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Intolerance an equal opportunity

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Sid Schwab's columns from March 31 and April 7 are typical examples of the banal nonsense that passes as journalism. Sid and others belittle conservative viewpoints as if it were beyond question that liberals have cornered the market on logic, common sense, and intelligence. It's richly ironic when these columnists portray their views as epitomizing reasoned debate and tolerance -- then proceed to label those they disagree with as (in Sid's words) "endumbed reactionaries," "lunatics," or "living ... where crazy congregates..."
Sid disparages the South as having an especially virulent strain of conservatism. For example, he broadly accuses southern Republican legislators of wanting a theocratic government that will prevent blacks from voting. The proof? None. He cites no real evidence, and obviously deems it unnecessary to do so. I guess that they are "southern" and "Republican" and likely disagree with him regarding religious freedom and race issues suffices to slander them as bigots.
The underlying narrative is that conservative ideas neither require nor deserve fair or considerate treatment because conservatives are clearly ignorant and intolerant. The definitions of "ignorant" and "intolerant" are, conveniently, whatever liberals say they are ... which, apparently, do not include being openly ignorant or intolerant of conservative viewpoints. When conservatives subject liberal policies to empirical analysis -- such as asking why more racial equality hasn't resulted from 50 years of liberal "solutions" to inequality -- liberals dodge the question by casting aspersions on conservative motives and character. "Who cares if they're technically correct? They're mean!"
Liberalism's claim to having a monopoly on the "facts" is supported only by its refusal to acknowledge contrary evidence.

Reed Purcell

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