The Liberal Solution: Assault a Conservative?

Ok, here is what happened: On March 31, 2005, Pat Buchanan, conservative commentator and former presidential candidate, was giving a speech at Western Michigan University when some 24-year-old ding-dong, who apparently did not like what he was hearing, decided the appropriately mature and tolerant behavior would be to attack Mr. Buchanan with a bottle of salad dressing.

I do not know the motives of this nut, whether he was going crown Mr. Buchanan across the noggin, but he ended up "dousing" him with salad dressing instead while screaming, "Stop the bigotry."

Interesting.

Now this could, I suppose, be construed as the actions of a simple-minded, nut-case liberal who, when he hears rhetoric with which he cannot cope, has to resort to a violent act to settle issues in his liberal-demented mind. However, this was not an isolated incident.

Just two days prior to this event with Mr. Buchanan, another noted conservative, William Kristol, editor of the magazine, The Weekly Standard, and former chief of staff to Vice President Quayle, was attacked with a pie at a college campus in Indiana.

Do we see a trend here? This confuses me. However, a great deal in life confuses me.

Isn't the liberal side of the aisle supposed to be the group who condemns the conservative side of massive intolerance, bigotry, insufferable dogmatism, hate speech, and whatever else they can come up with when they have had a little too much to drink? Aren't the liberals (at least in their own minds) the only creatures on earth who champion the cause of tolerance in everyone from the gays to the ACLU defending the North American Man Boy Love Association's right (pro bono I might add) in a civil case where they claim it is free expression to teach adults how to rape children?

Do you remember Ward Churchill? He was the University of Colorado professor who wrote an essay about the victims of the 9/11 attack.

Of Churchill's essay, an Associated Press writer quotes,

"The World Trade Center victims were "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who organized Nazi plans to exterminate Europe's Jews. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America." (College Cancels Professor's Appearance, Tuesday, February 1, 2005, Associated Press).

What, no salad dressing dousing or pie throwing?

Am I on the wrong track here? Am I cruising down the wrong way on a one-way street? This man, Ward Churchill, made the incomprehensibly hideous comparison of 9/11 victims with Nazis and no one wants to throw a pie, pour a little thousand island on him, not even a clicking of a tongue or a wagging of a finger?

Ok, here is the entire point of my confusion: is this how a liberal deals with free speech? Is a physical assault upon the person expressing a contrary view the behavior of a tolerant left? Is this what we should now expect in the behavior of the left-physical assault?

Today it is a bottle of salad dressing or a pie. What will they use next? To what depths can we expect this liberal-assault-a-conservative behavior to escalate?

Should I conclude that the left only tolerates the free speech they find appealing and in agreement with their particular worldview?

This is so confusing that my wife and I decided, two years ago, that going to hell in a hand basket is not what we wanted to do, so we moved to another country so that we could sit back, contemplate our confusion, and watch the rest of America enjoy the ride.

Doug Bower is a freelance writer and book author. His most recent writing credits include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Houston Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Transitions Abroad. He lives with his wife in Guanajuato, Mexico. His new book, Mexican Living: Blogging it from a Third World Country, can be seen at http://www.lulu.com/content/126241

In The News:


New York Times

Jimmy Kimmel Wasn't the First Host to Get Serious About Politics
New York Times
While Mr. Kimmel often discusses politics on his show, it is not his main focus and he has rarely — if ever — taken such a serious tone to advocate for or against a single piece of legislation. In the Trump era, late-night hosts speaking out against ...
Kimmel Responds To Kilmeade's 'Hollywood Elite' Criticism: "I'll Pound You When I See You"RealClearPolitics
The media today: Jimmy Kimmel and the politics of late nightColumbia Journalism Review

all 234 news articles »

The Weekly Standard

Is ESPN Hurting Because of Politics or Cord-Cutting or Overspending on League Contracts?
The Weekly Standard
Everyone has their own explanation. Conservatives says the channel got too political. Cable executives say the company has gotten caught up in the cord-cutting revolution. Internet evangelists say that Bristol never figured out the internet. Finance ...


