by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Editors at Issues and Insights argue that the political left’s approach to COVID-19 offers a value opportunity to conservatives.
How many times can leftists reveal themselves to be intolerant, close-minded, dogmatic, bigoted, cruel, unforgiving, race-mongers while claiming to be the virtuous ones? Two recent events – both of which took place in uber-liberal San Francisco – suggest that the time for leftists honoring themselves might soon be at an end.
Last week, San Franciscans voted overwhelmingly – and we’re talking an average margin of 75-25 – to recall three school board members for, as the Washington Post put it, being “too focused on racial justice.”
Actually, the last straw for parents was the fact that, instead of reopening schools, the board was fixated on renaming 44 of them that carry names of those currently disfavored by leftists. You know, deplorables such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, and … California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein? She was the first female mayor of that city, and her voting record in 2019 and 2020 was more liberal than Sen. Kamala Harris’, according to Americans for Democratic Action. Not good enough, apparently. The left wants to cancel her for the sin of “replacing a damaged Confederate flag that was part of an 18-banner historical display outside of City Hall when she was mayor of San Francisco in 1984,” according to one account.
How’s that for tolerance?
It gets better. One of the board members who was recalled essentially called everyone who voted to give her the boot a white supremacist. “Don’t be mistaken, white supremacists are enjoying this. And the support of the recall is aligned with this,” Gabriela López tweeted.
Over the weekend, San Francisco Mayor London Breed admitted on “Meet the Press” that “We failed our children. Parents were upset. The city as a whole was upset, and the decision to recall school board members was a result of that.”
When even people in San Francisco can grasp the fact that the woke left doesn’t have their children’s interests in mind, they might also be open to rethinking their prejudices about conservatives.