Tolerance is a 1-Way Street in Leftist Land

Does any part of the following definition remind you of today’s Leftists?

tol·er·ance [ tóllərənss ]

  1. acceptance of different views: the acceptance of the differing views of other people, e.g. in religious or political matters, and fairness toward the people who hold these different views
  2. tolerating of somebody or something: the act of putting up with somebody or something irritating or otherwise unpleasant
  3. ability to endure hardship: the ability to put up with harsh or difficult conditions

Synonyms: broad-mindedness, open-mindedness, lenience, acceptance, forbearance, charity, patience

Probably not.

A few years ago MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz called Conservative radio host and author Laura Ingraham a ‘slut’.

President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name? Laura Ingraham?  Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”

If any Republican had called Joy Behar a slut the entire planet would be upside-down by now.

Schultz apologized and Ingraham accepted gracefully. But the Schultz/Ingraham typifies the hypocrisy of the word ‘tolerance’.  Leftists scream that word constantly at Conservatives; they protest when they think we’re not tolerant enough to accept their beliefs and yet when it comes to Conservative beliefs the results are name-calling, insults, and sometimes violence.

What follows is a compilation of extremely intolerant quotes from the very same Leftists who demand ‘tolerance’ from the Right.  Of course this list could be much, much longer but it’s a good sampling of who they really are.

(Note:  Joe Biden’s comments aren’t as much about his ‘tolerance or intolerance’ but rather show his true colors—especially when he’s describing someone else’s color…)

Joe Biden’s racist statement about Indian-Americans: “I’ve had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

Joe Biden’s racist statement about Barack Obama: “I mean you’ve got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Alec Bladwin’s intolerant words to his then-11-year old daughter:  “You are a rude, thoughtless little pig.”

Alec Baldwin’s intolerant words about Rep. Henry Hyde:  “I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together . . . would go down to Washington and we would stone [Republican U.S. Representative] Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! Wait! . . . Shut up! No, shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death, and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families.”

Alicia Silverstone’s intolerance of non-vegetarians:  “[The] treatment of animals is outrageous. [It’s as] bad as slavery or the Holocaust.”

Andy Rooney’s intolerance of our military:  “If it’s an all-volunteer Army, you get people who join up because of some problem in their own lives. They don’t have anything else to do, they don’t have a job, or they can’t find what they want to do, so they join the Army. And it doesn’t produce the best Army.”

Andy Rooney on his intolerance of God:  “No, of course I don’t [believe in God], and anyone who tells you that there is a God who makes His or Her presence known to him or her is hallucinating or not telling the truth.”

Barack Obama on his intolerance during his college days:  “When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling conventions. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated.  But this strategy alone couldn’t provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so- called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

Barack Obama on his intolerance for flag lapel pins:  “You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a [flag] pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”

Barack Obama speaking at a Planned Parenthood conference about his intolerance toward choosing UN-biased Supreme Court judges:  “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

Barack Obama regarding his intolerance for American families being too comfortable:  “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times… and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

Barack Obama’s intolerance toward small-town Southern folks:  “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Barbara Walters’ tolerance for dictator/murdered Hugo Chavez:  “He was not what I expected. He was very dignified. He was warm, friendly. He likes the U.S. It’s George Bush that he doesn’t like. He also was very personal. He talked about how hard his life was, that he wished he could be in love but you can’t be when you are heading a country.”

Barney Frank’s intolerance for small government:  “Our problem today is too little government.”

Bill Ayers (Obama’s terrorist mentor pal), the day after 9/11:  “I don’t regret setting bombs [while a member of the Weathermen]. I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Bill Ayers’ intolerance of life:  “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution borne, kill your parents.”

Bill Clinton’s intolerance of the TRUTH:  “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not, that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely , true statement [. . .] Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having sexual relations with M. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

Bill Clinton’s intolerance of President Bush and the Iraq war, yet…:  “It is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks of biological and chemical weapons [in Iraq].”

Bill Clinton’s intolerance toward a journalist who called him a ‘two-bit politician’:  “Write down the name of that motherf***er. When I’m back in office, he’s a dead man.”

Bill Maher’s intolerance of religion:  “You can’t be a rational person six days a week and on one day of the week, go to a building, and think you are drinking the blood of a two thousand year old space god. That doesn’t make you a person of faith…that makes you a schizophrenic.”

Bryant Gumbel’s intolerance of truth in journalism:  “[W]hen the truth collides with a legend, print the legend.”

James Carville’s intolerance (and denial?) of the 2nd Amendment:  “I don’t think there is a Second Amendment right to own a gun.”

Jane Fonda’s intolerance for everything America stands for:  “We’ve got to establish a Socialist economic structure that will limit private profit-oriented businesses. Whether the transition is peaceful depends on the way our present governmental leaders react. We must commit our lives to this transition.”

Jane Fonda’s tolerance for Communism:  “I would think that if you understood what Communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists.”

