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National Review's Lowry: Liberal 'Intolerance' Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 04:43 PM

Ongoing protests against former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveal how intolerant the left is toward opposing viewpoints, National Review editor Rich Lowry says.

"It's really extraordinary, not just closed-mindedness, but intolerance for the views or the very presence of someone you disagree with," Lowry told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Last month, the Faculty Council at Rutgers University demanded the school yank an invitation for Rice to deliver its commencement speech, accusing her of promoting torture and lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Then activists organized a "Drop Dropbox" drive after the file-sharing site named Rice to its board.

"Her views on Iraq or what she said in the run-up to the Iraq war have nothing to do with policies of that company or what she's there to help them do to expand their business," he said.

"It's the fact of her being Condi Rice that they object to, and that's just a deeply illiberal attitude, but one that's rampant on college campuses and has been for a long time.

"Unfortunately, it's spreading into the mainstream of American life."

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On the subject of the Obama administration's delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, Lowry says billionaire investor and Democratic contributor Tom Steyer is helping pull the strings against it.

"He's a billionaire hedge fund guy who's pledged $100 million for Democrats in the midterm elections,'' Lowry said.

"He's a climate alarmist who believes we're all doomed because of global warming, and somehow this pipeline would contribute to it, when the fact is, you don't build this pipeline, there'll be some other pipeline.

"And the Canadians, the ultimate origin of the oil that would be produced here, are going to find some other way to get it to market."

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