The land of the free hypocrites

Print Article

‘The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Move over, misery. Hypocrisy loves company, too.

ITEM 1: The University of California-Berkeley is the proud home of America’s free-speech movement, going back to the mid-60s. Yet when the Berkeley College Republicans invited Brietbart editor and antagonist to liberals Milo Yiannopoulos to speak, all silence broke loose.

That is, the speaking engagement was canceled because a peaceful demonstration by some 1,500 protesters was followed by rioting from about 150 black-clad zealots who threw Molotov cocktails and smashed windows. Their objective of denying what they deem dangerous hate speech provided a pillar of hypocrisy on the very campus that lionized free speech no matter how much it offended or hurt.

The violence wasn’t directed at mere facilities, either. According to Rolling Stone and other sources, several Trump supporters on campus were injured by gutless, hooded rioters.

Looking for a little extra irony? The violent cancellation of the Yiannpoulos appearance had been scheduled for the university’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Center.

ITEM 2: Idaho is known for its great potatoes, spectacular scenery and for its aversion to federal overreach.

Then again, maybe that last item depends on who’s occupying the White House.

Common Core? Gay marriage? Obamacare? Those are just three of many supposed federal mandates that Idaho legislators have railed against, doing their best to shove back down Uncle Sam’s throat — sometimes investing many hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to fight in court.

Then along comes a bill this session introduced by a Caldwell Republican. The bill would withhold state sales tax funds from cities and counties that ignore or obstruct federal immigration policy.

Never mind that Idaho has no so-called “sanctuary” cities or counties. The bill’s sponsor said he wants to circumvent any eventual attempts at the local level that might try to skirt President Trump’s proposed federal immigration policies.

In Idaho, the chest-pounding theme of local control apparently applies only to those edicts out of D.C. with which the ruling party disagrees. And don’t look too closely, citizens. They’d prefer you not remember the local control hypocrisy from last session, when the Idaho Legislature deprived cities and counties of the ability to set their own minimum wages.

‘I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.’ — William F. Buckley Jr.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Here’s what dads really want

June 17, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published six years ago today. It’s still true. If you beard-stubbled, equal opportunity gender watchers are still waiting for a movie titled “What Men ...

Comments

Read More

We could be looking at voter turnout wrong

June 15, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press The quest started out as most modern searches do: Going to Google. “Ways to get young people to vote” was entered in the search box. More than 94 million options popped up, and after reading throug...

Comments

Read More

Summer’s coming: Let’s put our fires out

June 13, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press North Idahoans hadn’t even been able to tear June off their calendars last year before smoke made summer miserable. “Smoke Alarm: Washington blaze dirties local skies,” The Press headline read on Ju...

Comments

Read More

Just ask

June 10, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Our kids are killing themselves. That’s not a dramatic overstatement in the aftermath of two more Coeur d’Alene students taking their lives in recent weeks, but a verifiable, statistically valid fac...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X