As Republicans enjoy their own private civil war, some liberals are cracking down on any critical thought
Last year, almost to the day, I wrote a piece entitled “Are Progressives Less Tolerant These Days?” In the article I cited a few examples of how liberals have become less tolerant toward humor, free speech and political incorrectness. This of course was published before the election season had started and as much as it pains me to admit it as a progressive, liberal intolerance of liberals has become even worse.
Leave it to an election season that stars an authoritarian fascist, a theocratic Canadian, a Democratic hawk and a Democratic socialist to bring out the worst in everybody. The whole country has gone ape shit, and everyone including progressives have forgotten what it’s like to be open minded and tolerant of speech.
For a change I’m going to try and leave republicans out of this, in fact, I’m even going to defend them… sort of. We all know Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are as intolerant as presidential candidates can get towards anyone who isn’t Anglo-Christian white. But the point of this editorial is to address progressive like-minded people and call them out for acting like authoritarian conservatives.
I find it equally important to point out the short comings of Democrats, liberals and progressives as those we tend to ridicule on the other side such as Republicans, conservatives and men named Donald Trump. It is important because when ideological equals say or do something that goes against our principals, it makes us all look bad and it can actually wind up helping the other side.
Let’s go back to the March 11th Donald Trump Chicago rally protest. The Trump presidential campaign postponed a planned rally at the University of Illinois citing “growing safety concerns” due to the presence of thousands of protesters in and outside of his rally. These protesters, for the most part, went to protest the Trump rally with the express intent of shutting it down. To that extent they were successful, but it backfired for two reasons.
First, it muzzled free speech. Granted it silenced speech from a bigot and racist, but I thought this was America where the right to speak your mind is what makes it great. I’m not saying not to protest his rallies, by all means please do, that too is your right, but at least let the asshole speak.
Second, the protesters who shut down his rally did Donald Trump a favor. By shutting it down, Trump was able to go on every news network in the country and rightfully blame liberals and Democrats for opposing free speech. You know progressives were in the wrong when a guy like Trump doesn’t have to lie to get his point across.
I myself have also been a recent victim of so-called liberals who detest critical thought, particularly on social media. For years, yours truly and my Quiet Mike colleagues have had the privilege of sharing our progressive stories and views on all sorts of liberal Facebook pages and groups. That all recently changed.
Following an article critical of Obama and Hillary Clinton, there were three liberal pages that not only deleted our posts, but prevented me from every publishing anything again by completely banning me from the group.
For starters, there is a group called Hillary in 2016 (for intelligent & like minded individuals only). After two years of sharing our thoughts and views in their 200,000+ group, I was banned for a piece critical not to Hillary, but Obama’s Supreme Court pick. For intelligent & like-minded individuals my ass. To David Simms, the apparent founder of the page, perhaps you should open your mind a little before you or your admins decide to cut off a fellow progressive’s tongue.
The next week, in retaliation for an article about Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish AIPAC speech (one in which she came out further to the right than Trump) I was banned from a group called I Am Liberal. A much smaller group, but one would think a safe place to criticize a very right wing speech. Apparently not.
You’re probably thinking to yourselves that I’m just bitter over being banned in the first place. Not really, I don’t mind being banned from pages dedicated to the NRA, Heritage Foundation or other conservative groups, I expect it. When liberal or progressive groups ban like-minded individuals, that hurts, and there is no reason for it.
Because of these banishments, the group’s followers will miss out on all the other important issues we cover such as our piece on Hate Groups in America, the new anti-abortion movement and a great one on Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres
I’m proud to be part of a website like Quiet Mike which enjoys a wide range of opinions and views. They often contradict each other, but that’s what being a progressive is all about; thinking, debating the facts, and holding people responsible no matter who they are.
I’m also proud to be part of a Facebook page called “I love it when I wake up in the morning and Barack Obama is President.” Despite the long name, I’ve been free to criticize anyone and anything not worthy of carrying the progressive mantle (even Obama himself), no matter how many foul comments we get.
The point is, if you are a Facebook page/group administrator, Trump protester or an ordinary Joe trying to enjoy a comedy show, and you consider yourself a liberal or progressive, you need to let people speak.
Protest the speaker, even the speech, but do not prevent him from speaking. If you do, you’re one step closer to becoming the people that all liberals and progressives should be protesting against in the first place.