The media hasn’t been shy about complaining about the “incivility” of the last election. They also routinely decry the “hate speech” of Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton summed up the left’s attitude when she said, “… you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.” She finished that thought by saying some Trump supporters (And it would follow, Donald Trump) are “irredeemable.” They are right about the increasing incivility and division we see in America, but isn’t being fueled by traditional Americans.
The media and Democrats are also quick to equate Trump’s election to racism. Van Jones on CNN said, “This [Trump’s election] was a whitelash against a changing country. It was whitelash against a black president in part.”
This is nothing new. In 2008 candidate Obama said about small town, rural Americans, “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” We’ve had eight years of that attitude being promoted by the Obama Administration and his media allies. The result is a more divided nation. That was long before Trump came on the scene.
The inclination to hate is pretty much hardwired into human nature. It can be overcome, but it’s been around as long as people have been people. Hatred is the result of fear that others are a threat of some kind. Sometimes the fear is justified, but often it just takes the belief that others are a danger. A good example of that would be the German attitude toward Jews after WWI. Jews didn’t put the average German in peril, but egged on by the Nazis many Germans hated because they were told the Jews “stabbed them in the back” causing them to lose the war. It was nonsense, but that’s what the Nazis told them and they believed it. We see this same kind of attitude growing in the United States toward traditional American, and it’s being fueled by the progressive left.
Human behavior can be shaped, molded, or even perverted by various cultures, but human nature has remained pretty constant. Matthew 7:3-5 was written a couple of thousand years ago, but accurately describes the progressive movement today. The New International Version (NIV) translation goes like this, “3 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Don’t expect progressives to acknowledge anything of the sort. They cling to their ideology as firmly as any religious fanatic. Charles Krauthammer explained the problem like this, “Conservatives think liberals are stupid; liberals think conservatives are evil.” To be fair, stupid is really too strong a word. Misguided or misinformed comes much closer to describing most liberals. It’s much easier to hate someone who is evil than someone who is misguided or misinformed. When I wrote a post about the danger of rising black racism as evidenced by groups like Black Lives Matter I was labeled a racist, a hater, and possibly a member of the Kul Klux Klan. I have been told that I, “…belong to the party of hate, and f*** you I have mine.” You see this attitude expressed at anti-Trump rallies and it is so widespread on college campuses that even expressing an opposing opinion is met with absolute intolerance. Progressives are so quick to judge they don’t bother to reflect on what others believe.
Name calling certainly exists on both sides of the political spectrum. Belittling liberals or calling progressives commies, traitors, lazy or libtards, etc., doesn’t have a hope of changing their minds. Rational discussion at least has a glimmer of hope to at least start a reexamination of their reality. And the facts are on the side of traditional Americans. That probably goes a long ways to explain the typical reaction of name calling rather than discussion by liberals.
We need to remind them that it is not deplorable to believe spending more than you take in is doomed to failure. It is not racist to have concerns about illegal immigrants that have not been vetted. It is not automatically evil to hold beliefs about abortion, terrorism, taxes, climate change or anything else that are not in lock step with Democrat policies. Unlike progressives, we should give them the benefit of the doubt about what they believe. Most are merely misguided or misinformed. If asked to justify most aspects of the progressive ideology most liberals can’t. Planting that tiny seed of doubt may blossom and help some foolish or deluded liberal to start questioning the lies they’ve been told and misinformation they have gotten from the media.
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