It is not enough for [progressive leftist] Americans to say: “I have had my day in court and prevailed.” In effect, they now add: “You do not have the right to hold a different opinion, even if you lose in the public arena. You may not hold on to your belief as a minority view, or even as a private thought. And if you persist and still disagree, I will attack you without quarter and set others on you to deprive you of your status in your profession, of your standing in your community, and even of your livelihood.”
Even after losing, you will be forced to admit the error of your ways.
This attitude promises social warfare without end, because there is no peace to be had until the opposing side offers a sincere and unconditional surrender… For the new totalitarians, prevailing in the courts or at the ballot boxes isn’t enough if there’s still a suspicion that anyone, anywhere, might still be committing thoughtcrime.
I have noticed that even as the social, political, and economic radical left conquers everything in its path, its advocates still don’t seem very happy. Or, to quote the political philosopher who best understood the tyrannical impulses of the left. “A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness.” – Gul Dukat.