For the progressive, it is an article of faith that the masses will resist change and must be forced to swallow it.
This is a crucial difficulty, and it gives rise to all sorts of persuasion, nudging, compulsion, and outright violence.
If the masses don't know what's good for them, they must be made to change.
There’s a pattern here: All of these abuses are being done in the name of progressive liberalism. No matter what the cause, progressives are increasingly willing to use any means necessary—the law, public shaming and in some cases even a threat of violence (“no justice no peace”) to get their way. -Kim R. Holmes
Something is wrong with the American Left. The recent spate of violent protests on college campuses has been well-documented, but the violence and intolerance championed by left-wing student activists is beginning to creep off campus and into mainstream public life. -John Daniel Davidson
Mark Udall Advocates Condone
When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.”
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Misogyny, Threats, Press, Smears, Politics, Convict
A 66-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in federal prison for threatening Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) in the aftermath of the healthcare debate. "Just wanna let you know I have 27 people that are going to make sure that this ***** does not live to see her next term."... "I'm terribly sorry that it ever happened," Pidrman said before his sentencing Thursday morning, according to the Tribune. "I very often watch the recycled news shows on MSNBC," at the time at which he made the call, he said. The Tampa Tribune reported that Erik Lawrence Pidrman was given a 27-month sentence by a U.S. district judge in Florida. "These threats are disturbing, and they are calculated to interfere with the operation of the community," Judge Steven D. Merryday said.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Hate, Violence, Guns, Degeneracy, Narrative, Oops, Terrorism, Justice, Gay, Tolerance, Convict, Murder, Bigotry
A man accused of shooting a security guard inside the downtown Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with the shooting. Corkins pleaded guilty to one federal count of crossing state lines with guns and ammunition. He also pleaded guilty to one count of intent to kill while armed and one count of committing an act of terrorism with the intent to kill.
Liberal, Government, Incompetence, Character, Degeneracy, Funny, Brilliance, Socialism, Metaphor
A talented head cook at a school in central Sweden has been told to stop baking fresh bread and to cut back on her wide-ranging veggie buffets because it was unfair that students at other schools didn't have access to the unusually tasty offerings.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Character, Sex, Greed, Media
“Pimps are turning to the Internet,” said Hersh. “They’re not putting the girls on the street so much. Backpage is a great vehicle for pimps trying to sell girls.” Craigslist backed out of this sector after public protests. Pimps then moved to Backpage.com, which is owned by Village Voice Media, owners of The Village Voice weekly newspaper. Attorneys general from 48 states wrote a joint letter to Backpage, warning that it had become “a hub” for sex trafficking and calling on it to stop running adult services ads.
Left-leaning law professor Mark Tushnet recently penned the piece “Abandoning Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism,” where he revels in the left’s growing dominance of the U.S. court system and advises his fellow liberals to go on the offensive using the legal system to push through their agenda. -Rachel Alexander
Liberal, Hate, Character, Degeneracy, Gay
Gay activists from Philadelphia posed for pictures while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan during a recent trip to the White House, according to Philadelphia Magazine.
Liberal, Video, Terrorism, Socialism
Left-Wing Terrorist Bill Ayers: “I Get Up Every Morning And Think … Today I’m Going To End Capitalism”….
Liberal, Incompetence, Character
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More than a dozen historic landmarks in Baltimore may be up for sale soon. But as Gigi Barnett reports, the city first wants to know how much they will bring in first. The city says its historic buildings are a liability, an eyesore and a drain on its pockets.
Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Crime, Lie
The Heartland Institute was vicitimized by global warming fanatics who published stolen documents and at least one forged document in their attempts to portray the Institute as dishonest. One of the central figures in this criminal hoax was Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute.
