The liberals back then believed in the Voltaire maxim “I may violently disagree with everything you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” They even went one step further, instead of simply defending his right to display it, they advocated that taxpayers pay him for the work and pay to put it on display. This is where I parted company. I supported Mapplethorpe’s artistic freedom, but I did not believe taxpayers, through the National Endowment for the Arts, should pay for it.
Things changed however in the 1990’s and 2000’s as Liberals decided to become “progressives.” In their search for progress, they decided to abandon the tolerance that liberalism required and adopted the Leninist concept of “hate speech.” A term that liberals Orwell and Voltaire would never use, indeed they would be offended by such a term. The term is a cudgel to be used against anyone advocating anything counter to what the progressives believe.
So a few years ago, when Pam Geller decided, perhaps in the sacrilegious spirit of Mapplethorpe, to host a Mohamad cartoon contest, that is where people get together and draw what they think the prophet Mohamad looked like, she was denounced by the left. They said it was hate speech. A cross in a vile urine is art they say, but a cartoon on the Prophet is hateful Needless to say no taxpayer funds were made available for her art generating contest.
We see on campuses across America where conservatives are driven into silence. Accused of racisms, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia..etc. At commencement speeches across the country conservatives are either disinvited or protested. The left silences debate by using terms like “settled science”.
In response to the Pence Notre Dame speech commencement boycott a leftist I know, claimed that the students were justified to walk out on Pence because they knew he would say “disgusting” things. A true liberal would never claim ideas are “disgusting.” They would never say that it is ok to turn your back on different ideas, or close your ears or walk out. Liberals believed all ideas are welcome. A walkout is offensive.
Today’s left is not populated by the heirs of Orwell and Voltaire, rather they are the disciples of Robespierre and Lenin. Today’s left is anti-intellectual and intolerant.
When Mike Pence started to speak the snowflakes at Notre Dame turned their backs and walked out of the arena the great liberals Orwell and Voltaire rolled over in the graves.
Old liberals weren’t that smart either.
While republicans remain perfect saints, Amen.
Ha, ha , ha busting me up!
Saint oh no.
Jerry Senior said;
“Come to Lynchburg, we are all sinners here”
How true when elected locals are complicit to labor exploitatation are they the local Christians ? Yes .
Now how many sins against our /their Community have they stood by on the sidelines and allowed to be committed against their constituents or even citizens?
Countless, the State issued violations are issued daily.
Santurary is alive in the 23rd of Senator Newman. Does he sit on the Committee of Commerce and Labor?
Free speach must always be allowed so I can say;
Bob McDonnell was part of the growth of illegal immigration in Va., right there with , Bush and Obama.
How come Republicans in these Districts allocate funding for Building Trades to be taught in local High Schools yet these same Republicans have not one written public care displayed showing concern to the the lack of enforcement of Professional occupational and labor law? In particular under McDonnell and Cuccinelli?
Would Senator Newman push for policies in EO24 to become law? Does he care for working class Christian, Conservative families? And no I don’t have a dinner to take you to, or a check for you , just a vote.
You write well. But you should get a job: ‘lobbying’ and ‘consulting’ is the sort of non-productive, non-work – certainly NOT working class work! – that is making America lazy, soft, obese and losers in the world.
Classic liberalism has been dead for a long time. The Democrat Party, once supposedly the home of classic liberalism, is now the home of totaltarian socialism. To use the word “liberal” in connection with the left is really an abuse of the word and its historic meaning.
Our economy is surely socialist thanks to Republicans and Democrats, liberal and conservative alike.
Totalitarian? Really? What makes you think so? Are you that angry at DJTrump?
It seems to me that America remains a Democracy, but apparently your mileage varies.
America is a Republic not a Democracy.
You are a poor student of history. America, the greatest nation on earth, is not totalitarian in spite of a century of socialism. The Nordic states are invariably socialist and yet show no signs of totalitarianism. I could go on but there is no need. Your argument is incorrect, your views at odds with history and reality.