Kindness and civility are beyond the pale for today’s Left

Kindness and civility are beyond the pale for today’s Left, by Karol Markowicz.

Earlier this month, Ellen DeGeneres attended a Dallas Cowboys game and made the mistake of being caught on camera looking not completely displeased to be seated next to George W. Bush. When the camera panned to the owner’s box, there she was, next to the former president, smiling and scrolling on her phone. Bush appears to have just made a joke. They could easily just be two strangers waiting for the bus together.

This being 2019, the age of abject insanity, it could not stand. She was immediately attacked on Twitter by the intolerant Left for her crime of proximity. Parker Molloy, an editor at Media Matters for America, highlighted their nearness and declared DeGeneres had made “a bold choice” to hang out with Bush, “a war criminal.”

The story might have ended there, but DeGeneres decided to do what few who face the Twitter mob can: stand up for herself. On her show, she looked into the camera and talked about how the kindness she preaches isn’t only for people who agree with her and that she has friends with whom she disagrees politically. The clip went viral on the Right because it was a beacon of sanity from the celebrity world that lacks it. The clip went viral on the Left because How. Dare. She.

What went unnoticed is that George W. Bush didn’t have to issue any statement about sitting next to DeGeneres. He’s allegedly the anti-gay hateful one, before the age of Mike Pence. Yet no conservative of any prominence had any issue with Bush palling around with a gay Hollywood liberal. It was only liberals who had a problem with the association and with her call for civility.

Time to take down the “No place for hate” signs because, well, there’s always for hating the right kind of people. …

But the Left keeps expanding the exception list. Trump’s red-hat-wearing supporters are certainly on it. Also any Republican who has ever agreed with Trump on anything.

But the Ellen moment reminds us: Just any Republican ever, really.

“Trump is different,” we’re told constantly, and that’s why the hysteria on the Left is dialed up to 11. But anyone with a passing memory of the George W. Bush years knows the reaction from the Left to Trump isn’t vastly different from the way they reacted to Bush. The Bush years were a cacophony of rage. Plenty of friendships ended when one party dared support Bush. “Bush = Hitler” signs were standard at anti-war marches. When Kanye West looked into the camera and said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he was heralded as a brave hero. But when he wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat, he was branded insane. There are acceptable public opinions and unacceptable public opinions, and the line is as bright as when you tried to sit at the cool kids table while wearing the wrong outfit in middle school.

This rigidness of the Left, that you’re simply not allowed to like certain people, is an extension of their policing of language and jokes and keeping each other in line. Conformity is key to being part of this in-crowd, and if you’re not in, you’re out.