Are we moving toward an America in which only one worldview is socially -- and, God forbid, legally -- acceptable? Are the proponents of "tolerance" truly as intolerant and tyrannical as they seem to be?
It's not just the political and cultural left's increasingly totalitarian mindset in demanding that only its views be permitted that bothers me; it's that more and more people aligned with the left politically, i.e., rank-and-file Democrats, are outright supporting this trend or willingly looking the other way.
This is Barack Obama's America. He has established a climate wherein dissent from his and the left's "values" is reason for ostracism -- and worse. Just a few short years ago, he professed to be opposed to same-sex marriage. Students of Obama's tortured history on this issue and his proclivity for deceit and political opportunism knew he wasn't sincere.
As long as Obama was on the record saying "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman," there was a modicum of protection for those subscribing to that view. But once he came out of the closet on the issue -- so to speak -- it was if he had issued a royal edict forbidding any other view, declaring that anyone who is against it is a bigot and whitewashing his own personal history to pretend that he'd never been guilty of the bigotry he was now so brazenly ascribing to others.
As I was watching this public charade, I often asked whether Obama was also condemning his former self for those very same "bigoted" views. I wondered how his blind admirers could so thoughtlessly accept his judgment of others without questioning his own previously contrary views. Actually, I didn't wonder, because I'd come to expect as much, but I trust you get the point.
But make no mistake; as soon as Obama announced that same-sex marriage is a wonderful idea whose time had come at the precise second he announced his transformation, it was no longer acceptable in Obama's America to believe what Obama had said he believed the second before the announcement.