Peggy Noonan has a great piece up at Opinion Journal this morning in which she examines the modern left’s seeming inability to tolerate dissent and debate. From Columbia to Madison Square Garden, and from CBS News to ABC’s “The View”, progressives call for debate but seem to insist that only one side of the discussion is aired. As Ms. Noonan says:
There’s a pattern here, isn’t there?
It is not only about rage and resentment, and how some have come to see them as virtues, as an emblem of rightness. I feel so much, therefore my views are correct and must prevail. It is about something so obvious it is almost embarrassing to state. Free speech means hearing things you like and agree with, and it means allowing others to speak whose views you do not like or agree with. This–listening to the other person with respect and forbearance, and with an acceptance of human diversity–is the price we pay for living in a great democracy.
And it is a really low price for such a great thing.
Hat tip to Banter in Atlanter