If you’re still wondering what makes the political far left so dangerous, it can be summed up in one word: Intolerance. This may seem ironic to you because the left touts itself as the ostensible champion of the downtrodden. However, aside from the left espousing “diversity” of race, ethnicity and gender or sexual orientation, etc, you’re going to find that a diversity of political ideas or social opinions are not allowed.
This little quip captures the essence of the dichotomy between the political left and right: “Liberals see the right as evil while conservatives see the left as simply stupid.” This is oversimplified, but you get the point.
Gordon Crovitz provides an example of this today in his Wall Street Journal article “Don’t Cross Elizabeth Warren” (WSJ, 10/05/15). Crovitz brings to light this leftist intolerance for the right’s free speech. In a nutshell, Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution (which Crovitz describes as “soft left”), a Democrat, who served in the Clinton administration, dared to stray off the reservation. This prompted a complaint letter from Massachusetts Senator Warren to Brookings. What was Litan’s “crime?” It appears he had the audacity to tell the truth about a “Warren-backed Labor Department plan to regulate financial advisers. Litan argued that his cost-benefit analysis showed the regulations would devastate middle-class investors and be cost prohibitive.
Within minutes of Brookings’ receiving the Warren-inspired, left-wing hailstorm against Litan’s published findings, including from writers such as David Cay Johnson, who called for Litan’s firing, after forty years, Litan was gone. As Crovitz puts it, “Instead of rebutting his [Litan’s] argument, Ms. Warren decided to punish it.”
In another example from today, as if the above weren’t enough, as reported by Awr Hawkins of Breitbart.com, the struggling New York Daily News has called for the listing of the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a terrorist organization (full disclosure: I am an NRA member).
Regardless of what opinion you may hold about the NRA, they are in fact an organization established to support and defend the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—the supreme law of the land. You may not support this amendment, but it is absurd to argue it isn’t the law and that an organization that supports it should be labeled a terrorist group. It is yet another example of the left painting the right as “evil.”
Isn’t that stupid?