‘You have become everything you despise': Comedian slams progressive hypocrisy

Glenn has been pointing out the hypocrisy of progressivism for years. While progressives feign tolerance, they consistently seem to be the first group to call for the firing or ostracizing of any and all individuals who disagree with them. On Tuesday, radio hosts Gregg “Opie” Hughes, Anthony Cumia, and comedian Jim Norton, The Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM, condemned the new “trigger warning” movement and overall culture on college campuses. As Norton explained, progressives have become everything they claim to “despise.”

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Earlier this week, Glenn reacted to a bizarre New York Times report that highlights a movement for so-called “trigger warnings” to be placed on college reading materials that could potentially “upset” students. Books that allegedly warrant the warning label include Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Glenn believes the warnings would serve as the final step before book burning, and Norton seemingly shares a similar sentiment.

“You have become exactly [like] the conservative, religious book burners of the 40s and the 50s and the 60s. You are it,” Norton said. “You are the speech repressors, you are the hypersensitive ones, you are the ones who want people fired immediately, you are the ones calling for people’s jobs. You have become what you hated.”

“It’s true,” Glenn said. “Anybody who wants control of you, that’s the problem. We can disagree all day long with each other, as long as we want the smallest government possible so we can each live our lives in our own ways… But if I was saying, I think we need control of the government to be this big or even bigger, those are the people you run from.”

While Glenn and Norton probably don’t agree on much politically, Stu commended Norton’s persistent defense of the First Amendment.

“Jim Norton, as far as the First Amendment goes, is an American hero. The guy is an absolutist of free speech… Anytime someone says something uncomfortable, a statement that everyone else is denouncing, he is the first guy out there saying free speech is that important,” Stu explained. “How can you not be that way? This is what’s so fascinating about people on the left – particularly in entertainment. How can you possibly be speaking out and asking for people to get fired and lose their jobs or lose anything?”

Listen to the whole segment via The Opie and Anthony Show below (Warning: Very strong language):

  • http://www.rosabrand.net Rosa Brand

    These guys are awesome. lol I love how they say it like it is.

  • Tvaughan

    You guys are buying into the same garbage! No?

    (Warning: Very strong language)

    Posted before the the video.

    • mtnvortex

      I get what you’re saying, but this just gives people a choice of whether they want to listen to it or not. For some reason, some people let words upset them. (I could be wrong, but I don’t remember anything about “cuss words” in the bible.) It WOULD be playing into the same garbage, if they actually censored the conversation.

      • Tvaughan

        You’re missing the point.

        “this just gives people a choice of whether they want to listen to it or not”

        The posting of “(Warning: Very strong language)” IS a “Trigger Warning”.

        Just shows how easy it is to buy into this type of thinking.

        We should be telling these idiots (and all people who are trying to protect us) Please, stop protecting me!

        I’m a big boy! I can think for myself!

        • mtnvortex

          No, I understand what you’re saying. I get pretty annoyed with excessive warnings myself. I don’t see warnings to be on the same level as outright censorship, but it is just another sign of how “soft” some people can be.

      • Anonymous

        There are many verses in the Bible that address swearing and how we speak. There is the commandment against taking the Lord’s name in vain, and in the New Testament (Matthew 12), Jesus warns that we will be held accountable for our words at the day of judgment, to our justification before God or our condemnation.

        • mtnvortex

          Like I said, “I could be wrong”. I’m not one of those people who run around the internet attacking religion. I can understand the desire to refrain from foul language. I just don’t think it’s right to control the words of others. In the end, we should be judged on our own actions, not what we accidentally heard other people saying.

          • Anonymous

            I agree that we should be judged by how we conduct ourselves. It makes it hard, though, for people who try to refrain from using foul language but are confronted by it CONSTANTLY from others, in movies, books, magazines, music, tv, etc., or even while you are in line at the store, or just walking down the street or sitting on the bus and have to overhear some jerk letting the cuss words fly. It can’t be really drowned out or ignored. The human mind takes in and stores every piece of information it receives, whether visually, audibly, or by touch. I just wish people would be more considerate and courteous towards others.

          • mtnvortex

            A little more courtesy and consideration definitely wouldn’t hurt these days.

