You’ve noticed that the liberal intolerance is showing up all over the culture. A CEO gets kicked out of his own company for supporting a winning California vote to define marriage as one man and one woman many years earlier. In other words, he held the stated position of Barack Obama at the same time that Obama held it. A state college system ends all Christian campus groups. A newspaper man is fired for disagreeing with homosexual mockery of Christianity. A Christian college loses a city contract and has its accreditation threatened.
All of this is entirely un-American and sickeningly intolerant. Where is that intolerance coming from?
I think the only answer is psychological. We have a semblance of a political perspective in this nation that now goes by the name of “Liberalism.” (That name was stolen from the real Liberals who were anti-war and pro-free-market. It was a bait-and-switch propaganda strategy.) This political perspective won’t explain much. But, for whatever reason, it is held by people who are, as a matter of personal psychology, more likely to be close-minded and intolerant. What we see in the political arena is simply the manifestation of their own psychological limitations.
They do in public life what they have always done in their personal lives.
Here is what I mean: CNS News reports, “Liberals More Likely to Unfriend Because of Opposing Views on Politics.”
Individuals with consistently liberal views “are more likely than those in other ideological groups to block or ‘defriend’ someone on a social network – as well as to end a personal friendship – because of politics,” according to a Pew Research study.
The project titled, Political Polarization and Media Habits, “looks at the ways people get information about government and politics in three different settings: the news media, social media and the way people talk about politics with friends and family,” Pew explained.
Pew evaluated political polarization by separating individuals into five ideological groups (consistent liberals, mostly liberals, mixed, mostly conservatives and consistent conservatives) based on 10 questions about a range of political values.
Those at both the left and right ends of the spectrum, the ‘consistent liberals’ and the ‘consistent conservatives,’ comprise about 20 percent of the public overall, and according to Pew, “have a greater impact on the political process than do those with more mixed ideological views,” because they are more likely to vote, donate to campaigns and participate in politics.
When it comes to social media, consistent conservatives and consistent liberals vary in the way they consume the media as well as how they react to it.
According to the study, 44 percent of consistently liberal Facebook users have hidden, blocked or defriended, or stopped following someone on social media because they disagreed with a political post. In contrast, 31 percent of consistently conservative individuals did the same.
In the end, the disciplines of tolerating dissenting views and trying to engage in reasoned conversation are not just needed for the sake of personal character. They are needed because the lack of that tolerance results in a repressive political system.