The NY Post ran an article yesterday with the headline, "PC mob shuts down forum that asked, 'Has political correctness gone too far?'"
It's easy to imagine the behavior of the protesters at the forum, but in case you're unfamiliar with such, the article captures it:
More campus madness: UMass-Amherst students this week threw a mass temper tantrum to derail a forum that challenged the speech police.
“The Triggering: Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?” featured three guests: American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, journalist Milo Yiannopoulos and comedian Steven Crowder.
But they barely got a chance to speak. Protesters broke in to swear, name-call and throw fits. (Isn’t it ironic that this is what “political correctness” means in practice?)
With shouts of “F–k you! F–k you!” and “Keep your hate speech off this campus” — not to mention “Go home!” — the kids of course proved the critics’ point.
“There was not a 10- to 20-second period during [the event] where there wasn’t an interruption,” said senior Nicholas Pappas, one of the panel’s organizers.
If you've ever seen films of leftist protesters, or had the pleasure of watching them in person, you know that this behavior is typical. They chant, yell, scream, and quiver with hatred while accusing the other side of being "haters."
And there always seems to be a strong undercurrent of hysteria running through their behavior.
Think of people who constantly get up on their high horses, and say, in tones of tremulous outrage, "I find that really offensive!"
Think of the way they call names, accusing others of being Nazis, or racists, or sexists, in a similar fashion to people in the Middle Ages accusing others of consorting with the Devil.
Think of the look of absolute horror on their faces if you mention some unacceptable statistic about group differences.
Think of the way they make grand statements, such as, "I could never be friends with a conservative!" (They tend to be extravagant with their verbal exclamation marks.)
Think of the way you have to walk on eggshells around them.
Think of the Left's reactions to "crimes" of unknown origin, such as that student who wore a blanket at Oberlin, causing a panic over a KKK invasion.
Think of the way they initially react to every hate hoax of the past decade -- which, of course, just encourages more hate hoaxes.
Think of the way the Left love to see themselves as victims
The hysteria is apparent in their tones of voice, their body language, their pattern of thought.
Think of the higher number of women than men who are leftist, and then ponder the fact that hysteria has historically been considered a female disease.
In the old days, doctors would cure female hysteria with the "vibrational cure" which was meant to induce a cathartic "paroxysm of the uterus," after which the woman would be left calm and serene.
Sometimes I wish I could just stick a vibrator into the Left and cure it of its hysteria. Unfortunately, the cure for the political variety is not that simple. And, frankly, I wouldn't want to give the Left that pleasure anyway.
But it's hard to escape the impression that what they need is something along those lines.