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Liberals’ Tyranny of Tolerance

Excellent, excellent piece at CFIF (Center for Individual Freedom) titled "Liberals’ Tyranny of Tolerance" about the ridiculous and absurd Chik-fil-A controversy. It’s a corker!

[...] The Chick-fil-A example demonstrates the ugliness that such score-settling engenders. Imagine for a moment that liberals were to meet with unmitigated success in their boycott of the chain and, as of tomorrow, all Americans stopped eating at the restaurant. The result would be the bankruptcy of a company that had over $4 billion in sales last year, employs an untold number of Americans at over 1,600 locations and awards over $1.5 million in scholarships per year to its workers. Is that loss of wealth, employment, and educational opportunity really the penalty liberals are willing to exact for the sin of disagreement?

This, alas, was the flaw in the now-famous statement by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels that the next president will “have to call a truce on the so-called social issues.” A truce, by its very nature, is bilateral. Until liberals allow honest disagreements born of guileless motives to be met with something less than an all-out assault, no such détente is possible.

Let’s hope that trend isn’t permanent. A more decent society is possible. It just requires shifting our ambitions from everyone getting along to everyone leaving each other well enough alone. That’s a “smiley-smiley” worth striving for.

The conservative philosophy in a nutshell: just leave us alone.

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