Civility and Tolerance in the Age of Obama
They told us if Barack Obama were
elected, the nation would come together. Souls would be
fixed. Spirits would be healed. Public discourse would
be elevated. Welcome to civility and tolerance in the
Age of Obama:
Celebrity leech/trash blogger Perez Hilton took to
the Internet and TV airwaves to humiliate a beauty
pageant contestant who gave what he considered an
gay marriage. Hilton,
inexplicably serving as a judge for the Miss USA
contest, asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, [Pictures]
whether she supported the legalization of gay
marriage. Prejean respectfully answered:
"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." President Obama, by
the way, defines marriage the same way Prejean does.
No matter. Hilton immediately
lambasted Prejean as a
in a viral
YouTube video he taped after the pageant Sunday
night. He apologized the next morning for the attack,
then retracted his apology, then escalated his divisive
rhetoric. On Tuesday afternoon, Hilton told an MSNBC
female anchor that he was thinking of an even more
he listened to Prejean`s answer. The female anchor said
nothing. Basking in his new role as thought and speech
enforcer, Hilton told CNN`s Larry King that beauty
pageant contestants must bow to the tolerance mob:
"Yes. I do
expect Miss USA to be politically correct."
And apparently, the Miss USA
organizers agree. Instead of apologizing for Hilton`s
vile behavior, the pageant director of the Miss
California contest, Keith Lewis,
sent a note to Hilton throwing Prejean under the
bus: "I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes
marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman. …
Religious beliefs have
no place in politics in the Miss CA family."
But gutter profanity and misogyny
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
last week, former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo came
to speak against legislative proposals to provide
illegal alien students in-state tuition discounts
not available to law-abiding Americans and legal
immigrant students. Protesters at the institution of
higher learning responded by blocking Tancredo with
massive banners and
with hate." Adults in the room stood by while
students smashed a window a few feet from where
Tancredo stood. Physically threatened, Tancredo was
forced to leave without delivering his remarks.
According to campus reports, for a
week leftists had prepared to mount a speech-squelching
demonstration. The same thuggish tactics have been used
at Columbia University, Georgetown University and
Michigan State University to shut down speakers who
support strict immigration enforcement. The UNC
administration apologized for the students` tantrum, but
took no steps to examine its own culpability for
fostering a climate of intellectual vandalism and
The nightly airwaves turned into a soft-porn
cesspool last week as liberal journalists derided
and slimed hundreds of thousands of Tea Party
protesters across the country who oppose reckless
taxing and spending by both major political parties.
Award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, mimicking
his bottom-of-the-barrel competitors at MSNBC,
indulged in sexual puns about
MSNBC devoted the entire week to sophomoric sexual
slang and innuendo with references to
Dick Armey and
Speaking of unhealthy, angry white
liberal actress Janeane Garofalo venomously played the
race card: "It`s
about hating a black man in the White House. This is
racism straight up and is nothing but a bunch of
teabagging rednecks." The theme was echoed by
professor emeritus of history at Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio, who castigated the
for organizing against Obama because
"he`s black and he`s liberal."
Tell that to the thousands of
activists in South Carolina who practically booed and
heckled white Republican Rep. Gresham Barrett off the
stage at a Tea Party in Greenville last Friday night for
supporting the trillion-dollar TARP and embracing the
pork-laden stimulus law after voting against it.
they shouted. The only color that mattered to
protesters: the red ink of government debts.
But in the Age of Obama, there`s no
room for such nuance and inconvenient truths. A
decent young woman is a
for holding the same view of marriage as the Obamessiah.
A conservative campus speaker is bullied as a hatemonger
by wild-eyed hatemongers. A grassroots movement is
debased as a bunch of racist vulgarians by a media mob
of racists and vulgarians. Civility and tolerance have
taken a left-hand turn down a one-way street. So much
for changing course.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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