Travis Rowley: Why are Progressives so Ridiculous?
Saturday, August 04, 2012
“I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
That was the response that Carrie Prejean (Miss California 2009) gave during the 2009 Miss USA pageant – an opinion that likely cost her the crown, and definitely earned her a torrent of liberal ridicule. “[She’s] an ignorant disgrace and she makes me sick to my stomach,” blasted E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, neatly summing up Hollywood’s overall feelings concerning Miss Cali.
These were the outlandish remarks of Jane Pitt, mother of movie star Brad Pitt, who offered her point of view in a letter-to-the-editor several weeks ago. Mrs. Pitt “received death threats” for her candor while liberals stormed the social media platforms, writing statements such as “Kill the Bitch” and “Fuck you, brad pitt’s mom, the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko."
President of Bishop Hendricken High School John Jackson also suffered leftist attacks for his own letter to the Providence Journal several months ago, a letter that amounted to a simple recapitulation of the Catholic Church’s official teachings regarding gay marriage and homosexuality. Jackson had the gall to write that homosexual activity was “immoral,” “disordered” and – get this – “wrong.”
Progressives responded by vowing to hold Jackson “accountable.” While insisting that he “reconsider [his] words and offer an explanation,” progressives pressured Jackson to do so by vilifying him as “hateful” and “pathetic” and “sickening.” They called him a “demented old crank,” an “example of a Catholic ghetto educator's…intolerance,” a “made man within the…Church's Band of Bigots,” and a “fascist puppet [of] an outmoded child-raping organized crime enterprise.”
In the midst of similar progressive barbarism, many people may be surprised to discover that the full tone and context of the comments made by Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy were just as bland and boring as the run-of-the-mill social conservatism expressed above.
Asked to comment on the “crisis of fatherlessness that we have in this country,” Cathy expounded on the importance of the traditional family unit, ultimately saying that he believes “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, you know, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would [have] the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”
The outpouring of disgust with Cathy’s remarks has absolutely nothing to do with his donations to an allegedly “anti-gay” organization, as some progressives are now disingenuously contending in order to defend their hostile and hypocritical boycott of all Chick-Fil-A locations.
By now it is perfectly clear that this is how progressives are going to react to any degree of opposition to gay marriage – no matter how polite or peaceful.
Everything that conservatives have long said about modern liberals is true, that there is no political sect more thuggish and closed-minded; that the anti-intellectualism of the American Left has resulted in a decrepit subculture of political correctness that only serves to evade honest discussion and shield people – including liberals themselves – from dissenting viewpoints.
While most are left either brainwashed or intimidated, the worst thing to occur from this society of silence is the solidification of liberals’ confidence in their own moral and intellectual superiority – something that they believe ultimately licenses them to commit any unethical act that may advance what they consider to be for the “greater good.”
We have recently learned that this includes governmental discrimination against private companies whose owners’ personal opinions might offend the powers that be. (I know, I know. Where’s the ACLU, right?)
While liberals never fail to portray themselves as highly ethical and academic – “inclusive” and “tolerant” – it has been glaringly obvious for decades that the worst of consequences often awaits anyone who would position himself as a threat to their political desires.
According to liberals, it’s alright to be a Christian. As long as you don’t actually believe in, you know, Christianity.
And you certainly can’t espouse Christian beliefs in public. That kind of talk’ll get ya banned from Boston!
Of course, the way in which liberals excuse themselves of such sinister hypocrisy is to impugn the character of their political opponents. The only thing liberals won’t tolerate, liberals say, is your intolerance. Your “hatred.” Your “hate speech.” Your “racism.” And the “anti-gay” organizations that you contribute to. As Miss USA judge Perez Hilton once clarified, “Now, let me explain to you, she lost not because she doesn’t believe in gay marriage. Miss California lost because she’s a dumb bitch!”
This is how liberals enable themselves to sleep at night – simply by convincing themselves that they’re the good people. Despite their bad behavior.
If there’s anything to be learned from the Chick-Fil-A controversy, it has to do with exactly who progressives are – the most ridiculous people on Earth.
Bound by no moral or intellectual standards, they inflict themselves with ignorance and oblivion at the hands of the very political correctness that they enforce – all while achieving power over the lives of others.
Resulting from their dishonest and Machiavellian outlook is a dangerous escape of truth and tradition, the dissemination of lies, and the establishment of myths from which a society will always fail to prosper.
Modern liberalism (progressivism) is a powerful disease upon the American mind, determined to eradicate everything that remains of a once-great American society.
Travis Rowley (TravisRowley.com) is chairman of the RI Young Republicans and author of The RI Republican: An Indictment of the Rhode Island Left.
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