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To see just how far discourse on controversial social issues has declined in our culture, all you need do is watch a few liberals take on Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who likely loss the Miss USA pageant last month because she said she believed “marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
She did not attack those who believe otherwise. She did not insult them. She did not call them names. She merely offered her opinion.
Yet, for offering a view of marriage nearly identical to that of the Democratic President of the United States, she has been repeatedly ridiculed on the left. Do those who mocked her know how nasty they sound? Do they have any sense how people outside the liberal enclaves where they reside will react to such bile?
Do they realize that most people who heard Miss Prejean speak, even the great majority of those who disagree with her, would appreciate the civility with which she expressed her opinion?
Here, we have feminist Gloria Feldt engaging in the most juvenile of insults to mock and belittle this politically incorrect beauty queen. Just imagine how the media would react if a social conservative had said an advocate of abortion rights needed a “heart transplant:”
In the clip above, Laura Ingraham referenced the mean-spirited Michael Musto who, in the clip below, acts as if his television audience was identical to the readership of his Village Voice column (which maybe it was since he appeared on MSNBC):
Yes, I know he’s trying to be funny, but it’s just not working.
Musto calls Miss Prejean “dumb and twisted.” At the same time, we have Keith Olbermann calling Perez Hilton an “intellectual titan.” Well, in Olbermann’s universe he is. To achieve such heights, you just need rant in a very loud voice at those holding politically incorrect views. That’s intellectual discourse to them.
While Musto may think she’s “racking up sympathy for gay movement,” it’s actually Hilton’s mean-spirited remarks echoed by people like Olbermann and himself which is racking up sympathy for Miss Prejean. And making gay marriage advocates look increasingly juvenile (save those who have the good sense to denounce this childish claptrap).
As Glenn, who alerted me to the second video, put it:
It’s stuff like this that makes all the ‘have you no decency, sir?” stuff from the left hard to swallow. Plus, “œgay gynephobia?” There does seem to be a lot of misogyny coming out of the gay-marriage crowd lately. I don’t think it does them any credit, and if it were coming out of people who didn’t possess the Official Victim Sanction it would be denounced mercilessly by the usual chin-tuggers. Instead, as Gloria Feldt demonstrates, they’re joining right in.
As I said before, all these leftists are doing is giving Miss Prejean a larger platform from which to offer her views. The more they slur her, the more sympathetic they make her.
Learn something from her. Don’t slur those who hold a different viewpoint from your own. State your viewpoint as simply, clearly and civilly as she has done.
Watching left-wing commentators and essayists take to a public stage to mock and belittle someone harboring politically correct points of view is nothing new. We conservatives have seen all of this before. Indeed, we have often been on the receiving end of such barbs and crude remarks, just because we don’t toe the left line. It is simply the way of all too many on the left. They don’t engage their ideological adversaries. They insult them.
But, I’ve said this before. At least now Keith Olbermann has laid his cards on the table. We know whom he regards as an intellectual titan.
Instead of mocking Miss Prejean, they would do well to consider the wisdom of a titan of another sort: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” The more they attempt to strike her down, the stronger she becomes. And the more popular she becomes among her suporters and Americans increasingly irritated by the crowd continually eager to find someone to belittle and to blame.
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