[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On May 22, 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, beat Sen. Charles Sumner nearly to death with a cane. The vicious beating came after lengthy arguments concerning slavery and after Sumner, under the guise of discussing slavery, made outrageous accusations towards a cousin of Brooks’, a fellow senator.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The caning was vicious and both men involved were hailed as heroes in their respective communities. Sumner was a martyr to the Northern stance and Brooks was a defender of Southern sensibilities.
To the rest of America, however, it was the defining climax of our national discussion concerning slavery. It was, as many noted, the death of reasonable discourse. With nothing else further to discuss on this inherent disagreement, it came to violence.
Recently, a similar situation emerged that highlights the societal rift that is tearing our nation apart along political lines- the left, which validates feelings over thought and the right, which values thought over feelings.
Admittedly, the episode between Bob “Zoey” Tur and conservative activist Ben Shapiro was far less dramatic than a caning on the Senate floor. Still, Tur’s threat of violence against Shapiro for disagreeing with him on the nature of gender identity illustrates a sobering fact:
We may have already reached the point where rational discourse is intolerable for the left.
For those that don’t know, the long and short of it is: Shapiro, on a panel, was berated for asserting that those who believe themselves to be a different gender are, in fact, delusional. While many might be content to simply disagree, Bob Tur, a man who identifies as a woman named “Zoey,” put his hands on Shapiro and threatened violence against him after the activist called him “Sir.”
As PolitStick already reported, Shapiro has filed charges for the videotaped assault and battery that appears to have occurred.
In a nauseating defense of Tur’s actions entitled, “You Go, Girl: Zoey Tur Gets Aggressive With A Bully From Breitbart News,” Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times compares Shapiro to the bully in movies who finally gets what he deserves. Though she notes that the reaction was “wildly inappropriate,” Abcarian spends the entirety of the article re-hashing the events and gleefully defending the threat of violence as a necessary measure.
Abcarian reached out to both parties. Tur claimed,
“I reacted like any woman would react,” Tur said Thursday. “If some guy is calling you mentally ill and calling you ‘Sir’ you wouldn’t like it. You would be upset by it. And yet, I am supposed to take it because if I don’t take it, I am not being ladylike. I’m finding that to be a lady, you must accept being told to sit down, shut up and listen.”
“I will talk to anyone who wants to take the issue seriously,” Tur said. “I’ve been trying for the last two years to educate people and come off as a human being. I thought I was making real headway.”
So, no, Tur does not regret getting aggressive with Shapiro. “I should have put Ben over my knees and spanked him,” she said. “He was acting out and being rude to others in public.”
She also reached out to Shapiro, who responded,
“Factual truth is not offensive; it is truth,” he wrote. “Factual truth is not bullying. And humor[ing] delusion is not kindness, it is cruelty to the mentally ill.
“On the other hand, battery and criminal threats are not just offensive but illegal — and Mr. Tur’s activity meets the legal definition of both in California. Such activities are most certainly bullying, and outside any standard of decency. Your willingness, and the media’s more general willingness, to ignore that basic standard of decency and civilization out of sympathy for those who violate such standards is repulsive. Is it truly your position that it is perfectly acceptable to physically threaten someone because you don’t agree with their argument?”
It’s quite clear who the adult in this episode is. Shapiro has stated simple sociological and biological facts. That his facts do not correspond to the delusion felt by Tur and the (there’s no other word for it) sheer idiocy of those who believe it is society’s duty to validate these delusions, is indicative of a society that simply must change and revert to a time where realities dictate our perceptions, not the other way around.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Further, while the fact that so many buy into this concept of delusion is troubling, perhaps the most-startling illustration to emerge from this episode is that journalists and other mainstream professionals actually appear to support the notion that a political discussion can end with a threat of violence.
This premise is too familiar. On LGBT issues, for the left’s league of intolerant bullies, there can be no discussion. We cannot merely accept homosexuals and those who believe themselves to be a different gender; we must, with our every action, actively celebrate them. We cannot disagree and we cannot state unyielding facts that run contrary to their preferred ideas and delusions. Such actions only appear to yield remarkable intolerance and a ludicrous justification that centers on the premise that “they deserved it because their words hurt.”
It is, all at once and with equal measure, tragic, pathetic and dangerous.
Like Preston Brooks before him, Bob Tur demonstrated the ugliness of his political position and his true intolerance to the presence of an open discussion.
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