How College Liberals React to Opposition

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Ann Coulter recalls how liberals treat opposition:

Last October, two liberals responded to my speech at the University of Arizona – during question and answer, no less – by charging the stage and throwing two pies at me from a few yards away. Fortunately for me, liberals not only argue like liberals, they also throw like girls.

Unfortunately for them, Republican men don't react favorably to two "Deliverance" boys trying to sucker-punch a 110-pound female in a skirt and heels. The geniuses ended up with bloody noses and broken bones.

In the five months following the liberal ass-whupping in Arizona – I mean "fact-driven debate" – all was quiet on the Eastern Front. College liberals still couldn't formulate a coherent argument, but they seemed to want to avoid ending up in jail having to explain to their cellmates that they were in for trying to hit a girl (and missing).

On March 29, liberals' intellectual retort to a speech by William Kristol at Earlham College was to throw a pie. On March 31, liberals enjoyed the hurly-burly of political debate with Pat Buchanan at Western Michigan University by throwing salad dressing. On April 6, liberals engaged David Horowitz on his ideas at Butler University by throwing a pie at him.
Without a doubt shenanigans is found on both ends of the political spectrum, but on the college campus the hostility is overwhelmingly perpetrated by the Left.

When Ann Coulter spoke at the Florida State campus a few years back, liberals arrived in droves to protest and display signs with unspeakable messages. Funny, for a group of people with so much distain for her politics, not one of them challenged her intellectually. When I disagreed with her I stood up (the first one to do so) and called her out and challenged her ideas. It was legitimate debate. We exchanged thoughts in a civilized manner.

I don't see liberals welcoming opposition on campus. Rather they prefer to stay within the comfort of their liberal talking points they were raised on without challenge. The front page headline of the current issue of the Florida State newspaper, The FSView, reads "Professor Speaks Out on Patriot Act." That's apparently the biggest story at one of the largest college campuses in the United States. A professor disagrees with the Patriot Act. Amazing.

The lecture circuit is almost exclusively liberal. Speakers constantly harangue Israel for their oppression of Palestinians, denounce the war in Iraq, speak against male dominance over women, and so on. They get their time to speak and face no trouble for it.

But when ministers come to recite passages from the Bible, liberals don't respond with debate but with acid. They taunt and berate anyone who challenges anti-Christian practices such as pre-marital sex. When anti-abortion speakers come, as rare an occurrence that may be, liberals raise the "women hater" signs.

Again, both conservatives and liberals are guilty when it comes to reacting to different ideas, but it's one-sided on college campuses. That liberals resort to pie throwing is disgraceful and it says something about their willingness (or lack thereof) to hear opposing views.