When it comes to being liberal, there aren’t many who compare to The Washington Post columnist and Fareed Zakaria—he even has his own spot on CNN. Similar to Bill Maher, Zakaria is taking notice of the insanity. “Freedom of speech and thought [are] not just for warm, fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable; [they’re] for ideas that we find offensive,” Zakaria explained recently. He contextualized his comments with some Notre Dame graduates smiting Vice President Mike Pence during the commencement. (Case in point.)
“There is also an anti-intellectualism on the Left. An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure; we are so morally superior; we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree. Liberals think they are tolerant—but often they aren’t,” Zakaria added.
More, there was a multitude of New Jersey, South Orange Middle School, eighth-grade students who took a class trip to Washington, DC. In addition to hitting up all the tourist attractions, their journey climaxed at the US Capitol—bonus: House Speaker Paul Ryan just happened to make time for them.
Of course there was a photo opportunity—100 middle schoolers posed with Ryan on the famous steps. However, there were 100 others who flocked across the street in protest to the group shot.
Why would a bunch of 13-year-old kids be of the mind to refuse to be in a photo with the Speaker of the House? Why would they ultimately hate on a Republican? It’s possible they snubbed Ryan due to his not politically weighing in on the 2015 vote for the “Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code”—but who knows?
Just to clarify: a surplus of adolescent, acne-suffering, social-media-addict youngsters are so staunchly against the Wisconsin-native congressman’s politics that they refused to stand with him in a photo.
Upon Ryan posting the picture to his Instagram profile, the Daily Mail wrote, “the ones who had refused to be in it flooded the comments section with insults and complaints.” In their cruel, tactless fashion, the kids shared their thoughts:
“Half of us stood across the street including me because we hate you,” a kid posted. “The fact that he puts his party before his country, he likes to think of what his party will think of him other than what his country will think of him,” 13-year-old Matthew Malespina wrote.
Most kids keep their heads buried in pop culture. When it comes to politics and the like, kids aren’t in the know…let alone possess the ability to identify the Speaker of the House—even amid a bunch of Teen Titans characters. Additionally, it’s highly probable that kids would fail at naming the vice president (and other well-known politicians). It would be shocking if they could point out the geographical location of North Korea. It’s not that kids are underachievers; it’s more so they’re intensely immersed in their respective lives and what their friends are doing—or the coolest clothes of the month.
It’s honestly hard to accept a plethora puberty-riddled kids declined the chance to be in a photo with the guy who’s in the third slot for the presidency—a totally independent decision. (Hmmm)
Actually Malespina’s mom, Elissa, interestingly backed her son’s and his fellow students’ choice to exercise their political stance.
Again, young teens struggle to make their own beds, so why assume they fully grasp the intricacies of politics??
Back to The Mail: “Matthew stood by his decision. He flatly ruled out ever posing with President Trump but enthusiastically said he’d have a snap taken with Hillary Clinton. ‘I would never take a picture with that man. Never. (But) Definitely, I would take a picture with Hillary Clinton,’ he said.”
But then there were The Mail’s comments:
“He would pose for a photo with Clinton but not with Trump. Says it all really. … Little snowflake generation. The world never stopped because you didn’t have your photo taken!!!”
“If you’re truly open minded and tolerant, you’re willing to discuss your opinions—not yell out that ‘we hate you.’ These kids have obviously been brain washed to hate people who disagree with them and haven’t been taught basic respect for others.”
“I do think it’s a sad state of affairs when children can’t even be excited to meet the Speaker of the House regardless of party. What has happened to my country? I was raised in the eighties and taught to respect others right to disagree without fear of violence or name calling.”
On this one, Zakaria is spot on. Educational institutions were made for free discussion—all ideologies and philosophies should be considered… What happened to non-bias parenting? Would it be so wrong for parents to suggest their kid throw a question or two at Ryan then consider his reply? Such behavior would be indicative of quality parenting.
Regardless, parents opt to instill hate in their kids. More, they apparently teach their children to dismiss anything that doesn’t necessarily align with their respective beliefs.
It would be interesting to learn how many kids know the significance of Memorial Day.