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Just More of the Same Old Kind of Liberal Intolerance and Bias?
- by Scott Rohter, April 2011

Several years ago there was a measure on the ballot in Oregon concerning marriage, whether or not it should be expanded to include same-sex couples.  At that time I had a bumper sticker on my truck that read, YES ON 36: ONE MAN ONE WOMAN!  While I was working one day inside of a customer’s house, her young liberal daughter decided that she didn’t like hearing me discuss politics with her mother, and because she disagreed with my opinion, she couldn’t even stand to have me in the same house.  Her mother told her to remember that I was only there to repair the dishwasher, and that she should stop misbehaving and just let me finish my work.  With that rather innocuous put-down, the teenage girl stormed out of the house, and while I was still inside fixing her mother’s dishwasher, the young girl defaced the bumper sticker on my truck so that whatever was left of it was illegible.  Nevertheless, Measure 36 still passed in 2004 by a large majority of votes, in spite of all of the intolerant little liberals in Oregon!  I guess that proves that there are still plenty of social conservatives here too!  By the way, we have a very good domestic partnership law in Oregon that provides all of the identical legal benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, without changing the legal definition of marriage!

Last year I gave a different bumper sticker to a friend of mine to place inside of his truck window.  It read, “Obamanomics: Take from the poor, give to the rich, and steal from the future.  So, where’s the change?”  I was saddened to learn, the next time I saw my friend, that all four of his tires had been punctured with an ice pick!  It must have just been a very loyal Obama supporter, I’m sure! 

For the past fifteen years I have belonged to a certain health club in my town.  Several weeks ago I gave one of my website cards to a liberal member of my health club.  I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give him a card and I jokingly said as I did so, “Check out my website, it won’t kill you.”  Two days later when I entered the locker room, there was only one man in the room besides me. It was his friend.  I put my clothes in the locker and left the room. When I came back, his friend was gone, but my website card was taped to my locker with a message on it. Apparently he didn't like my website! There was a big red circle drawn around my card with a red slash mark running right through the middle of it!  Obviously this little prank was intended to harass me, but no one at the health club seemed to think it was a big deal.  I called the incident to the attention of two different employees of the club. One said it was no big deal, and the other didn’t even want to hear anything about it.  The owner of the health club said exactly the same thing!

I wonder how they would feel if I taped a business card from some liberal organization such as the NAACP or the ACLU to a liberal club member’s locker with the same circle inscribed around it, and a red line running right through the middle of it?  They would probably get all bent out of shape, and start screaming about how the health club was either racist or homophobic, and they would probably threaten the club with a lawsuit if they didn’t make it right.  I suppose that would mean another big deposit right into their fat Oregon bank accounts!  Is this just more of the same old kind of liberal intolerance and bias that has come to characterize Eugene, Oregon or do all three of these separate incidents portend a new and rather disturbing trend in local politics?

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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