There is not many people in this world more liberal than Fareed Zakaria. Zakaria is a writer for the Washington Post and he hosts a show of his own on CNN.
The most shocking thing is that even he thinks things are getting out of hand. Here is what he said on Saturday:
“Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable, it’s for ideas that we find offensive,”
He then noted that Notre Dame had walked out on Vice President Mike Pence at their commencement. He took liberals to task on this saying.
“There is also an anti-intellectualism on the left. An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior; we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree. Liberals think they are tolerant — but often they aren’t,”
This brings us up to the previous week when a bus full of eighth graders from South Orange Middle School in NJ traveled to Washington, D.C. for their school trip.
They hit all the traditional touristy landmarks in Washington and finished their trip at the Capitol, where they got to meet Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, one of the most powerful people in the Government today.
At this point it was time for photographs. 100 of the children stood with Ryan for a photography while another 100 sat and stood on the opposite side of the street refusing to be in the photograph.
Yeah, that is correct, the group of 13 year old children made an executive decision to take a very bold stand against the Republican leader (most likely in protest of his 2015 decision not to cast a vote on the “Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code,” but we can’t be sure).
Just to clarify, this was a group of young children, spending all day on social media, on their phones, playing playground games and they had decided to reject the politics of the Wisconsin congressman and, so strong was their opposition, they simply could not bear even to stand together for a moment to take a photograph.
When the photograph was uploaded to Instagram the comments on the picture was flooded with insults from the children who had not participated and complaints from parents. The Daily Mail reported.
“Half of us stood across the street including me because we hate you,” said one. “The fact that he puts his party before his country, he likes to think of what his party will think of him other than what his country will think of him,” said Matthew Malespina, 13.
I think any rational person can see clearly that a group of 13 and 14 year old children have not decided strong political views and to say that they decided on their own to not take a picture with one of the most powerful men in the United States of America is somewhat ridiculous.
“Matthew’s mother Elissa supported his decision, telling DailyMail.com she was proud of him and the rest of the children for standing up for what they believe in.”
I find this absolutely ridiculous, how can a thirteen year old handle complex political issues, they cannot even make their own lunches.
Said the Mail: “Matthew stood by his decision. He flatly ruled out ever posing with President Trump but enthusiastically said he’d have a snap taken with Hillary Clinton. ‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton,’ he said.”
The comment section on the article from the Mail was filled with widespread outrage at the childishness of the children who decided not to be in the photograph.
“He would pose for a photo with Clinton but not with Trump. Says it all really….. Little snowflake generation. The world never stopped because you didn’t have your photo taken!!!” wrote one.
“If you’re truly open minded and tolerant, you’re willing to discuss your opinions — not yell out that ‘we hate you’. These kids have obviously been brain washed to hate people who disagree with them and haven’t been taught basic respect for others,” wrote another.
“I do think its a sad state of affairs when children cant even be excited to meet the speaker of the house regardless of party. What has happened to my country? I was raised in the eighties and taught to respect others right to disagree without fear of violence or name calling,” wrote a reader from Gettysburg, Pa. (another place a 13 year old couldn’t find on a map!).
In conclusion, Fareed is right, the schools who raised these children, and even more the college campuses which foster left wing mentalities, are brain washing children by feeding them only one viewpoint. Perhaps the role of teaching children about anything but the far left should lie with the parents and maybe they should have prompted them to ask a question of the Speaker, then listen respectfully to the answer, as would be polite — and grown up.
Instead in this situation the children where too arrogant to listen to a viewpoint and did not even want to give it the time of day to explore it as a political ideology.
It really makes you wonder what they would have told their children about what today represents, Memorial day.