Robert Ehrlich is a professional politician, so he knows how to be nice. I think he is being too kind by suggesting that today's liberals are out of sync. In my view the Left has always been totalitarian and extreme and intolerant. The only reason that we think of it in rose-tinted nostalgic terms is that the Left has always had a good press.
Let's look at Ehrlich's points.
Possibly the most perplexing aspect of modern progressivism is its intolerance of alternative viewpoints.
I'd say that was too generous. The Left has always been intolerant of alternative viewpoints, starting with the origin of the word "left" in the French Revolution and its Terror and certainly beginning not later than Marx with his no-holds-barred rhetoric about the bourgeoisie and "bribed apologists" and his idea that capitalism was a continuation of the exploitation of the feudal era, only worse. Then we got the Frankfurt School and Herbert Marcuse and the notion that intolerance from the left wasn't intolerance, because the left cared, which basically gave the left a "00" prefix to hunt down its enemies. Now we have the utter folly of safe spaces, microagressions, and hate speech. This is nothing new, just leftist politics by other means.
A progressive anti-Israel bias has been clear since Day One of the Obama administration.
Well, since the left has been anti-capitalist since Day One, I'd say that anti-Israel bias fits it like a glove. Actually, the left has been against Israel for decades, because the left always chooses the "exploited" party in any political dyad. Palestinians equal oppressed; Israelis equal colonizers. QED.
You know the old saying that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that some people aren’t out to get you.
This is a reference to the John Doe investigation of Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker, and little Lois Lerner at the IRS throwing mud in the eyes of conservative non-profit groups. I have to admit that this is new, at least in its egregious violation of the letter and the spirit of US law. But it clearly issues from the Left's war on western law, that it is just a means to assist the propertied and make war on the powerless. It's easy to proceed from there to the idea that all Republicans are evil, because they oppose us, the virtuous left, and because, anyway, Republicans are all racists, sexists, and homophobes.
We throw the term “sanctuary city” around so lightly today, it’s now part of our lexicon.
Hey kids, this is nothing more than liberals arrogating to themselves a "selective approach to federal immigration law," writes Ehrlich. But I'd paint the sanctuary city movement in darker hues. In the old days, after all, this selective approach to federal law was called "nullification." But, of course, every ruling class arrogates to itself the right to bend the law a little in its own interest. This is nothing new.
Black Lives Matter!
Ehrlich is really too polite about this. The Black Lives Matter movement is racism, straight up. Period. And the encouragement of black racism by ruling class white liberals is the crime of the century, because it makes blacks sequester themselves into a racial ghetto instead of getting out and "fitting in."
Really, I think that liberals, sealed off in their ideological echo chamber, are fools. By their shameless use of government power they are setting up America for a decade of Republican rule. They do not understand that all government is injustice. They think that the way to right injustice is with government power, when really the way to right injustice is by reducing government power. Everyone understands about protesting against government injustice; they do not understand that once they get government power they are immediately doing what they protested against.
The point is that any government will do things that a lot of people will experience as injustice. The wise politicians knows this and tries to structure programs to minimize injustice to the minority, or at least hide it from view. When liberals impose affirmative action or speech codes they imagine they are redressing age-old grievances. Maybe they are. But they are also crushing innocents under the millstones of government power, and the innocents don't take that sort of treatment lightly.