The author of a new book examining current trends in American political discourse says liberals and left-wing media outlets aim to limit political debate by engaging in what he calls political bullying.
Ben Shapiro, author of “Bullies,” argues in the book that liberals and their allies essentially demonize conservatives and that their leading strategy is to squelch debate on topics in an effort to advance their views.
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In an interview with Newsmax TV, Shapiro said a central tenet of left-wing politics is a view that there can be no rational discussions on political issues.
“What they intend to do instead is to cast us as villains in their little morality play. That’s why, if you talk to liberals very often, what you hear is (a conservative is) a racist, sexist, bigot or homophobe who hates the poor because they don’t want to have a discussion about the issues,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro believes this tactic is deployed so that liberals are seen as defenders of minorities and the downtrodden while conservatives are viewed as favoring the wealthy at the expense of others. He also says liberals don’t ascribe good intentions to conservatives.
Asked to name some of the top bullies on the left, Shapiro leads with President Obama and cites his inaugural speech as a prime example.
“He has the temerity to say ‘Absolutism is not principle and name calling is not discussion’ and then spends the rest of his speech essentially saying that if you disagree with him, you want to go back to a time in America where your twilight years were spent in poverty, where disabled children have no place to turn, where black people are forced to sit in line and wait to vote and where gay people have no rights,” Shapiro explains.
Shapiro singles out AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka and unions in general as being happy to bully American taxpayers. They see no problem with shutting businesses down if they can’t achieve their goals, according to the author.
Moreover, he adds, organizations such as Media Matters, which bills itself as a non-profit, progressive research institution designed to correct misinformation in the media, is essentially a “go between for the Obama administration and the media.”
“(David Brock’s) entire goal is to pretend that he’s an objective observer of the political situation and (seeks) to AstroTurf boycott those with whom he disagrees,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro recently appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” to discuss the Sandy Hook shooting and how a mutually-agreeable solution on gun control and violence in America might be reached. He believes the media has unfairly targeted the National Rifle Association.
“You wouldn’t see the media going to the (American Civil Liberties Union) and saying to them ‘You know, it turns out that video games are to blame here. Why don’t you come out and denounce your own view of the First Amendment?’ They would never ask the ACLU to do that, but the NRA is supposed to do that,” Shapiro said.
Turning to the debt-ceiling, Shapiro believes President Obama is essentially bullying House Speaker John Boehner and Republicans into accepting his version of a compromise.
“When you open up (President Obama’s) bag of tricks, all that he’s got is bullying and that’s why the debate really boiled down to John Boehner saying we have a problem and Barack Obama saying no, we don’t have a debt problem and that if you claim we do, it’s only because you love rich people.”
He attributes some of the reversal of fortune for conservatives to the fact that they’ve essentially lost their will to fight.
“We’re convinced that civil discussion is going to be the answer to all of this, that we should just speak the facts and let the chips fall where they may and everything will be okay. If that’s true and the facts always won out, propaganda would be useless and clearly it’s not useless.”
Shapiro believes that the first step conservatives need to take is taking the battle straight to Democrats.
“Instead of sitting here and protesting that they’re being unfair and that we just don’t understand why they don’t want to discuss, (we should) punch them back,” he said. “We need to force the public to see that these folks are bullies and that that is the first half of the battle.”
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