Never forget that after the Tucson massacre of 2011, the New York Times editorialized that "it is legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible"--even though it was already known that the killer had no political motive. What the hope-they're-white crowd really wishes for is a reason to treat their domestic political adversaries as enemies of the state. -James Taranto, WSJ
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Guns, Oops
The atmosphere in the office was considerably more tolerant on non-editorial matters. “There were these two folks who got caught [having sex] in the communications war room on the weekend,” said one employee. “People came in, and lo and behold there were two of their colleagues doing the nasty on a desk.” Neither one was fired.
Liberal, Character, Drugs, Theft
A sign marking the mile 420 on a Colorado highway was replaced with one that reads "MILE 419.99" — after the old one was repeatedly stolen by weed-enthusiasts, according to the state’s transportation department.
Liberal, Funny, Crazy
Farrakhan also recounted what he claimed was a UFO abduction in which Elijah Muhammad warned him of a coming war. Farrakhan explained how after the 1985 event, then-President Ronald Reagan announced that Americans were to have no dealings with Libya and Gadhafi. It was at that point, he said Tuesday, that he understood this was the war to which his UFO experience alluded.
Liberal, Fraud, Oops, Smears, Protest, War
CRAWFORD, Texas — With allegations of money mismanagement, threats of court action and some members leaving, a group that has sponsored war protests in President Bush's adopted hometown has been anything but peaceful. The Crawford Peace House recently lost its corporate charter with the state, and a former member who now has rights to the name is threatening legal action because the group continues operating. Sara L. Oliver and some others are calling for a state investigation as to why only $14,700 is now in its bank account, saying tens of thousands donated during Cindy Sheehan's 2005 war protest are unaccounted for.
If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. “The bigger the baby, the more he charged,” a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder — one patient, seven babies.
FARMINGTON — Earth First! activists vowed Tuesday to continue its opposition to locating wind turbines in Maine, according to a press release. “We feel strongly that industrial wind is a false solution to climate change, and remain committed to defending Maine’s mountain forests as a carbon-sink and as habitat for rare and endangered species” said Jessie Dowling of Maine Earth First!
Democrat, Environmentalist, Liberal, Government, Obama, Funny
The Environmental Protection Agency wants kids to rap about climate change. No, not talk about it, rap about it. The EPA web site has a downloadable tune called "Click It -- Flip It" intended to inspire kids to live more sustainable lifestyles.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Obama, Racism, Justice
This week Adams told the Commission: "The [voting] section doesn’t want to protect white voters." And he named names. He testified that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes told Voting Section management that there would be no more cases brought against black defendants vindicating the rights of white victims. Adams personally heard Fernandes say that the division would only bring "traditional civil rights cases" (code words for suits against white racists).
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she must pursue policies in keeping with the values of Jesus
Cut to Washington State: in this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual inspections of the homes of people that already own assault weapons to make sure that they are being safely stored. There is no need for a warrant; there is no probable cause requirement; and the Seattle Times columnist writing about this clearly unconstitutional law observes that the sponsors include “Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues.” After a stream of criticism, the author withdrew the warrantless search section of the bill, calling it a “mistake.” Yet, as Bryan Preston points out, the warrantless search section – word for word — was included in bills by Kline in 2009 and 2005. -Clayton E. Cramer, Warrantless Searches Proposed — for Third Time — by WA Democrats
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Hate, Character, Degeneracy, Misogyny, Smears
Then along came Sarah, and the attacks became particularly heinous. And I realized something even more chilling about the Left. Leftists not only sacrifice and disrespect women, but it's far worse: many are perpetuators. The Left's behavior towards Palin is not politics as usual. By their laser-focus on her body and her sexuality, leftists are defiling her. They are wilding her. And they do this with the full knowledge and complicity of the White House.
Administrators of Team Sarah have uncovered evidence on a left-wing online thread that some Internet trolls sought to discredit the organization by posing as conservative racists on Team Sarah's forums.
RESIDENTS of a model housing estate bankrolled by Hollywood celebrities and hand-built by Jimmy Carter, the former US president, are complaining that it is falling apart.
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Warming, Hate, Character, Science, Narrative, Smears, Crazy, Fear, Demagoguery, Politics
The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists.
