In an amazing turn of events, ultraliberal CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria spoke truth to power, not once but twice in recent days!
Zakaria candidly conceded that Republicans were increasingly becoming personae non gratae on college campuses, which doesn’t make much sense for institutions that purport to be bastions of learning and intellect. Campuses are protesting mainstream and moderate conservatives wherever and whenever they appear. When Republicans as moderate and left-leaning as Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and even non-Republican human rights activists like Ayaan Hirsi Ali are protested, it proves that liberal college students have become parodies of themselves. They’ve become the very fascist, close-minded, hatemongers they pretend to rage against.
Here’s how Zakaria put it:
Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable, it’s for ideas that we find offensive…. [T]here is also an anti-intellectualism on the left. An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior; we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree. Liberals think they are tolerant but often they aren’t,” Zakaria tolds his audience that a Pew survey from last year found that 70% of Democrats believed Republicans were close-minded, but only 52% of Republicans believed the same of their Democrat friends. “But each side scores about the same in terms of close-mindedness and hostility to hearing contrarian views.
Zakaria delivered a similar message in a commencement speech to students graduating from Bucknell University. At around the 8:30 mark in the video that follows, he touches on the anti-intellectualism that has infected liberal college campuses:
Cross-posted at Constitution.com