A Plea For Intolerance

Lately, you have probably noticed that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken to lecturing the rest of us on tolerance. I call it presumptuous, as well as ill-timed. It’s presumptuous because he believes that he, alone, is in a position to tell Americans how we should feel about a massive mosque being built next to Ground Zero, as if being wealthy and an elected official somehow provided him with a moral superiority that we mere mortals could never hope to match.

I call it ill-timed because I, and I suspect millions of others, have gotten sick and tired of being told it’s our duty to be tolerant of the foolish, the greedy and, ironically, those most committed to intolerance.

Over the past decade or so, we have had homosexuals demand same-sex marriages, self-righteously comparing themselves to blacks during the bad days of slavery and Jim Crow; we’ve had illegal aliens claim they’re entitled to everything that goes with citizenship, including education, medical care and even voting rights; we’ve had Muslims insist that they’ve every right to be taxi drivers even though they refuse to pick up blind people if they’re accompanied by seeing eye dogs and entitled to work in supermarkets even though they refuse to sell alcohol or pork products; and, lest you forget, we have enemy combatants who have never worn a uniform or fought under a national flag insisting they’re protected by the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor Bloomberg, being a liberal, naturally has sawdust for brains and chutzpah to burn. Left-wingers are convinced that if you make nice with your sworn enemies, they’ll see the error of their ways. They’re the same folks who discipline their young by giving them time-outs. That consists of the spoiled tots being sent off to their rooms, rooms that quite often resemble a Toys R Us warehouse. The predictable results of this approach to parenting are all those noisy little brats running wild, with impunity, in shops, schools and restaurants.

In other news, the American taxpayer spent $50 billion bailing out G.M., ensuring that Obama could continue to count on a constant flow of UAW contributions to the DNC. Obama, you may recall, even went so far as firing the company’s CEO and replacing him with a government bureaucrat who could barely tell the difference between a carburetor and a carbuncle. Now, GM has announced its plan to invest $50 million in its Ramos Arizpe plant, in northern Mexico, in order to produce a new line of engines. It will lead, the company claims, to the creation of 390 jobs. Unfortunately, those jobs will be in the state of Coahuila, not Michigan.

Recently, while watching the Bill O’Reilly show, I heard substitute host Laura Ingraham, one of my favorite conservative pundits, mention her children. That led me to wonder who her husband was, so I paid a visit to the Internet. It seems the lady has never been married, and that the children were adopted, the girl from Guatemala, the boy from Russia.

Although Ms. Ingraham has never walked down the aisle, she has twice been engaged — first to conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza and then to businessman James Reyes. But as I read on, I discovered that she had had meaningful relationships with the former Democratic senator from New Jersey, Robert Torricelli and with — hold on to your hat! — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

At first, I, too, was shocked. But perhaps it was those very relationships that made her the staunch conservative she is today. Frankly, I think spending even just an hour with Olbermann would be enough to make Howard Dean rush out and change his party registration.

Maybe because I’m lucky enough to be married to someone who shares all of my political beliefs, I can’t imagine being connected to someone who shares none of them. I could never even grasp how Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey could be great friends, unless all they ever talked about was baseball. And for the life of me, I can’t begin to think of Mary Matalin and James Carville except in terms of a TV sitcom. I mean, how is it possible that professional operatives for opposing political parties can get through a single day with neither one taking an axe to the other?

It is to Ms. Ingraham’s everlasting credit that Olbermann has called her the Worst Person in the World nearly as often as he has labeled Carl Rove, Dick Cheney and George Bush as such. It is, interestingly enough, an insult he has bestowed on Mahmud Ahmadinejad only twice, and one of those times I believe it was for committing the fashion faux pas of wearing a windbreaker to the U.N.

But you would think that even a knucklehead like Olbermann would understand that there can only be one worst person in the world, just as there can only be one tallest person, one oldest person and, yes, even one biggest knucklehead.

Finally, I want to know how Bradley Manning, a mere PFC, managed to access
all the thousands of pages of classified documents that Wikileaks has posted on its traitorous site.

The only scenario I have been able to come up with is that one morning, the top sergeant entered the barracks and announced, “I need a dozen of you on latrine duty, seven of you for KP, and you, Manning, you’ll be in charge of swiping state secrets.”

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  • http://theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/blackpope.htm Trudy Harcrow

    I doubt its changed and with Steve firmly in charge, Im sure its worse (I was there in the non-Steve years).

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    BERNIE, LETS BREAK IT ALL DOWN, DEMOCRAT ESTABILISHMENT
    HAS FAILED & BAILING OUT, NEXT WE GIVE THE REPUBICANS
    ONE MORE SHOT, IF THEY BLOW IT, ” WE THE PEOPLE ”
    TAKE OVER.
    I GET IT, OBAMA IS ALL ABOUT THE ” HAVES ” & ” HAVE
    NOTS ” HE WANTS TO GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    BERNIE, THIS IS GREAT, STENY HOYER IS ON NEWS SHOW, SAME DEM
    SUBTERFUGE. DURING AN ANSWER HE GETS LOST WHEN
    SPEAKING, CALLS CHRIS, ” CHARLIE ” HE IMPPRESSED MONTHS
    EARLIER WHEN HE SAID LAUGHING, NO, I DONT READ THE BILL

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    BERNIE, SPEAKING OF LECTURING, HOW ABOUT PUNDITS TELLING US
    WHO TO VOTE FOR, THERES KARL R & CHARLES K THEY
    WILL ASSIST US THE POOR UNWASHED SCHLUBS. I GOT IT,
    THEY SAT TOO CLOSE TO WILLIE JUAN AND HE HAS RUBBED
    OFF.

    • Freethinker48

      Using only caps makes you seem less intelligent…just saying.

  • JohnInMA

    Burt, you make some good points here, especially on how certain people in our society feel they have achieved a sufficient rank to become spiritual and moral leaders in addition to their day jobs. We see it all the time with the intersection of money and either fame or notoriety. From entertainment pinheads who have become wealthy and popular to the elected class who have become wealthy and empowered by voters, they all exhibit the same traits in my view. Superiority from their financial success, and being in a minority at that, feeds the ego and they self-assign their own level of importance. On top of that, they have a base of fans or supporters whose devotion and energy supercharges the ego. They become impervious to their detractors. Convinced that this attention grants them authority beyond their day job, the see themselves as peers of rabbis, ministers, the Pope, intellectuals, etc. It’s pretty shallow, because they self-appoint this position ONLY because of fame. “The Pope is famous with devoted followers, but so am I,” they must think. Missing is the fact that those who have rightfully earned their authority are learned, analytical, sometimes spiritual, and committed to a career of such thought and inspiration, if it applies. I take the words of a Christopher Hitchens more seriously than Brad Pitt, for example, because Hitchens has years study under his belt, doesn’t leverage fame to make his points, and is resistant to trendiness. I may not agree often, but I’m infinitely more receptive to his “authority” and therefore his thoughts. His platform is earned. Some goes for rabbis and other religious leaders, but not for politicians or political activists who use their fame or notariety for power. Sometimes even religious leaders cross the line by using their authority for political purposes. Shame on them.

  • loucille

    This is a great editorial.

  • Elias

    Thanks Mr. Goldberg for your article on “Tolerance.”
    Unfortunately our world is full of stupid people and we must learn to love and forgive them despite their stupidity… and as G. K. Chesterton said once:
    “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”
    Sooo.. I believe that all these controversial topics shall pass…. one day…!