Leftism Makes You Meaner

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Colmes’ response: “I’m not mocking the losing of the child. But what I’m saying is I think it shows a certain unusual attitude toward taking a 2-hour-baby home who died to play with his other children.”

In addition to engaging in a cheap and mean shot, Colmes simply made up the notion that the Santorums had brought the baby home for their other children “to play with.”

The next day, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-Prize winning left-wing columnist for The Washington Post, said on MSNBC, Santorum is “not a little weird. He’s really weird. Some of his positions he’s taken are just so weird that I think some Republicans are going to be off-put.

Not everybody is going to be down, for example, with the story of how he and his wife handled the stillborn child whose body they took home to kind of sleep with and introduce to the rest of the family. It’s a very weird story.”

Four times Robinson calls Santorum “weird,” using the story about the death of the child as evidence. He was wrong on an important detail — the child was not “stillborn.” And, like Colmes, he made up a mocking detail — that they took the child home “to kind of sleep with.”

The meanness of these comments is self-evident, as Alan Colmes realized and later apologized to Santorum. Robinson, on the other hand, never apologized — as RealClearPolitics, which has no political agenda, correctly reported — even though repeatedly challenged to do so on MSNBC.

I raise these issues for only one reason: to provide further evidence of my belief that leftism makes more than a few of its adherents meaner people.

I have had many interactions with Alan Colmes, and while we always differ, I never found him to be mean-spirited. I still don’t think he is mean-spirited, and though I am not the directly offended party, like Santorum, I accept his apology, because I believe he meant it.

So why did he say what he said?

Because leftism fills many of its adherents with contempt and hatred. It takes a person of great character and self-control to continually imbibe and mouth the mantras of the left — that everyone on the right is sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, islamophobic, racist and bigoted — and not become a meaner human being. If I believed just about everyone with left-wing views was despicable, I would be meaner, too.

In a previous column, I wrote about Thomas Friedman making one of the classic anti-Semitic libels when he wrote that the reason the Senate and the House gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing ovations was because “that ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”

How does a Jew write an anti-Semitic libel? Because he’s on the left.

That was the reason Rep. Andre Carson said that members of Congress who support the Tea Party want to see blacks “hanging on a tree.” Because he’s on the left.

Leftists’ meanness toward those with whom they differ has no echo on the normative right. Those on the left need to do some soul-searching. Because as long as they continue to believe that people on the right are not merely wrong but vile, they will get increasingly mean. The problem for the left, however, is that the moment it stops painting the right as vile, it has to argue the issues.

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  • Jack Neidlinger

    It's true. Leftism is their religion and abortion is their sacrament. Nothing else matters to these stalinists but the agenda.

    • Questions

      Nobody considers abortion a "sacrament" — as if any women out there deliberately get pregnant just to get an abortion. Ann Coulter done messed up your mind.

  • Amused

    Boy do you got rocks in your head or what, Prager ? I know you'll always evoke the usual pavlovian response from the resident sycophants here , but I'd really like to know how you think up all this utter B.S
    That OHS [Obama Hate Syndrome ] really does strange thing to the mind . Seek professional help man .

    • jmz

      we will when we get rid of obama and hire a professional president. you know someone who has a clue unlike commie saul alinskite borak hussain "i hate america " obama

    • Big Irish

      nothing amusing about BHO (pissbeuponhim)…this vile – pathetic – useless – islamic-loving treasonous piece of garbage HAS to be thrown out – the sooner the better 0- what a disgusting presidency this fool has made…..and kick that freak of a wife out as well.

      • Amused

        nothing like personal animus on the juvenile level . I didn't vote for Obama , but I'd entertain the thought of another win in Nov. just to see you pieces of shiiit squirm for another four years .

  • jmz

    Altho there are limits, Dennis I do think we need to get off the whole'boo hoo' the libs are mean crap. there is good and evil in the world and thoes who think like some of these progressives ARE bad people. you have a group of self entitled people who want nothing more than to destroy the best counbtry in the history of the world. To these libturds this is a WAR not a political funtion. we need to treat it as such and even if we dont 'stoop' be prepaired to fight them and take control. Freedom and liberty was never given, it was taken, by force. and the liberal mind is not set up for facts or compassion or logic. its set up like a small child." i want, gimmie its mine" and if that dosent work throw a tantrum and destroy everone elses toys. progressiveism is the dictators way of convincing fools that their upcomming slavery is 'for their own good' and well intentioned. dont believe or spread the lie that 'they are not bad people' they are they hate you, they hate me and no amount of love or information will change that. just like a child when logic and reason fails to get through to the progressive child, the only way is a spanking.

    • Jim_C

      You call liberals infantile, but the gist of what you're saying is that Prager's article is a thoroughly infantlized, simpleton's view of the world.

      We love this country, but we do want to do away with having to kowtow to third rate, superstitious, infantile minds like Prager's.

      • Amused

        This is Pragers "perfect audience " ! Dumb ,Hatefull , childish and brainwashed .
        Suck it up fools .

  • Brujo Blanco

    The left has demonstrated hatred over and over. They have this notion that they are going to use the force of government to force others to believe as they do. Just go over the list of phobias in this article.

    • Questions

      Oh, and religious extremists aren't possessed of the same trait? Despotism knows no one ideology.

  • Amused

    You think you're any better ?