listening to it.
     
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    I just get tired of the way Liberals point out mistakes (hindsight is 20/20) but never can seem to find even one suggestion for a solution. It is easy to point to a perceived mistake, but to call it leadership to do is simple inanity and disingenuous.
     
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    Yes, it's time to recognize and call liberals what they really are: communists.
     
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    If they had their way, unopposed by the right, that's exactly what America would be under... communism.

    Just ask "hitlery clinton" and she'll tell you... "it takes a village", translated, "it takes communism".

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    There was some truth to the article, but I almost fell outta my chair when I read this little ditty: " We conservatives believe in a true diversity of viewpoints that would include both liberals and conservatives."
    The author apparently hasn't spent anytime at USMB or he would know this is pure fantasy. :)
     
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    What are you talking about? There is a very well represented slice of liberalism here! Just look at the 'Liberals Hate America' thread, or the 'Why Liberals Hate Christians' thread, or the.. the..

    Guh.
     
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    While you may have a bit of a point, from what I've seen and read, conservatives are far more tolerant of lib views than vice-versa.

    Your mama voted for Nixon. :)
     
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    Actually, she did...and I would have too but was too young at the time. :funnyface
     

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