March 29, 2014, 9:51 pm
Yesterday, I weighed in on the controversy surrounding comedian Stephen Colbert, who is under fire over a tweet many have suggested was insensitive to Asians. I particularly singled out fellow conservative blogger Michelle Malkin–who, let me say again, is not only brilliant, but a personal inspiration–for her support of a wrongheaded Twitter protest against Colbert which is using the hashtag #CancelColbert. In my post, I explained why it is a bad idea to push for those whose speech we find disagreeable to lose their jobs. Judging from the comments, some of you missed the point. And like Malkin, you are, well, wrong.
The comments of one reader, who posted under the name Lockstein13, are a pretty good encapsulation of the arguments against me. He wrote:
Waah! Waaaaaaah!! WAAAAAAAAAAAHMBULANCE for Mr. Zeiser, STAT! Look, if you are uncomfortable using the Left’s tactics on the Left, don’t criticize those of us who *do* have the courage to smack the bully right back in the face.
Oh yeah…and, about that “we’re better than that…our ideas are better” cr*pola schtick…
We’ve seen the “success” of your President Dole, President McCain and President Romney to have learned from that route.
At least, I assume Lockstein13 is a he. Your humble blogger posts under his own name, whereas Mr. Lockstein’s stirring exhortation of courage was written under a pseudonym. If Lockstein had bothered to read any of my work–including the very piece he was commenting on–he would have noted that I have no hesitation to punch back at the left. But there is a difference between subjecting bad ideas to the harsh ridicule they deserve and being self-defeating.