Tolerance has been taught in American schools for at least 30 years. Let’s review the meaning of “tolerance.” Merriam Webster says tolerance is:
2. a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own
b : the act of allowing something : toleration
3. : the allowable deviation from a standard; especially : the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece
4. a (1) : the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure <developed a tolerance to painkillers>; also : the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen (2) : relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor
b : the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food
So, they must be teaching the second definition. They teach that to indulge beliefs and practices conflicting with our own is an American principle. Could that mean if a stranger moves next door and turns out to be, in principle, a rapist, you tolerate him? Certainly, if tolerance is a principle—an American principle—there are things excused or exempted from the principle of tolerance. Who decides? Turns out it is the same Progressives that push it at us in the first place. Let’s follow a little example.
We Americans are supposed to tolerate a triumphal monument to our attackers. Mayor Bloomberg invoked the “American principle of tolerance” in his insistence on promoting a triumphal mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. “Sarah Palin has a right to her opinions, but I could not disagree more. Everything the United States stands for and New York stands for is tolerance and openness.”
Not building a triumphal mosque at that sacred place would somehow “violate American principles of tolerance and openness.” Got it? Mayor Bloomberg is determined to operate on the principle of tolerance (“Everything America and New York stands for”). Let me see that again. “Everything America and New York stands for.” Does the mayor demonstrate his commitment to a principal, tolerance, that is “everything America and New York stands for?” Well, he has certainly demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the tolerance of:
- Islam and forms of Shariah law.
Is the mayor tolerant of smoking tobacco? No. He has banned tobacco even in Central Park and on private land.
Does he tolerate trans-fats?” No, No. Trans-fats are banned. What about salt? Restaurants are banned from having salt on tables. Presumably, salt in cooking is tolerated. The Mayor is tolerant of mass-merchandiser Target but Wal-Mart? Banned.
Speaking before the United Nations, the Mayor declared, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”
Mayor Bloomberg is not an exception, he is exemplary. Every one of this crowd that stands on the “principle” of tolerance, seeks power to ban what you want and to force you to accept what you don’t want. President Obama just grabs dictatorial power.
My mother was clear on the subject. She loved me unconditionally but she did not tolerate bad behavior. She taught there are times when each of us must tolerate something, but she knew tolerance is not an American Principle!
(We did not ignore Mayor Bloomberg’s principle of “Openness,” It is next, tomorrow.)