October 03, 2017
A tragedy like Las Vegas's can bring out the best in a country -- or in the case of some liberals, the worst. Despite all the stories of heroism, the pictures of Americans helping Americans, some people just couldn't stop themselves from inflicting some pain of their own. While parents frantically searched for their children and others hovered between life and death, liberals took turns politicizing one of the worst moments in U.S. history.
Hillary Clinton struck within hours of the shooting, blasting the NRA before many of the bodies had even been identified. Emotions were still raw when Hayley Geftman-Gold, CBS Vice President and Senior Counsel, weighed in on Facebook, stunning a nation with her disdain for the hundreds of victims. A woman whose legal training should have taught her the importance of words let loose with a post heard around the nation. "If they wouldn't do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I'm actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters."
It was an astounding admission -- not just because of Geftman-Gold's position at CBS, but for its absolute and public inhumanity. How could a mother of three -- knowing that parents like her had just suffered the worst possible loss -- have such utter contempt for suffering people? No one, Democrat or Republican, deserves to die. But unfortunately, crass displays like Gold's let the mask slip on just how intolerant many on the Left have become. Lauri Regan, a Manhattan attorney, thinks this generation "no longer has any sense of decorum 'in public,' as their whole lives are public."
"From Facebook to Snapchat to Instagram and Twitter, they all post stuff without thinking and assume there are no rules governing acceptable discourse. And it's a lot easier to post offensive thoughts than it is to look someone in the eye and say them. Couple that with the fact that they're taught their thoughts are in fact acceptable (and that anyone who disagrees with them is not just wrong but immoral, racist, ignorant, etc.) and you've created the perfect storm... Liberals believe they're right, and they're leading the charge on morality and anyone who doesn't follow is a problem for the country."
Amazingly, these outrageous statements are nothing new for CBS. Back in June, when my friend and former colleague from Louisiana, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R), was gunned down, then-anchor Scott Pelley suggested his had the nerve to say Scalise's injury may have been self-inflicted! And liberals accuse us of hate? Liberals like this CBS executive are letting their façade slip and giving people a glimpse of the revulsion they have for a majority of Americans. To its credit, CBS responded to the outcry almost immediately, firing Geftman-Gold and releasing this statement: "This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS," a spokesperson said. "Her views as expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families."
The problem goes much deeper than the social media posts of CBS's top executives. The network has been in lockstep with the Left, even resorting to the dangerous "hate" labeling of the Southern Poverty Law Center to describe several Christian organizations. One of the biggest areas that separates the Left from the Right is that we may disagree with people, but conservatives still believe that liberals have intrinsic value because of the Creator. We also believe they have the right to speak because of the Constitution.
Our Republic's ability to thrive -- and arguably survive -- is dependent on the basic principle that no one deserves to be attacked or have their lives (or livelihoods) threatened for holding diverse opinions. In a free society, we should be able to challenge flawed ideologies of all kinds. But challenging ideologies is different than threatening people. And that's a distinction liberals will have to understand if there's any hope for healing our nation of this deadly disrespect.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.