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So You Think You’re Tolerant?

So You Think You’re Tolerant?

Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this Prager U video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.



Whatever differences we have, tolerating others’ opinions is a prerequisite to a functioning and free society. America itself was built on a foundation of tolerance. The Declaration of Independence guarantees us life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

But there is an implicit contract there. To have your life, your liberty, and your pursuit of happiness, you have to be tolerant of others’ lives, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness.

This contract though seems to be breaking down. If you listen to the mainstream media, only one side is living up to this deal, the let. The right, according to the media, is intolerant of everyone. Except for those darn white heterosexual Christian males. There’s only one problem: It’s just not true.

Incredibly, the left isn’t even tolerant of the very people they say they are tolerant of. If you’re gay, black, or an immigrant, and you’re not in lockstep with current leftist orthodoxy, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If you believe we should judge people on the content of their character and not the color of their skin, the left calls you racist. If you believe that America is a nation of immigrants, but that our country should also protect its borders, the left calls you a xenophobe. If you believe that men and women are equal, but fundamentally different, the left calls you sexist.

Here’s the thing: Those who only tolerate people they agree with or like aren’t actually tolerant. So who is tolerant? Is it the organizers of the Women’s March who had to apologize for the hurt and confusion they caused when they invited a man, leftist icon Bernie Sanders, to speak at their convention? Is it the Antifa thugs who forced U.C. Berkeley to spend $600,000 on security when mainstream conservative Ben Shapiro showed up to give a talk? Or is it Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters who scolded Kanye West for talking out of turn when he dared suggest that blacks should think for themselves?

These aren’t isolated examples. I’m guessing that you, the person watching this video, have silenced yourself because you don’t want to suffer the wrath of the outrage mob?

Let me ask the question again. Who is tolerant?

Here’s the surprise. it is actually those scary right-wingers that the media and the universities demonize every day.

I speak from personal experience. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment here, but I still consider myself a liberal/ And it is my duty as a liberal to say what I think. I would rather stand for what I believe in than bow down and be loved. The left, sadly, has become utterly intolerant of anyone with whom they disagree.

Why? Because they believe that they know how you should live and you should think. Any deviation or non-conformity is dangerous to that goal. Believe it or not, the right these days actually welcomes diversity of thought. I can tell you that in the last few years of my political evolution, I’ve consistently found conservatives to be tolerant and open-minded. Don’t take my word for it though. Test it out for yourself. Go talk to some. They do exist and they do things like watch movies, travel, and eat ethnic food. You know, regular people things.

The right, much more than the left, believes in the notion of live and let live, and that is the true definition of tolerance.

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