These Are The People Who Elected The Man Who Is Going To Be Our President

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The tolerant left that is.

Catherine Vogt, 14, is an Illinois 8th grader, the daughter of a liberal mom and a conservative dad. She wanted to conduct an experiment in political tolerance and diversity of opinion at her school in the liberal suburb of Oak Park.

She noticed that fellow students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama for president. His campaign kept preaching “inclusion,” and she decided to see how included she could be.

So just before the election, Catherine consulted with her history teacher, then bravely wore a unique T-shirt to school and recorded the comments of teachers and students in her journal. The T-shirt bore the simple yet quite subversive words drawn with a red marker:

“McCain Girl.”

“I was just really curious how they’d react to something that different, because a lot of people at my school wore Obama shirts and they are big Obama supporters,” Catherine told us. “I just really wanted to see what their reaction would be.”

Immediately, Catherine learned she was stupid for wearing a shirt with Republican John McCain’s name. Not merely stupid. Very stupid.

“People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn’t be wearing it,” Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

“One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

But students weren’t the only ones surprised that she wore a shirt supporting McCain.

“In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain,” Catherine said.

If Catherine was shocked by such passive-aggressive threats from instructors, just wait until she goes to college.

“Later, that teacher found out about the experiment and said she was embarrassed because she knew I was writing down what she said,” Catherine said.

One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

“He said, ‘You should be crucifixed.’ It was kind of funny because, I was like, don’t you mean ‘crucified?’ ” Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be “burned with her shirt on” for “being a filthy-rich Republican.”

Some said that because she supported McCain, by extension she supported a plan by deranged skinheads to kill Obama before the election. And I thought such politicized logic was confined to American newsrooms. Yet Catherine refused to argue with her peers. She didn’t want to jeopardize her experiment.

“I couldn’t show people really what it was for. I really kind of wanted to laugh because they had no idea what I was doing,” she said.

Only a few times did anyone say anything remotely positive about her McCain shirt. One girl pulled her aside in a corner, out of earshot of other students, and whispered, “I really like your shirt.”

Nothing new about this. The left have honed their intolerant tolerance into a sharp blade over the years and now that they are in power they will use it unsparingly. Remember what was “patriotic dissent” for them will be divisive racism for us and they will do everything from legal intimidation to plain old fashioned Chicago-style (but with California flamboyance) thuggery to silence those who do not cowtow to them.

I suppose the question is will their new leader support their thuggish actions or stop them. I have little to no hope it will be the former.

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5 Comments

  1. This is our future–just a lot more, and a lot more intense, than our recent past.

  2. What would happen if I were in Oxford, Miss. and walked into a bar on the square wearing a Mississippi State shirt ? Pretty much the same thing … except that college students would not be as nasty as 14 year olds.

  3. Ed, your constant effort to minimize real intolerance with bullshit never ceases to amaze me. College rivalry = ideological thuggery. Brilliant! You missed your calling, you write communist propaganda.

  4. You don’t agree that kids that age can be cruel ? What does a 14 year old know about politics anyway ? Diddley !!!

    Besides the shools here in Memphis are constantly stuggling with teen violence … it’s a REAL problem … Someone wearing a McCain shirt isn’t instigating idealogical violence … it’s just an excuse for violence in general.

    This whole article is bullshit to me … and that 14 year old was just ignorant anyway. She should have known how the other students would react.

    Now you’ll probably twist this around to look like I condone such behavior. Let me say up front I DO NOT …

  5. Please, this girl probably knows more about Obama and McCain and politics than most of the people who voted for Obama – LOL

    But evidently they knew enough about politics to threaten her over her choice. No doubt egged-on by their Obama-loving parents who taught their little kiddies the liberal version of tolerance which is to tolerate only opinions that they agree with.

    So the girl was ignorant because she should have known how the other students would react? Not ignorant, but certainly naive if she thought ANY liberal would be tolerant of a conservative view.

    And frankly, Ed, it doesn’t take much twisting to point out that your making excuses for their behavior – the girl should have known they would do it; there is violence in schools anyway – is just another way of condoning it. It’s just a mini-version of the old liberal “they wouldn’t attack America if we weren’t so bad” bullshit.

    Let me be clear too . . the only right answer here would be to condemn the little thugs who threatened her and condemn their parents for not teaching them to respect other points of view.

    I’ll leave it up to you to figure out why you don’t recognize that.


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