The New York Post reports today that New York City’s trendiest areas are also the city’s worst for sexually transmitted diseases. A new study from the Department of Health shows that areas like SoHo and the Upper West Side are an order of magnitude higher than the city average in terms of syphilis transmission. Those areas are also, not coincidentally, the most liberal areas of the city.
It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red. So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again. Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy.
Democrat, Liberal, Brilliance, Oops, Abortion
REP. PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. Church writings specifically naming abortion as murder appear as early as 70 AD in the Didache, the first written catechism of the Christian church: “The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall not use potions. You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a newborn child” (Didache 2:1–2 [A.D. 70]).
Liberal, Crime, Union, AntiAmerican
The folks that control this country care about one thing how the stock market goes what the bond market does how the bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:
* How do we bring down the stock market
* How do we bring down their bonuses
* How do we interfere with there ability to be rich…
So a bunch of us around the country think who would be a really good company to hate we decided that would be JP Morgan Chase and so we are going to roll out over the next couple of months what would hopefully be an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about challenge the power of Wall Street.
The shooting of a security guard Wednesday at the Family Research Council (FRC) has spurred a torrent of heated accusations from both sides of the gay rights debate about claims that the conservative organization is a "hate group."
"I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary," Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston
"Even if she made up the story, things like this do happen... We're still behind her and we still think she did something brave."
This utopia will have no notion of gender, traditions, morality, god or even family or the state. -Urban Dictionary
Liberals have an abiding faith in the effectiveness of force and coercion. They aren’t the least bit hesitant to use force in achieving their goals. -Ron Ross
Black Lives Matter co-founder and self-described Marxist Patrisse Cullors - who has accumulated over $3 million in luxury real estate in recent years - told college students just last summer that "capitalism" is "more tragic" than COVID-19.
More recently, during the administration of America's first black president, a 2011 report from the Pew Research Center has the headline, "Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics." -Thomas Sowell
"My friends are friends only so long as they think as I do politically." -Che Guevara
Maimed and murdered by the radical Left, all in the name of peace and love.
"No longer is it good enough to disagree with conservatives. They must be fired from their jobs, separated from their advertisers, booted from the airwaves, buried under a prehistoric rock..."
Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people. -Heinrich Heine
Tax cuts are not genocide, as so many Democrats have suggested over the years. -Jonah Goldberg
ABC News and Brian Ross are apologizing for an "incorrect" report that James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting, may have had connections to the Tea Party.
Enlightened Marxist Harry Belafonte was on with pal Al Sharpton this week. His advice for Obama was to imprison opposition like a "third world dictator."
On Sunday evening in Oakland, protesters lit a flag on fire in anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Afterward, one protester appeared to light a marijuana cigarette off the smoldering flag.
"If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vision and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come out of our college campuses, the better the world for tomorrow." -William Allen White
Hillary Clinton infamously said that half of Trump’s supporters are a "deplorable" group of hateful bigots, and now her husband Bill Clinton has said that Trump supporters are "standard rednecks."
I was surprised by Trump’s success because I’ve slipped into a bad pattern, spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata — in professional circles with people with similar status and demographics to my own. -David Brooks
Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.
"Some are new to politics completely. They’re children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents basement." -Hillary Clinton, on Bernie Sanders Supporters
We support our troops when they shoot their officers. -Sign at a San Francisco protest
"I believe life begins at conception and that it doesn't end at birth." -Dennis Kucinich
America today is “more respected, more engaged and more secure” than it was when President Obama came to office in early 2009, Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer told an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -George Bernard Shaw
You're gonna like the way you look protesting income disparity in Oakland; this Men's Wearhouse store guarantees it. Occupy Oakland has called for a city-wide strike and rally on Wednesday to protest income inequality, and several businesses, including Men's Wearhouse and the Grand Lake movie theater, have closed their doors in support.
A closer look at the so-called "knowledge class" shows that what it knows best is how to preserve and extend its own privileges. -Roger Kimball