Oh those libruls! They are losing power very quickly, yet they continue to take positions against majority opinion when that opinion is bigoted. How dare they say support of the Arizona immigration law is bigoted?! How dare they say support of Proposition 8 is bigoted?! How dare they say opposition to the Burlington Coat Factory Islamic community center is bigoted?! Oh, right, because those things are the very definition of bigotry. But according to Charles Krauthammer, views held by a majority cannot be considered bigotry. Sounds like somebody forgot to take his history-remembering pills this morning.
Now we know why the country has become “ungovernable,” last year’s excuse for the Democrats’ failure of governance: Who can possibly govern a nation of racist, nativist, homophobic Islamophobes?
Yes, good question. Here’s your answer: fascists. And that’s why we need solid right-wingers like Krauthammer in office. They can enforce bigotry.
Note what connects these issues. In every one, liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, Obamacare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a mosque near Ground Zero.
Right: Note what connects these issues. In every one, a majority of the country is white Christian people. In every one, a majority of the country is almost entirely ignorant of the issues they’re being polled about and certainly do not think about the complexities of the issue when an annoying pollster bothers them during dinner to talk about some random law down in Arizona.
Then came Arizona and S.B. 1070. It seems impossible for the left to believe that people of good will could hold that: (a) illegal immigration should be illegal, (b) the federal government should not hold border enforcement hostage to comprehensive reform, i.e., amnesty, (c) every country has the right to determine the composition of its immigrant population.
Yeah, no. It’s impossible to believe that people of good will could endorse racial profiling and an erosion of rights for people who happen to look brown.
And now the mosque near Ground Zero. The intelligentsia is near unanimous that the only possible grounds for opposition is bigotry toward Muslims. This smug attribution of bigotry to two-thirds of the population hinges on the insistence on a complete lack of connection between Islam and radical Islam
Oh, okay. So we shouldn’t let Krauthammer practice his religion either, because a handful of crazy people have used it as a justification for murder. Just making sure. Wouldn’t want anyone to smugly insist on a complete lack of connection between Krauthammer and the guy who murdered George Tiller.
It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms).
Otherwise known as standing up for liberty and other democratic principles against the will of the majority.
You know what would be fun? Let’s write up some wedge issues about the rights of handicapped people and poll the general public about it. Bet Krauthammer would respect the majority’s opinion in whatever they say. [WP]