August 12, 2015

The other day I came across an item about a University of Michigan professor whose article was published under the title “How to Hate Republicans” that really bothered me. And I guess it’s not the article itself or the sentiments expressed in it that bothers me, it’s the fact that it seems to have been met without any outrage from either the mainstream media or, apparently, by the university itself. I think it’s incredibly sad that in a relatively short period of time we seem to have gone from a nation where political differences were tolerated and hashed out through our elective process to a screed of petulant disdain from “the President of the people” who associates Republicans who don’t support his deal with Iran to Iranians who chant “Death to America!”.

Of course no one should be surprised at this. A Free Republic frequent commenter concerned about politics writes the following:

The left/socialists/communists have been doing this for decades:
Women – Hate the men! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Young – Hate the old! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Mothers – Hate your preborn! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Atheist – Hate the Holy! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Poor – Hate the rich! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Illegals – Hate the Americans! We’ll protect you from THEM.
Blacks – Hate the whites! We’ll protect you from THEM.

Without a boogie man [sic] to hate, the left has nothing else to offer. In the end, who will protect those who are left from the democrat/socialist/communist leaders if they were to ever succeed in their quest to inherit their very own kingdom? They’ll have no one else to hate but each other!

OK, a little drastic, perhaps, but there’s more than a shred of truth here. I might also add a couple of other bogeymen to concerned about politics’ list:

Guns – Hate the gun owners! Take away their guns so we can protect you from THEM.
Insurance companies – Hate the insurance companies! We’ll protect you from THEM.

The one thing liberals don’t seem to hate? Government. And who’s going to protect us from it? It ought to be the role of Republicans and conservatives to reign in (note that I did not mention abolish) government from its gross bloatedness and excess (of which there are many), but does anyone see Mitch McConnell or John Boehner championing causes like, say, abolishing federal bureaucracies that have long outlived their usefulness like the departments of Education, Interior, and Energy? I don’t think so. And, outside of Fox News, do you know of any outlets in the mainstream media that exist to decry the kind of hateful language the liberal left engages in on a daily basis? I don’t.

The problem as I see it is in our elected officials on both sides of the political aisle. I believe in free speech, and I’m not wanting to shut anyone’s right to free speech down. But there is such a thing as destructive speech, and whenever the level of discourse being used by public institutions like the University of Michigan or the President’s comments about Republicans cross the line it needs to be dealt with, both swiftly and publicly.

This whole country needs a simmering-down period. Maybe I’m just an idealist in this regard, but the days of our politicians dividing America amongst class, gender, race, ethnic, and wealth has got to end, and those who shamelessly promote these differences for the sole purpose of exacerbating those divisions must be called out and condemned for doing so.

Y’all know how critical I have been here of President Obama, but at its core is my incredible disappointment at the opportunity that has been wasted. You have the first African-American elected president, and what an opportunity he was given to usher this country into a truly post-racial era and bring folks together. Instead, this President has turned out to be a rigid ideologue who has set the country back decades by promoting the divisions that exist between us and surrounding himself with equally-rigid ideologues who have set policy and legislation that have done the same. I don’t hate the man, but I have no respect for either him nor the people he has surrounded himself with; the damage they have done to this country, its people, and the rule of law is incalculable.

I wish I could look ahead to 2016 as a year where the country will come together to elect a President who will commit himself or herself to work with our political and elected leaders on both sides of the political aisle to tone down the rhetoric and elevate our political discourse while encouraging others to do the same, but I’m afraid that train left the station a long time ago. Sadly, I see very rough times ahead for us all.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 03:16 | Comments Off on Can’t We All Just Get Along?
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