Bloomberg

Young Labour Leader Electrifies New Zealand Politics in Knife-Edge Election
Bloomberg
“Ardern's leadership breathed an enormous gust of fresh air into a stuffy campaign,” said Kate McMillan, a political scientist at Victoria University in Wellington. “People on the left dared to hope there might be a change of government. People on the ...
Shrinking, atomised working class reshapes politicsThe Australian

all 315 news articles »

National Review

Identity-Politics Democrats Preach Hate toward Conservatives ...
National Review
Conservative Americans experience progressive identity politics as hateful, and they're not wrong ...

and more »

Common Dreams

The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution
Common Dreams
The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution. Published on. Thursday, September 21, 2017. by. Common Dreams. The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution. Trump administration policies are systematically making natural ...

and more »

CNN

How one Chuck Grassley quote sums up the entire GOP repeal and replace effort
CNN
That's the political dilemma Republicans face. Choose not to repeal and replace Obamacare and face the potential wrath of your base. Choose to repeal and replace Obamacare and run the risk of facing a slew of horror stories about people who lost or ...

and more »

TheStreet.com

Politics Hang Heavy Over FCC's Review of Sinclair-Tribune Media
TheStreet.com
Unlike nearly any media deal in recent memory, Sinclair's proposed takeover of Tribune Media is shrouded in politics. Democrats in Congress sent Pai a letter last month asking him to explain whether previous meetings with Sinclair executives and Trump ...

and more »

CBS News

ESPN's subscriber decline isn't all about politics - CBS News
CBS News
ESPN came under fire from liberals and conservatives, but its business model is facing bigger challenges.

and more »

WKYC-TV

Local kids perform amid not so pretty politics
WKYC-TV
But when they take the stage at Quicken Loans arena it will be more than what they saw as a great opportunity. It turns out they will also be smack-dab in the middle of not so pretty politics. A big name in Rock, Pink Floyd's legendary Roger Waters has ...


Dallas News (blog)

Aggie spirit, football, power and politics: History is repeating itself at Texas A&M
Dallas News (blog)
Perhaps no one knows more than Stallings about how intoxicating it can be, this unique concoction of football, Aggie spirit, power and, sometimes, politics. Stallings was one of the "Junction Boys" survivors of Bryant's summer of '54 training camp and ...

and more »
Google News

The Dawn On The Nile Valley Has Secrets To Tell! (2)

Submiting the Criminals to The ICC!Everybody concerns about justice in... Read More

Dismal Performance of the NSA

The NSA failed the American people and allowed the attack... Read More

Gone With the Wind Almost Did Not Make It

Corporate America has been shaken recently by lawsuits and criminal... Read More

Political Correctness got you down?

I hear it all the time; you can't say that.... Read More

Oil Prices Effect The United States Competitiveness

Just because we have been leading the World in innovation... Read More

Adolph Hitler

ADOLF HITLER:The common perception of Hitler being large and in... Read More

Mass Transportation Efficiencies and Price Per Rider Theories

Having redundancies and today's technologies in transportation we have protected... Read More

Regional Grid Power Backup; Energy Ideas

Our Hydro-electricity accounts for some 20% of our current needs.... Read More

Is Reinstating The Draft Such a Bad Idea?

In his bid for the presidency, John Kerry pronounced a... Read More

National ESRI Policies

Many are very impressed with the NIMA (National Imagery and... Read More

Protecting Children From Porn

There's a new Michigan state register (at https://www.protectmichild.com/) in the... Read More

Eminent Domain Suggested as Cost Saving Measure in DC

Washington DC council member David Catania actually suggested that the... Read More

China: Tibet Standoff

The People's Liberation Army of China invaded Tibet in 1949.... Read More

Is George Bush Two-Faced?

Yes, Bush is two-faced. The two sides of the faces... Read More

Wars, Oil and Trade Conflicts of the Human Race

Many in the World Media are quick to judge the... Read More

Rule of Thumb For Exporting Technology

Rule of Thumb for exporting technology. The American People need... Read More

Adminstration of E-Business Taxation

The entry by telephone and cable companies into the Internet... Read More

Telemarketing and Job Losses

Telemarketing and DO NOT CALL lists sure made headlines, but... Read More

Does America Get It about Terrorism?

I have to be honest. It is time to come... Read More

US Government Owes Martha Stewart 1 Billion Dollars

The prosecutors in the Martha Stewart Case used testimony from... Read More

Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers and Their Psyche

Have you noticed that the when the service men who... Read More

Paid Assassins

The civil war in Iraq seems to be much more... Read More

The Public Is Enemy Number One

There is something egregiously wrong about a government that will... Read More

Restoration in Russia: Much Needed and Inevitable

Handing over power to Vladimir Putin in 1999, Boris Yeltsin... Read More

Snowbirds and American Migration and Mobile Populations

We have seen an increase in Snowbirds from Northern States... Read More