by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It’s not just conservatives who are sick of cancel culture and woke extremism. Even former President Barack Obama is speaking out against the far Left’s toxic attempts to shut down debate and “cancel” people for (increasingly minor) offenses.
“Sometimes Democrats are [buzzkills],” he said on a recent episode of Pod Save America. “Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.”
“I think where we get into trouble sometimes is where we try to suggest that some groups are more … because they historically have been victimized more … that somehow they have a status that’s different than other people and we’re going around scolding folks if they don’t use exactly the right phrase,” Obama added.
The former president went on to offer up the example of his mother-in-law, whom he described as “an extraordinary woman.”
“But, as Michelle points out, she’s 86,” Obama explained. “Sometimes, trying to get the right phraseology when we’re talking about issues … that’s like her trying to learn Spanish. It doesn’t mean she shouldn’t try to learn Spanish. It means sometimes she’s not going to get the words right — and that’s OK.”
Whatever else they think of Obama, people across the political spectrum can likely appreciate a lot of what he had to say here.
A whopping 77% of people are concerned about cancel culture, polling shows, and many for the same reason as Obama. It’s a vindictive and intolerant phenomenon that doesn’t just affect celebrities but increasingly punishes everyday folks for simply saying the wrong thing in a way that happens to get noticed by internet mobs.