What is tolerance, really? Tolerance is literally the “ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior with which one does not necessarily agree.” It is not, however, the proclamation of said ability or willingness to tolerate something with which one does not agree. Yet today’s culturally-accepted definition of tolerance is merely a label, a nominal declaration.
“Love is Love.” “Black Lives Matter.” “Love Trumps Hate.” “My Body My Choice.” You’ve probably heard one or two if not all of these slogans at one point or another. These phrases and many others are the face of the “Tolerant Left” movement. I’m also sure you’ve heard a lot about inclusivity and universal tolerance from this movement. However,… while this movement proclaims only the purest tolerance, its manifestation is utter hatred, bigotry, and intolerance.
Have you ever stopped yourself from saying something because you know you will be called a racist, sexist, xenophobe, homophobe, etc.? How dare you support traditional marriage! You must hate gays! How dare you support strong borders! You must hate immigrants! How dare you disagree with a transgender’s lifestyle! You’re so intolerant!
But wait… isn’t this the basis of tolerance? Isn’t this the exact moment in which one exposes his tolerance or lack thereof? When someone states an opinion with which you disagree, you can either acknowledge his inherent worth as an individual and respect his opinion or you can instantaneously condemn and demonize the owner of the differing opinion.
Dave Rubin of the Rubin Report has recently worked with Prager University to produce a video on the commonly held misconception of tolerance in today’s society. In it, he addresses the elephant in the room… Leftist intolerance run rampant.
We can see this Leftist-propagated and perpetuated intolerance and bigotry in campus speech-purging, judicial activism, and social “norms.”
The question I want to address here is not whether this intolerance exists. No, the question I want to address here is why? Why does the Left filter our thoughts and words? Why does the Left feel entitled to determine that which is socially acceptable, that which is moral?
Elitism. Leftism is built upon a foundation of inequality. Now you’re probably saying, “What?! No way! The Left is progressive, standing for equality and inclusivity.”
False. Leftism is grounded 100% in the belief that an elite group of individuals possessing higher intellectual and moral capacities ought to direct the morally and intellectually inferior masses.
That’s why lingual censorship, otherwise known as political correctness, was originated and is still perpetuated even today by- you guessed it- Leftists. The elite initiate idiomatic trends, censor our history, and tamper our future. These fluctuating socially acceptable terms and themes are not democratically chosen. The righteous elite blessed us in our moral ignorance with elevated discourse… or something like that.
Language is not the only sphere of life under the intolerant totalitarian rule of these Leftist elites. Our academics, our healthcare, our economy, our international affairs, our families are all under attack. It’s time we stand up and think for ourselves. Emerging conservative figure Mark Lutchman writes,
“Dear white liberals, if you try to shame me for being a black Trump supporter, we will have a problem. Don’t tell me I’m racist when it’s clear you are the bigoted one. Because I’m black I’m not allowed to think for myself? Let me support my damn president in peace. Thanks.”
Like the immaculately articulate author and thinker Ayn Rand, I believe in the inherent worth and integrity of each individual human being. We don’t need an elite moral compass. Stand up and fight for yourself. Stand up and think for yourself.