Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.
In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy — such as, say, uniting diverse Americans — liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics.
The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That’s double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.
The proportion jumps even higher when someone on a social site disagrees with a liberal’s post.
Only 1% of moderates would block or shut out someone who dared to disagree with them, compared to 11% of liberals, whose rate was nearly three times that of conservatives.
The same 11% of liberals would block or unfriend people who offended them by daring to argue about political issues, vs 6% and 7% for other political views.
Liberals (14%) even blocked or shut out those they deemed posted too frequently on politics, vs 8% and 9% for moderates and conservatives, respectively.
It goes a lot further than that with leftard politicians and media hacks. John Kerry wants Tea Party media access controlled. Paul Krugman wants conservative viewpoints squelched. Obama’s Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein would love to shut down bloggers at his discretion. Obama’s Communications Czar Mark Lloyd wants a government crackdown on free speech. Richard Cohen thinks Americans have too much democracy for their own good.
During an experiment to test “political tolerance and diversity of opinion”, an Illinois 8th grader got a rude awakening when she wore a McCain/Palin T-shirt to her school during the 2008 campaign. You wouldn’t believe the spit-flecked hatred shown by her fellow students and teachers.
The facade of liberal “open-minded tolerance” was blown years ago. You’re entitled to your opinion unless it collides with the nihilist radicals who think America is evil and the constitution should be replaced with a communist manifesto.
Leftwingnuts should never be censored; they should be fought tooth and nail. Let them spew all they want. Public forum and sunlight are the best disinfectant.