  • Anonymous

    If politics were brought up by one of my Afro-American patients I would say ‘If you knew a person who has severe pain in his little toe and he would go to see that doctor 7 days a week for 52 straight weeks for 50 straight years ad he till had the same severe pain…what would be your suggestion? Maybe a SECOND OPINION ?

    • Kevin Poss

      Clearly the doctor in question needs more money. His budget is obviously strapped. The other doctors are hogging up all of he money. He needs more special protections and self-righteous promoters to cry foul of others.

    • Linda Whiteside Thompson

      Just cut off the damn toe!

  • landofaahs

    It’s why progressives/liberals/democrats/socialists or whatever else they are called, have a mental disorder.

    • Kevin Poss

      Yep, self-righteous, greedy, delusional hypocrisy.

  • Linda Whiteside Thompson

    This conversation is great. People are turning into a bunch of whining little babies. I wonder how all us older folks ever made it, in the big, bad, mean old world. Waaaaaa….

    • Kevin Poss

      That’s just it, things are so easy now, and all people do is talk about how difficult life is.

  • Anonymous

    Suggestion for a new progressive motto: “We have met the enemy and he is us, but we don’t care.”

    • Anonymous

      “And if you don’t like it, we’ll pound you into the ground. Racist hater.”

      • Kevin Poss

        Don’t forget to cough up some money so that they can “help” people…like themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Liberals have genetic defects that make them inferior!

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    This is liberalism for even people who been for you are now making fun of them for their political correctness or what I like to call it political nazism.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      In reality it’s cultural stalinism.

  • Anonymous

    In a sane society this “movement” would have been unthinkable, now it’s considered “the right thing to do”.

  • Wulf

    The truth will set you free….unless your are a liberal

    • Mike Knowlton

      To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in the movie “A Few Good Men,” liberals can’t take the truth (so they pretend it isn’t there.)

    • Kevin Poss

      To a liberal, the truth is whatever he needs it to be at any given moment. Change the rules, exempt yourself, demand more money in order to try to “fix” the problems in the world.

  • Tommyzax

    Free Speech is what the government can’t control, the purpose of limited government. In other words, they don’t have the money and power to destroy those who want their rights. Free Speech is not the right to say what you want to another person without that person retaliating. That is forced fascism, not coexistence. BTW, how do you enforce “coexist”?

    • Kevin Poss

      Can’t we just force everyone to get along?

  • Anonymous

    Americans in general are crybabies. With everything going on, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world says “screw these crybaby fairy Americans” and unleash a whole lot of pent up aggression. Then, all of a sudden, being called bossy won’t seem so bad.

    • Kevin Poss

      We’ve got a pretty strong military.

  • Take 2

    A bunch of little league mom’s running around crying like babies ie no looser or winner. Wa waa Red Skins boohoo Write the owner about suggesting a name change. Waa aaa

  • thedogwalker

    Listening to this makes me wish I could afford Satellite Radio.

  • Anonymous

    …geez, nobody’s advocating book burning, but these guys continue to suggest it. It’s the professors and school administrators that oppose some students’ call for warnings. I think warnings are unnecessary, but I don’t see how they violate First Amendment rights. Movies have warnings. Those ratings don’t stop movies from being seen.

  • Montesquieu

    Those collectivist demands that cloak the anti-social passion of envy behind a label of “social justice” have become a threat to liberty.

  • Anonymous

    The leftist professors and their willing dupe students on the campuses of American universities have become whining cowards, terrified of contrary viewpoints because the paucity of their doctrines might be exposed.

    • Kevin Poss

      Yes, and they believe that the private sector should pay them higher salaries to sit in a vacuum where it is impossible to fail.

  • Kevin Poss

    Progressives are the most pathetic hypocrites known to man. They, the high and mighty, think they are free of any and all bias, that they are the chosen ones to show us ignoramuses the backwardness of our ways. When they pollute, there is a good reason for it. When they discriminate, it was just. When they misspeak, everyone else was to blame. They do all of the things that they accuse others of, only to a much worse degree. It’s easy to look down on hard-core, evangelical, fundamentalist Republicans, but there is a less tolerant, more pathetic, hypocritical character out there. The “progressive.” A person certainly won’t find any group of people to be more self-righteous.