They Knew They Were Right. Labeling the "Taliban Wing" of the Progressive Movement. Does today's Intolerant Left share certain intellectual affinities with the Taliban of Afghanistan? We consider parallels through the lens of Mullah Omar's 2001 destruction of the ancient "Buddhas of Bamiyan" statues in the Hindu Kush. As the "book burning" Left wages its assault on Free Speech in America, we consider their pretzel-like justifications -- and note an alarming lack of sophistication. How do some Leftists execute the psychological journey from self-supposed purveyors of "tolerance" and "diversity" unto the actual outlawing of oppositional viewpoints? We listen to what Ann Coulter "would have" said had she not been banned from Berkeley, and find it altogether anodyne. Meanwhile, a new Morning Consult poll finds that President Trump is "more trusted" than the national political media. Plus, we offer vignettes on North Korea, the White House Correspondents' Dinner and last night's Kingston Trio concert in Denver. With Listener Calls & Music via Coldplay, REO Speedwagon, Doc Watson, Mother Maybelle Carter, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Afghan Ensemble.
April 30, 2017