I would like to endorse a book today. Tammy Bruce has written a great book entitled “The New Thought Police: Inside the Left’s Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds“. It is a few years old but is fascinating. As many of you know, if you read my blog, I am a pretty strong Conservative and cannot abide “Jersey Wearers” of any political persuasion. Having said this, you might be surprised that I would read a book by someone like Tammy Bruce. She is a far left Liberal, feminist activist and pro-choice advocate. The great thing though is that she is a free thinker. She takes the “jersey” off and takes to task those on the left who are seeking to silence the opposition.
She was the President of NOW for about 7 years back in the 90’s and supported many Liberals on the left until she began to see example after example of their abuse of power, their hypocrisy and their thirst for power. She felt their abuse and gag attempts first hand.
Her book just reinforces the fact that the left cannot win on ideas so they must simply silence the opposition. They shout down those they disagree with or actually riot and chase them off stages at college campuses. You can see this in the whole Global Warming argument. The left won’t debate the issue. Instead, as Gore just did, they state the debate is over and we shouldn’t even allow the other side to be heard anymore.
The examples she gives in this book, which are MANY, really fly in the face of the Liberal whining that they are the ones for open dialogues or free speech. That Fox is the one who is bias, not the rest of the media. That they are the party of openness or diversity. One thing that it really does prove is that Liberals like Dr. Elrod from Harding University have no idea what they are talking about when they make ridiculous statements such as:
“I’m a Democrat because I believe that party has a better track record on two things I believe in very strongly: tolerance and free expression.”
It’s a great read and I am looking forward to reading her other works. In the meantime, let’s get a moratorium on ANYONE who wants to shut-up someone simply because they disagree with what they are saying. Freedom of speech is not just about what YOU want to say.