Portrait of America: Shouting Down the Peaceful “Hate”


Upon some reflection, I actually find it difficult to disagree with progressive state senator Joshua Miller (D, Cranston) when he describes conflicting rallies at the Rhode Island State House regarding Syrian refugees as “one of the most American moments I’ve seen in this building.”

According to Karen Lee Ziner’s Providence Journal telling, “hundreds” of people — including many from the nearby elite Ivy League college where students complain that their academics interfere with their activism — “shouted down speakers” who disagreed with them on a matter of public policy and “jeered” the spokesman from Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

According to Jacob Kamaras, writing for JNS.org, a Jewish speaker concerned about the proliferation of anti-Semitism in Syria was unable to finish his speech because of the “group of about 100 protesters.”  (That number seems more plausible, given photos, than Ziner’s plural “hundreds.”)

When it came time for the angry mob’s own turn at the podium they took the opportunity to denounce the peaceful group’s “hatred and fear-mongering.”  If this isn’t a snapshot of modern American politics, I don’t know what would be.  Young agitators trained in elite institutions to believe that disagreeing with them is tantamount to violence refuse to let a man from a religious minority finish his description of how students in another country are taught to hate people like him.

If the complete impossibility of turning actual reality into any more of a dark, vicious satire doesn’t wake Americans up, I don’t know what would.

  • Label Man

    Antonyms for your beloved “progressive” label: backward, low, lower, nonprogressive, primitive, retarded, rude, rudimentary, undeveloped

    What gives, is MERRIAM-WEBSTER also one of “them”?

    • OceanStateCurrent

      As I suggested, it’s impossible to satirize or parody these folks. They label themselves with words that mean the opposite of their beliefs and behavior, and they behave in ways that contradict their proclaimed beliefs. Good catch.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I have a difficult time understanding “academics” interfering with “activism”. Time for some of life’s choices kids. Study, or snivel, can’t do both. If my kid wanted me to pay upwards of 50K for her to “activate”, I think it would be time for “the talk”.

    • ShannonEntropy

      The cost of a 9-month ‘year’ at Brown is $ 68,108. And that’s not counting misc expenses like parking fees or maintaining a vehicle.

      Now add in the fact that the majority of students there take six yrs to graduate and the price of a Brown Diploma tops $ 400K

      All so your li’l party animal can work as a barista at Starbucks®

  • Mike678

    It must be wonderful to be so sure of yourself that there is no need to justify or prove the correctness of your position with logic or facts–just attack people and not ideas. They remind me of the Sturmabteilung.


    • guest

      Thanks for the link, Mike. It’s one of the first that isn’t affiliated with or have links to right-wing extremism, hatred and/or racism sites. Unfortunately for you, it helps me understnd the mentality of the Tea Party movment and the stunning overconfidence of someone like yourself.

      • ShannonEntropy

        If you are not a ‘Progressive’ Liberal at age twenty
        you have no heart

        If you are not a Conservative by age thirty
        you have no brain

        Donut worry ,, guest
        … Time will cure you of your youth


  • ShannonEntropy

    Higher education is increasingly a house divided. In the sciences and even the humanities, actual scholars maintain the high standards of their noble calling. But in the humanities, especially, and elsewhere, faux scholars representing specious disciplines exploit academia as a jobs program for otherwise unemployable propagandists hostile to freedom of expression.


    BTW & FTR … that ‘FIRE’ group gives Brown the lowest possible rating on freedom of speech there … a rating I can categorically tell you is absolutely TRVE


  • Raymond Carter

    To paraphrase the skid row poet Charles Bukowski:
    “those who scream the loudest for tolerance are always the least tolerant”
    Tommy Cranston

  • oceanstater

    Quite right, the “progressives” disgraced themselves. Not just “consrvatives” but all freedom loving people should be appalled.