Ed Whelan at National Review reminds us:
H.L. Mencken famously defined puritanism as the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Progressivism, it seems, should be defined as the “haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be making a decision you disapprove of—and the fervent use of government power to prevent and punish such a decision.”
This attack is a tactic from the playbook of communist agitator Saul Alinsky, the spiritual mentor of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Pick the target, freeze it, swarm it, smear it; avoid calm and reasoned discussion. The ultimate goal is to break the will to resist the liberal political agenda. Just as “women’s rights” activists condemn conservatives for every imagined slight while staying silent on the profound violence against and degradation of women in much of the world, “gay rights” proponents attack American conservatives relentlessly while also ignoring that same violence and degradation elsewhere.
The electronics company Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook, a gay man, has blasted the new Indiana law. Yet Cook’s Apple does lots of business, willingly and happily, with Muslim countries that commit violence against homosexuals. So for Cook, is this dust up really about fair treatment of gays, real or imagined?
What’s going on here, when supposed “advocates” of rights for women and homosexuals ignore the real violence against them in the world, sometimes right here in American Muslim families (e.g., “honor killings”), and only attack American Christian conservatives? What’s going on is yet another effort to marginalize and suppress political opponents of American liberals, generally and specifically.
The general part is obvious. The specific part is to attack Indiana governor Mike Pence, a smart, likeable, and accomplished Republican politician. This over-the-top attack on Indiana tells us that Pence is seen as a significant national political threat by Democrats and so needs to be Palinized however possible. Democrats play a long game.