Liberal TV producer Norman Lear created certainly one of TV’s biggest icons within the 1970’s. He wished to create a character to symbolize America’s ignorance and intolerance, somebody clinging to a previous false narrative of American greatness, refusing to simply accept the liberal adjustments occurring throughout him.
With his hit present All within the Family Lear created Archie Bunker — masterfully portrayed by Carroll O’Connor — a good however easy and uneducated man whose prejudice was his pleasure. Archie embodied the sentiment, “America, love it or leave it.”
If All within the Family have been rebooted at the moment, Archie could be a progressive. Love it or depart it.
I dwell in Boulder, the progressive city that buys billboard house to promote its tolerance, acceptance and variety.
I keep in mind being within the checkout line at my neighborhood King Soopers. The gentleman subsequent to me stared and mentioned, “Aren’t you that Caldara guy?” I smiled, put out my hand, “Hi, I’m Jon Caldara.” His response, “Why don’t you just (expletive) leave.” To which I might solely reply, “and miss all the tolerance and acceptance Boulder has to offer?”
Variations of this love-it-or-leave-it sentiment have echoed in Boulder for years, however it’s ramping up statewide as Colorado’s physique politic is swinging arduous Boulder-left. My latest column on why I can’t adjust to Boulder’s hateful gun ban and how my daughter is being bullied in school over the problem harvested the anticipated Archie Bunker letters to the editor and on-line feedback:
- “Jon Caldara makes a good living whining about Boulder liberals, but chose to live in Boulder rather than any other city in Colorado. … He has two choices, move from Boulder … or stay and whine.”
- “I invite him to leave — go far away and find your own selfish utopia and leave the rest of us the hell alone.”
- “It is your fault your kids aren’t happy in school by proudly admitting to the world you are going to break the law.”
A theme of Jared Polis’ Inaugural Ball was, “Colorado, from hate state to great state.” The reference being that this unenlightened state that voted for the anti-gay Amendment 2 again in 1992 has now developed into greatness by electing the nation’s first brazenly homosexual governor.
But has the bigotry vanished, or did it simply change targets? Has the definition of “alternative lifestyle” morphed from a man sporting a costume to a girl carrying a gun?
For these curious to see what the Boulder-ization of Colorado will appear like, look no additional than Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony of Gov. Polis. In entrance of the Orwellian backdrop of “Colorado for All” banners an orgy of self-righteous variety signaling was on parade. From prayers by the pinnacle priest of the Sikh Temple to blessings from the Ute Mountain Tribe, id politics and sufferer celebration was at its finest.
In the opening prayer, which was virtually totally a tirade over Trump’s immigration insurance policies, Rev. Dr. James Peters Jr. mentioned, “Jared Polis stands today as one who has suffered as a victim of racism and bigotry because of who he is.”
Jared Polis? Born to a privileged household, Princeton grad, the richest Democrat in congress, he has suffered as a sufferer? Give me a few of that victimhood.
But the us-versus-them politics of separation at this haughty ceremony was finest articulated by the recitation from poet Anne Waldman, founding father of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics on the Naropa University in, the place else, Boulder.
Her Alan Ginsberg-esque poem declared Polis’s victory because the “Antidote to dystopian reality.”
Her finest applause line asserted Polis, “Antidote to psychotic dystopian governance, to unethical, unlawful, homophobic, misogynistic, racist, sexist, elitist, disaster governance.”
Some 45 p.c of Coloradans voted for Trump, voted for Walker Stapleton. Yet at this celebration of inclusion, beneath the “Colorado for All” banners, that was how Colorado’s new progressive Archie Bunkers described Colorado’s political minority.
She continued, “Humanity on the brink with crisis, with syndicates of greed…Floods. Earthquakes. Fires. Famine. War roiling destruction. Cruelty. Poverty. Migration crisis. Education crisis. We are called to respond.” Fortunately, crew variety got here to the rescue, “Welcome to the poetry of accountable governance.”
Yet progressives nonetheless trumpet their tolerance. Waldman celebrated their new “Citadel of tolerance. Openness. Intellect and vision … A world worth living in.”
And I believed Colorado was price dwelling in earlier than. My ignorance.
The authentic Archie Bunker was extra heroic. He owned his intolerance.
Jon Caldara is president of the Independence Institute, a libertarian-conservative assume tank in Denver.
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