At a ratio of about 98.7% (spitballing, might be higher), for the sin of being a Christian or supporting Trump and border security, for opposing abortion, or just wanting to live your life with as little government intrusion as possible, whenever you turn on a TV or radio, watch a movie, open a magazine, look at the news, attend a class, crack a book, or catch a game, in ways subtle and not, you are smeared as an "ist," a "phobe," or a greedy teabagger.
From the moment you choose to be something other than a Leftist, all around you within our news and entertainment culture, you're surrounded with constant challenges to your beliefs and attacks on your humanity and morality.
And unless we restrict our cultural lives to only evangelical movies, conservative talk radio, Christian rock, and black and white TV shows (an environment that probably resembles the real Hell), we can't hide away in safe spaces.
And this is a good thing.
Oh, sure, it's sometimes annoying. But adversity is healthy; for in this reality we toughen up, learn to tolerate differences, better articulate our beliefs, open ourselves to challenging ideas. And as a result, we learn, we grow, and we acquire the kind of emotional and spiritual depth required for any life that is truly fulfilling.
The Left, on the other hand, has devolved into a bunch of angry, shallow, unhappy, bitter sissies, who are incapable of dealing with any kind of difficulty, most especially an election loss.
Everyone should revisit Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." Although published way back in 1953, the novel almost perfectly predicted what has happened to the modern Left, not just here in America -- everywhere, most especially Europe.
Set in the future, Bradbury's society has become so hostile towards any kind of adversity, most especially the concept of exposing themselves to contemplative thought or challenging ideas, that they not only burn all the books, they numb themselves with drugs and reality television, and cancel out even the possibility of self-reflection with a bombardment of relentless stimulus in the form of gadgets, pop culture, social media and overall pleasure-seeking.
Because of the ceaseless happy-faced advertising that blares through ever-present speakers, the hero of our story, Montag, can't even read an illicit Bible on public transportation.
All by design.
Bradbury even had the foresight to predict the seed of this tyranny: phony outrage…
Coloured people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.
To avoid being, if you will, triggered, this society chose to become its own safe space, where critical thought and challenging ideas are outlawed simply because they make people uncomfortable. As a result, this is a society of shallow, miserable people always on the verge of a tantrum at the slightest intellectual provocation. Abortion, divorce and suicide are facts of daily life.
And when it comes to avoiding these triggers and protecting this safe space, they are also capable of horrific violence.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Leftists raised within an entertainment and media culture that never challenges them, a sugar diet of MTV, government-run schools, CNN, The New York Times, all-things Hollywood, ESPN -- those who come of age in a culture that only ever reassures them they are virtuous; that only ever preaches that those who disagree are villains, Nazis, or selfish… These are individuals developing within the soft-tyranny of a Cultural ThoughtBubble, people propagandized into thin-skinned teens and intolerant, sissified adults with no mechanism to cope with different ideas, with what they deem offensive, or the kind of adversity that is the canary in the coalmine of a free society.
Watch in awe as they freak out over the word "bossy," melt down over the phrase "illegal alien," scream "un-American!" over criticism, declare ideas "dangerous," suffer PTSD after an election loss. And if you dare bring the intellectual fight to them, all too often their wiring goes on the fritz, and out comes the ultra-violence.
The argument can be made that the Democrat Party is now more of a regional, as opposed to national party. Culturally, however, the Left is still … Everywhere… Bradbury also warned of this:
Remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority. Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority.
Last week I wrote….
If you are not being shocked, offended or insulted, you are not living in a free society. And if you are okay with that, you are either a fascist or a slave.
…and everyday it becomes clearer and clearer that too many on the Left choose to be both.