More Liberal Facism

The theme of Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism just received another confirmation yesterday. In the book, he argues that liberals aren’t really all that liberal.

Classic liberalism believed in liberty; modern liberalism, which often goes by the name progressivism, is anything but devoted to liberty. Rather, it imposes a uniformity of thought that none dare challenge without consequences.

So what happened yesterday to further authenticate his theme? Well, a bona fide liberal stepped over a political correctness line and lost his job.

Juan Williams, who works worked for National Public Radio (NPR), and who also offers commentary on Fox News, apparently committed a cardinal sin—he actually admitted he sometimes had feelings of concern about Muslims when he’s on an airplane.

Here are the exact words Williams used on the O’Reilly Factor:

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

He went on to say that no one can blame all Muslims for the actions of the extremists, but it was too late. His employers at NPR fired him because his comments were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices.” What standards might those be? Never criticize Islam? Follow the prescribed line or else?

Now, I’ve never been a huge Juan Williams fan. I disagree with him probably 75% of the time. But he’s getting better; I used to disagree with him 100% of the time. Either he’s mellowed or I have. All that is beside the point, though. While NPR has the right to hire and fire whomever they wish, they have no right to be dishonest about the reasons. He didn’t say anything inconsistent with true journalistic standards, which is what they are claiming. He simply ruffled their politically correct feathers. It’s also come out that they hated the fact he also had a gig on Fox, a network that NPR loathes.

Of course, NPR is paid for by the American taxpayer. Where in the Constitution do we find any authority to fund a means of mass communication? Why is my money being used to promote a political philosophy with which I disagree?

It’s time to get back to basics—abide by the limits placed on the national government by the instrument the Founders created to guide us as a nation. Restore constitutionality.