The first amendment demands tolerance. Freedom demands tolerance. A republic such as the United States demands tolerance. Our existence as a free society demands tolerance.
Communism is not tolerant and cannot exist with tolerance. A totalitarian state is not tolerant and cannot exist with tolerance. A demagogue is not tolerant and cannot exist with tolerance. Progressivism is not tolerant and cannot exist with tolerance. The Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) are not tolerant and cannot exist with tolerance.
George Washington was tolerant. Thomas Jefferson was tolerant. Calvin Coolidge was tolerant. Ronald Reagan was tolerant. Lenin was intolerant. Stalin was intolerant. Hitler was intolerant. FDR was intolerant. Obama is intolerant. Trump is intolerant.
To be tolerant of another, as Kennedy said, does not require that we accept the belief of the other, but that we accept that the 1st amendment, freedom, and decency insist that they have the right to think and voice their thoughts. This is essential to a free society. In any society, total conformity or single thought by all, is a totalitarian state.
We as individuals have ideas and thoughts different from others. This is not only reality, but is essential in a free society. The different ideas, in a free and respectful exchange, are what keep a free society free. Even extreme ideas are essential. To maintain freedom requires balance.
A totalitarian state cannot accept tolerance. In a totalitarian state, the ideas of one person or a small group of people is the only acceptable course. If different thought is given any credence, it undermines the authority of the ruler. This cannot be tolerated.
All tyrants including the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Hitler understood this concept. This is the reason they controlled speech and tried to control thought through the use of secret police. A demagogue believes his thoughts and ideas are the only correct thoughts and ideas. He believes his ways are best for all. He believes he is not obligated to, nor will he defend these ideas. Because their ideas are never to be questioned, the demagogue will act irrationally through the use of force or ridicule when questioned.
In a true totalitarian state, force is most often the punishment for questioning the ideas of a demagogue. In a state in transition from a free society to a totalitarian state, the intolerant will employ force when possible and ridicule when force cannot be used. In a free society, the intolerant resorts to ridicule.
The force employed by the likes of the tyrants mentioned above is legendary. The Progressives, Obama, and Trump are legendary for employing ridicule when their ideas are questioned while exhibiting intolerance.
We Freedom Loving Americans, who understand the essence of free speech, ours and those who would disagree with us, must lead the way. We must lead the way by showing tolerance for those ideas that are different from ours. Those Freedom Loving Americans who have decided that Trump is the best candidate for president have shown great intolerance just as Trump does when he is questioned. Even though Trump will not change, his supporters must change if our freedom is to be maintained. Do not, Trump followers, resort to the Trump style of ridicule, but answer the question or comment with an honest and thoughtful reply. By so doing you will be showing your love of freedom by being tolerant and you will clarify your own thoughts. Always remember, that name calling, threatening riots, and threatening people with abuse or physical harm, are not the actions of a leader but the actions of an aspiring demagogue.
We Freedom Loving Americans must also exercise tolerance by protecting the rights to freedom of speech of the progressives. Yes, we all understand that it is not the right of the progressives to speak and think that is being threatened, but the speech and thought rights of Freedom Loving Americans that is being infringed. This requires even more tolerance on our part. The normal reaction of anybody would be to call for the infringement of the others rights when ours are being threatened. This is exactly the wrong approach. We must insist that the progressive’s rights be protected while insisting on the free exercise of our own. We must recognize that we will be ridiculed, harassed, threatened, and at times even physically assaulted. The alternative is to be a government slave.
We are living in perilous times. The Progressives, Secularists, Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) have made great strides in their goal of indoctrinating and enslaving the masses. We Freedom Loving Americans must uphold our core belief that includes freedom of speech and thought for all. This requires tolerance. We must also march forward as Sam Adams directed when he said that it does not take a majority to prevail but a dedicated and tireless minority who are keen in setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Strike your matches and light those fires.