Life in liberal-land *UPDATED*

Thanks to Deanna for bringing my attention to a story about a young girl’s experiment with the diversity and tolerance that is so touted in America’s liberal elite communities.   In Oak Park, Illinois, a wealth “liberal” community much like my own, a 14 year old public school child, noting how her peers were vocal in their support for Obama, decided to conduct a little experiment:  she wore a McCain shirt to school.  The response she got had absolutely nothing to do with diversity of opinion, and a marketplace of ideas, and everything to do with sheer hatred:

Immediately, Catherine learned she was stupid for wearing a shirt with Republican John McCain‘s name. Not merely stupid. Very stupid.

“People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn’t be wearing it,” Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

“One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

But students weren’t the only ones surprised that she wore a shirt supporting McCain.

“In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain,” Catherine said.


One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

“He said, ‘You should be crucifixed.’ It was kind of funny because, I was like, don’t you mean ‘crucified?’ ” Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be “burned with her shirt on” for “being a filthy-rich Republican.”

Some said that because she supported McCain, by extension she supported a plan by deranged skinheads to kill Obama before the election. And I thought such politicized logic was confined to American newsrooms. Yet Catherine refused to argue with her peers. She didn’t want to jeopardize her experiment.

“I couldn’t show people really what it was for. I really kind of wanted to laugh because they had no idea what I was doing,” she said.

Only a few times did anyone say anything remotely positive about her McCain shirt. One girl pulled her aside in a corner, out of earshot of other students, and whispered, “I really like your shirt.”

Please read the rest here.

There is nothing “liberal” about liberals.  The old British concept (from which the word sprang) of a loosening of the tight hold a monarchy and aristocracy had on the kingdom, allowing for a freer expression of ideas, is gone.  “Liberal” is now an oxymoronic phrase stuck onto a totalitarian mindset that is filled with hatred of the other.

And it’s no excuse that Catherine received these responses from children.  First, as noted, she got a similar, although less heated, response from a teacher as well.  And second, children learn these responses from the adults in their lives:  from the dinner table conversations in their homes, from the TV they watch, and from the interviews their favorite stars give.

The above is a very frightening story, because it so perfectly illustrates that gaping chasm between the PC, inclusive, tolerant mantra daily chanted on the Left, and the reality of the Left’s approach to American politics.   Those on the Left have armored themselves against, not criticism, but self-reflection, by attaching laudatory words to themselves, and allowing the most foul conduct to exist underneath that loving carapace.

UPDATEAnd here’s an example of a similar kind of “tolerance” at an institution of “higher” education.  Gary Larson has more details, as well as a look at what Annie Grossman’s beating means.

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  • Charles Martel


    All but one sea, Danny, all but one!

  • Ymarsakar

    Rise, fall, it don’t really matter, Danny. Both can get you followers and money.

  • Ellie2

    Well, the New Madrid fault is centered in Memphis. Cham-Urb should be safe.

    However, I did hear on the (formerly) Art Bell show that everyone should move –NOW — to be more than 100 miles from any coast. Mrs. Book, start packing!

  • Grimm

    >>True quote, from a parent-teacher conference: “Next quarter, we’ll be dealing with imperialism.” And this was the English teacher. Talking about Shakespeare.

    I don’t quite recall that bit, but I trust your memory more than mine.

    >>Her form of rebellion is to become openly conservative. She’s questioning authority like mad, coming to me (and blogs like this :)) for ammunition.

    What can I say? You taught me well.

  • Charles Martel

    I went to give blood yesterday and the very nice receptionist at the blood bank and I were chatting about what appeared to be a great volunteer turn-out.

    We were theorizing about the reasons — great weather (although rainy days are good for them, too) or charitableness for the oncoming holidays. I said. “Perhaps people are just in a good mood.”

    She said, “Well, I can see why considering what just happened a few days ago.”

    For most of the people where I live, Obama’s election has, indeed, put them in a good mood. I have no problem with that.

    But it was amusing that the woman just assumed that I was one of that group. It never occurred to her that I might think otherwise.

    I suppose I had passed her test — Here was a decently dressed, bantering middle-aged man. How could he possibly have not voted for Obama?

    Sometimes I feel like the closet liberal in the 1950s South: Everybody loves segregation; how could any decent person not?

  • kali

    >>I don’t quite recall that bit, but I trust your memory more than mine.

    You weren’t at that one, Grimmie, or you would have remembered the look on the teacher’s face as I debated whether they should use The Tempest, as both Caliban and Ariel were European, and thus it wasn’t imperialism for Prospero to invade and take over–

  • Ymarsakar

    Speaking of Bas Rutten, here’s a funny video of him.


    Now see if you can understand the base principles he was using just by watching, without the base principles being explained first ; )

  • Bookworm

    Ack! Pretty scary being the one on whom Rutten demonstrates his skills!

  • Ymarsakar

    The guy’s an entertainer and it shows.

  • Ymarsakar

    But why do you say it is pretty scary being the one, Book?