By Ben Shapiro
There is a basic test for whether you believe in freedom: if you disagree with someone’s thoughts or behavior that does not violate anyone else’s rights, do you still want to use government to crack down on that behavior? For the left, the answer is a resounding “yes.” The left wants to ensure that nobody is offended; they believe that you have a right to demand things of others, even if they have no duty to provide you those things.
The result: tyranny.
The left guises that tyranny under the rubric of “tolerance” and “diversity” – namely, they say that if you are “intolerant” or say things that offend the diktats of ethnic and racial diversity, the government should intervene to shut you up. They play nice guy while calling the guys with the guns.
Here are the five latest indicators the left embraces totalitarianism in the mask of tolerance:
1. West Hollywood Wants To Ban Donald Trump. Mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath doesn’t like Donald Trump. Well, neither do I, but at least I don’t want to ban him from my city using the power of government. She does. She said that in the name of “diversity,” Trump had to be barred from the city. “You know, West Hollywood is a very diverse community,” Horvath told CNN. “We’re over 40 percent LGBT. We have Russian-speaking immigrants, some of whom were concentration camp survivors. We’re the first declared pro-choice city in America. Our city is very diverse, we’re very open, we’re very welcoming. And that’s the kind of community we want to be.”
By banning people who disagree.
She wrote in The Advocate, “The campaign has gone beyond its right to express a political point of view or policy differences, which we all have to greater or lesser degrees. The hate speech and implicit calls to violence coming from Trump and his campaign are beyond the pale and have no place in any community in our country.”
This is called a violation of the First Amendment. But it’s no surprise coming from the same political folks who tried to keep Chick-Fil-A out of Boston and Chicago.
2. Government Crackdowns on Climate Change “Deniers.” Are you concerned that slashing and burning the Western economy in order to stop man-made global warming might be a mistake based on the level of uncertainty surrounding anthropogenic global warming? The Obama administration wants you fined or imprisoned. Seventeen state attorney generals as well as federal attorney general Loretta Lynch have expressed interest in prosecuting Exxon Mobil for fraud for giving money to pro-free market think tanks that have cast doubt on theories of global warming. As Hans von Spakovsky writes at The Daily Signal:
The coalition of 17 inquisitors are calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power.” The coalition consists of 15 state attorneys general (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State), as well as the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Sixteen of the seventeen members are Democrats, while the attorney general for the Virgin Islands, Claude Walker, is an independent. The inquisitors are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in an unproven scientific theory.
3. Travel Bans To Conservative States. As I reported in this space, the left has now engaged in full-scale travel bans to states that stand up for religious freedom:
Read the entire article at the Dailywire.com Here.