- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 9, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For too long, the liberal left has been hiding behind a guise of compassion and inclusivity. They claim to care about the forgotten man and pretend to have tolerance for people of all backgrounds, races, religions and political beliefs. Yet, time and time again, their actions prove otherwise.

They portray themselves as open-minded members of society, but their tones quickly change when someone disagrees with them politically. Dare to disagree with a liberal and you will often be faced by an intolerant, uncaring and sometimes even violent person.

A group of Trump supporters at the University of California-Berkley’s #March4Trump were quickly thrown into the middle of this liberal hypocrisy when attempting to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Several of the Trump supporters ended up being assaulted, including an elderly man who collapsed to the ground, and a free speech sign and flags were photographed being burned.

Outrageous. This isn’t North Korea. But, unfortunately, what happened at Berkley serves as just another example of liberals claiming to be proponents of diverse thoughts and beliefs, while never actually following the tolerant words and ideas that they consistently preach.

Similarly, former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s son, Linwood Michael Kaine, has become the latest face of intolerance following his recent arrest in St. Paul Minnesota. There, Kaine, was arrested on suspicion of felony rioting after inciting violence during a demonstration, where he was allegedly observed lighting fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capital’s rotunda.

Tim Kaine’s response, “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.” Really? And, this is who liberals wanted to be the Vice President of the United States of America, someone who refuses to differentiate between peaceful political expression and violent rioting?

Enough is enough. Violence is not acceptable, regardless of who it is against. I would never want to see violence encouraged against liberals, just as liberals should not refuse to see the evil in the violence being perpetrated against conservatives. A wrong is a wrong, no matter who, when, where or why.

Refusing to see the hypocrisy in their words and actions, the liberal left continues to criticize their political opponents as the careless and dangerous ones. They claim that Russian Ambassador Kislyak meeting with Attorney General Sessions was a heinous offense, but never mention the fact that seven Democratic senators met with Ambassador Kislyak in 2013 or that the Ambassador frequently visited the Obama White House. And, of course, the list goes on.

Wake up, America. It is time for a change. This hypocrisy has been going on for too long. Liberals must stop refusing to see themselves, or other liberals, as hypocrites when they act as hypocrites. They must start holding themselves to the same standards they claim to support before it is too late.

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