Left­ist pet peeves col­lected

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. - Re­viewed by Wes Ver­non

Taken page by page, this book is a fun read. Taken as a whole, it re­mains en­ter­tain­ing but ac­quires a deeper mean­ing. One must add up all “50 Things Lib­er­als Love to Hate” to ap­pre­ci­ate fully the huge canyons that have di­vided us into two na­tions in terms of world­view.

It is now com­mon-sense Amer­i­cans (of what­ever eth­nic, racial or re­li­gious back­ground) ver­sus a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion that has bought into a strain of thought that con­sti­tutes an in­tel­lec­tual “for­eign ob­ject” in our midst.

The lat­ter is a dis­rup­tion to — and ar­guably, an at­tempted de­struc­tion of — the free ex­cep­tional na­tion we have come to know and love and for which our Found­ing Fa­thers sac­ri­ficed that we may en­joy pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness as re­wards for hard work and ini­tia­tive.

Au­thor Mike Gal­lagher is a ra­dio talk-show host whose daily rou­tine is such that he can’t avoid stum­bling over oth­er­planet ideas pro­moted by those who, with a straight face, im­ply, “Doesn’t ev­ery­body think so?” If they get the wrong an­swer to that ques­tion, their fol­low-up will in­clude such ep­i­thets as “racist,” “bigot,” “ho­mo­phobe,” and “Is­lam­o­phobe,” to cite some of the milder in­sults.

Mr. Gal­lagher ob­vi­ously had fun putting all th­ese left­ist pet peeves be­tween two cov­ers. The book is filled with howlers that are at once amus­ing and threat­en­ing.

Take, for ex­am­ple, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, two parts of one of the “50 Things,” and the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU) acolytes who go to court to force each of those two groups to ad­mit mem­bers of the op­po­site sex into their ranks.

The peo­ple push­ing that idea are not ig­no­rant of the most ba­sic facts of life and hu­man na­ture. Most (though not all) know that boys and girls are wired dif­fer­ently. Lib­er­als know it all too well. That’s what they in­tend to change.

They are not con­tent with their own pur­suits — they want to change your pref­er­ences and your chil­dren’s in­cli­na­tions with­out con­sid­er­ing your parental out­look and force their life­style choices on your fam­ily. They are dead se­ri­ous. Mr. Gal­lagher notes that happy lib­er­als are a rar­ity, a re­minder of mis­ery’s de­sire for com­pany.

Lib­er­als rou­tinely op­pose your right to free speech if you dis­agree with them. Is that state­ment para­noid? Think about it: When was the last time a pro­fes­sor was fired or sus­pended for say­ing some­thing too lib­eral? As Mr. Gal­lagher says, “If it’s ugly and it’s lib­eral, the ACLU will rise to its de­fense.”

Lib­er­als would use the power of government to shut down con­ser­va­tive talk ra­dio. They pro­mote “speak­ing truth to power,” ex­cept when talk-show hosts speak truth to lib­eral power via talk-back ra­dio. Lib­er­als hate that.

Re­gard­ing the Sec­ond Amend­ment, Mr. Gal­lagher writes: “Twenty-seven English words can’t be all that hard to un­der­stand.”

Amer­i­can his­tory rates No. 8 on the lib­eral hate list. That is if we’re talk­ing about real Amer­i­can his­tory — great sto­ries of courage and the sheer scale of a con­ti­nent that con­tained the dreams and imag­i­na­tion of gen­er­a­tions of pioneers, in­ven­tors, pres­i­dents, vil­lains and heroes. None of that fits neatly into the lib­eral nar­ra­tive, which is ba­si­cally that fac­to­ries in the 19th cen­tury were pretty aw­ful places and then we got the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The au­thor of “50 Things Lib­er­als Love to Hate” bril­liantly de­stroys the ar­gu­ment by the widely read Marx­ist “his­to­rian” Howard Zinn that we have no busi­ness be­ing here, we stole ev­ery­thing, and we should give it all back.

Quib­ble: The au­thor stops short of cit­ing Mr. Zinn’s FBI file, posthu­mously re­leased, that shows him to have been a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party USA who lied about it to the FBI.

This book shows how lib­er­als hate sub­urbs (No. 27) be­cause they pro­vide space and free­dom in which to raise fam­i­lies.

Quib­ble: The au­thor ne­glects to note that some peo­ple close to Pres­i­dent Obama would like to re­quire busi­nesses de­sir­ing to move from city to sub­urb to ap­ply for an “exit visa.” Once im­ple­mented, that could ex­tend to fam­i­lies de­sir­ing to make the same move.

So what’s left for lib­er­als to hate? Plenty. Try, for ex­am­ple, McDon­ald’s, con­ser­va­tive women (Sarah Palin and Ann Coul­ter), black Repub­li­cans (Clarence Thomas and Her­man Cain), the Bi­ble, the West, the South, hon­esty, success, Wal-Mart, foot­ball, John Wayne, NASCAR, flag pins, steak­houses, small busi­ness, profit, the mil­i­tary, the Con­sti­tu­tion, ap­ple pie, doc­tors and pa­tients (soon to be put in their im­per­sonal places by Oba­macare).

Of course, No. 1 on the lib­eral hate list is Amer­ica it­self. Whether or not he in­tends to make the point, Mike Gal­lagher pro­vides fur­ther ev­i­dence of an Amer­ica di­vided as in no other era since be­fore the Civil War. It’s the “for­eign ob­ject” crowd ver­sus the rest of us. Wes Ver­non is a veteran jour­nal­ist whose ca­reer in­cluded 25 years with CBS Ra­dio. His col­umn ap­pears at Re­newAmer­ica. com.

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