The Intolerance of Liberalism

Rush Limbaugh today treated his listeners to one of his best radio monologues in the years he’s been on the radio, in my view.  Rush does change minds but he mostly articulates what others are thinking but didn’t quite have the words to express, to themselves as well as to others.  That’s why and how he resonates with so many people.

His monologue today was on the intolerance of liberals, who regularly accuse conservatives of being hateful, bigoted, intolerant, homophobic and racist.  This deeply angers conservatives who know themselves to be none of those things, and understand on some level that such allegations are likely to be psychological projections by the most intolerant beings on the planet.

Rush argues that the liberal/conservative distinction is not merely political — it is cultural as well.

Here is a transcript of Rush’s great monologue today:

RUSH: I’m sitting here thinking more about the ideology of intolerance, the classic liberal. [Here rush refers to the “quintessential” liberal of today.  No one should  confuse him using the word “classic” to refer to Classical Liberalism, the great philosophical movement of 18th Century Enlightenment. Modern liberals are far, far from that. — TeeJaw] That intolerant teacher in North Carolina was a bully, telling her students that it was criminal to criticize Obama. You know, when you get right down to it, maybe one of the best ways to explain liberalism to the uninitiated is to simply say that it is intolerant. It’s a philosophy of “no.” It’s a philosophy of domination and “no,” and it’s not at all what people think it is.It’s not open-mindedness. It’s not tolerance. It’s not good intentions. It’s not sweetness and light and love and all that. It’s a philosophy of “no.” It is intolerant. Socialism, fascism, communism, all forms of liberalism dictate behavior. You must conform. Individuals? Private businesses? You must conform to what they say. And if you don’t they’ll pass laws and regulations that force you to. And in order to have uniformity, there must be an enforcement mechanism, because people are not the same.People don’t want the same things. They don’t believe the same things. But if you are going to have uniformity — which is what liberalism wants, ’cause that’s equality to them: Everybody being the same. Outcomes especially. Being the same. Nobody richer than anybody else. If you are to have that, you must have an enforcement mechanism that shuts down what? Creativity, choice, and innovation. You have to shut down all the things that differentiate people.And in a free society, the things that differentiate people are creativity, choice, and innovation. And that has to be shut down. That is why, folks, an ever-expanding government is job one for liberals. Whatever expands government, whatever makes it bigger: Global warming, feminism, amnesty for illegals, whatever. Whatever needs more regulation, whatever needs more control, is sought “for the common good” and uniformity.

“It’s all for the common good,” they say. But anything that grows the government, that’s job number one for liberals.Government is the enforcement mechanism.Government is the practical manifestation of the ideology of “no.”

Government is where the intolerance is.

Government is the all-powerful engine that prevents innovation and choice and creativity.

Look at that slideshow that Obama did: Julia. That’s how you remake millions of individuals in 50 states into a faceless cartoon. You have a cartoon for your own reelection and you come up with a fictional character: Julia, the average American woman who turns to government at every stage of her life when she needs or wants something. Not a husband, not a family, not a church, but to the government.

The government makes her birth possible.

The government makes her prenatal care possible.

The government makes her garden possible.

Except it’s not hers. It’s a “community garden.”

So now you have Obama dictating a uniform health insurance policy that has to be purchased by all Americans. HAS TO BE! It’s enforced by a fine. It says “no” to individual needs and wants. If you don’t want health insurance, that doesn’t matter. You have to buy it. If you don’t buy it, there is a fine. A moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. That is the government saying “no.” And the enforcement mechanism is the government.

“No” to jobs.

“No” to cheap energy.

Regulations are variations of the “Just say ‘no'” theme. Regulations are how liberals “just say ‘no.'” Regulations are how they enforce their own intolerance. Regulations and laws are how they enforce their mandated behavioral codes. Obama has said “no” to any budgets. The Democrat Party has said “no” to budgets. Obama has said “no” to the Keystone pipeline. Obama has said “no” to reforming entitlements! He has said “no” to doing anything about runaway debt.

It’s all “Shut up and sit down, America! Do as I say and there won’t be any trouble.”

And that’s what liberalism is.

It all stems from a mind-set of intolerance.

“Don’t you criticize Obama! That’s criminal! You can’t criticize a sitting president! That’s sedition; you can’t do it.”

And the student says, “It’s free speech, my First Amendment right.”

“There isn’t one here!”

So liberalism is a mind-set of total control. It’s why our schools now favor indoctrination over education. See, freedom of thought is bad to them. We see example after example, be it what you bring from home for lunch or what you say. Lunch from home is not even tolerable! What you bring from home for lunch, a federal agent can regulate! Uniformity is the goal. That’s liberalism, where the people reflect and represent the views of the state, not their own. [Rush is referring to a recent news item from North Carolina where a Federal school food inspector looked into a 1st grade girl’s lunch box that contained a sandwich and a cookie that her mother had prepared for her and declared it inadequate and nutritionally unfit for the little girl. The officious female inspector took the girl’s lunch away from her and gave her an apple.]

End of transcript

Rush is right.  If a conservative is a vegetarian he eats his vegetables and leaves other people alone.  If a liberal is a vegetarian he tries to force or shame others into becoming vegetarians.  If a conservative does not believe in God he respects other people’s right to believe in God.  If a liberal does not believe in God he has no tolerance for people who do.  If a conservative chooses to pay the higher price for organic food he doesn’t think that makes him smarter or better than anyone else. If a liberal spends extra for organic food he tries to make up for the higher cost with the psychological benefits he gets from acting self-righteous about it.


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