Journalist and TV pundit Kirsten Powers has a problem with her own people — liberals. The liberal columnist for USA Today doesn´t have a problem with all liberals, just the subset she defines as the "illiberal left." As political discourse has become more coarse, she sees growing danger. In her recent book, The Silencing, she argues some on her side want no part of fair debate and are taking an axe to free speech. The "illiberal left," she writes, "act in direct contradiction to the fundamental liberal values of free speech, debate and dissent" and "adopt tactics they claim to
Comments: The religion of liberalism does not allow dissent. This article shows a number of examples of how liberals seek to enforce their religion -- The Amish would call it "shunning."
Kirsten Powers needs to switch sides. She´s fairly bright, articulate and nice to look at. Sometimes I wonder if she´s just playing the liberal for the fun of it. For some reason there´s a part of me that believes that she doesn´t believe the things she herself is saying/supporting (re: the idiocies of the left).
When liberals hear something they don´t like and typically are incapable of any opposing argument, they immediately go to name-calling--- Nazi, fascist, homophobe, racist, sexist. It´s their default position. Whatever name is used, it signals end of discussion, end of argument. You are a Nazi, fascist, homophobe, racist, sexist and your arugument is thereby dismissed.
Rules for radicals, read it and understand your enemy. Make no mistake they are enemies because they decided to be. Not enough of the rest of us have figured that out. I applaud Kristen for noticing something is awry, and shouldn’t be too disappointed she doesn’t quite seem to grasp that they intend to eliminate us not simply silence us.
Concur with #1. Also Julie Roginsky - both to smart to believe the stuff they support.
Part of the disconnect is that self-described "liberals" aren´t that at all. They are statists in disguise. They hijacked the term "liberal" when people caught on to what "socialist", "progressive" and "communist" meant.
Alphonse Maddin worked as a truck driver for TransAm Trucking. Like a lot of Americans, he did the kind of hard work that puts food on the table, and pays the bills and the taxes. The work that people like Maddin do every day may not receive lots of media attention, but our economy will not function without it. Such workers do not ask for a lot in return, just to be treated fairly and with dignity under our laws. Unfortunately, even that modest expectation has too often gone unfulfilled in recent years. The Supreme Court has increasingly come down
Casablanca isn´t only one of the most beloved movies of all time; it´s also one of the most written-about movies of all time. Noah Isenberg, director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at the New School, does a good job of synthesizing all of that writing in We´ll Always Have Casablanca. Junkies might not find a lot of new insights, but the book is a hugely readable and entertaining look at how Casablanca came to be, and how it came to be such an indelible part of American pop culture. Casablanca got its start in a 1940 play
Do you remember that “day without immigrants” protest that we talked about last week? It took place as predicted (and in fact demanded by activist organizers on the left). But in at least one location in Tennessee some of the participants learned a rapid and likely lasting lesson about the intersection of free speech and personal responsibility. Bradley Coatings, Inc. found out at the last minute that their tightly packed customer schedule was going to go up in flames when nearly 20 of their employees announced with roughly 12 hours notice that they would be taking part in the poorly
They pick the crops. Staff the restaurants. Mend the roofs. Mow the lawns. They work late at hospitals and airports. If you live in New Jersey, they probably pump your gas. What happens if they disappear? Unnerved by the high-profile arrests of 600 undocumented immigrants across six states last week -- not including Pennsylvania and New Jersey -- some Philadelphia-area businesses and restaurants that employ foreign-born staff, in the United States legally or not, are expected to take part Thursday in a “Day Without Immigrants” protest.
If Hallmark had a card for the characters of You Me Her, it might read: Roses are red, violets are blue We both love you madly and each other, too. An offbeat TV comedy from John Scott Shepherd (Save Me) that begins its second season on DirecTV´s Audience Network on Valentine´s Day, You Me Her stars Greg Poehler (Welcome to Sweden) and Rachel Blanchard (Fargo, 7th Heaven) as married couple Jack and Emma, and Priscilla Faia (Rookie Blue) as their girlfriend, Izzy. This season, they´re ready to out themselves as a "throuple" to their suburban friends and neighbors. What could
Faced with ongoing criticism from several activist groups, Helen L. "Nellie" Fitzpatrick, head of the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs, is planning to resign, according to two sources, one with the city and one who works closely with it on LGBT issues. [Snip] Several groups, specifically the Black and Brown Workers Collective, have been calling for Fitzpatrick’s departure since October, when the owner of the bar iCandy was caught on video using the N-word. The incident sparked more widespread reports of dress codes and bar policies that discriminated against black and transgender people.
As the clock ticks down to a confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos’ nomination as U.S. secretary of education, Philadelphians continue to weigh in on President Trump’s pick. Mayor Kenney on Monday sent Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) a letter asking him to vote against DeVos, whose confirmation is expected Tuesday. Kenney said the Senate ought not to “appoint someone to a job she does not understand, which could have tremendous consequences for our most vulnerable children and our economy.” Meanwhile, a Philadelphia teaching artist who started a crowdfunding campaign to “buy” Toomey’s vote surpassed her funding goal and was poised
Sears is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. All department stores have faced increased competition from Amazon.com, but Sears is out of cash and about to fail. Why? Because the CEO, Eddie Lampert, is a guy with nutty ideas who treated Sears like a dotcom, conveniently forgetting that it has physical stores that need maintaining. (snip) It´s closing hundreds of stores. Others are in shambles, with leaking ceilings and broken escalators. In some, employees hang bedsheets to shield shoppers from sections that stand empty. Before Sears and Kmart, Lampert had no experience in retail. The big plan he hoped would transform Sears
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision came a day after President Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). The decision means the Affordable Care Act remains in place, at least for now, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. It also casts
Chelsea Clinton´s chief of staff complained on Thursday that her boss just can´t catch a break. Bari Lurie is Clinton´s chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation, where the former first daughter is vice chair. Lurie took to Twitter on Thursday to lament that Clinton, like her mother, failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, "never gets a break." (Tweet) The tweet included a link to a op-ed published Thursday in the Los Angeles Times, titled "Just like her mother, Chelsea Clinton never gets a break." The article´s author, Ann Friedman, defends Clinton from her critics, arguing that she and her
A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to block him or not — and Democrats would be left with nothing to show for it. That would be a bitter pill after the GOP blocked Merrick Garland for nearly a year. The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a
Democrats plan to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said Thursday. Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Schumer said Gorsuch -- who is three days into his confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee -- will need 60 votes to be confirmed. Currently, the Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. “After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” he said. “His nomination will have a cloture vote. He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will
In the last three months of the Obama presidency, significant personal information from and about the Trump transition was collected and widely disseminated at intelligence agencies, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Dozens of intelligence reports provided to Nunes by an unnamed whistleblower were floating around during the sensitive transition period following the election, he said. The information collection itself may have technically been legal, but the failure to properly mask the information “alarmed” the California congressman, who notified the White House of the surveillance and dissemination of information on Wednesday afternoon. Many of the reporters present didn’t seem to
British Lawmaker Lord Digby Jones does not believe the religion of the London attacker is pertinent, The Washington Post reports. Jones comments come in the wake of a tweet by Donald Trump Jr. criticizing London Mayor Sadiq Khan for once telling citizens that terrorist attacks are “part and parcel” part of living in a big city. Some British lawmakers drew offense from the tweet, saying Trump was attacking the mayor in the midst of a terrorist situation. “You’re safer in London than you’ve ever been,” Jones declared. He continued, “If this turns out to be an act of Islamic terrorism,