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Bill Clinton Talks Ideological Intolerance

Speaking at the University of Kansas, America’s forty-second president offered some words of wisdom on the state of American political discourse. The Topeka Capital Journal:

You just look at how many of our collective bigotries we have overcome in America in the last 100 years. We are less racist than we used to be, we are less sexist than we used to be. We are less religiously bigoted than we used to be. We are less homophobic than we used to be. We have one remaining bigotry: We don’t want to be around anybody that disagrees with us.

The candidate for First Man also said, “the polarization of American politics is present not just in Washington, but in American life.” Clinton didn’t call out any institutions in particular, but one wonders if he had the recent campus meltdowns in mind. American universities in some ways epitomize the trends Clinton has described: They pursue aggressive affirmative action, they are saturated with centers for race and gender and LGBT students, their brochures are shot through with paeans to diversity and tolerance—and yet they are now cementing their reputations as the most ideologically intolerant institutions in the country.

For good and ill, there is no reason to think that the trends Clinton described are abating. As we noted last week, millennials are more tolerant of different identities than older generations, but they are also most eager to censor offensive opinions.

This Turkey Day, be thankful that America is winning the war on racism and sexism. And ignore the torrent of articles telling you how to DESTROY your relatives for their incorrect opinions.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    And THIS is why some of us like to “live in” the comment section(s). We get to vent, go on mental “goose-chases”, test our ideas on other volunteers, and be thoroughly challenged by those others who are testing their ideas on us.

    We, the comment-section dwellers, are NOT obligated by our emotions to personally offend our families, neighbors and co-workers, because we can satisfy our needs to pontificate in anonymity with similarly-addicted speech makers. In this manner we spare ourselves any need to hurt REAL relationships.

    Happy T-Day week, y’all.

    • Tom

      For once, we agree–if you feel the need, over a family meal, to initiate a massive political argument (whether one should return fire is up for debate), then you need a priorities check.

      • FriendlyGoat

        “Returning fire” is a value judgment on whether our relationships are more important than our opinions. My family lives far away, but I have neighbors and I have consciously decided to “hold my fire” with them—–probably permanently. Feuds are not fun at all. They only hurt.

        • Jim__L

          Very true.

          Still, one has to be careful to leave the feuds behind at the keyboard. Sometimes it’s best to take a break from comment sections entirely.

    • Fred

      I second that emotion FG. And I have to say, most of the time you are actually one of the more civil commenters here, and when you’re not, it’s usually in self defence. At any rate, a very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Thanks, Fred, for welcoming and kind words. All the best to you too.

  • Terenc Blakely

    Ahh, but racism and sexism will always exist even if only in the minds of the race pimps and feminazis. It has to or they’d be out of a cause and more importantly money and power.

  • Deserttrek

    sorry but clinton is one of the last people to have any credibility when it comes to ideology and tolerance.

    in 1992 i was told when i disagreed that i was a “clinton hater” and “its the economy stupid” along with the smears from hillary, his other gangsters and his own whining. much of what we see today is BECAUSE of clinton and his media allies.

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