I voted Republican*, ergo I am evil.
For good measure, throw in that I am an extremist too.
Yesterday, Barney Frank (don’t ask) sent me an email begging for a contribution to the Democratic Party because if the Democrats don’t win back Congress it will remain in the grip of extremists!
His word. My italics.
And then there was the column in The Nation that I read yesterday, titled A Letter to my Allies on the Left. Clearly, the envelope did not have my name on it, but I steamed it open and read it anyway. That’s what nefarious extremists do.
The writer, a cute young woman, said this: We are facing a radical right that has abandoned all interest in truth and fact. Underline is mine.
Not one itty-bitty smidgeon of interest in truth and fact. Jeepers!
Both parties are apoplectic these days, unfortunately. Certainly does nothing to solve the grave national problems, does it?
I have no examples of the word evil from yesterday, but it’s fairly common to hear Lefties refer to those who disagree as evil. Conservatives rarely do this, and you would think it would be the other way around since conservatives tend to embrace Christianity more, and good and evil should pass their lips more readily.
People should be more like me, and here’s why:
I do not consider those who disagree with my politics as evil. Some are extremists, certainly, but most are not. Yes, people should be more like me. Reasonable and polite.
In my opinion, Obama is the worst president in American history. It’s not because he’s evil. He is not. I don’t know his level of extremism, although he is, to some degree, extreme.
He is the nation’s worst president because he does not know history, he is naïve, and he is an amateur. He was unprepared. Amateurs are a peril in the Oval Office, especially in this dangerous, shrinking world in which we reside.
He means well, I am convinced.
But let’s get back to this business of all Republicans being extremists who have no interest whatsoever in truth and fact. This is silly, of course.
Most Republicans simply believe in less government, more freedom**, more reliance on individual responsibility, and they give more to charity than Democrats do. A subset of Republicans are ardent Christians who think their religious beliefs should apply to all.
I am not among them. It smells like the Muslim Brotherhood.
Most Republicans know Obama is biracial, and they don’t much care. Republicans think affirmative action was likely needed in the past, but not into the 21st century.
Democrats believe in a more active government that does the right thing for people, giving them a helping hand when necessary, generally making things “fairer” via government action. If freedom is reduced a bit, it’s worth it for the greater good.
And they don’t want the church to interfere with their lives.
I am with them on that last point.
Democrats believe Obama is black, and they care very much. They think affirmative action is still necessary and maybe will always be necessary.
These are all differences of opinion on how to run a society. Being in one camp or the other does not make you evil. There are extremists on both sides, but they are a minority.
Maybe when the economic situation improves, people on both sides will dunk their heads into buckets of water to cool off, and then get back to being civil.
Of course, who knows when the fiscal situation will improve because Obama seems smitten with Greek economics, which is why I say he is naïve and doesn’t know history.
An amateur. I say that sweetly, nothing evil about it, but it’s a true fact.
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* Yes, I mailed my absentee ballot last week, the first Republican vote in my life. Likely not the last, however.
** Except where abortion is concerned. Then freedom flies out the window for some.
(Note: The photo is not me, of course. It is the Nazi bigwig Hermann Göring, a true face of evil extremism, and if you take the uniform off him, he looks a whale of a lot like Barney Frank.)