Leftist Double Standards of Free Speech



How is it that liberals claim to be so tolerant when all they do in regards to people who disagree is make obscene comments and try to shut them down?

It seems that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz can, for the most part, get away with making comments comparing the policies of Republican governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker to actual physical violence against women.

“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand,” said Wasserman-Schultz according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

Ann Romney, speaking about the offensive comments with Neil Cavuto of FOX News said, “It’s ridiculous, honestly. I mean I don’t think they’re getting very far with that, by the way. It’s not going to work. Women are a lot smarter than that.”

Republicans making comments similar to Wasserman-Schultz’s would be torn apart by the mainstream media. Instead it is left to FOX and the Blaze to report liberal transgressions. Apparently the left’s all-consuming need to force people to be “politically correct” only applies to people that disagree with Democrats. Indeed, it becomes more and more apparent that the left has only come to believe in free speech when it agrees with what they believe.

It’s become very obvious even close to home, here on the University of Minnesota’s Campus and elsewhere in Minneapolis.

Last year Students for a Democratic Society and other groups tried to block former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from speaking on civil rights because they didn’t like the fact that she served in the Bush administration during the invasion of Iraq.

Across the river this past week, Augsburg College refused to grant status to Students Supporting Israel as an official student group, in large part due to the anti-Israel bias of one member of the Augsburg student government’s executive board.

And in the past two days the University of Minnesota College Republicans painting on the bridge has been subject to complaints of its being offensive to liberals, in person and via twitter. People have asked for it to be covered up or painted over.

The left doesn’t really care about free speech, only making it seem like they do. The party of big government would like nothing more than to be able to stop those who disagree with them from being able to say so. The draw of power is a terrible thing. Those who would use the IRS to attempt to silence political opposition, and the Department of Justice to intimidate reporters have been deeply drawn in indeed.

It is hard to take anyone seriously who has such clearly hypocritical standards for what is acceptable free speech. You can be offended, but that doesn’t mean you can stop somebody from speaking. Just ask your friends at the ACLU.

If you can support Nazis marching through Skokie, Illinois, then you shouldn’t have an issue with SSI, College Republicans, or Condoleezza Rice.

William F. Buckley Jr. said it best, “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”