The left just isn’t right

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Please join me on a whirl­wind su­per­fi­cial but re­veal­ing tour of lib­eral lala land as we peek at re­cent head­lines. Mean­while, lib­er­als call con­ser­va­tives wing nuts.

Singer Nancy Si­na­tra tweeted, “The mur­der­ous mem­bers of the NRA should face a fir­ing squad.”

One won­ders whether in her ren­der­ing, “mur­der­ous” is re­dun­dant. One might also won­der whether she thinks other mur­der­ous peo­ple should be ex­empt from or per­haps face a less hu­mil­i­at­ing form of ex­e­cu­tion.

Re­spond­ing to Michelle Obama’s claim that peo­ple are dis­trust­ful of pol­i­tics be­cause the GOP is “all men, all white,” Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said, “I don’t know if she no­ticed, but I am not white and I am not a male.” To clar­ify, in case you are won­der­ing, in this ex­am­ple, Michelle Obama is the in­hab­i­tant of la-la land.

Re­pub­li­can Rep. Marsha Black­burn of Ten­nessee, who is run­ning for the Sen­ate seat cur­rently held by Bob Corker, en­coun­tered Twit­ter’s speech po­lice when try­ing to place an ad say­ing, “I fought Planned Par­ent­hood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts.” Twit­ter’s thought cops said the claim was “deemed an in­flam­ma­tory state­ment that is likely to evoke a strong neg­a­tive re­ac­tion.” They mag­nan­i­mously as­sured her that they’d run the ad if she re­moved the of­fend­ing state­ment. If Twit­ter brass were truly con­cerned about tweets evok­ing “a strong neg­a­tive re­ac­tion,” the ex­ec­u­tives would save them­selves time and just shut the whole op­er­a­tion down. If you use Twit­ter much, you know that evok­ing such re­ac­tions is vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed in cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal tweets, which pop­u­late Twit­ter by the mil­lions ev­ery day. It would be much eas­ier to in­ter­act with left­ists if they could at least be hon­est with them­selves and oth­ers about what they are do­ing in th­ese sit­u­a­tions. They have no prob­lem with tweets evok­ing strong neg­a­tive re­ac­tions from con­ser­va­tives. But you knew that.

ESPN an­chor Jemele Hill last month faced no con­se­quences for call­ing Pres­i­dent Trump a white su­prem­a­cist but was sus­pended for two weeks when she urged fans to boy­cott NFL ad­ver­tis­ers be­cause Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones had threat­ened to bench play­ers who refuse to stand dur­ing the na­tional an­them. “Change hap­pens when ad­ver­tis­ers are im­pacted,” she tweeted. “If you strongly re­ject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his ad­ver­tis­ers. Don’t place the bur­den squarely on the play­ers.” Twit­ter moguls ap­par­ently didn’t deem Hill’s tweets as likely to evoke a strong neg­a­tive re­ac­tion. I won­der whether Hill would agree that her em­ployer’s re­ac­tion was nei­ther strong nor neg­a­tive. One per­son who doubtlessly wouldn’t re­gard Hill’s tweet as neg­a­tive is ESPN’s Michael Wil­bon, who com­pared Jones to a slave owner

be­cause of his ac­tion.

The Daily Wire re­ported that ac­tivists of Abol­ish Hu­man Abor­tion were booted from Bed­lam Cof­fee in Seat­tle be­cause the gay owner couldn’t tol­er­ate their pres­ence. Af­ter ask­ing mem­bers of the group whether they would tol­er­ate his bring­ing his boyfriend in the shop and per­form­ing sex acts with him in front of them, he told them, “Well, then I don’t have to f—-ing tol­er­ate this! Then leave — all of you! Tell all your f—-ing friends, ‘Don’t f—-ing come here’!” I have no real prob­lem with own­ers serv­ing whom they choose in a free mar­ket, but I’ll note that it’s un­likely that we’ll hear out­cries from the left com­plain­ing about this dis­crim­i­na­tory treat­ment be­cause here those be­ing de­nied ser­vice were not ask­ing for a wed­ding cake for a same-sex mar­riage cer­e­mony.

In case you haven’t heard of the con­cept of “cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion,” it is the use of cer­tain as­pects of a cer­tain cul­ture by an­other cul­ture, which, to those who use the term, is a bad thing. Who thinks this way? But I di­gress. Univer­sity of Texas cul­tural stud­ies pro­fes­sor Luis Ur­ri­eta has taken the con­cept to a new level. Ur­ri­eta noted that th­ese ap­pro­pri­a­tions have “many eco­nomic, so­cial and sym­bolic reper­cus­sions. The first is ob­vi­ously the theft of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, the theft of com­mu­nal knowl­edge. ... So­cially, it re­duces na­tive and in­dige­nous peo­ples to ‘ar­ti­facts’ that can be worn, used, con­sumed and dis­played.” A few ex­am­ples of what they mean by “ap­pro­pri­a­tion” will suf­fice to il­lus­trate. The Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Merced told fra­ter­ni­ties and soror­i­ties they should avoid us­ing the terms “Greek,” “rush” and “pledge” be­cause they are ap­pro­pri­a­tions of Greek cul­ture. And at San Fran­cisco State Univer­sity, an African-Amer­i­can stu­dent re­port­edly at­tacked a white stu­dent be­cause his hair was in dread­locks. No, you re­ally can’t make this stuff up. “Ap­pro­pri­a­tion is a form of theft,” said Ur­ri­eta. “It is a nice way of say­ing that some­one is tak­ing some­one else’s (idea) and mak­ing it their own.” In my hum­ble view, the bur­den of defending such Twi­light Zon­ery is on any who would de­fend it, but maybe I’m just old-fash­ioned. In case you think Ur­ri­eta is merely an out­lier, an­other pro­fes­sor, Rachel V. Gon­za­lez-Martin, de­scribed cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion as “cul­tural poach­ing.” If you’re still think­ing “out­liers,” the Univer­sity of Michi­gan ad­ver­tised to re­cruit a per­son — at an an­nual salary of $50,000 — to han­dle “cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion preven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.” Don’t laugh; this isn’t satire.

Fi­nally, Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown re­cently signed leg­is­la­tion low­er­ing from a felony to a mis­de­meanor the act of know­ingly ex­pos­ing a sex­ual part­ner to HIV with­out dis­clos­ing the in­fec­tion to the per­son. Also pro­tected by this out­ra­geously reck­less nod to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness are those who give blood with­out re­veal­ing their in­fec­tion. Here I can’t say “there are no words,” be­cause there are plenty, but I’ve run out of space.

For the same rea­son, I must omit tons of other ex­am­ples, but in mit­i­ga­tion for this in­ad­e­quacy, I think it is only fair that I get props for not opin­ing on the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal, trust­ing that the news sat­u­ra­tion on this story has reached your homes.

David Lim­baugh is a writer, au­thor and at­tor­ney. His lat­est book is “The True Je­sus: Un­cov­er­ing the Divin­ity of Christ in the Gospels.” Fol­low him on Twit­ter @davidlim­baugh and his web­site at www.davidlim­baugh. com. To read fea­tures by other Cre-


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