The angry, liberal mob

Whether it’s Antifa, those liberals pounding and scratching on the door of the Supreme Court after the Kavanaugh nomination, Occupy Wall Street, or a pick-up game of “Let’s Harass Ted Cruz in the Restaurant”, the angry Left has kicked the mob mentality up a few notches.

The UK Supreme Court acknowledges that, yes, refusing to bake a cake on religious grounds is not a rejection of the customer, but of the message. Here’s hoping the US Supreme Court understands this, too.

Mentioned links:

Hillary Clinton Calls for Incivility Against Republicans

Eric Holder says Michelle Obama was wrong: ‘When they go low, we kick them’

VIDEO: For $100, students can’t name time conservatives shut down liberals on campus

Maxine Waters: Harass Trump Officials at Gas Stations, Restaurants, and Shopping Malls

Rand Paul’s Wife Writes an Open Letter to Cory Booker

Ashers Bakery: Evangelical Couple Wins Major UK Supreme Court ‘Gay Cake’ Discrimination Case


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Show transcript

We live in a time when there’s a lot of mob mentality out there. Whether it’s Antifa, those liberals pounding and scratching on the door of the Supreme Court after the Kavanaugh nomination, Occupy Wall Street, or a pick-up game of “Let’s Harass Ted Cruz in the Restaurant”, the angry Left has kicked it up a few notches. When they say “both sides do it” and you ask for an example, they’ll often point back to Charlottesville. Even though white supremacists were marching for something evil, they were doing just that; marching…with a permit to do so. Comparing that to roving bands of Leftists tearing down statues is something of a stretch, unless towns have begun to issue permits to destroy public property.

And then compare the views themselves to the mainstream. The views expressed by the Charlottesville marchers are not in the mainstream of Republican or conservative thought, in spite of how some on the Left have been lying to themselves about it. But the people who ganged up on Ted Cruz and his wife were just general Democratic voters who disagreed with his voting record and thus felt entitled to drive him from the building. Even if it’s a polite removal of Sarah Sanders from The Red Hen, it’s a mob mentality that has infected the Left.

Democrats used to say that printing targets on a map, like Sarah Palin did to show congressional districts to concentrate on, was apparently enough to get someone to shoot at Gabby Giffords. They used to say that something like that was an example of the coarsening of the political dialog by Republicans. That was then, this is Hillary Clinton.

You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.

This is Eric Holder.

Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them.

Now I will say that Holder explained that he didn’t mean that literally, but I think that’s something of a fig leaf disclaimer. Take those two quotes together, in addition to Maxine Waters and Corey Booker telling supporters to harass politicians wherever they are, and I think you have just a little bit more than targets on a map. And really, Hillary’s “we’ll be nice once we get our way” tactic is better suited to a 2-year-old than a former presidential candidate.

But if you really want to compare apples to apples, let’s take a single environment, say college campuses, and see how different views are treated by the Right and the Left. Campus Reform did a little research and could find no instances of conservative students trying to shut down liberal speakers in the past year. But liberal students and groups certainly have done that, often with what’s called the Heckler’s Veto. They’ve tried to, or successfully, kept opposing viewpoints out, usually by mob disruption inside or outside.

But just in case they missed something, they offered $100 to any student who could give an example of conservatives shut down liberals on campus. The video is in the show notes. I’d play some of the audio here, but a lot of it consists of students at the University of Georgia in quiet thought trying to think of a single instance of it.

Now, I’m not saying it never happened. I got called out on saying “never” early in the life of this podcast, so now my motto is, “Never say never,” which of course makes it impossible to actually say my motto. In any event, there may have actually been some instance of conservatives shutting down liberal speakers, but it doesn’t happen enough that the media of the mainstream or liberal activist varieties (but I repeat myself) have covered it (and you know they would pounce on it (and I don’t mean that literally)).

So saying that “both sides do it” is a very lopsided standard, and it allows the speaker to turn off any critical evaluation of who’s doing what. This is the sort of lazy thinking we need to eradicate (and I don’t mean that literally…well…).

Good news on the Religious Freedom front! In the UK, a bakery owned by Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery in Belfast, refused to bake a cake with a message that was pro-same-sex-marriage because of their religious belief about it. They had to take their case all the way to the UK Supreme Court, but they finally prevailed. They won their case in a unanimous 5-0 ruling.

The judgement said, among other things, “The district judge found that the appellants did not refuse to fulfill Mr. Lee’s order because of his actual or perceived sexual orientation. The objection was to the message on the cake, not any personal characteristics of the messenger, or anyone with whom he was associated.” Precisely! Activists there and here have been trying to make this sound like personal animus towards gay people (which would allow them to make an emotional appeal that liberals seem to prefer), when it is and has always been a disagreement on public policy (that is to say, an argument rooted in our rights and the law).

But this good news has a little bad news associated with it. The McArthurs had to spend £200,000 in legal fees over 4 years in their defense. The plaintiff, however, had his bills paid by the taxpayers through the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland, which itself is publicly funded. Yup, the government paid money to try to deny its own citizens their rights, and when that same government came to its senses, it left those citizens holding the bill for defending a right they already had.

Well hopefully, these trailblazers make it so that the rest of us don’t have to fight this same battle. Oh who am I kidding? This sort of thing isn’t going to stop just because of a mere Supreme Court ruling. But it is a good ruling to build on. Hopefully, our US Supreme Court will be just as willing to protect our rights as well.

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