Liberals have long imagined themselves (emphasis on imagined) to be exemplars of tolerance, compassion, and intelligence. As of last Friday, they added another trait to their fanciful arsenal of virtues: love. Following the Supreme Court ruling that effectively requires every state in the union to recognize the previously non-existent “institution of same-sex marriage,” they took to Twitter en masse with a new hashtag: #LoveWins.
As with every invention of the left, the phrase is more a defiant battle cry than it is an expression of solidarity. This became evident when J.R. Salzman, an Iraq War veteran who lost his right arm and left hand and suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq in 2006, dared to exercise his First Amendment rights. He had the temerity to tweet the following in reaction to an article in the Washington Times:
You’re foolish and naive if you thought the fight was going to end at gay marriage. Now its going to our churches. https://t.co/NGoMKAx0WZ
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) June 29, 2015
The outpouring from the left that follows boggles the mind. Warning: Obscenities, including profanity, follow.
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) June 27, 2015
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) June 26, 2015
If you’re not sufficiently nauseated, there’s plenty more in this vein over at Soopermexican.
There are ad hominem attacks and there are ad hominem attacks. But when you ridicule an amputee who lost his limbs, moreover, in the service of his country, you’ve reached a new low.
Obviously, the cretins who posted these comments represent the worst instincts of those on the left and a few self-identified Democrats distanced themselves from the uglier comments.
Which is not to say the rest of the field embodies the voice of reason. On Saturday, I wrote about the op-ed policy at a Harrisburg newspaper, named ironically The Patriot-News, which stated in essence that letters espousing opposing views on the subject of gay marriage would no longer be published. Nor is that point of view limited to small-town publications. Dylan Byers of Politico quotes BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith as stating, “We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.” It’s a pretty astonishing admission of liberal media bias.
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