Janeane Garofalo’s intolerance for Patriotism:  “[T]he dumb and the mean love patriotism.”

Janeane Garofalo’s intolerance toward the Tea Party:  “This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism, straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that. This is about racism. It could be any issue, any port in a storm. These guys hate that a black guy is in the White House.”

Janet Reno’s intolerance toward gun owners:  “The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace.”

Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s preacher and mentor, discussing his intolerance toward the evil WHITE:  “No, what I have been preaching is not racist, we would call it Christianity. We have been saying that since there was a white Christianity; we have been saying that ever since white Christians took part in the slave trade; we have been saying that ever since they had churches in slave castles. We don’t have to say the word ‘white.’ We just have to live in white America, the United States of white America.”

Jeremiah Wright’s intolerance toward America:  “The U.S. government gives black Americans the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no. God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Jesse Jackson’s tolerance for dictators and murderers:  “Viva Fidel! Viva Che Guevara! Castro is the most honest and courageous politician I have ever met.”

Jesse Jackson’s intolerance toward (white) Conservatives:  “If what was happening here [in the U.S.] was happening in South Africa, it’d be called racist apartheid. If it was happening in Germany, we’d call it Nazism. And in Italy, we’d call it fascism. Here we call it conservatism.”

Julia Roberts intolerance toward her Republican fans:  “Republican comes in the dictionary just after reptile and just above repugnant.”

Katie Couric, trying to shroud her obvious intolerance toward religion:  “You can understand how people would hear some of these things [the idea of a community based on Catholic values] and be like, wow, this is really infringing on civil liberties and freedom of speech and right to privacy and all sorts of basic tenets that this country was founded on. Right?”

Katie Couric again trying to hide her intolerant personal feelings about Christmas:  “Do you worry at all that non-believers may feel excluded and diminished at a time when we’re so divided about so much?”

Keith Olbermann’s intolerance toward Fox News:  “Fox News is worse than al Quaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and liberal role model on her intolerance toward human life:  “The immorality of large families lies not only in their injury to the members of those families but in their injury to society . . . . The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Martin Sheen’s intolerance of America and Americans:  “Every time I cross this border [to go out of the United States] I feel like I’ve left the land of lunatics.”

Meredith Viera’s intolerance for high gas prices during the Bush years, yet strangely tolerant—and silent—now, in the Obama years:  “I’m a little peeved when I hear the President say there’s not much we can do about this [gas prices], folks…Where is his responsibility in all this? Five and a half years, and we’re dealing with these gas prices? It’s ridiculous.”

Michael Moore’s intolerance toward US troops and tolerance for terrorists:  “They [the terrorists who are killing American troops in Iraq] are not the enemy. [T]heir numbers will grow — and they will win. Get it, Mr. Bush?”

Nina Totenberg, NPR ‘sweetheart’ and her intolerance toward Jesse Helm (and his family):  “[I]f there is retributive justice, [Senator Jesse Helms will] get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

Rickie Lee Jones’ intolerance toward the patriotism she witnessed after 9/11:  “My skin crawls when I think of the first week after September 11. I was looking out of the window and there were people marching down the street carrying flags. It reminded me of spontaneous, angry Nazis and I thought, ‘Oh, man, we are in a lot of trouble.’”

DEMOCRAT Senator Robert Byrd—whose death was recently lauded by Bill Clinton, Obama and others—regarding his tolerance toward the KKK:  “The [Ku Klux] Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. . . . It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the Union.”

DEMOCRAT Senator Robert Byrd’s intolerance toward black people:  “[I would] never submit to fight beneath that banner with a Negro by my side. Rather, I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongers, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

Rosie O’Donnell’s tolerance toward radical Islam and intolerance toward radical Christianity:  “Wait just one second. Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam [loud applause] in a country like America where we have separation of church and state. We’re a democracy.”

Ted Turner, head of CNN and TNN and his intolerance for Christianity:  “Christianity is a religion for losers.”

Tom Brokaw’s intolerance of flag lapel pins:  “I don’t think it’s appropriate for a journalist to wear a flag. It suggests that you approve of whatever the government is doing at that time.”

Whoopi Goldberg’s tolerance toward communism:  “I don’t really view communism as a bad thing.”

(Author: This article was originally published in 2012 but in light of the ongoing hypocrisy of 2017, it deserves a revisit.) 

Ann-Marie Murrell

Ann-Marie Murrell is one of the creators of PolitiChicks and co-owns the site with Morgan Brittany. Ann-Marie is co-author of two bestselling books, “What Women (Really) Want” and "PolitiChicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism". She has appeared on dozens of television shows including Fox & Friends, CNN, Hannity, the Dr. Phil Show, Huckabee, Lou Dobbs, C-SPAN, One America News, Stuart Varney & Company, Newsmax, MSNBC, and more. In addition to PolitiChicks, Ann-Marie has written for multiple other news sites. You can find Ann-Marie Murrell on Facebook and Twitter: @PolitichickAM E-mail:

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