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
    answer about

    gay marriage.

    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
"dumb b*tch"
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
vulgar epithet—the
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

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

    "No dialogue
    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
    MSNBC devoted the entire week to sophomoric sexual
    slang and innuendo with references to
    Dick Armey and


And White House adviser

David Axelrod
calls the Tea Party folks

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
Jeffrey Kimball,[Email
] a

professor emeritus
of history at Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio, who castigated the
"extreme right"
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.
"Go home!"
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
"dumb b*tch"
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.



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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Michelle Malkin`s latest book is "
Exposing Liberals Gone Wild.