Democrats find themselves in quicksand. And when you’re stuck in quicksand, you’re not supposed to struggle, but relax and wait on help.
Since no help comes for the beleaguered racists, they struggle mightily.
Billionaire Tom Steyer entered the race for president, thus taking his billions away from other potential candidates. Next, billionaire Howard Schultz removed himself from the Democratic Party, even threatening to run as an Independent. Then, crazy as it may be, George Soros issued up Trump’s praises. And now we get the wealthiest billionaire Leftist to date to rethink the Democrats.
Michael Bloomberg co-opted Leftism while mayor of New York. He brought the concept of Big Brother limiting the amount of sugary soda New Yorkers could drink. And while I’m sure Bloomberg remains a hardcore Leftist in many respects, he does see something sinister on that side of the aisle.
Bloomberg recognizes how the Left shuts down the First Amendment.
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In a piece Bloomberg penned recently, he discusses “certainty of free speech”.
The essence of American democracy is that people who disagree, however profoundly, can set forth their views, let the democratic system under the Constitution settle matters for the moment, accept the outcome until the next election, and continue to engage with one another productively in the ordinary course of their lives. To put it simply, healthy democracy is about living with disagreement, not eliminating it.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the retreat from liberal political discourse can be found on the training grounds for tomorrow’s leaders: college campuses.
This sad reality was laid bare in a pair of columns published last week in Bloomberg Opinion by Steven Gerrard, a professor of philosophy at Williams College. Gerrard quotes a letter from students outlining their views on the subject: “‘Free Speech,’ as a term, has been co-opted by right-wing and liberal parties as a discursive cover for racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and classism.”
Unfortunately, it isn’t just students who see free speech as pernicious.
At a Williams faculty meeting about free speech, a professor stated that, “to ask for evidence of violent practices is itself a violent practice.” This view suggests universities must suppress the very act of reasoning. Incredibly, many seem willing to try.
Leftists propose the idea that challenging their views on issues is in effect violence against their views, ergo violence against them.
This proves a point I often make that Leftists pretend to be against the very thing they represent.
Thus in this example, I contend that Leftists commit violence against Conservatives routinely, in both speech and actions.
Leftists categorize, label, and profile Conservatives, sight unseen. Yet they accuse us of “bucketizing” them. Who categorizes people, i.e. the LGBTQ, blacks, women, Latinos, etc. Who has the “coalitions” for every so-called oppressed group on the planet?
Moreover, who truly are the most violent groups in America? Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Democrats’ own neo-Nazis, and other Leftist anarchy groups. In contrast, Conservatives have the Tea Party.
I dare any Leftist to compare the activities of the Tea Party Community to those of Leftist groups.
Back to Bloomberg.
He references the University of Chicago’s commitment to free speech:
In 2015, the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago published a statement affirming the centrality of free speech. It said that “the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”
Not that long ago, this would have been seen as uncontroversial. Universities are about free inquiry or they are about nothing. More than four years later, only some 67 institutions – out of more than 4,000 across the U.S. – have adopted or endorsed the Chicago Statement.
Only 67 of 4000 thought-cancer centers have adopted the First Amendment.
So what do these 3,933 non-First Amendment colleges teach? One thought. Leftism.
The lack of support for the Chicago Statement among leaders in higher education has helped allow intolerance to seep deeper into the culture. The idea that words can be a form of violence, fully as threatening as actual violence, is now commonplace. As a result, the range of views needing to be suppressed, rather than entertained, challenged and refuted, is vast.
It makes little difference whether radical intolerance of disagreement is based on an exaggerated desire for “safety” or grounded in a more elaborate, but no less bogus, theory of speech-as-violence. It also doesn’t matter whether it springs from hatred of President Trump or devotion to him. Regardless, this kind of culture cannot sustain a liberal democracy.
Nor can it sustain a constitutional republic.
When ideas, thoughts are considered too dangerous, a person loses his or her soul.
Consider a marriage. And the idea that husband and wife are too afraid to share their inner thoughts. How does this marriage survive?
The choices that must be made, like having children. How many should they have? Where and how should they raise them? How do you discipline them?
And what of ideas around sex? Or choice of friends? Past experiences, and so on.
If one cannot share these thoughts, ideas, experiences, then the marriage is doomed.
Democrats are headed for the big D. They’ve lost another billionaire. I can’t see Bloomberg supporting any Democratic candidate. Also, let’s wait see if he donates to his alma mater.